June 23, 2017

Where Should Food Businesses Advertise for Biggest Impact? (Infographic)


Food Advertising Statistics

Like every other small business, companies in the food sector want to lower costs. One way to do that is to be smart when spending advertising dollars.

New research by Condiment Marketing, an Aurora, Colorado-based firm, provides detailed information on food marketing costs in 2016.

According to the infographic below, online advertising and local marketing provided maximum opportunities for customer engagement.

Food Advertising Statistics

2016 Food Marketing Costs

The report reveals a full-page print ad in a leading food magazine may cost in the range of $2,055 to $8,379. Web advertising in the same magazines ranges from $2,500 a month to $105 CPM.

As far as local marketing is concerned, the research provides a comparative analysis.

Using Denver, Colorado as an example, it shows businesses spending $1,000 a month on Yelp will be exposed to 10,000 of the review site’s users in the area. The Denver Post, on the other hand, will cost a minimum $500 a month for online advertising. Cost for a full-page full-color ad in the Sunday full circulation edition will cost $8,430.

Online Advertising Costs

Social media is of course a channel no small business can afford to ignore today. The report shows Instagram ($5.68 CPM), Facebook ($6.28 CPM) and LinkedIn ($2 CPM) are the most viable means to promote food businesses.

In 2016, food businesses also spent money on Google Adwords. For average cost-per-click (CPC) on the search network, they spent $2.32.



For the study, Condiment Marketing researched media kits published by media sources.

Check out the food advertising statistics in the infographic below for more information.

Food Advertising Statistics

Image: The Condiment Marketing Co.
Food Advertising Featured Photo via Shutterstock

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Shubhomita Bose


Shubhomita Bose Shubhomita Bose is a Staff Writer for Small Business Trends. She covers key studies and surveys about the small business market, along with general small business news. She draws on 8 years of experience in copywriting, marketing and communications, having worked extensively on creating content for small and medium sized enterprises.

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  1. Aira Bongco

    The food business is growing but so is the competition. Now, there are so many options to choose from and that means that advertising can get quite aggressive as well.

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