Who’s The Big Dog?

Who’s The Big Dog?

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Would you like to take a bite out of the big dog’s market share? If you want to grow…that’s where you’ll most likely have to steal customers.

Are you saying to yourself, “Why would I want to steal customers?”

Well…that’s where your growth comes from. People are already using someone else to get the services or products you provide. But not all of those consumers are happy with who they’re doing business with. That’s where YOU come in.

You need to be more appealing to them. You need to offer something better. You need to treat them better. Ya know? Good customer service? Yeah, it’s important. Putting your employees on auto-pilot and free rein to act however they wish…isn’t a good plan. If you’re going to chop down the “big dog” a little bit…you’re going to have to perform better – in every aspect within your business.

THEN…you need to tell people about it. That’s where your radio advertising comes in. It’s easy to just spend some money on advertising and watch it NOT work. That’s a piece ‘a cake. The hard part is making your advertising WORK. Especially if you have a big dog in your industry who is “top of mind” in Sioux Falls (or wherever you are).

So, if that’s the case, you’ll probably have to run more than 3 radio spots per day. We’ll be looking at possibly 4, 5, or 6 radio ads per day. There’s not one formula that’s going to work best for everyone. You have to take into account your competitive situation – or your “big dog” situation.

And if you’re already one of the bigger dogs, then you have to be aware that you’ll have competitors who want to take a piece of YOUR pie. So, you’ll want to at least protect that share with a good ad strategy. And Radio is one of the best places to do that.

You’ll need to set yourself apart from your competition. You need a strategy that lets people know how you’re DIFFERENT. And how you’re able to make their life better by choosing YOU. It’s more than just “running radio ads”. We’ll help you come up with a differentiating strategy. We’ll help you come up with a series of radio commercials that can start “sticking” into people’s minds. And radio does that best when you insert EMOTION into your radio ads. You will need to connect with potential new customers on more than a logical level. You need to push some of those emotional hot buttons and get people to remember you and feel good about you when they need what you offer.

When you buy any kind of advertising…if you’re not told any of this, then you should be wary. You might be told that just by advertising on their TV station, newspaper, website, or buying a special direct mail list that RESULTS will automatically come to fruition. That’s not the case. You need to SAY something worthy in your advertising. The media you choose isn’t the power, it’s the message you’re spreading around. If you don’t say anything in your advertising that is compelling and if what you say doesn’t move someone closer to doing business with you…then you’re wasting your money.

Did you know that just by sharing a better message (above and beyond a poor or average message) your RETURN ON INVESTMENT can be up to 8x better? Yes. 8 TIMES! So, doesn’t that even make it sillier when you’re worried about getting the lowest ad rates? I can find you some really cheap advertising…but you’ll still be throwing that money down the drain if you’re not saying the right things in your ads.

You wanna go after the big dog? We’re good at helping local Sioux Falls businesses do that. And if there’s not a clear “big dog” in your category right now…we’re good at turning businesses INTO the BIG DOG. What’dya say? Ready to take a look at how we can help? How I can help? Yes, I work alone on most of my clients’ radio strategies and ads…but when it’s needed I also get help from my team at Results Radio. That might entail orchestrating a few brainstorming sessions with my team and your team, or bringing one or two extra people along to meet you and ask a few of their own questions.

Let’s start here though…

What would you like your advertising to accomplish?

What is your 5-year GOAL for your business?

Ideally, how much more would you like to grow in the next 5 years?

Let’s start there. I want to help you hit your big target. Maybe you have a goal of growing your business by 4x. That’s great. Let’s start the discussion on how we could help make that happen. It’s more than just advertising…and we’re here to give any extra advice and resources we can if you need it. We’re way more than just a radio station. We’re business growers. We’re staying on top of everything so our radio stations (and our websites) remain in the homes, cars, phones, and work areas of the majority of the population.

I’d love to help. All you have to do is reach out to me. I’m harmless. : )

Have a great day!

Duane Christensen

Results Radio Townsquare Media

Ad Writing / Ad Strategies / Digital Advertising / Radio Sales

605-940-7984

duane.christensen@results-radio.com

I’m a radio rep for Results Radio Townsquare Media. I write this blog on behalf of myself. Bottom line? I truly enjoy helping businesses get from their Point A to their Point B in an efficient manner. And Radio Advertising is just one of those ways that has worked wonderfully well for my radio clients. We have 8 radio stations within our group to help you reach the people you’re looking for.

Your Radio Headline

Sioux Falls Radio Advertising blog…

Your Radio Headline

“It all starts with the snotty noses and green boogies.”

“I talk trash all day long.”

“Chainsaw juggling…”

“We have some fantastic sewing machines that are barely street legal.”

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Image courtesy of “Ian Kahn” / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

“When your car gets a case of the crinkles…” 

“What did the dog psychologist say to the dog patient?”

“Every year, there are more than 40,000 toilet-related injuries in the U.S…and I hope I’m not one of them this year.”

THESE are just a few radio ad headlines from past ads that my clients were daring enough to go with. They may not seem “daring”…but you wouldn’t believe how “SAFE” most business owners want to play. And if it came right down to it, I bet you would hesitate for a minute (or a week) before you gave the OK on one of these headlines.

But you know what? A headline that catches people’s attention like these…is part of the formula. Yes. I have a formula. Or I think it’s about 4 or 5 different radio ad formulas. Subconscious though. I wouldn’t now how to even explain them.

For example…

I don’t even remember why chainsaw juggling came to mind…but it caused me to compare chainsaw juggling to all of the things small business owners juggle every day.

I pictured in my mind what a smashed up car looked like. It was crinkly. So…that’s where the “crinkles” line came from for the body shop ad.

And what better way to lighten up a “psychology conversation” than with a dog psychologist joke?

I’m not a good organizer…I’m not a list maker…I’m not an accountant… so I think that makes me better at some of the creative stuff. Of course, I still have lots to learn. Even though I’ve been writing radio ads for about 9 years, I can see how I improve year after year. If you don’t strive to improve and learn consistently, you’ll get left in the dust. I don’t plan on getting left in the dust, I plan on being ahead of as many marketing people as I can. But… (I’m off track) back to the HEADLINES!

Don’t be afraid to be different with your headlines. They’re like the ad for the rest of your ad. If you don’t hook’em at the beginning…you’re screwed. And then…keep ’em interested all the way through. Don’t bore us to tears with the rest of the ad. Tell me something I don’t know. Tell me something that could cause me to make a new decision based on new information. Then wrap that around strong words and voices and inflections and realness and sincerity. A bit of humor doesn’t hurt once in a while either (but don’t go overboard – most national advertising is all humor and no selling – big fat wastes of money).

So, that’s the end of this hodge-podge blog post. Maybe my headlines I listed could give you a few sparks of your own. Just don’t be too “safe” with your headlines and your advertising in general. Being too “safe” is what will let your competition pass you by.

Have a great day!

Duane Christensen

Sioux Falls Radio Advertising blog

(I work for Results Radio Townsquare Media – call me)  🙂

605-940-7984

duane.christensen@results-radio.com

8 radio stations – radio commercial writing and production – strategy – sales – yada yada yada (whatever is right for you…that’s what we’ll do)

Of course you have questions. Rates? Cost? Stations? Just ask.

You’ve Bought Radio Advertising Before? Oh No.

You’ve advertised on the radio before. So, you know what you want. Ok. But is “what you want”…the best thing for you?

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Image courtesy of “Salvatore Vuono” / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Sioux Falls has a ton of advertising options. You may have already “tried” a bunch of those options. You may have “tried” a bunch of different radio advertising schedules. You may even feel you’ve met nearly every advertising sales rep in the city! Wow, I hope not. That would make ME want to sell everything and move to the mountains!

Do you feel that advertising is a necessary evil? You say, “Well…let’s try another stint on the radio. Can’t hurt, right?” Then, you call up a radio station (maybe me) and ask about the rates.

Now, here’s me. I don’t know much about your business yet. And the number of radio advertising options are pretty high. It’s not a one-size-fits-all kind of thing (if you actually plan on making your radio advertising work). Rates don’t really mean much if you’re not buying into the right plan. Or the right IDEA.

My first thought is… “Do we know what to SAY in the radio ads yet?” No. We don’t. Do I know your competitive landscape? Do I know why your customers buy from you and not the other guy down the street? No.

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Questions. I need to ask questions to offer the best solution. Not just give you a “package” that won’t work. I need to know more before I can recommend a plan for you. Would you like to draw a one-time crowd? Or would you like to become a household name in Sioux Falls? What would you like your advertising to accomplish? Why do you think you’re a big deal? Do your customers feel you’re a big deal? Would you like more of those happy customers? If I asked your customers about you…what would they tell me?

I love to work with Sioux Falls small business owners who want to make a mark. Those who want to serve their customers better than anyone else could, and those who have a goal and want to know how to reach that goal. I don’t really ever feel comfortable being an order taker. I almost always find a major flaw in someone else’s advertising plan. Those flaws could be any number of things that can sabotage a local marketing and advertising campaign. Such as the length of the ads, the competitive strategy, the message in the ads, the number of ads scheduled to air, etc.

If you’ve bought radio advertising before…I want you to forget what you’ve done before. Because if you were doing it right, you wouldn’t have stopped. You wouldn’t have called someone else. So, try your best to erase from your memory what some other advertising person has told you in the past. If you truly want to get it right this time and stop being unsure, skeptical, confused, or frustrated with your local advertising, then, we’re going to start from scratch. We’re going to have a bunch of conversations before I let you spend any money on advertising. We’ll get it right, first. We’ll have a plan. A plan that will carry the potential for good things to happen. Growth. Good word of mouth. Buzz. Increased profits.

When you’re ready, just call.

Thanks. Have a great day!

Duane Christensen

Sioux Falls Radio Advertising blog

I’m kind of a big advertising nerd. And I’m confident in the power of radio when it’s done right. The spoken word is impressive when you choose words wisely. You can arrange them in a way that can be subtly persuasive, aggressively entertaining, or peacefully comforting. Let’s find the right words to use for your small business. I am a salesperson, ad writer, and marketing guy for Results Radio Townsquare Media in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. I started there in 1998 (while still a punk) answering phones and scheduling radio commercials on an old DOS program (green and black screen). Yikes. I’ve learned a heck of a lot since then.

I even published a small business advertising book in July of 2012. You can check it out here if you want >>> Take A Bigger Slice (on Amazon)

Ph: 605-940-7984

Email: duane.christensen@results-radio.com

Web: http://duanechristensen.townsquareinteractive.com/

 

 

The Cheapest Advertising

Cheap Advertising

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The cheapest advertising…is still a waste of money if you don’t get any benefits from it. The cheapest radio advertising…is still a waste of money if it doesn’t work.

I’ve had plenty of business owners want to meet with me…and they say, “What kind of deals do you have?” They’ve been trained by advertising executives and salespeople to ask that question. And that’s because most ad people have nothing else to offer except, “deals”, “packages”, rankings, etc. Nobody asks the tough question. “How will we make this work?”

The local advertising playing field is filled with “joes” and “janes” who think that what they sell is their advertising medium. They’re thinking about getting that next sale for themselves and keeping their Sales Manager happy. They fail to focus on creating ads that will actually work…hence making the customer happy…and buying from them again and again and again.

Why not do it right the first time? Hey Ad Sales people… Why not figure out how to best help your advertising client attract new, profitable customers. They’ll love you for it!

And for you business owners… start thinking RESULTS… not how cheap or flashy an advertising package might be. Yes, there are people out there who know what I’m talking about. And if you can’t find anyone in your area…give me a shout. I’d love to help out or point you in the right direction.

I think it was Brian Tracy who said, “You can always find something cheaper…if you’re willing to take that risk.”

Have a great day!

Duane Christensen

Results Radio Townsquare Media

Sioux Falls, SD

http://duanechristensen.townsquareinteractive.com/

On the Front Steps #2

Straight shootin’… from the front steps.

Advertising and Marketing in Sioux Falls. “On the Front Steps #2”

When you call an advertising company, do you say, “I’d like to talk to someone about advertising.” ? Then you call a few more places. Then, you have a bunch of meetings set up and “pitches” to hear within the next few weeks.

Those pitches might all sound different in the way that they recommend different “ad packages” or what they think is the best station or advertising vehicle (platform) for you to use.

And if you think about it… most of those “pitches” also sound very similar. They all like to tell you how great they are, how many people they reach, or how their demographics match your target demographics perfectly.

I have my own advertising “pitch” to give today. But it’s going to sound very different from the others they’ve heard from.

Have a great day!

Duane Christensen

Sioux Falls Radio Advertising blog