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Pro-Marijuana TV Ad Campaign Successful; More Are Planned

Jim Finnel

Fallen Cannabis Warrior & Ex News Moderator
Over 500 NORML supporters donated slightly more than $16,000 (avg. donation was $32) in support of running the winning 60 second ad from NORML’s 2008 online ad contest.

The advertising media used by the campaign combined low cost national cable and Ohio News Network. For added exposure element a PR bonus blitz was distributed via PRweb.com.

Initially, it was difficult t get approval to run NORML’s PSA/Commercial. Ohio News Network was quick to be first but other media outlets passed. Finally, a national media vendor with homes in every market in the country, gave the go ahead.

The National Cable Homes buy (April 20-April 22, 2009) reached homes with ’smart cableboxes’, which tracks the precise networks and advertising spots watched. NORML only paid for the audience reached and who stayed tuned to the ads.

-97.5% of people who watched the stay tuned in.

-Average length of time they viewed was 59.2 seconds

NORML’s ad buyers viewed the PSA as being very effective, and for the very high percentage of the public who watched the ad, they apparently could not turn away.

The Numbers

7,700 spots ran across 210 markets over three days, in each market, 38 spots ran on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, CNN, CNN-Headline News, FX, Spike and Fuse.

-A total of 2,428,858 total viewing households were reached

-A total of 2,394,690 actual viewers watched the commercials live

-34, 168 additional viewers recorded the networks and watched the commercials within 7 days

-75 spots ran in 1.5 million homes on the Ohio News Network from April 23-April 28.

NORML’s PR package reached 30,000 journalists, 30,000 websites and 225,000 RSS subscribers, resulting in over 136,313 viewed packages, and 2,118 media outlets tracked the story.

The avg. cost was $2.07 per 60 second TV ad

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New Member
EXCELLENT! I watch a lot of TV, and live in Ohio, and I didn't catch it - but then again, smokers like me are not the ones who need to see these spots.

Where do I donate for the next round?


New Member
Very Nice. Good on ya.


New Member
WOW I am really impressed. I sure would like to see that ad run more in all markets. We are stronger in numbers then we even know I am sure. Can you just imagine???


New Member
I've been a Medical Grower for 4 years now and never knew there was this much force towards getting that kind of info out into the public. I can only hope that this continues. I'm going to the NORML site and register so i can keep in the loop. Keep up the good work....thinking of donating....

Angus McSpuds

New Member
32 bucks... good deal.
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