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Radio Advertising Ridiculousness

Roy Williams recently wrote a Monday Morning Memo that said…

“To accomplish the miraculous

you must attempt the ridiculous.

Before you attempt the ridiculous

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you must announce it to the world.

If you don’t have the courage to announce it,
you must at least whisper it in the dark.
Because it must be spoken.
You’ve got to hear yourself say it.
And then you’ve got to take action.

Are you sufficiently ridiculous to do this?”

This was taken directly from his memo.  Click here to read the whole thing.  I forwarded that memo on to a few people whom I know are just a little bit crazy and just a little bit genius.  And I told them that I admired them for that… and I that hope to be those things some day.

There is no way in hell that I will ever make a real difference to anyone if I decide to “play it safe” every time and not be a little bit crazy.  Whether I’m writing a blog or writing a radio ad, I better not ever sell out.  I better not ever be someone who I’m not.  I’ve made it this far and have become somewhat successful because I tend to move to the beat of a different drum.  And that’s OK, right?  If it’s not.  I’ll move along.

Did you hear what Sam Smith said at the Grammys last night?  He said,

“Before I made this record I was doing everything to try and get my music heard. I tried to lose weight and I was making awful music. It was only until I started to be myself that the music started to flow and people started to listen.”

Did you catch that?  Only when he started to be himself

And it’s a good thing that the Brits only care about “the voice”… unlike America where all the singers have to be pretty.  No, Sam Smith is not a super model.  He’s a great singer.  He’s a human being.  And he figured out that all he had to do was be himself.

Why is this post called Radio Advertising Ridiculousness?  Well, it started out about Roy Williams’ Monday Morning Memo called Are You Sufficiently Ridiculous.  But it turned into a bit of ridiculousness from me.  I guess if I’m not being different (in a pretty big way) from the other 200 advertising “executives” or salespeople in my town, I’m not going to be happy.  I’m not going to be as successful as I want to be.

I think I hold back.

I think I care what people think too much.

On the other hand, I’m not a complete “follower”.  And I think that scares people in power.  I think that makes them nervous.  And for what?  Life is too frickin’ short ain’t it?

So, when you want advertising that is going to be different enough from the other 5000 advertising messages being HURLED at people EVERY SINGLE DAY… to actually make an impact… then I’d like to sit down and chat with you. 

Would you like to forge ahead of your competition?  Would you like to be the pioneer who isn’t afraid to get the attention needed to grow your business?  Hey… me too.

Radio advertising doesn’t have to be ridiculous… you just need your radio ad writer to be!

Duane Christensen

SIOUX FALLS RADIO ADVERTISING blog

(Head pencil sharpener at Results Radio Townsquare Media)

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Radio Ad Writing – The Search For Perfection

Radio Ad Writing – The Search For Perfection

I put too much pressure on myself when it comes to writing radio ads. I have needed to write a couple scripts for two clients for about a week. I’ve been stressing. I’ve been waiting for some inspiration and spark. It hasn’t come yet.

In a perfect world, my clients would give me access to their brains whenever I wanted. But business owners are busy. They’re running a business! So, I need to take the info I’ve gathered from them in the past and look at it again. Look at it from someone else’s point of view maybe. Turn it upside down, I don’t know.

Or maybe it’s time for another 30 or 60-minute session with my clients…to gather and record new information. Sometimes I feel like I’m bugging them. Sometimes I feel like they don’t feel that their advertising is as important as I think it is. Of course, my worry is probably unwarranted.

Radio Ad Writing

The thing about “quality”…is that it’s not good enough. Anybody can be quality. It’s when you rise above quality that allows you to shine. I always want the ads I write to kick quality’s butt.

All of my worries are because I have a tendency to push towards perfection. Which I think is a good thing for my radio clients. It just tends to give me extra anxiety that I’m not sure I’ve learned how to deal with. So, maybe I should pull the reins back a bit and not get so crazy.

Good Radio Ad Writing Doesn’t Come With The Snap of Your Fingers

Instead of waiting for the perfect idea to pop in my head, I need to just start writing. Write, damn you! And it’s amazing once I start writing…better ideas follow. The only problem is that I forget to just start writing sometimes. Or maybe I’m not in the mood to write. I’m going to make a sign to hang in my office cubicle. It will say, “Just start writing, man!”

If my Sales Manager, Rick reads this…I’m sure he’ll be curious about whether I follow through. Oh, and Rick…sorry I’ve been sick recently. My viral illness spiraled into a painful case of pleurisy. But when the pain meds kick in…I’m fine. So, I’ll be writing today. Writing and helping out with laundry. The cool thing about being sick and “laid up” for a while is that it’s like a vacation for the brain. Once you start feeling better…you get a burst of energy and ambition. I’m hoping that time is today for me.

I know my radio ads help a lot of businesses grow and increase sales. I just want them to know that because I care and respect their investment so much…it turns me into the anxiety-ridden perfectionist sometimes. My radio ad writing comes and goes in flurries. Not sure if that’s the best way to “do this” though. So, the advice I’m giving myself today is, “Just start writing, man!”

As a business owner…if you feel your advertising people may not have conflicts like mine at all…or if you feel they may not be putting as much care and thought into your Sioux Falls advertising efforts, I hope you’ll reach out to me. I’d love to create something great for you. It’s not about the radio station or wherever you decide to advertise. It’s about the word in those ads. It’s about the emotions and pictures you can paint for people with radio ads. Great radio ad writing can make wonderful things happen for your business.

That’s all for now. Have a great day!

Duane Christensen

Results Radio Townsquare Media

Sioux Falls

605-940-7984

What’s Your Reason for Advertising?

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Why do you want to advertise?

  • Because business is slow?
  • Because you now have some cash flow and want to keep growing?
  • Do you need a short-term “fix” or spike in sales?
  • Because you can’t keep customers happy and need to constantly replace them with new ones?
  • You’re a new business?
  • Something else?

I love helping those businesses who want to grow, and who want to continue to grow and take a bigger slice of the market. Or those who have a lot of competition and are fighting to maintain their share or would love to “move up in the ranks” within their local market.

And that can’t be done by quick bursts of advertising like a shotgun at the hip hoping you hit something. A splash here, a splash there, a sprinkling of ads to reach everyone – it just doesn’t work..

You wish that would work. Everyone does. But it doesn’t.

I want to help you and CAN help you, if you answer Yes! to these questions:

  • Are you looking for consistent growth, year after year?
  • Do you want an advertising campaign where you don’t have to discount your prices in order to snag a new customer?
  • Would you like someone to help you manage your ad campaign? (meaning someone who will stay on top of things, write ads, keep ads fresh, give you time to do other things like run your business)
  • Would you like help with what you say in your ads? (ad writing, set you apart from your competition, slogans, etc.)
  • Would you like to work with an advertising person who has your best interest at heart and can advise you on other marketing tactics?

Radio advertising is currently helping hundreds and hundreds of local Sioux Falls businesses. The businesses in which Radio Advertising helps MOST, are those who are being a little “different” in their advertising message. They’re not just using Radio for the sake of using Radio. They’re using it to engage on a deeper level with Radio listeners. They’re branding themselves as one of the top go-to places for Sioux Falls and surrounding area consumers.

Sure, Radio can “get your name out there”. But what good is that if nobody will remember your name when they actually need what you offer? Great radio advertising will brand your business name into the hearts and minds of the large radio listening audience. When you do that, you’re not only advertising to the miniscule slice of people who need your product or service NOW…but you’re branding yourself. That way, when the other 99% (give or take) of your radio audience who need you down the road…will remember you. And then, you’ll be one of the top choices they contact, or possibly the FIRST businesses they choose to contact.

Can you imagine how something like that could immensely improve your situation and bottom line?!

Radio is mass media. Which means it reaches a ton of people. Don’t get overly worked up about your “target”. People are people. And they listen to all different kinds of Radio. There is not one kind of person who listens to one kind of Radio. Radio reaches the masses. And you’d be surprised at which radio stations people listen to. Don’t use Radio for “targeting”. That’s what Direct Mail is for. Radio is for branding your business into the hearts and minds of massive amounts of people.

If you know the type of person you’re looking for (a profitable customer whom you enjoy serving and doing business with)…your Radio advertising should talk very directly to that person. Talk to their likes and dislikes. Talk to their heart. Befriend them with your Radio ads before they ever do a lick of business with you. Earn their trust. Help them feel confident they’ll be treated right if they decide to visit you. Make them feel like you’re “the one” to help solve their problem or improve their life.

What’s YOUR reason for advertising? Is because you’re dabbling with entrepreneurship? Or is because you want to take the bull by the horns and make something happen? Business growth and success does not happen automatically or magically. Successful local businesses went after it. They knew there were obstacles and possibly even a lot of competition in their field. They knew they had to advertise, commit to a plan, and do it differently than everyone else spinning their wheels and sprinkling their ad budget around hoping something sticks.

This isn’t a “DO THIS or you will fail” message. I just want to be one of the first people you contact when you have advertising and marketing questions. I’d like to help you understand what works and what doesn’t when you decide to invest in a successful advertising plan. I want to help. I love to see good businesses (who are good to their customers) succeed and prosper. I want to introduce you to MORE people who would appreciate the products or services you offer.

A good Radio plan can work wonders. And it doesn’t have to be overly complicated. I’ll explain how it all works – just give me a call and we’ll talk. No annoying pie charts and statistics about how Radio is the biggest, baddest thing since sliced bread. Just honest advice on how you attract more profitable customers and grow. Radio is helping my clients do that. Let’s help you do the same.

Have a great day! Hope to talk to you soon.

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.

A Story About Tracking Your Marketing Efforts

I whipped my phone out and searched for All Tune & Lube in Sioux Falls (because they’re my “go-to” people for anything car repair-related). I needed to set up an appointment for new tires. And I didn’t have their phone number in my phone…and I couldn’t remember the number even though I’d called it many times before. Getting old I guess. The info I needed came up on Google after I typed in “All Tune & Lube Sioux Falls”.

But the phone number didn’t seem familiar. I called. All Tune & Lube answered. I said, “Did you guys change your phone number?” They said No.

I’m assuming that they were doing some kind of tracking with that different phone number. Tracking their online calls.

Image courtesy of "Paul" / FreeDigitalPhotos.netMeasuring your return on your marketing isn't always as easy as you wish it would be.

Image courtesy of “Paul” / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Measuring your return on your marketing isn’t always as easy as you wish it would be.

So, what’s going to happen here? They might “count me” as a customer who found them online. And then, they’ll think “online” is where they should put all of their marketing and advertising efforts??? Or maybe there’s an Internet marketing company who sold them an SEO package of some sort with a different phone number??? That’s great as long as they realize that their past customers who love them… may find that number online (like me). And that their past branding efforts have glued “All Tune & Lube” into their audience’s brain – so those people already know who they want to call.

Those people they had reached effectively with their radio campaign don’t have to type in “auto repair” into Google…they type “All Tune & Lube”. So, was it the past radio ad campaign that should get the credit? Or the expert service and above average customer service they received in the past? Or the word-of-mouth? Who knows. It should all work together when you’re marketing correctly. As long as they’re reading those online metrics properly…and my phone call isn’t being categorized as one more new “online prospect snagged”…I’m totally cool with it.

Maybe they are tracking the number of online calls versus Yellow page calls. Great. They’ll soon realize they should shift all or most of their Yellow budget into their SEO plan or something else.

If I owned my own local business… I wouldn’t care HOW people found me… just as long as they do. My tracking would be with my sales revenues. Or number of customers daily/weekly/quarterly. Or whatever best illustrated that I was attracting more new, smiling faces. But it would be over a matter of many months or even a year. Of course, since I know Radio Advertising can work wonders, I’d put most of my budget into radio. You may think I’m biased, but I’ve seen how it works. I’ve heard the feedback. I’ve seen the growth numbers. Shiny and new marketing efforts aren’t a substitute for tried and true.

Are there BAD radio advertising campaigns out there? Absolutely. Even a lot of the national radio ads I hear are completely missing the mark. That’s why you might want to work with yours truly. “Creative” is no substitute for “Selling”. I believe what David Ogilvy said, “It’s not creative if it doesn’t sell.” Your ads need to WORK…not just be something cutesy, funny, bizarre, or creative. But when Radio is done right…with the right message and strategy in place…prepare to be delighted with the results.

Radio is one of the only mass media advertising mediums where the audience is holding strong. Are some of those listeners also listening to Pandora and their iPods? You bet. But they’re also still listening to Radio. Around 90% of the population tune into their local radio stations consistently. And when you find a radio group who’s progressive, keeps enough live and local DJs in the booth, and constantly wonders how they can make a radio listener’s experience better…it’s a good group to go with. Hey…like us! I’m happy to be with a company who knows we have to stay relevant and change when we need to change.

Just be careful with your tracking and measuring. Don’t give something credit if it’s not deserving of the credit. I know you want to know absolutely, 100%, which advertising and marketing dollars are giving you the best return. But it’s not a simple thing to do. You could start by NOT dividing and spreading your ad budget around to so many different mediums. Then, you’ll never know which works well and which ones are just money thrown in the garbage. Start with one or two. Don’t sprinkle. “Own” the advertising medium you choose. Be there. Be there in force.

If you want to have an honest talk about local advertising, let me know. We won’t just talk about Radio…but how local advertising really works. And how we can make your local advertising efforts pay you back many times over. We’ll also talk about how you’ll plan to MEASURE your RESULTS.

Have a great day!

Duane Christensen

Sioux Falls Radio Advertising blog

Radio Marketing / Ad Writing / Sales

Results Radio Townsquare Media

Sioux Falls

605-940-7984

The Missing Piece of Advertising Success

I feel there are a number of Sioux Falls businesses that would like to attract more new customers. But the missing piece is a shortage of advertising ideas. Ideas that give your advertising FUEL for the fire. You may have advertised in the past, or you’re even advertising right now, but feel like there was or is something missing.

You have a vision of what you’d like your advertising to accomplish…and you have plenty of advertising mediums and advertising people you could contact…but there’s a middle area that is uncertain. It’s a cavernous middle area that you wish were more clear.

A big idea can help fill some of that area. Understanding of what really makes advertising work is another missing piece. A person that’s on your side and doesn’t just sell you something and disappear is another ingredient. But let me go back to “the big idea”. It’s a spark that can get you excited about your advertising instead of dreading it. It can be the reason someone chooses to do business with YOU instead of someone else.

You can tell people Who you are, What you offer, and How to contact you, until you’re blue in the face. But if there’s not a big idea to help tell people WHY they should consider buying from you, your advertising will continue to be mediocre at best.

What you may be missing, is a big idea.

Let’s have a conversation. Then, we’ll get ready to create your big idea.

Have a day full of big ideas!

Duane Christensen

Sioux Falls Radio Advertising blog

I consider myself a big idea hunter. I work at Results Radio Cumulus Media in Sioux Falls.

Snoozer Ads: “The List”

I listen to the radio. And I listen to the commercials. Especially the commercials on one of our 8 radio stations. The radio commercials we write, engage and keep people listening longer. If I ever need to remind myself of what most local radio ads sound like…I just pop it over to a station outside of our group. It’s kinda painful.

I like to evaluate the ads on any station – ours or theirs. I can tell the difference between an ad that has potential…and an ad that will help listeners tune out faster. I heard an ad recently that needed some major help. It contained “THE LIST”. The ad that lists about 15 different products. One after the other…and anoothther…and anothththeerrrr…Zzzzzzzzzzzzz.

So, what were they trying to do? They wanted to let everybody know that they have a huge selection to choose from. I get it. But the problem is…it’s grounds for being a SNOOZER AD. There are many different kinds of snoozer ads, but today we’ll talk about “the list”.

How can we let people know that you’ve got a lot of great products? Well, you can let them know you’ve got ONE great product, and a lot of others just as great. What I mean is, you focus on ONE product. You dazzle people with its greatness. You make them SEE themselves using the product. You make them see how wonderful it would be if they OWNED it. You describe the product through story. You describe the process in making the product. Whatever awesome things your product can do for your potential new customer or whatever they might find interesting about the product, you talk about it. Maybe it’s super high-tech. Maybe it’s a combination of this and that. Maybe it has a feature that people don’t know about.

But you can’t be tempted to start rambling off a bunch of other products. When you start listing products one after another, that’s when your Snoozer Ad Warning System signals “red alert” in your brain. Don’t do it. Be strong. Once you’ve pulled out some great juicy bits about your ONE product, then you can say something like, “If you don’t think it’s the best thing since sliced bread, why not inspect one of our other 27 selections.” Or something like that if you really feel the need to let people know you have a ton of products.

When you intrigue people with one product…and they believe that it’s truly a whiz-bang product…they’re going to assume all your other products (or services) are equally as fantastic. And by doing your radio ad that way, instead of inserting “the list”, your ad became interesting, entertaining, informational, and above all…a non-snoozer.

Have a great day! Do one thing better than anyone else could do today.

Duane Christensen

Sioux Falls Radio Advertising blog

I’m a hard-working guy at Results Radio Cumulus Media in Sioux Falls. If you want to chat, drop me a line!

Seduction

“You mean we get to say whatever we want to radio listeners?”

“Pretty much.”

“Wow. That’s cool. Talk about the possibilities.”

“I know. It’s too bad most advertisers don’t take advantage of its full potential.”

“What’dya mean?”

“Oh, most like to make their ads sound like ads. It’ can be an invitation for people to tune out.”

“To me, it seems like it could be seduction beamed right through their speakers.”

“I like that. Seduction.”

“Well, isn’t that what we’re trying to do?”

“You’re absolutely right.”

 

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“We’re the best in the business. We’ve been family-owned for two centuries. We have what you need, when you need it. Our knowledgeable staff can handle anything you throw their way. When you want quality, we’re second to none.”

You may think that it doesn’t matter what you say in your ads. And that you just need to find “the right people”. I’m saying…that is completely backwards. Of course you have a “target audience” and you might not want to send a direct mail campaign to the “slums” of your town. And you might not like the people you get by advertising in the local “shopper”. So, then you start believing that WHERE you advertise is most important.

Don’t get me wrong, sometimes you can find a better audience to advertise to. But if you’re putting an ad out there that “toots your own horn” about crap that nobody cares…

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Are You “Sentencing” Your Ads to Failure?

There’s a thing in your ads that will completely destroy their effectiveness when you’re trying to talk to your target audience with your local advertising in the attempt to persuade a new prospect to buy from you when they’re in the market for your particular product or service. Phew! Holy cow…that’s a long sentence.

Yup. That’s it. Long sentences in your ads will decrease their effectiveness. When you go on and on and on with a sentence, your prospect will not get the point you’re trying to make (if you have one to begin with).

Don’t “sentence” your ads to failure. Shorten them up. Make them punchy and clear. Make it easy. Short sentences keep your ad flowing. It helps the person listening to your radio ad or even watching your You Tube video… “get it” the first time. Don’t make it easy for someone to get bored or confused and move on to something else.

And here’s a link to get a quick ad writing manual. There are valuable lessons included to help you out whenever you’re in do-it-yourself marketing mode. It’s only 7 pages. Click here and I’ll send it over to you. http://nonfatadvertising.com/the-best-7-page-ad-writing-manual-youll-ever-read/

Have a great day!

Sioux Falls Radio Advertising blog

I work for Results Radio Cumulus Media in Sioux Falls. My goal is to help you accelerate your business growth. Yes, word of mouth is the best way to go…it just might not happen as fast as you want it to. That’s where good advertising comes in.