President Trump's initial re-election campaign contains somewhat mild, vague and standard TV political messaging -- versus his highly charged/factually unchecked or confirmed presidential tweets.
President Trump's previous Super Bowl advertising talked up an improved economy and more jobs. Is that comforting to some? Misleading? Or just a yawn? Then, a Trump Super Bowl in-game ad on criminal-justice reform aired -- posting the worst-scoring rating for the game, according to the USA Today’s Ad Meter: a 3.33 USA Today rating.
Democratic Presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg, who also bought time in the Super Bowl, discussed gun-control in his commercial. That did better, a 4.23 USA Today rating.
Bloomberg has already spent a massive $300 million in TV advertising. And it is only early February -- eight months before the election.
By contrast, the last time around, the Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump only started TV spending in September, two months before the election. Why? Because of earned media — high-profile TV debate appearances, free rally coverage and many charged social-media tweets.
This time around, the Trump campaign has raised a combined -- including outside groups -- $232.1 million, much of which could be used on paid advertising.
An added twist: Bloomberg's campaign is reportedly considering helping the Democratic candidate who gets the nomination with advertising, if Bloomberg doesn’t get the nod at the Democratic National Convention.
Increased political noise will make it a necessity to find straight-forward advertising messaging that voters can trust.
What then will be the engagement? Four years ago, Hillary Clinton is estimated to have spent more on advertising than Trump. Define your ROI right here.
Will traditional TV commercial skipping and digital media make regular political TV advertising of lesser value? And if so, what’s the future for TV political advertising in this messy environment?
Maybe there will be more business on non-commercial skipping OTT premium streaming video platforms. Oh wait, here is growing TV advertising fraud on OTT platforms.
Count on more political advertising chaos to come.