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GUIDELINES TO MAXIMIZE YOUR RADIO ADVERTISING

Radio is a powerful medium to get your message out. It is the best medium for branding (getting your product recognized and known so people will buy it). By following these guidelines you will get the most success out of radio advertising campaigns


1. CONSIDER LONG TERM GOALS

Plan your strategy. Decide your short and long term goals, objectives and budget then plan your advertising campaigns accordingly. Like your company's slogan have an ongoing theme to maximize your brand's recognition. You can refresh your ads during different parts of the year but some part of every ad should be the same - consistent and recognizable - so people can identify with it.

2. PLAN YOUR BUDGET
Plan your budget to include adequate funds to make sure the money you plan to spend makes the best impact for your brand. When economic times are tough many people stop advertising but big brands don't. They know they have to keep their brand name out there to compete and make their sales. So as smaller and medium advertisers diminish their advertising you should seize the opportunity and advertise to stand out and be recognized with the big brands.

3. LARGE, SMALL OR TOO MANY STATIONS MAY NOT BE THE BEST BUY
Radio relies on frequency and reach. 'Frequency' is how many times you run the ad and 'Reach' means how many times you reach the SAME listener, not just reaching large listener numbers. Buying from a large radio or small station and paying the highest or lowest ad rates does not guarantee success of your ad. A small budget spread over several stations may not make an impact. Find the station that best aligns with the listener you want to reach and who will identify your brand with like-minded radio stations and radio programs.

4. SEND THE RIGHT MESSAGE WITH A KISS
Radio Advertising is all about the message you are trying to send. Your ad should be unique, motivating, inspiring and memorable. However radio ad writing is an art unto itself. It requires professional experience and knowledge to get your message across in the right way. In today's world of 'so much to do, so little time' and people's short attention span a 60-sec commercial is like an informercial so to be effective keep commercials to 30 seconds. Radio ads are an emotional buy. Listeners need to feel the ad and remember to - KISS your ad. Keep It Simple Sherlock don't put too many points in an ad that people get overwhelmed. To make an ad successful professional radio copy writers know how many points to put in an ad. So let an experienced radio professional create your ad if you want to maximize results.

5. BE REALISTIC
Getting immediate, instant results from your radio ad is an unrealistic expectation. Remember the 'Tortoise and the Hare' fable - the moral is - slow and steady wins the race. This moral applies to radio advertising. In radio it usually takes a listener 13 weeks to react. That's why professional radio stations have minimum 13-week contracts. However, like the moral in the fable, constant steady advertising throughout the entire year is a better guarantee for success. Radio is a 'top of mind' experience. For example, you hear a radio ad about new tires, but at the time you don't need tires so your mind tunes out the ad. Then your tire blows out. You go to a tire store. Your mind then recalls the ad and you will probably at least ask about the price, if not buy the tires from the ad. If your ad is not consistently running your message does not get reinforced to produce that 'top of mind' experience to maximize your brand results.

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