State of Media Sales Study by AdMall and SalesFuel

SalesFuel conducted our eighth annual the State the Media Sales survey in May 2018. The 1,395 respondents to this survey were media sales reps and media sales managers and were actively employed by media sales companies in the United States.

The questions in this survey were designed to help us understand the level of optimism in the media sales industry. The data we collected revealed the extent of the shift to digital formats in media sales. Sales reps and managers also revealed how they divide their time across specific selling activities on a daily basis.

// Sample Findings

64% of media sales managers say it’s harder to overcome advertiser churn than it was a year ago

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Audience decline is currently the biggest source of frustration for media sales reps

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Video production for online and social is a growing market with nearly 37% of media reps selling these services

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At least 44% of media sales reps now sell social media management

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Health Care (not including pharma) is the biggest category of expected revenue gain

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77% of media sales managers say it’s harder to hire good salespeople than it was a year ago

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39% of media sales said they would stay in the job longer if they could from home more often

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The average Net Promoter Score for all media reps is zero (it’s 12 for those selling TV)

State of Media Sales, SalesFuel, 2018

Half of all media sales reps say it’s harder to meet corporate expectations than 1 year ago

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1 in 4 media sales reps have been on the job less than 1 year

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Findings from this study, along with expert analysis, is provided in our thought leadership and to clients of AdMall® and SalesFuel Consulting