If you have competitors working to attract your customers, or if you want to consistently grow your sales and make more money, then advertising is a necessity. The key is to know who your customer is, and why they like to do business with you. Once you know the characteristics of your best customers, you simply need to target your advertising in a way that converts prospective customers with similar characteristics into loyal customers. It is important to remember that most businesses are simply unable to effectively be all things to all people. Always keep in mind that when you select a particular advertising vehicle (radio, television, print, outdoor), you are buying an audience. The goal is to buy the right audience for your business and improve your chances for success.
Advertising creates store traffic, attracts new customers, boosts and maintains morale, is an investment in success, encourages repeat business, generates continuous business, keeps your business top-of-mind, keeps you in the competitive race, gives your business a successful image, and businesses that succeed are usually strong, steady advertisers.
If radio were invented today, it would be all the marketing rage. Why? Because we live in an on-the-go society, and unlike newspaper or television, radio is with us everywhere; in the car, at work, and in the home. Radio is an affordable, mobile, and intrusive medium that provides advertisers with the ability to target a specific audience. When used correctly, radio provides a cost-effective marketing platform for nearly any type of business.
Radio can reach on-the-go consumers and allows you to establish a special relationship with consumers. Radio's listenership remains strong, while time spent with other media declines. Radio can cost-effectively knock through the sea of media bombardment. Radio creates success with powerful and profitable on-location remote broadcasts. Radio's unique formats allow you to target your best prospects. Radio reaches prospects closest to the point of purchase. Radio can bridge the gaps left by other media options. Radio provides unique specialized on-air promotions. Radio is king for establishing top-of-mind-awareness.
Unless you're having a special event, TOMA (top-of-mind awareness) advertising yields the greatest long-term benefits. Not everyone needs your products or services today, so advertising for a month is a crapshoot. Reminding a large group of consumers who are most likely to do business with you about your Unique Selling Proposition over and over is most beneficial. When any of our listeners need your product, our goal is to have your business in their top-of-mind recall.
This depends on what you are selling and the offer you're making. Tell people to visit you for a free $100.00 bill, and you'll have a traffic jam outside your business. Otherwise, advertising is similar to pushing a car. It's tough at first, but the more you push, the easier it gets. Soon enough you can move the car along with minimum effort. We tell our new clients, "In three months you'll hate me, in six months you'll talk to me again, and in ten months you'll be inviting me to your house for dinner." Stick with your plan and you'll be provided a healthy return on investment.
TOMA (top-of-mind awareness) advertising yields the greatest long-term benefits. Not everyone needs your products or services today, so advertising for a month is a crapshoot. Consistently reminding a large group of consumers, who are also most likely to do business with you, about your Unique Selling Proposition, is most beneficial. When any of our listeners need your product, our goal is to position your business in their top of mind recall.
Ask yourself, "Why should someone do business with me?" Be specific. "What truly makes me a better choice than my competitors?" "What makes us special?" "What is our Unique Selling Proposition?" Take a look at your strengths versus your competitor's weaknesses that can result in taking business from them. Our goal is to grow your business by getting you an unfair share of the market's dollars from your competition. A marketing analysis can help us fine-tune your message.
After ensuring your business is in fine operating order, stick to a well-constructed advertising message month after month. If you deliver your message consistently to the right people, your advertising will yield rewarding results.
Do you live and die by sale events, or do you want more consistency for your business? Sale event advertising can drive customers, but it's the "drug of marketing." The more sales you have, the more advertising you need. However, if you want a steady, less fickle customer base, we recommend the safer consistent approach.
The right message delivered consistently. Whether you're a doctor, lawyer or carpet cleaner, a well-developed commercial (great copy) stating your unique selling position will keep you in the consumers mind when the day comes that they need your services.
Heavy advertising works best for event marketing. We recommend eight to twelve commercials a day for a minimum of three days prior to an event or major sale.
Although a sometimes effective marketing weapon, producing a good commercial that doesn't look cheap runs thousands of dollars and buying prime time network television can cost hundreds of dollars for just thirty-seconds. Cable television may be much cheaper than network tv but your ad typically gets spread far to thin between many channels making it nearly impossible to achieve the necessary frequency. Television advertising that is effective, meaning acceptable frequency and good placement on a popular network or program, can be costly.
Newspaper has more of an information medium than it is a motivational medium. Newspaper was great twenty years ago when we had the time to sit and read it everyday, but unfortunately, it doesn't play as well in today's mobile and fast paced world. Newspaper does not afford you the ability to target your customers, so it tends to be a "Spray and Pray" medium. Newspaper is quickly losing may of its subscribers to online news sources which continues to lessen its effectiveness. Additionally, in many instances, controlling the placement of your advertisement within the newspaper can be difficult at best.
Like newspapers, the yellow pages are primarily an informational rather than motivational medium. Place your business's name in the consumers' sub-conscious prior to opening the yellow pages, and the yellow pages just might work better for you. Most consumers say they would be more likely to call a business with a smaller yellow page ad that they had previously heard of, from radio perhaps, than an unknown business with a larger yellow page ad. Radio can prime your prospects with your unique selling position prior to ever going to the yellow pages, giving you the best shot to receive their phone call. With the constant increase of internet availability many consumers are turning to the internet rather than the yellow pages.
All successful marketers use a Positioning Statement. A Positioning Statement separates you from your competitors, and reminds consumers of what makes you special. You can use your Positioning Statement in all your advertising (radio, print, TV). Just remember to keep it simple and be sure it focuses on your Unique Selling Proposition.
Branding is establishing in the consumers mind your Unique Selling Proposition. It helps prospects understand why they should do business with you rather than your competitors.
We all have needs that create buying cycles. As a business owner, you want the consumer to think of you when they need your goods or services. A specific listener may not need an attorney, dishwasher, new sidewalk, or retirement plan today. But, what about those who need these items next month…or next year? Create your business as a point-of-destination in the mind of the consumer. When they have forgotten about your competitor's ad minutes after they pass over it in print, you'll be there to TELL them your story; with consistency, day after day. That's how you create top-of-mind-awareness and that's how to fight through a consumers buying cycle.
Experience has shown that if you consistently follow the basic rules for successful advertising, your chances for success improve greatly. It is our job to assist you in developing a winning game plan that is affordable and to keep you focused on your marketing objectives. That's why we go through a regimented process that includes our marketing analysis, the assembling of an effective schedule, and development of great copy for your message. This process stacks all the odds for success in your favor. Our account managers are trained not to be good salespeople, but good marketers. Suggesting a campaign that does not work is as unacceptable to us as it is to you.
Co-op advertising is advertising paid partially by you and partially by one of your vendors. For instance, you may carry a new widget from Acme Company. Acme would pay up to 50% or more of your advertising bill for promoting their product(s) in your ads. Contact your vendors and ask if you have co-op dollars available.
Cause related marketing is promoting your business through advertising, while at the same time, providing support to your favorite non-profit, organization, or event.
Morning drive is 6am to 10am, and afternoon drive is 3pm to 7pm. The other primary radio "dayparts" are mid-day, 10am - 3pm and evenings 7pm to midnight.
It's not always cost effective to "anchor" your commercials in drive time only. Attacking a night and weekend audience is a great way to stretch a small advertising budget. Think we're kidding? Just think about the large number of potential customers you could easily influence who work night and weekend shifts in our area, or the potential customers that are running errands on the weekends (driving in their cars listening to their favorite radio station!). Plus, there's less advertising during the evening and on weekends, which means your commercial has the potential to be noticed even more than usual.
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A Unique Selling Proposition is some feature or benefit of your product or service that customers and prospective customers can associate with your business. A Unique Selling Proposition distinguishes you from your competitors, and is yours alone.