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How Can All the Radio Stations Be #1?
Are you confused by all the information you receive from various radio stations? Do they all tell you they are #1 and you don't know who to believe? Most of them probably are #1 so believe it or not, they aren't lying to you. The question is, "What are they #1 in and is it a group of ears you want to reach?"
Quite often a radio "Account Manager" or "Account Executive" which are pseudonyms for radio sales person, receives a call from someone who states they are gathering information for someone else, the real decision maker, someone who is looking at radio as a possible advertising medium. They ask for an information package to be mailed out to them; or faxed over if it's urgent (Ha!). When the rep asks questions that are essential to the provision of any information pertinent to the situation (demographics, psychographics, time frame, budget etc.), the caller says they know nothing. They were just told to call stations and gather information.
Being an obliging rep, the information is sent or faxed as requested ?.and then nothing happens 95% of the time. The decision maker receives the rankers, profiles, sales packages, announcer and program information and can't figure out how to make a decision?.so they buy print instead. Both sides of the prospective transaction lose.
The information each station sends out will of course focus on their strengths. As mentioned earlier, many will be #1 in their target market, which really confuses the issue. If the prospective client thinks that everyone is their target market, they may chose to buy the station that has the highest cume audience (cume ? unduplicated listeners who tune to the station for at least 15 minutes a week). The price per commercial is usually quite high and discourages new advertisers before they start.
Even when the decision maker is the one gathering the information or meeting with the reps, they still often end up confused by all of the data. The secret to gathering the information you need, is to ask the right questions. How do you ask the right questions?
You ask the right questions of yourself first and provide as much information as you can about what you want to accomplish with this advertising and whom you need to reach. Make a list of the characteristics of your best customers. Define the age group, the kind of radio they are likely to listen to (talk, rock, easy listening, news, etc.). Identify any psychographics that may be pertinent.
No matter how much you would like to think so, everyone is not your customer. There is a group that is more likely to use your services or buy your product and they are the target to focus your efforts on.
When you request information, be specific. State unequivocally that you only want information that is relevant to the consumer characteristics, you provide. All the information must be based on the same criteria, to provide a basis for comparison. How else will you determine which station reaches your best customers at a cost effective rate?
Bigger isn't always better, so choose your audience based on the criteria you set, and work with the creative team at the station to write and record messages to captivate your customers.
Copyright © 2005, Nancy Fraser, Nota Bene Consulting All Rights Reserved http://www.notable-marketing.com
How to Save Money by Making Your Own Sign
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To bring great sales success, a great advertising technique is not the only parameter. You must know what it is that your customers are actually buying. They are not buying your product or service, they are buying what it will do for them. Use the answers to this to set up your advertising masterpiece.
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Let's face it. Email marketing and publishing have became very popular tool for promoting your business, especially in the USA. Many people use email in everyday communication. Email is fast and cheap. What would you like more? Many people subscribe to ezines about Internet, Jokes, Tips, Recipes, Horoscopes... Majority of these emails are free and very quality.
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This article will show you how to cut your printing costs to a penny and have your postcards addressed for free without doing it all yourself, reducing the time you invest in your mailing to almost nothing.
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If your company is one of those innovative businesses that has taken advantage of new fax broadcasting technologies to get your message out, you've probably come to realize that the fax broadcasting services industry is ever-changing and new developments are coming out all the time.
Can I Write and Print My Own Business Brochures and Business Cards?
If you have a computer and a printer, preferably one that can print in color, then you can make your own brochures and business cards that are very professional-looking! Be sure to use good quality paper (that is available at any office supplies store like Office Depot or Staples) for anything that you are going to hand out or send to potential customers and clients.
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One of the main problems people find with marketing, is the actual selling. How can you create ads which sell?
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A professional business card says more about you and your business than any other tool in your marketing arsenal. You need a card that looks good, tells what you do and makes it easy to contact you.
When Advertising Wears Out
One of the challenges facing marketers is determining the most effective level of advertising exposure for a brand, while maintaining a given budget. Conceptually, the media planner could choose continuous advertising (even exposures spread over a period of time) or follow a strategy of pulsing ("on" for some months and "off" for others). The decision is important because the wrong one will considerably affect customer response. When advertisements are run at a low frequency (very few times), they run a risk of going unnoticed. The first time customers view an advertisement, a majority of the time, the message doesn't even process in their minds. On the other hand, when an advertisement is run at a high frequency, advertising wearout may occur. Therefore, the task at hand is finding just the right frequency for a positive response.
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