Advertise on TheSmartLocal
Get in touch with us for our latest media kit by emailing [email protected]. If you're unfamiliar with TSL and advertising through branded content, please read on for a thorough explanation.
Traffic estimator SimilarWeb ranks TSL as the most read lifestyle site in Singapore. We're also a 'creative agency', 'production house' and 'media publisher' all rolled into one. We first help come up with a creative strategy that matches your brief. Then, we create the media and distribute it across our channels - which reach over 3 million Singaporeans a month.
Doing everything in-house means the quality is kept consistently high. You get content out faster as there's only one company and one point of contact and everyone is aligned. This enables us to translate urgent briefs into published content as fast as one day after receiving the brief. We work with major media agencies, government boards and MNC clients - nailing briefs, overachieving KPIs, and helping our partners win marketing awards and recognition - like in the below examples with Canon and Singtel.
A big differentiator for TSL is our multi-channel approach that helps advertisers get cross-platform coverage across all the major channels in Singapore. Too often, digital advertising is done on just one channel as most publishers are strong on just a single platform. But the Internet is more than just Facebook or Instagram. You don't want your marketing to reach just a fragment of the social media space. Our presence across the major channels in Singapore allows advertisers to reach out to different demographics in Singapore through a holistic approach. This is our multi-channel approach:
- TSL website (Branded Content Marketing)
- Facebook page (Viral Marketing)
- Instagram (Influencer Marketing)
- YouTube (Video Marketing)
- Malls, TV, cinema (Outdoor Display Marketing)
After the digital push, clients also have the option of using our videos as media assets for outdoor advertising, like the video above displayed at JCube. Other clients market the videos on Facebook before showing them in cinemas or on television - getting amazing value out of their advertising.
Step 1: It's not easy to stand out from the clutter on the Internet because users have choice here and nobody wants to see hard-sell explicit advertising. This is where our dedicated content strategists come in. They work closely with clients to conceptualise a creative way to market messages using a soft-sell "branded content" approach. We specialise in creating engaging content that gets social media buzzing and people talking. Here's an example of such a branded content article we did. Those who say organic reach is dead are doing it wrong as all the engagement below is organic.
It doesn't matter that it's an advertorial. Look at the positive feelings readers will associate with your brand when your advertising is done right!
Step 2: This content will then be disseminated to over 500,000 followers through our advertising channels below.
Channel 1: TSL Website Reach - 1.1M Unique Visitors Monthly
TheSmartLocal averages over 2.3 million sessions from 1 million unique visitors each month, with 65% of our readers being regular, returning readers. For comparison, big local online magazines/portals typically get 200k visits monthly. Just input your favourite website into SimilarWeb.com to get a good estimate of a website's traffic.
Channel 2: Facebook (Reach: 6 Million+ Organic Monthly)
Brands today struggle to get 5% of their fans reached on their organic posts. Our stories regularly go viral in Singapore and beyond. Here's a viral social media campaign we executed for Paragon.
Every story we cover will be amplified on our Facebook page to over 330,000+ followers. Age demographics on our Facebook are similar to our website. In addition, we ensure every advertorial hits its target guaranteed views - if it doesn't do so organically, we will boost the posts on Facebook at our own cost, guaranteeing your story is seen by a mass audience.
We have also introduced advertising options through Facebook videos and Facebook Live. We do the filming and distribution, and you're allowed to retain the video as an asset for your own social media promotion. Here are the organic statistics of one of our FB videos.
We also offer YouTube Live streaming as a service, with talents, videographers, and backstage admins to manage the whole event smoothly. Here's a GIF of our behind-the-scenes monitoring.
Here's a full behind-the-scenes look at a YouTube video so we can see how many comments we get every second. Our live streaming is advanced with multi-camera views, set design, prepared scripts, and prepared artwork. We highly recommend YouTube streams over Facebook streams as they get 200-400% more concurrent viewers.
Channel 3: Instagram Reach (75,000+ Followers)
We have an Instagram following of over 75,000 - one of the highest in Singapore for a non-individual account. When a company advertises with us, we create interesting and original media on our Instagram to reach more people on yet another channel. Play the video above to get an idea of the standard of media we create.
Additionally, we'll take care of the arrangements for additional Influencers if you'd like more 'influencer' coverage from our talents - but this comes at an extra cost.
Channel 4: Video Marketing (2.5 mil+ Channel Views Monthly)
We create beautiful media that opens up the avenue of video marketing to our 120,000+ YouTube subscribers. Here's a video from the "Discover Indonesia" campaign we did for Changi Airport. We promoted 5 Indonesian destinations to Singaporeans through compelling editorial content, video travelogues and social media. The campaign received over 2 million views in total across the 4 channels after the first two months.
The next year, Changi Airport Group engaged us again to create a 4-part series which also performed well, and our videos were played in Golden Village cinemas. We've been working with them for three years.
Our videos also shown across shopping malls and buildings as part of the content strategy of shopping malls. Lifestyle malls just want good content to show on their screens, and turn to us for content. Here is another advertorial video we did for a client, NTUC.
TheSmartLocal readers are made up of Singaporeans looking for ideas on what to do in and out of Singapore. We cover the best activities, travel ideas, hotels, restaurants and so on and promote good finds and promotions to Singaporeans.
These are our demographic figures over a large sample size. 85% of our traffic is from Singapore and 80% of our readers are between 18-35 with slightly more female readership (63%). Our biggest group is aged 25-34 - the young working adults. This makes up a hefty 42% of our reader base.
You can request our full media kit by sending an email to [email protected]
How to Advertise with TheSmartLocal
A single viral post of ours can exceed 100k pageviews, which is more than the monthly circulation of most magazines and more than the readership of most websites in Singapore. Yet we charge a fraction of the pricing on print media and our results are measurable. You'll get a detailed report of your campaign at the end, down to industry benchmark comparisons. The best part? Unlike traditional media where the time-frame of your advertising is limited, these posts created by us last FOREVER on the internet.
For smaller companies and new advertisers, we recommend trying out our basic sponsored post first, like the ones we created for Old Chang Kee and Gong Cha Singapore that performed well, and more importantly made consumers think more about the aunties/attendants they interact with at kiosks. This comes with social media amplification on our Facebook page.
Drop us an email at [email protected] to get started.
Summary of TSL advertising options:
- Editorial: Sponsored Posts or Branded Content
- Facebook: Facebook Videos, Facebook Live
- YouTube: YouTube Segment videos, YouTube Live
- Instagram: IG Posts, IG Videos
- Loading fees: Conversion of the above assets to outdoor display/marketing collaterals
We also provide other digital services but it's our traffic and reach that you ultimately want to utilise.
Some of our reviews have been highly influential - a positive review went viral and caused so much hype for the restaurant that all the local newspapers covered the queues it was getting.
Our advertising translates into real-world results which are sometimes so huge they block the entrances of their competitors.
Past Clients and Collaborations
We have had the privilege of working with many MNC companies, large businesses, agencies and home-grown local companies.
We also have a long collection of testimonials that can be seen upon request. Should you wish to receive our latest media kit, have a look at previous case studies or have any further questions, feel free to call our office or send an email to [email protected].
And if you want to learn more about digital marketing in Singapore, check out my digital marketing blog.