How Payload scaled up campaigns, channels and sales with ease
Sponsy's deep insights and enhanced capabilities boost sales focus, efficiency and growth
Client Partner @ Payload
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With an audience of more than 19,000 leaders in the space industry, Payload is a US multimedia company focused on the business and policy of this rapidly developing economy. And, much like its readers and listeners, Payload is always on the lookout for new opportunities to grow its channels, as well as its revenue.
The media company hired its first sales professional, client partner Brian D'Erario, in February 2023. Brian combines a strong background in traditional media gained at Dow Jones with a deep understanding of digital, thanks to his time at the Morning Brew.
In this role, Brian works with clients to develop and execute advertising partnerships that drive business growth. While he focuses on sales, an operational manager concentrates on accounting: overseeing post-sales processes and back-end processes.
During his time working with the Wall St Journal, Brian learned that it's really important to recognize revenue on an earned-revenue basis.
He needed more than simple, top-line costs: he needed a way of tracking average costs and gaining deep insights into his revenue.
Brian began by creating an Excel sheet breaking down every single advertising dollar sold. It was time-consuming, but not a new process for Brian.
Payload needed to address an additional challenge. Since being so young, they needed to get advertisers in the door initially. The focus was less about the price for selling their product and more about what we they could do for companies in the industry.
Brian, however, recognized that this would change sooner rather than later. He explains:
The Payload team began looking for an easier and more effective way of increasing his understanding and scalability.
Why Payload chose Sponsy
In February 2023, after meeting and reviewing offerings from several vendors, Payload's co-founder Ari Lewis put his trust in Sponsy to help his business expand its offerings beyond two newsletters (Flagship and Parallax), a podcast (Pathfinder) and webinars.
Sponsy is the SaaS working tirelessly to help media operators streamline and scale their ad operations by equipping them with the capabilities and data-driven insights they need to work efficiently and profitably.
During initial meetings, Payload found Sponsy's understanding of their concerns, recommendations and ability to tailor the platform to their exact needs.
While Payload was interested in Sponsy's capabilities for their 5x weekly newsletter, they found the platform's compatibility with other types of media (from podcasts and social media to editorial and any type of publication) especially attractive as the company moved forward.
Harnessing the power (and ease) of Sponsy
Less than a month after they began working together, Payload adopted the Sponsy platform for its expanding operations.
According to Brian, the adoption process was “smooth”' and followed by “pretty seamless growth”.
But that's just the start, thanks to the platform's ability to allow users to look at metrics within specific timeframes to understand average prices, availability and more.
“Specific timelines allow us to manage growth for our projections next year,” Brian adds.
From feedback to feature (quickly)
While the Payload team agrees that the platform has been “very helpful”, they have been particularly impressed by Sponsy's responsiveness.
Deep insights into buyer decisions
The platform provides Payload with easy-access to a range of data tailored to their exact needs.
Metrics like these offer Brian deep insights into buyer behaviours. As well as informing future projections, this feature ensures data-driven decision making on price points, scheduling and much more.
Time and money saving administration
Incorporating Sponsy into their operations allows Payload to use its resources and budgets more efficiently.
While the platform enables Brian to concentrate on client relationships, sharpen pricing and increase sales revenue, its powerful capabilities eliminate the need of two additional members of staff.
Sponsy enables Brian and his colleague Audrey, the operations manager, to handle a range of once time-consuming tasks, including:
- Managing revenue
- Making and updating projections
- Tracking inventory
- Overseeing client assets
Since adopting Sponsy and scaling up operations in February, Payload's client partner has not looked back with achievements including:
- More than 80% of the year's ad space sold by July
- Successful launch of a third newsletter (Polaris)
- Increased advertising revenue (without additional costs)
- Effortless asset management
- Greater customer engagement
While Payload's planning benefits from Sponsy's capabilities, Brian and his colleague Audrey recognize they have “underutilized” the customer portal and its vast potential.
Through this single location, advertisers can submit advertising materials to publisher-specified requirements, as well as reviewing and approving ads and tracking results.
Following initial, positive trials with advertisers, Payload's clients are now utilizing the portal's easy-to-use interface to reduce the time, effort and risk of error associated with traditional email communications.
Brian is enthusiastic about the possibilities, adding:
Brian feels the platform is particularly helpful for media operators who need to scale revenue operations quickly as opposed to building an Excel, which can quickly become “old and time-consuming“.
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