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Voiceover Tips: 5 Ways to Sound Likeable and Believable

Posted by Jon Sheltmire on June 29, 2020 at 10:42 AM

One of the most powerful marketing tools for a business is when a business owner becomes the voice of his or her company.  Think Dave from Wendy’s; when he started starring in their ads in the 80s, sales skyrocketed.  Dave seemed natural, unaffected, likeable and sincere.  He invoked trust.  On a subconscious level, viewers must have felt like, if Dave is such a good guy, eating at Wendy’s must be the right thing to do! 

This is especially true for local business.  There’s something reassuring to listeners about a local business owner who comes across as a good person, who is fully involved with the business and has a vision for how to improve his or her customer’s lives. 

Many local businesses do take advantage of this opportunity, but not all businesses do so as successfully as they could – and most often this is because they aren’t naturals at voicing their own ads. 

This is not their fault, of course.  Public speaking in all its forms is like dancing or playing a musical instrument; it comes more easily to some than to others.  But, just like dancing or playing a musical instrument, it does come with a set of ‘good form’ tips that can at least help nudge one in the right direction.  The rest is practice!

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Topics: Advertising, Radio Marketing

Why Top-40 is Still Top Dog

Posted by Cathy Atkins on June 18, 2020 at 1:53 PM

Top-40 music continues to vibe with not just the young in age, but also the young at heart. Listeners to the format are like the music they adore - active, trendy, vibrant, youthful and engaged. They also happen to have money...and a desire to spend it. These young yuppies are buying everything from food and clothes to homes and cars - a far cry from the stereotypical teenage listener trying to finish homework so he/she can play video games. If you haven't considered Top-40 as an audience worthy of your business, you're missing out.  Here's why. 

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Topics: Radio Marketing

Classic Rock is on a Roll

Posted by Carla Leible on June 8, 2020 at 11:55 AM


We all know that classic rock is one of the most popular and timeless music genres, but why? A simple answer could be that it makes you feel like a badass while listening. Think about the time you first heard Pink Floyd, Def Leppard and the Rolling Stones and how it made you feel… like a true badass. And while that may be a driving factor in the popularity of this genre, it also has an authenticity factor that so many people young and old resonate with. 

In fact, 12 of the top 20 best selling music artists of all time are classic rock musicians… that is pretty legendary if we do say so ourselves. Bands like The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Aerosmith and Metallica are iconic in the music industry for a reason. It was the most popular genre for the Baby Boomers and will remain that way heading into 2020 and beyond.

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Topics: Radio Marketing, classic rock

Knowledge is Power: The Allure of Talk Radio

Posted by Carrie Berkbuegler on May 28, 2020 at 2:45 PM

It’s essential to stay up-to-date in today’s information fixated society. Knowledge is, and forever will remain, a powerful tool. Therefore, talk radio that is formatted properly with commentary and debates and those that promote engaging conversations is an advantageous way to enhance your advertising campaign. Even when there are opposing opinions, debates and free thought create an engagement that is riveting to all listeners. Regardless of whether or not you follow politics, it’s been proven that talk radio ratings spike dramatically during a political season, giving credence to the notion that listeners do enjoy a challenge and benefit even from opposing viewpoints. 

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Topics: Radio Marketing, news talk radio

Comeback Companies: Success Stories through the Great Depression

Posted by Carla Leible on May 27, 2020 at 9:17 AM


When times are tough, it's easy to believe that your situation is unique...that no one has ever faced adversity in business and that the options are limited. In this series of blogs entitled "Comeback Companies," our goal is to share stories of companies that stood in the face of hard times and refused to give up. In fact, they were often berated at the time for their stubborn refusal to do what other companies where doing - cut back or give up. We hope their stories of hope and persistence inspire you to press forward in your own journey.

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Topics: Radio Marketing, news talk radio

The Perfect Pair: 5 Ways Social Media and Radio Can Work Together

Posted by Christine Lepp on May 21, 2020 at 9:00 AM

Marketing for small businesses is no longer focused on a divide-and-conquer strategy. Due to Google, mobile consumption, on-the-go lifestyles, social communities, and many other trends that have impacted the consumer journey, we can no longer expect our marketing messages to perform in silos. Instead, many businesses have found that most advertising works best when they are created to complement one another. By pairing two—or more—platforms together like social media and radio, you’ll be able to extend your reach and increase your overall return on investment (ROI) with a cohesive, effective strategy that engages your current and potential customers.

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Topics: Social Media Marketing, Radio Marketing

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