10 Secrets for Great Radio
1. Make sure your message is RELEVANT
It’s important that your message is not only relevant to your customer’s life, but that it creates an interest in
your business. Make them WANT to know more. When you get their attention it’s much easier to keep it which means
they’ll absorb and remember more information about your business. Accomplishing that allows you to brand your
company’s name into their long term memory.
creative abilities of radio advertising to paint a mental picture. Your goal should be to get across the
experience for them of using your product, or explaining how your services will benefit them.
If they can
picture it in their life, they will create a need for it. Tell them what you have and why they will want or need
it. Give them a relevant reason to care about you and your business.
When you put
your ad together there has to be a call to action….one that compelling and simple enough to be grasped quickly.
Being compelling means having a "wow" factor and simple means they don’t have to stop and think too much. Make
sure your ad answers the question: what's in it for me? How will it make my life better, happier, or easier? Is
it a product or service that will solve a problem quickly, safely, better and more conveniently than anything
else? Be relevant and compelling and you’ll make the most of your ad time.
DIFFERENT and you’ll be HARD TO IGNORE
Radio is known as “The theatre of the
mind”. That factor is an effective tool for attracting attention so you should never copy someone else’s ad. If
you have unique elements, it will stand out among the commercial clutter. A sound effect, unusual theme music or
"sound signature" will help your ads make a bigger impression. However if you use common clichés and
generalities, the listener (i.e.: YOUR potential customer) will simply tune your ad out. Find an angle and do
consumers are hit by over 5000 advertisements a day from billboards, signs, TV, print and online. This By being
different you’ll lower the chances of people ignoring your message, or even worse forgetting it. Make your
audience taste, feel and touch your product through the power of their imaginations. By being entertaining,
making an interesting point or telling a story your ad will be anything but the usual!
the Phone Numbers (Because the listener won’t remember them)
If your phone number can't get an order or sell a customer, and if you can't make it the centerpiece of the ad,
don't use it. To be honest including your phone number is a waste of your valuable ad time. Most people are
listening to their radio in their cars or at work and in both cases trying to remember or write down a phone number
is expecting way too much. Remember there are many ways to find a business' phone number... phone books, the
internet, even calling the radio station. They'll find it if they're interested!
the Prices on the Merchandise
If you think it's hard for a listener to
remember a phone number try adding a bunch of sale prices! Again you're better off using your ad time giving the
listener a compelling reason to do business with you instead of rattling off a long list of sale prices. If you
MUST include a price then feature one item, per commercial, to insure listener remembrance.
Describe Your Location As Simply As Possible
Don't do lengthy directions. State your location as simply as possible and unless your street address can be seen
from at least a half a block away, don't use it.
a familiar landmark or intersection or direct people to your website. Insert a Google or Yahoo Map locator on
your site so that your customers can get precise directions on how to get from where they are to where you
6. Don’t Make
Your Customers Jump Through Hoops
Make sure your ad offers don’t make it hard for your potential customers to get what they want. Making people do
extra work like mentioning your ad for a free gift or being one of the first 10 people, just to get a five per cent
discount, generally doesn’t inspire anyone to rush down to your business. Instead you're telling the vast majority
of potential customers that they have to do something extra besides just showing up at your store.
The only time this approach gets results is if the payoff is incredible (like giving away a million dollars
to the first caller).
Instead reward your customers equally for coming in by offering great values and great service every time they walk
through the door. All your customers really care about is how fast you can give them what they want and how nice
you are about it.
it SIMPLE and CLEAR
Like phone numbers and sale prices if
you try to promote too much information the listener will never remember it. In addition if you promote too much
information that distracts or bores them you’ll lose them altogether. Your potential customer has too on their
minds already with work, family, health, daily chores and errands so you can’t expect them to figure out or
remember a complex message. Stick to only the most compelling point(s), and KEEP IT SIMPLE.
trick can be to repeat that main point to help consumers confirm they heard the information correctly and
solidify it in their memory. If your message clearly states how your business can help the consumer, it will be
remembered and your business will be Top Of Mind.
your TARGET DEMOGRAPHIC
You have to understand who it is you’re trying to reach to get on the right path to an effective radio ad. Are you
trying to reach someone that’s already interested in your product or someone who may someday be interested in your
“Today’s Buyer” can be easier to create, as they’re already interested in your product and are most likely just
waiting for a good price point, special promotion or extra service to convince them to buy from you. In that
case a hard sell or direct ad can very effective. However, if you’re interested in reaching “Future Buyers” you
should keep in mind they may not even know about your product or business. For those customers you’ll need to
get their interest so educate them by being unique and creative. Do a good job at branding with them and your
company will be Top of Mind the day they decide to buy.
in mind your target customer’s age range, gender, and professional status then choose the appropriate kind of
radio station to advertise on. Don't select radio programs or formats for your own personal likes or dislikes,
but rather for the audience you’re trying to reach.
9. Advertising is an INVESTMENT bringing
you FUTURE BUSINESS and REVENUE
There's an old saying: "A funny thing
happens when you don't advertise - nothing." If you want your business to grow, you have to get your name and
your products or services in front of your customers and prospects - and keep them there.
ready to get started allot a reasonable amount of money for your ads. You can’t expect good results unless you
invest appropriately. Repeat, repeat, repeat! You won’t get the job
done by running one ad. Repetition and frequency is one of radio's biggest persuaders. For best results
advertise day in, day out, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. The results will build over time, and they’ll be
lasting results by keeping you top of mind. Even if you just want your business to stay where it is, you need to
advertise - because it's a proven fact that you will lose up to 25% of your customers each year to relocation,
competitors or death.
sure you’re ready for the response
Once you’ve launched your successful ad
campaign you’ll need to be sure your business is ready to handle the increased demands of new and returning
customers. If you have a website make sure it’s also up to date and has sufficient bandwidth to cope with any extra
importantly make sure your employees are ready. Once they walk in the door it’s up to you, and your staff, to
not only make the sale but make them want to come back!
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