What is Co-op Advertising?

Co-op advertising is a joint effort between a manufacturer and their retailer. Brands have the resources to create larger campaigns advertising their products and retailers need those resources to drive sales. Ultimately, co-op advertising benefits both parties, the manufacturer and the retailer, and enables them to reach their goals of increased brand awareness as well as driving more consumers to purchase.

How Does Co-op Advertising Work?

It’s common for manufacturers to offer co-op advertising programs to retailers as a way to share co-op advertising funds. There are multiple types of plans that manufacturers and retailers can create. A simple co-op advertising plan divides the marketing costs 50/50 between the manufacturer and retailer. In other cases, the manufacturer may cover 100 percent of the retailer’s advertising costs or provide the retailer with a fixed marketing budget annually. 

What are the Advantages of Co-op Advertising?

By sharing financial resources between the manufacturer and the retailer, a co-op marketing plan provides several advantages.

1. Mutual Cost Savings

By leveraging the manufacturer’s marketing resources and the retailer’s relationship with customers, the two sides create a more efficient marketing operation that delivers considerable cost savings for both parties.

2. Increased Brand Awareness

Another benefit of co-op advertising is increased visibility for the manufacturer’s brand and products. When a manufacturer subsidizes the marketing efforts for retailers, the brand is able to share its message with a larger and targeted customer base. 

3. Better Content Quality

Retailers may not have the branding expertise or advertising experience to create high-quality marketing materials. Most brands have marketing professionals who already create a lot of content. A co-op advertising plan makes it easier for independent retailers to get their hands on it. 

How Co-Op Advertising Can Help Boost Digital Marketing

Co-op advertising is a great way to expand your network and to share the cost of marketing between interested parties, but how does social media fit in with all of this? Co-op marketing often means traditional marketing materials like print handouts, but with digital marketing, a whole new frontier is available.

While 50% of consumer time is spent digitally, only 15% of ad spending is digital. So, if most of co-op marketing is not digital and it’s not on social media, where the majority of Americans have some presence, there are untapped marketing opportunities here. 

Grow Your Co-Op Program with ThumbStopper

Engaging in a co-op program is a mutually beneficial opportunity that can lower advertising costs and achieve outstanding ROI in your digital marketing efforts. As a retailer and manufacturer, you should be taking advantage of co-op advertising programs. Put the money toward social and digital media advertising to expand your reach, increase customer engagement and boost website traffic. ThumbStopper does the heavy lifting to publish your brand’s content to your social feed so you can take advantage of the resources brands are already creating and market your products. Contact ThumbStopper to learn more about what co-op programs may be available to you.

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