The Wall Street Journal’s new ad campaign skewers the downsides of social media — everything from mindless memes, misinformation and distraction — to urge people to focus on quality media like, well, the Journal.
The “Read Yourself Better” campaign, which debuted on Monday, directly addresses the discontent and confusion surrounding media today thanks to the rise of social media platforms and often, the viral spread of misinformation. The campaign, aimed at people 25 to 44, includes TV, digital and print. The Journal said the effort will be its biggest ever, but it would not cite specific spending plans
The opening TV spots, available in 15- and 30-second versions, will run on linear and OTT TV across various networks including CNN, NBC and MSNBC in the U.S. and on the BBC in Canada, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. Digital ads will run on Display, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Out-of-home ads will run in the New York, Los Angeles, Denver and Philadelphia areas across 1,275 placements with more than 140 million impressions. The only print ad for the campaign will appear in the Asia-Pacific edition of Fortune this December. The campaign is set to run over the course of 12 to 18 months.
“What you choose to read and how you choose to spend your time, rather than the platform you choose to consume it on — that’s what this campaign is talking about,” said Suzi Watford, chief marketing officer for The Wall Street Journal.
The timing of the campaign’s launch — during one of the busiest news periods of the year and a year before the 2020 U.S. Presidential election — was especially important for The Journal to leverage.