TV, VOD & Cinema Advertising


TV advertising still remains one of the most powerful methods when building brand awareness and reputation in a short amount of time. Whether it’s a national, regional or local campaign, it’s an effective way to reach a mass audience.

One of the questions we are asked the most is “How much does it cost to advertise on TV?” Although TV advertising costs are generally considered to be higher than most other forms of advertising, the rates can vary considerably and depend on a number of variables:

• audience figures for the channel
• the popularity of the programme
• the time of day
• the region the ad will air in
• the running time of your advert

Local advertisers could advertise on mainstream TV with 15 x standard 30 second commercials for £18,300. This averages out at £1220 a spot (5 x peak & 10 off peak).

VOD advertising, or more accurately, BVOD (Broadcaster Video On Demand) advertising is aired through on-demand services that are made available by TV broadcasters, such as Sky On Demand, ITV Hub, All4 and My5. Adverts are shown on smart TVs, PCs, Laptops, Tablets and Mobiles so users can easily click through from the on-demand platform, which increases the chances of a direct response compared with more traditional media formats.

Unlike terrestrial TV advertising, VOD advertisements come in a variety of formats, the offering is constantly growing and adverts cannot be skipped. In contrast with TV advertising which goes out to a regional or national audience, Video On Demand platforms can reach a highly targeted audience. Viewer demographic, lifestyle and geographical data make it almost possible to target individual homes. This ensures your campaign will have minimal wastage.

As well as being highly targeted, VOD campaigns can also be very cost effective, with minimum spends being much lower than a terrestrial TV campaign. Minimum spends vary by provider and will be impacted by the chosen targeting setup and campaign duration.

So, how much does it cost? VOD advertising is based on impressions and the cost per thousand can depend on different factors. To give an example 250,000 impressions on Sky or ITV could cost approximately £8,000.


There are more than 770 cinemas and 4,200 cinema screens in the UK, totalling 177 million cinema admissions in 2019.

The advantage of cinema advertising is that the audience is both local and totally focused on the screen. Unlike TV, which can enable viewers to skip ads, going to the movies creates a captive environment for audiences. There are no distractions and advertising is readily accepted as part of the whole cinema experience.

Cinema advertising is way more effective at making your brand stand out from the crowd than television. If you show people an unbranded still from an ad, three times as many cinemagoers will actually recall which brand it is for when compared with TV viewers.

The cinema experience provides an immersive and captivating environment that is a great place for brands to engage with all types of audiences. The sheer impact and engagement of watching an ad on the big screen means cinema is the medium of choice when it comes to strengthening a brand, increasing awareness and attracting new customers

As well as being able to plan and buy cinema campaigns by film, by showing, by audience or by cinema, it’s the overall experience that makes cinema an advertising medium like no other. We can engage cinemagoers at every stage of the cinema experience to ensure your campaign stays with cinemagoers before, during and after their trip to the movies. Be it in foyer, online, on their smartphones or on the big screen, all of these touchpoints add scale and frequency to your campaign.

How much does cinema advertising cost? It depends on a number of factors but to give an example, we could show a 30 second advert over multiple screens, reaching an audience of approximately 80,000 viewers for £5000, excluding production costs.

What our clients say

“Having only recently ventured into the unknown world of video on demand advertising, Zoe and the TPM team have been an amazing resource of knowledge and support. It very soon became apparent that TPM had a desire to offer only the best advice to us and ensure we invested in the digital channels that were the best fit for us rather than those that were most profitable to them. It’s rare to find a firm that values long term relationships over transactional value and in TPM I’m confident that we’ve found the right strategic advisory partner. Their service is exceptional and we look forward to a long term working relationship with them”

Martin Bikhit - CEO - Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices London Client Testimonial

“Zoe and the TPM team offer us amazing support, a real extension of our marketing department. Excellent analytical skills when it comes to audience insight, innovative thinking when it comes to media selection, and strong process management to deliver effective campaigns – a truly full service agency.”

Andrew Miller - Head of Marketing - Saga Healthcare Client Testimonial

I cannot fault anything about my on-going engagement and support received from TPM Media. They are always super quick and concise in their communication, their copy is accurate to our brand and marketing needs and the turnaround time sees that our postings are out in great time. I find their service reliable and quotes transparent, and would recommend their support. Always super friendly and happy to help!

Evelyn Warner – Recruitment Officer – Dogs Trust Client Testimonial

TPM Media are a fantastic company when it comes to managing the placements of your advertising. Joan and her team are friendly to work with and are always very accommodating. Having worked with them for over 10 years, they have never once let us down.  TPM Media make everything easy and provide a one stop solution. We would 100% recommend TPM Media.

Sarah Johnson – Marketing Manager – Johnsons Coaches Client Testimonial

It’s always a pleasure to work with TPM media. No matter how small or large the advertising budget they proactively listen to the brief and find effective solutions spanning a wide mix of print and digital platforms. Quick to respond and a seamless service.

Lisa King – Like Marketing – Albany Meadows Client Testimonial

The team were thoroughly professional and dedicated, possessing valuable insight in market knowledge. Collectively working together to highlight the correct audience and demographic profile before pairing these with the appropriate media placements, with market analysis and key campaign statistics available throughout this resulted in an over achievement in our campaign KPI’s.  Working with TPM was the perfect solution to our media buying needs.

Karl Bickley - International Category Director - Sports Nutrition - FrieslandCampina Client Testimonial

“The team at TPM are friendly and enthusiastic however tight the deadline. The team are knowledgeable in their field of expertise and always willing to assist.”

Anita Mansfield - HR & OD Officer – Trent & Dove Housing Client Testimonial

Noodle have worked with TPM for more than four years, across a range of very varied clients. We love their in-depth knowledge, thorough approach and attention to detail and we would not hesitate to recommend them. They are charming to work with and utterly reliable.

Deborah King - Managing Director - Noodle London Client Testimonial

“We worked with Zoe and the team at TPM Media to source specialist advertising to promote our events. The team were really helpful and understood our brief on what we were trying to achieve. They worked in a timely manner and the communication via phone and email was extremely prompt. We are now looking to work with the team promoting future events.”

Kate Kelly - Community and Events Manager - Compton Care Client Testimonial