You asked for information about the Scottish Government's website, gov.scot/costoflivingsupport and the associated media/promotional campaign designed to direct members of the public to it:
- The total cost of media and promotional campaigns, including development/agency costs for the content, for promoting the website and cost of living advice service. Please provide a breakdown, for example TV advertising, print advertising, social media advertising, development of TV ads, etc.
- The total number of hits the website has had, since its launch on September 28. Please provide a weekly breakdown if possible. If recorded, please also include the average dwell time (i.e how long people stayed on the website) for each week.
- In September 2022 a new Cost of Living campaign aimed to:
- De-stigmatise the need for financial support and advice amongst the general public.
- Drive awareness of the types of help and support on offer to help those most in need through the cost of living crisis.
- Promote the key touchpoints where the public could receive support and advice and apply for finance support. This included telephone numbers and website addresses for various organisations and charities as well as gov.scot/costoflivingsupport.
The paid-for media campaign ran from 28 September to 22 November 2022 while activity in relation to PR and social media is ongoing. The total cost for media, production and agency fees relating to this campaign which ran across TV, radio, digital, press and outdoor is £636,321, to date. A breakdown of which is supplied below.
- TV and Video on Demand advertising - 7 weeks = £307,870
- Radio advertising - 6 weeks = £66,563
- Out of Home advertising - 5 weeks = £22,750
- Print Advertising - 2 weeks = £21,437
- Digital advertising - 7 weeks = £50,702 of which Social Media advertising = £20,831
Production and agency fees
- Creative production and agency fees across all advertising formats = £118,111
PR and Partnership costs
- PR = £16,360
- Partnership activity = £32,528
- In response to your final request, the total number of visits to the website, since its launch on September 28 until 3 January 2023, is 441,522 unique page views.
The weekly breakdown to the 3rd January 2023 is as follows:
|Date||Unique pageviews||Average time on page|
|28/09/2022 - 4/10/2022||48,175||00:00:51|
|05/10/2022 - 11/10/2022||48,637||00:01:00|
|12/10/2022 - 18/10/2022||46,300||00:00:59|
|19/10/2022 - 25/10/2022||37,875||00:01:01|
|26/10/2022 - 01/11/2022||42,420||00:00:57|
|02/11/2022 - 08/11/2022||36,252||00:00:58|
|09/11/2022 - 15/11/2022||28,446||00:00:56|
|16/11/2022 - 22/11/2022||35,254||00:01:01|
|23/11/2022 - 29/11/2022||21,593||00:00:54|
|30/11/2022 - 06/12/2022||18,914||00:00:53|
|07/12/2022 - 13/12/2022||27,823||00:00:52|
|14/12/2022 - 20/12/2022||21,108||00:00:57|
|21/12/2022 - 27/12/2022||11,506||00:00:57|
|28/12/2022 - 03/01/2023||17,232||00:00:55|
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Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
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