It’s All About You. Wait…No It’s Not

If you and I meet some day for the first time, I’ll be completely honest with you. I’m going to tell you that your radio advertising isn’t about YOU. I’m going to be honest with you because I actually care that your advertising works. I really really care. I’d rather you be happy with me…than upset that your ads don’t work. I’m addicted to the feeling that I’m doing good for my radio clients.

Image courtesy of "Stuart Miles" / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of “Stuart Miles” / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

You may say that you want certain words and phrases in your ads. I may agree…and I may not agree. If your ad is mostly customer-focused and talks about how you help your customers avoid frustration or make them happy, we’re on the right track. If your ad (and ad campaign) talks mostly about YOU. I’m going to tell you WHY that won’t work. And I’ll help you understand the basic psychology behind effective advertising.

Once we figure out what a good strategy will be to set you apart from your competition, and figure out some things to say in every ad that will help cause people to subconsciously say, “Duh. I’d be pretty dumb to do business with someone else,” then it’s pretty smooth sailing from then on. Then, we won’t have to start from scratch every time you need a new, fresh radio spot to hit the airwaves.

Please don’t “try” radio to see if it works. It works. The only reason it would ever NOT work, is if the ads were scheduled too sparsely, or if you’re saying things in your ads that nobody cares about. If you do that, your ads will be “invisible”. And invisible radio ads are a big waste of money, and you’ll be disappointed.

That’s why you WANT me to be honest with you from the start. Not just take your money and run for the hills. You want me to share things with you that you might not see “from the inside”. It happens to the best of business owners. They forget to look at things from the consumer’s point of view. What may seem significant to you and your business, might not matter much to the average joe or jane and their families.

The only ways that your advertising is about YOU are that 1) You’re the one paying for the advertising and 2) we have to tell the listeners which business to contact (YOU!) when they want those wonderful things that you offer – less frustration, better life, headache relief, money savings, etc.

When you want to attract a consistent flow of profitable, new customers, I have what you need. It’s not a pill, it doesn’t come from a magic wand; it comes from putting some serious thought into what it is you want to accomplish and what your customers really love about what you offer. Let me know if you’d like to discuss your future and your new radio advertising plan.

Have a great day!

Duane Christensen

Results Radio Townsquare Media

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

605-940-7984

I work for Results Radio Townsquare Media. I write this blog on behalf of my own sales career within the company. I’m passionate about what I do. Making advertising work for you IS the most important thing that I do. It’s what fires me up. What do I do? I write ads, think strategically with your best interests in mind, create ad schedules so your message can be heard, and I become very familiar with your business and what your customers care about.

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Blech! Advertising is So Confusing!

Advertising is Confusing

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Advertising is Confusing!

What if you decided to finally do it right…and make an impact with your local advertising efforts?

What would you do? Where would you start?

If you look online, you have a ton of choices. Choices that provide no help in “un-confusing” you. Yuck! How could you ever get a feel for one of those advertising companies? You really couldn’t from their online presence. Their websites seem to be full of fluff and “creativity”. I never see any real proof from them that they know how to make local advertising work.

Now, if you stumble across my blog, you may be able to look at a few posts I’ve written…and make an informed decision. You could even listen to some of my sample radio spots. You would either think I’m a crackpot, or you’d be given enough confidence to contact me. But you’d have more than enough information to make that decision. Now let’s get started un-confusing you regarding your advertising.

Radio advertising works…

But first it depends on whether you’re committed to a genuine marketing effort. If you’re looking for the magic potion of advertising results, keep looking. And good luck. If you’re interested in finally figuring out what works and WHY it works, I think you’re in the right spot.

I recently met with a fairly new radio client. There were 3 people from the company ready to answer my questions. I was digging for some new info for future radio ads. One question I asked was, “Is there anything you DO that surprises your customers?” They gave me some great information. Then, we talked for a few more minutes…and the store manager said, “Sorry to go back to that ‘what surprises our customers’ question, but I just thought of something else.” I told him that we could spend the whole meeting on that topic because in your radio ads we need to surprise the listening audience. We need to tell them things they don’t expect to hear. Because otherwise, they’ll tune out. Don’t use advertising to tell people things they already know, surprise them. That’s what will make your radio work better. I heard a few of  them say out loud, “That makes sense.”

THAT was something they had never heard before. In the past, they had been puked on with words, phrases, and industry jargon like, Top of Mind, Branding, Awareness, Demographics, Reach, Targeting, Cost per Thousand, Cume, Dayparts, Circulation, Impressions, etc. etc. Nobody had ever told them that what you actually SAY in your advertising matters. Nobody had ever told them about what kinds of things their “target” might want to hear. Nobody had ever told them that it wasn’t about THEM…it was about how they can surprise, delight, and help someone else – their future customer.

Everyone walked away from the meeting feeling extra confident that we were on the right track. That their ad dollars were being invested wisely.

The only reason advertising might be confusing to you is because nobody has ever really explained it right (or maybe most ad people don’t know).

I don’t sell my clients; I lead them to discover the truth in advertising. I want you to understand what we’re going to do and why it’s going to work before you ever invest a dime.

Give me a shout and let’s talk. Afterwards, advertising won’t be so confusing for you.

Have a great day!

Duane Christensen

Marketing guy for: Results Radio Townsquare Media in Sioux Falls

605-940-7984

duane.christensen@results-radio.com