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If you’re looking to improve your display ad monetization by moving away from networks and starting to establish direct relationships, building a media kit is one of the most important and most challenging tasks you’ll take on. We recently put out our sample media kit template, which serves as a starting point for those looking to build a sales package for their blog or website. Today we’re highlighting several examples of well-done media kits that can serve as templates and inspiration for those about to tackle this task.
This media kit gets straight to the point and efficiently communicates the unique opportunity on this site. After viewing just a few pages a prospective media buyer has a clear idea of what the site contains, what makes the audience unique / valuable, and how exactly advertisers can get their message to that audience.
Killer Page: The “Entrepreneur At A Glance” page offers a great template for audience statistics that can be applied to sites in just about any niche.
This media kit is a bit dated, but still an excellent example for a niche site with unique sponsorship opportunities.
Killer Page: We love the section on the packages available, including the “Book Discovery Package.” The value proposition to advertisers is clearly articulated, showing off the unique marketing opportunities on this site.
This media kit gives detailed information on the demographic, including an extremely helpful comparison of several other competitive sites. That makes life easy for media buyers on the lookout for new sites; it essentially does a big part of their job for them.
Killer Page: The “Key Advertisers” page is pretty powerful as well, graphically indicating the quality of the site by highlighting several well known brands that have been featured there. If you have an impressive list of past advertisers, this type of feature can be a great “social proof” for your media kit.
The Popular Science media kit is an example of a well done “kitchen sink” that includes a spec sheet and rate card along with the traditional components. The feature of the various channels gives a good understanding of what types of advertisers would be a good fit, and the demographic info is straight to the point.
Killer Page: This media kit does a great job laying out opportunities to sponsor mobile devices and tablets. If your site has a big mobile presence and/or app sponsorships available, this makes for a good template.
This media kit drives home the point early and often: this property caters to males, and can help advertisers get in front of the young male demographic. It essentially tells anyone interested in reaching an older or more female audience that this isn’t the place for them–and proceeds to highlight just how many young men are coming to Break.com and other properties in the network.
This page reinforces the main points this media kit is designed to get across: Break has huge reach (185 million monthly uniques) and it’s predominantly (70%) male. If anything, this media kit could use a trimming to let awesome slides like this one do the talking:
Here’s the proof that a media kit doesn’t need to be lengthy to be effective. In just a few pages this media kit conveys the nature of its content, highlights a unique audience, and lets you know exactly what sponsorship opportunities are available. Short, sweet, and effective.
Killer Page: Check out the “Ad Products” page; it’s a great example of how to show advertisers where their messaging can appear in a clean, precise way.
Fast Company’s media kit includes the print publication, but still stands out as a great example of how to present your site to potential advertisers.
Killer Page: The “Digital Audience” page here is great; it succinctly explains that Fast Company can deliver affluence, influence, and engagement (along with statistics that back up each point). The 12 numbers on this page tell potential advertisers everything they need to know, and hammer home the point that Fast Company can offer access to a very valuable audience.
Here are some other media kits that we don’t think are quite as effective as the seven profiled above, but that have some nice implementations of certain sections: