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    How to Choose the Right Ad Size when Advertising in Newspapers

    Oct 25 | By:  Categories: Our Blog, Print Media

    Purchasing advertising space may be more complicated than you think. The rates depend on your display ad size, as well as how much the publication charges per unit. However, posting an advertisement in a newspaper can be an effective way for you to share a new product, announce your business, or share the benefits of your services to your target audience. With print media you can precisely reach your prospects while saving money and turning leads into customers. If you are wondering about the cost of placing an advertisement in a newspaper or where to purchase advertising space in general, here’s what you need to know about choosing the right ad size for your campaign.

    What Are the Different Display Ad Sizes?

    Quarter Page

    Quarter page advertisements refer to the 1/4th of a newspaper page that has dimensions of 15-16 cm in width and 25-26 cm in length. This ad occupies a complete corner of the newspaper page and is also called a postcard size ad. Out of all the display advertisement options the quarter page ad is the most common. It is beneficial because it is economical and when placed strategically, it can be very effective.

    Half Page

    As its name suggests, a half page ad occupies half of a newspaper page; however, there are two types of these advertisements. A vertical half page ad is printed vertically on the page and the dimensions are 16 cm wide and 52 cm long. This ad covers the full vertical length and half of the width of the page. A horizontal half page ad is 33 cm wide and 25 cm long. It covers the complete width and half of the length of the page. Half page ads are commonly used for business, retail, and Fast-Moving Consumer Good (FMCG) categories.


    Full-page ads consume the entire page of the newspaper, meaning there is no other content on that page apart from the ad. These ads are about 33 cm wide and 52 cm long, and they cover about eight columns, however, the dimensions of a full-page ad depend on the size of the magazine or newspaper page in the publication.

    Minimum Ad Sizes

    The minimum size of a display ad is about 4 cm width and 4 cm in length. This differs from classified display ads which are 3 cm by 5 cm.

    Custom Ad Sizes

    Although there are many options for ad sizes you can use, there is also a category of ad size that can work even more in your favor. Custom ad sizes are undefined because they are customized. The dimensions for these ads depend on the advertiser’s choice or the personalized size of their ad. Here are some of the most common customized ad sizes:

    • 4 cm (width) by 5 cm (length)
    • 8 cm (width) by 4 cm (length)
    • 8 cm (width) by 5 cm (length)
    • 8 cm (width) by 6 cm (length)
    • 8 cm (width) by 12 cm (length)
    • 12 cm (width) by 20 cm (length)
    • 16 cm (width) by 20 cm (length)

    How to Calculate Newspaper Advertising Rates

    Now that you understand the different ad layout sizes that you can choose from, it’s important to know what they cost. Most ads are measured in column width across and inches in length, so when you are getting a quote from a publication, the rate is usually the cost of a unit of advertising. One unit of advertising is equivalent to one column width and one inch in length, which is often referred to a as a column inch. Whether the publication measures their rate in inches or centimetres, they will disclose the measurement of the unit in the rate.

    In many cases the open rate or the one-time rate is the most common cost option. This is often charged to advertisers that only want to run their ad once and who may not qualify for a discount. The sum of the open rate is usually the total column inches of the ad multiplied by the column inch rate in the rate card. For example. if the rate is $50 per column inch, you will need to multiply this by the total size of your ad.

    Let Macromark Help You Get Quality Ad Space at a Good Rate

    Display ad rate cards can be complex and confusing because publications like to encourage advertisers to run larger ads more often. However, they may offer discounts to encourage you to run more often so you can benefit from the partnership. It is important to know that you will need to consider these discounts as you create a budget for your print ad. If the details of print advertising seem complicated or confusing, you can benefit from partnering with a direct mail marketing agency.

    With over 30 years of experience, Macromark has grown to become one of the leaders in the direct mail industry. We help our clients target consumers with precision through our comprehensive list offerings, and work with clients when choosing the right dimensions and ad spaces. With our help, you can get great exposure to your market, while enjoying discount rates thanks to our connections in the print industry. We can help you stand out from your competitors and engage readers, both of which are essential to growing your customer base and enticing them to visit your store or web site.

    If you are looking for the right professionals to help lead your next direct mail marketing campaign, we’re the team you need. Our services also include print media, direct mail marketing, list brokerage, data solutions, list fulfillment, and list management. For more information about how we can help grow your business, contact us at 1-(845)-230-6300.

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    David Klein

    David Klein is CEO and President of Macromark, Inc. David has a rich and deep background in direct response marketing. His experience comes from being a consultant and list broker with more than 25 years in the Industry; working with several hundred different clients in just about every industry, market or niche found in direct mail. David is a graduate of the University of Illinois with high honors advanced degree course work in Marketing Communications from Roosevelt University in Chicago. Part of Macromark’s vision is to help its clients succeed in their acquisition efforts for finding new customers regardless of the marketing channel or media used. Add me to your G+