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Information regarding Fire Alarms advertising campaign: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002


Information requested

1. How much money did the Scottish Government spend on adverts promoting the new fire alarm rules which came in on February 1?

2. List all of the adverts the Scottish Government took out, what dates they were active and what format they were in?

3. Price for each advert?

4. All correspondence between the Scot Gov and the Scottish fire service about the new fire alarm system?

Response

I enclose a copy of most of the information you requested.

The answers to your questions are as follows:

1. How much money did the Scottish Government spend on adverts promoting the new fire alarm rules which came in on February 1?
The total cost for the Fire Alarms advertising campaign was £394,812.72.

2. List all of the adverts the Scottish Government took out, what dates they were active and what format they were in?

Media

Media Channel

Size

Date

TV

STV/C4 Scot/ITVB Scot

30s

19 August – 15 September 2021

Broadcast Video On Demand

STV Player, All 4, ITV HUB, Sky Video On Demand, Virgin Video On Demand/Skysmart

30s

19 August – 15 September 2021

Short form Video On Demand

Sky Media

30s

19 August – 15 September 2021

Pause Adverts

STV Player/All 4

Static

19 August – 15 September 2021

Social

Facebook/Instagram/Twitter

15s

19 August- 26 September 2021

Video

Teads/Rommatic

15s

19 August- 26 September 2021

Display

Teads/Rommatic

In-read video, display banners

19 August- 26 September 2021

Mobile

Blis

Mobile banners

19 August- 26 September 2021

PPC

Google

Text adds

19 August- 26 September 2021

Radio

Clyde 1
Clyde 2
Forth 1
Forth 2
MFR 1
Northsound 1
Northound 2
Radio Borders
Tay 2

Tay FM
Westsound (incl West FM)
Smooth Scotland

Heart Scotland
Classic FM

30s

19 August- 15 September 2021

3. Price for each advert?
Regarding the question of the price of each advert, whilst our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance we are unable to provide the information requested because an exemption under section 33 of FOISA applies. This is because disclosure of the information would (or would be likely to) substantially prejudice the commercial interests of the organisation (section 33(1)(b)).

All Scottish Government media buying and planning is undertaken via agencies appointed through the Media Planning, Buying and Associated Services 2019 to 2023 framework, and never directly with media owners or channels. Using standard media buying software, common to the sector, media buying agencies can access data showing the volume of media purchased by their competitors. Providing the costs alongside this available data would therefore enable competitors to determine the buying rates (price) for individual media companies. This information is highly commercially sensitive within the sector and disclosure would materially disadvantage the Scottish Government contractor. Providing the specific expenditure per advert would allow competitors of the media buying agency to calculate the rates negotiated by the appointed media buying agency who work on behalf of the Scottish Government.

However, we can provide the breakdown per media channel as follows:

  • Television Advertising £182,222.03
  • Radio Advertising £23,463.37
  • Digital Advertising £54,367.32

4. All correspondence between the Scot Gov and the Scottish fire service about the new fire alarm system?
While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the costs of locating, retrieving and providing the information requested would exceed the upper cost limit of £600. The reason for this is that to locate and retrieve that information we would need to conduct a search of all of the records of the Scottish Government. It may help if I explain that we file our information according to the subject matter, not by reference to Scot Gov and the Scottish fire service. Under Section 12 of FOISA public authorities are not required to comply with a request for information if the authority estimates that the cost of complying would exceed the upper cost limit, which is currently set at £600 by Regulations made under section 12.

You may, however, wish to consider reducing the scope of your request in order that the costs can be brought below £600. For example, you could specify the subject matter(s) of the Scot Gov and the Scottish fire service you are interested in or restrict your request to a specific business area of the Scottish Government, as this would allow us to limit the searches that would require to be conducted. You may also find it helpful to look at the Scottish Information Commissioner's 'Tips for requesting information under FOI and the EIRs' on his website at: http://www.itspublicknowledge.info/YourRights/Tipsforrequesters.aspx.

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Contact

Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Email: ceu@gov.scot
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
Regent Road
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG

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