Drive Recurring Revenue with Multi-Month Campaigns

by Liz Huff Second Street

Developing a single campaign running nine to twelve months, creates a powerful opportunity for your media company. This multi-month sponsorship package generates recurring revenue month after month. Because of the set-it-and-forget-it nature of these campaigns, you can sell them once and watch the revenue stream in each month. These are much more efficient than selling one-offs and a great addition to your annual promotions calendar.


Start by picking a theme that will resonate with your audience for an extended period of time. When it comes to choosing your topic, take this as an opportunity to tie into the initiatives you’re already planning. For instance, if you cover high school sports, consider Athlete of the Month. To keep up excitement, you’ll also want your topic to lend itself to new winners each month.

Here are just a few ideas we’d suggest for a multi-month campaign:

  • Athlete of the Month
  • Monthly Health Trivia Quizzes
  • Nurse of the Month
  • Birthday Email Club
  • Amazing Kid of the Month
  • Monthly Home Improvement Giveaway
  • Teacher of the Month
  • Hometown Heroes
  • Monthly Grocery Giveaway

Once you have a theme in mind, it’s time to think about the sponsor. These recurring revenue campaigns are ideal for bigger advertisers who will value being the sponsor of a brand or franchise within your media company. Beyond that, these campaigns tend to align sponsors with a community connection many will find appealing.

When you’re considering advertisers for your multi-month campaigns look to:

  • Hospitals
  • Financial Institutions
  • Education
  • Automotive
  • Home Improvement

A single title sponsorship including core media, email, digital elements, and more is ideal for these recurring revenue campaigns. Not only will you provide exclusive branding for the sponsor throughout the campaign, but you can provide tons of other value as well. By adding an email opt-in to the registration form, you can grow their database month after month. Additionally, consider including a new lead-gen question for the sponsor each month to help learn about their audience.

The results these campaigns deliver for an advertiser, they can also deliver for you. These campaigns are incredibly shareable and drive tons of engagement to your media company’s website month after month. Use this as an opportunity to grow your own email database and learn about your audience each month. We’ve seen these multi-month campaigns generating email opt-in numbers to rival even the biggest citywide Best Of ballots.

Whether you’re looking to drive more revenue, increase your email database, or create an engaging piece of content for your audience, a recurring revenue campaign is a win for all parties involved. If you don’t have one running right now, it’s time to get started.

Get your copy of the Seller's Guide to Promotions.