4 Common Ways to Do Radio Advertising THE WRONG WAY

radio advertisingHere are some great ways to make sure your radio advertising does NOT work for you…

1.  “Let’s try it for a couple of weeks and see if it works.”  

If you’re going to do this, it better be a Help Wanted or a Sale ad and you better have about 8 to 10 ads running a day. Radio’s big strength is constant, consistent brand building. And be prepared not to be completely Wowed for 2 to 6 months. And then… plan to be elated at the end of Year 1.

BUT… that’s ONLY if we take a tedious, creative, and intelligent approach to the message we’re putting out to the public. My specialty is figuring out what we need to say in your ads so your radio advertising works… and you grow because of it.

2.  “We just want a straightforward Radio Ad with the facts.”  

I heard this one the other day. He’s a fairly new HR guy. They’re doing some Help Wanted advertising. This local company has been using radio for recruitment advertising with me for about 8 years now. And it’s worked for them because we’re bold and creative in their radio ads. But the new guy just wants something “straightforward”. And we’re changing the ads from 60 seconds to 30 seconds. Ok, I’ll give him a break. He’s new. He doesn’t know that we went through this trial and error phase 8 years ago. The fact is… people like to be entertained. Especially, when they’re listening to the Radio… because that’s why they turned it on in the first place. So, if we weave a persuasive message into an entertaining and Non-Ignorable radio spot, it’s a win. It gets heard more often. It gets remembered more often. Radio listeners get weary of radio ads aimed only at their logic. When you add emotion and entertainment, that’s when the real results show themselves.

3.  Not taking your competition into account.  

If you create a radio campaign without “strategy” in mind, your ads won’t work as hard as they could for you. So, you have to think about how you compare with your competition. Where are they strong? Where are you strong, where they are not? We need to “open a wedge” where you stand above your competitors. We need to highlight the points where you shine. And those points need to be things that people really care about.

For example, I have a banking client who’s on a consistent yearly radio plan. They’re a smaller bank with multiple locations that 1) answers the phone when you call, 2) is small enough where the employees know who you are, and 3) cares more for the individual. Our strategy is to highlight the shortcomings of the big banks – like customer service and always having to wrestle with automated phone systems… and then explain why you’ll be happier at a smaller bank. We’re using humor and also reminding people of how it used to be and that they can have that level of service again. We’re also going to possibly incorporate some good testimonial ads into that mix of humorous ads very soon. At least, that’s my vision. Getting customer testimonials isn’t always easy.

If we just gave a laundry list of services and cliché lines about customer service and a knowledgeable staff, the ads would never get any attention. They would be ignored. And the radio advertising wouldn’t work.  No matter where you advertise, it’s ALL about the message and the strategy within your ads. And radio advertising is one of the best places to create messages that have a huge impact with listeners.  Why?  Because of the massive range of creative angles, “theatre of the mind”, the power of sound, and versatility.

4.  Getting too technical about demographics and the radio stations you choose.

Most radio stations would work for a good, local branding campaign. Yes, some might have a few more listeners that seem to be in your “wheelhouse” of the demographics you’re looking for… but barely. Don’t try splitting hairs.

Consider a demographic range for many radio stations… 18 to 35… 25 to 45… 35 to 60+. That’s a pretty big range. You know why? Because you can never tell what kind of music someone enjoys. Or whether they prefer Talk Radio over a station that plays music. And most people have 2 to 4 favorite radio stations. There’s not one radio station, TV station, newspaper, magazine, website, or social media channel that OWNS an audience. People are people. All you have to do is make sure you’re saying something in your ads that people might actually care about. THAT is when your advertising will start working. It’s not about WHERE you advertise. It’s about what you SAY in your ads. I don’t mean to be a broken record about that (well maybe I do), but it’s the most important thing that business owners and “marketing people” need to understand. Your advertising results depend on it.

Radio just happens to be one of the best mediums in order to place your well-crafted, entertaining, and engaging advertising message.  Why?  Because it’s a “friend”.  It’s a place we turn to for information and entertainment.  Every day.  And 90+% of people listen every single week.

YES… I could keep going with reasons to do radio wrong… these just happen to come up a lot in my many years of experience in the local advertising arena.

Duane Christensen

Results Radio Townsquare Media - Sioux Falls

duane.christensen@results-radio.com

 

 

Are Objections Getting in the Way of your Sale?

Sales Objections

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Overcoming Objections.

Is that the goal?  Are you sure?

I’m writing about this because I’m in Sales. I’m also in Advertising and Marketing – which is more Sales.  You are in sales in some way.  Have you been “taught” things about the science of selling?  Some sales education includes the topic of Objections.  It’s about anticipating objections – and then knowing how to precisely respond to those objections.

What do YOU think about anticipating objections?

I think that kind of thinking is backwards (or sideways?).  I believe that we’re encountered by objections because we’re thinking too much about them. Or thinking about them, period.  “What if they say this…what if they say that?”  Worry, worry, worry.  Why worry about what might happen?  What will happen…will happen.  But YOU control what will happen.

Keeping on the subject of Objections…my solution to overcoming objections is to KNOW as much as you want to know about what you are offering (selling).  When an objection comes up from someone you’re selling – you can either automatically answer the question honestly because of your knowledge of the subject, or you can bumble and attempt to lie your way through an answer, or you could honestly say you don’t know but you’ll find out, or you can agree with them that maybe your solution isn’t their solution.  It is what it is.

Why force a sale?  Just be a potential solution…or don’t be.  It doesn’t matter if you’re not someone’s specific solution to their troubles.  All you do then is find someone else who might be.  And then, maybe their objections are answered easily and clearly, and you’ve just become someone’s solution to their problem, and all is well, and you’ve made a sale.  You’ll make more harmonious sales when you just be what you are.  And if you’re honestly NOT a very good solution to your prospects’ problems…then there’s a “cross in the wires” and you’ll never have a fulfilling or successful career in what you’re doing.

I handle objections by being completely honest.  Could someone maybe “wow” a potential new customer better than me in a certain situation?  You bet.  But I’m not worried about wowing a prospect like they were hit with a beam of light from the heavens.  All I want to do is be a good person and allow them to see and feel that I have their best interests at heart.

Don’t stress about sales.  If sales will come they will come.  You just have to be set up properly to allow for it.  Are you helping people?  Are you passionate about it?  Do you want to help more people?  Then you will.  If you want something for nothing…sorry, you’re screwed.  If you want to know the precise response to every objection to your sales attempt, then all you need to do, is know as much as possible (or as much as you want) about what you sell and how it helps people create a better life for themselves.  But don’t ever want a precisely measured and memorized response to an objection.  Your response will be a little different every time.  But the meaning and the idea of your response will be the same.  The more you know, the more you won’t have to even give a second thought to objections and potential objections.

I’ve gone through massive amounts of stress due to my sales and marketing career.  I’ve been up, down, and all around.  I’ve learned that laziness will bring you exactly what you fear it will bring you.  I’ve learned that going after something in which I’m not “all in” will produce no fruit (or very little).  I’ve learned there are not cheats to getting what I ultimately want.  I’ve learned that sales does not have to be stressful.  I’ve learned that money and “things” doesn’t create a happy life.  Whoa…I may have got off track…

So, I don’t even THINK about what a potential new customer might object to.  I either know everything I need to know about what I’m offering…or I don’t.

You may say a salesperson should have a “sales bible” or scripts or a list of questions, objections, and responses.  I will always disagree with you.  And I’ll be a happier salesperson.  Neener neener neener.

But don’t sell for someone else.  Sell for YOU because it helps people live a better life or it takes away some kind of distress in their life.  If you WANT to help more people with your “solutions”…you will.

**** Know your craft.  Know what problems you solve.  And stop worrying.  Just be. ****

I have no idea why I wrote this – except for maybe I feel that one budding salesperson could read it and be inspired. Or maybe a struggling salesperson will read it and decide that Sales isn’t for him or her… and move on to a more fitting profession that will ultimately make them happier.  Isn’t that all we want?  To be happy?

Have a groovy day.  : )

Sioux Falls Radio Advertising blog

Duane Christensen

(Assistant bacon manager at Results Radio Townsquare Media)