“And More!” Advertising (Resist the Temptation)

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I caught myself typing “and more!” in a recent radio script I was writing for a special event. I slapped myself silly and then deleted that ugly, meaningless phrase. There was a small amount of blood, but I’m OK.

Why does “and more!” make it into WAY too many radio ads? Couple of reasons I suspect.

1) Lack of information. You’re trying to list a few things about the business or about a special event…and you really only have about two things to list but it doesn’t feel like that’s enough…so you type “and more!” thinking that the public will want to check out all the “and more” that there is to offer.

2) The client wants you to insert “and more!” into the ad copy. Probably because they’re terrified of leaving anything out…and they feel they’re safe if they add “and more!” They also probably feel that everyone hearing the ad will say, “And more?! Oh, boy! I can’t wait to find out what the ‘and more’ is!!!”  

Whether you’re a radio advertising copy writer or a business owner writing your own ad copy…I beg of you to resist the temptation to put “and more” into your copy. Let me explain why…

People don’t hear those two words in your ad. And even if they do, they won’t even have a clue what they would entail. And they won’t be excited about those words, pondering what exciting and mysterious things could be waiting for them at your business or special event.

So, the words “and more” in your ad…are DEAD WORDS. They mean nothing. People want to know specifics. They want the juicy facts! But if you’re insistent on using “and more” because you’re pig-headed or don’t believe me…at least say “and a whole wagon-load of whatchamacallits!” in your radio spot instead. You might as well get some attention with your vagueness, right?

Maybe you’re a retail store and you’re having a huge sale. You decide to mention a bunch of name brands that you carry. After listing about 5 brands you say, “and more!” Sorry, but people aren’t going to fill in the blank. All they possibly heard are the brands they’re familiar with. Two out of the five if you’re lucky.

Fill your radio spots with something better. Get people’s attention. Tug at their emotional strings. Get them to FEEL what you can do for them. Make them want to experience what you can offer them. That won’t happen with laundry lists of unremarkable items and a whole bunch of “and mores” snapped onto the ends.

When you and I work together on your radio advertising campaign…or your special event advertising…I’m going to dig deeper. I’m going to make YOU dig deeper. Let’s give people some information they might actually care about. Let’s entertain them. Let’s make them LIKE you before they even become a customer. And when they do…then YOU can make them LOVE you. Sound like a plan?

Have a kick-butt-take-names kind of day!

Duane Christensen

605-940-7984

I write this blog on behalf of my own sales and marketing career at Results Radio Townsquare Media in Sioux Falls. (8-station radio group + ad writing + strategy). This is not the company website. This is my own personal radio advertising blog. I hope to educate future radio clients as well as share some extra insight to my current radio clients. I’ve been doing this long enough where I know what works and I know what doesn’t in the world of radio. When you want to make a splash and grow your business in the Sioux Falls and surrounding market, please get in touch with me. I’d be happy to talk about the options you have and share my ideas with you.

I Want My Pot Roast NOW!

Great success with your Radio Advertising is like a pot roast.

You’d love it if you could cook a pot roast in 10 to 20 minutes…but you’d be disappointed. You’d love it if your Radio Advertising worked at its maximum level within the first week or month you’re on the air with your radio ads…but you’ll be disappointed.

That delicious pot roast takes some time to fully cook and bring forth all of its juicy, meaty goodness. And it’s the same for your radio advertising…

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But it’s well worth the wait when you bite into that roast. And your radio advertising will be well worth the wait when it starts getting into the minds of the listening audience (and sticking).

Let’s compare this to Direct Mail – the microwave popcorn of advertising.

Direct Mail gives you almost everything it can give you…immediately. Heck, “they” even say you’re supposed to commit to at least 4 mailings to a particular list before you can see any real results. So, why would you only do Radio for a few weeks and then abandon it when you’re disappointed?

What radio does that any Print advertising cannot do…is settle into your memory. Branding. You can become “the one” most people remember when they need what you sell. Wouldn’t that be cool? You can be “the one” people FEEL BEST ABOUT when they need what you sell. Do you know what the glorious results of that are? It means growth. It means you don’t have to put a “special offer” or discount into every ad. More profits. Better customers who value what you stand for, not people only looking for “a deal”. And that happens because of SOUND. You can stick into someone’s head with a good message faster and more sticky by using the power of Radio sound and repetition. (think Pavlov’s dogs – bell ringing)

How long is your product or service buying cycle? Which means how often to people need you? Every week? Every year? Ever 5 to 10 years? Your answer depends on how fast your advertising will work. If you’re selling mattresses, I’m going to make you a much happier advertiser with Radio versus your print advertising or Direct Mail campaign. Are you a remodeler, home builder, plumber, roofer, garage door company, farm implement dealer, furniture store, glass company? Same. Not everyone needs you today or next week or next quarter…that’s why it makes more sense to take the road to branding and getting into your prospects’ minds as one of the best, safest, most trusting place to buy from when they need you. You can’t make that happen with Direct Mail or the newspaper or a billboard.

You can’t do that with a crappy Radio message either. That’s why I focus on crafting a radio ad campaign strategy that lays the foundation for getting people to feel most comfortable with YOU…instead of any of your competitors.

So, let’s be patient and do it right with a tasty pot roast instead of settling for pop tarts or microwave popcorn. Let’s start the conversation. Give me a buzz and we can discuss your unique situation.

Side note: When you’re on the Radio…any Direct Mail piece you supplement your Radio campaign with will have more impact. Just make sure you have a bold message to share. Get noticed. People aren’t waiting patiently for your next advertisement. Every radio ad, postcard, thank-you note, etc., needs to pack a little punch.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Duane Christensen

Results Radio Townsquare Media – Sioux Falls

605-940-7984

My work website: http://duanechristensen.townsquareinteractive.com/

If you have questions about the cost of radio advertising, which radio stations would be a good fit, or how to get started attracting more customers, don’t be afraid to ask. I like to help good businesses take a bigger slice of the Sioux Falls market.

I’m a 39-year-old ad writer, radio marketing guy, and business helper. I’ve been learning and growing at Results Radio since 1998. I’d like the chance to show you what we can do for you.