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BP Ad Surge Slows

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.: BP’s on-air campaign is slowing down, according to Media Monitors. The firm has been tracking money spent by BP on radio, television and cable. MM said this week that since April 20, BP has placed nearly 47,000 spots on air across the three media.

“It appears that things are slowing down with the BP ads,” Media Monitors reports. “Radio dropped from 2,529 to 2,173 ads, while TV also decreased from 2,284 for the week down to 1,733 commercials. Cable slipped to 1,960 spots from 3,316 the week before.”

By market, during the most recent week measured, (July 13–19), BP ran its television spots most heavily in Washington, D.C. (77); Boston (57); Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla. (56); and New Orleans (52). Media Monitors uses a “broadcast content recognition process” for audio fingerprinting and identifying advertisements.

BP cranked up a public-relations campaign in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The incident provided a case study for Media Monitors to track and graph recent information about corporate marketing and advertising. MM says that not long ago, graphics based on actual aired content, issued almost immediately after the fact, would not have been possible.