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Radio advertising can help your
business do more business! It's really quite simple - the more people you invite to do business with you, the
more potential customers you'll attract. Click the logo above for more Radio Advertising Facts.
If you have questions about how to implement an effective Radio Advertising campaign, call us
at (573) 564-2275 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
At KMCR, we're in business to help you do more business!
Frequently Asked Advertising Questions
The KMCR Marketing Department specializes in helping local businesses grow through
cost-effective targeted advertising. With the right audience, and enough frequency, your advertising dollars
can provide a tangible return on investment. Our goal is to make your job easier by reaching enough of the right
customers to positively impact your business. The secret formula for advertising success comes down to this:
What you say times how many times you say it!
Below you'll find many of our most frequently asked questions. Scroll and search the list or
if you cannot find what you are looking for, e-mail us at email@example.com
Should I advertise?
If you need to ward off increased competition or generate additional customers, then advertising is
a necessity. Because you can't yell loud enough to let the entire area hear why they should do business with
you, you need to select an advertising platform (radio, television, print, etc.).
When you advertise, you are buying an audience. We provide unique audiences so your
advertising dollars are not wasted reaching people who are unlikely to do business with you, while focusing on
those that will!
Is radio right for me?
If people who listen to radio do business with you, then radio is an option to explore… and 96% of
us listen to radio every week*. (*Radio Advertising Bureau)
- Radio can expand your market reach
- Radio can target your best prospects
- Radio can generate sufficient message frequency
- Radio can reach mobile consumers
- Radio can motivate people to shop
- Radio can establish a relationship with customers
- Radio can break through competitive clutter
- Radio can make a lasting impression
- Radio can maximize your advertising investment
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, in the office, and all over
the house. Radio's mobility, intrusiveness and target ability makes it a cost-effective marketing platform
for nearly any type of business.
How do I get started?
Research our Web site to answer your basic questions. Then, contact us so we can perform a custom
marketing analysis for you. After answering a series of questions and telling us what you want to accomplish,
we can inform you of appropriate promotions or provide you with a custom marketing plan and demo commercial.
How much does advertising cost?
That depends on how much of an impact you want to make and how much competition you have. Though you can
purchase an occasional special package for a hundred dollars or less, our most effective advertisers pick a station
and invest $500 to $5,000 per month. Finding the budget you're comfortable with while providing a sufficient
Return On Investment can be developed through a marketing analysis.
What are the most frequent mistakes advertisers make?
- 1) Not filling up one cup before moving to the next. Many business owners think they need to do
a little of everything instead of doing one thing well. It's been said, “I throw my advertising dollars
against the wall and hope some of it sticks.” Almost any business can get all the customers they need by
simply attacking and owning a radio stations audience.
- 2) Quitting before the advertising can work. Advertising is like trying to get in shape. The
beginning is the hardest part and the benefits truly begin when you think you've given your all. In order
to get your desired body shape when working out, you must earn it by sticking to your plan. Successful
advertising is no different.
I want to build my business, what do you suggest?
Be honest with your expectations and investment you're willing to make. Then call us to do an in-person
marketing analysis interview. We can then provide you a custom marketing plan that matches your goals and
What's the best way to advertise?
Unless you're having a special event, continuous 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 position over and over is
most beneficial. When any of our listeners need your product, our goal is to have your business in their
How long does it take for advertising to begin working?
This depends on what you are selling and the offer you're making. Tell people to visit you for a free
$20.00 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 large custom marketing plan clients, “In three months you'll hate me, in six
months you'll talk to me 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.
What is TOMA?
TOMA (top-of-mind awareness) advertising yields great 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 position over and over is most beneficial.
Which station is best for me?
Ask yourself, “What is the profile of the person most likely to do business with you?” Be specific.
Now, match up that consumer by reviewing individual stations. Once you've discovered the right stations/audiences
that are most likely to do business with you, contact us for a complete marketing analysis.
Who makes my commercial?
We can produce your commercial, or we can suggest an outside production house.
In-House Production is provided at no charge for all our advertisers.
Our custom marketing plan advertisers receive agency quality production from our Creative Services Department,
and our sales/event/occasional advertisers receive professional standard production.
Our mission is to create top quality advertising that works for our client's custom marketing plan.
How? By Listening to the client to find out what their true needs and goals are. Spending the time
required to develop the right message to serve the client's needs.
Crafting creative ads that will make an impression in the mind of the listener.
Employing the highest quality voice talent and producers to turn words on paper into magic!
Our company is very aware that better tools make a better product. The Best Broadcast Group uses
only state-of-the-art digital production facilities. Is this overkill? We don't think so. We
believe our clients deserve the best that we can give them, and it shows in our work.
What should I say in my commercial?
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 Position?” 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 your unfair share of the market's dollars from your competition.
A completed marketing analysis can help us fine-tune your message to the right audience(s).
How much is commercial production?
As part of the Best Broadcast Group family of radio stations, both writing your ad and producing it are
free. We provide standard voiceover production for all occasional advertisers and complete agency quality
production via our Creative Services Department for all Custom Marketing Plan clients.
How can I guarantee success?
After ensuring your business is in fine operating order, stick to a well-constructed advertising theme month
after month. If you deliver your message consistently to the right people, your advertising will yield
I'm a small business with a small budget – can I still advertise effectively?
Yes! Contact us so we can suggest a plan of attack.
Do you have sales or specials?
You betcha! Your Best Broadcast Group Sales Representative will be happy to explain all the
I'm a retailer, what's best for me?
Do you live and die by sales events or do you want more consistency for your business? Sales event
advertising can drive customers, but it's the “caffeine of marketing.” The more sales you have, the more
advertising you need. However, if you want a steady, non-fickle customer base, we recommend the more
I'm NOT a retailer, what's best for me?
Consistency, consistency, consistency! Whether you're a doctor, lawyer or carpet cleaner, a well-developed
commercial stating your unique selling position will keep you in the consumers mind when the day comes form them to
need your services. We firmly believe the best approach is Long Term Consistency, with a minimum of 4 ads a day,
I'm having an event, how should I advertise?
Heavy. We recommend fifteen to twenty commercials a day for a minimum of three days prior to an event or
major sale. For Short Term Impact we recommend determining a budget and scheduling a minimum of 1 or 2 ads
per hour from the time an event or sale starts scheduled backwards until you run out of money.
What about television and cable advertising?
We use it, but darn if it isn't expensive. Getting a good commercial that doesn't look cheap can run
thousands of dollars, and buying prime time can cost hundreds of dollars for just thirty-seconds. Effective
television advertising can get costly.
Imagery Transfer: If you have been running on television, use the audio from your TV ad or let us develop a
similar copy, and benefit from “imagery transfer.” Seventy-two percent* of consumers will visually see your TV ad
while hearing your radio ad at a fraction of the cost. It works well for AT&T, Budweiser and Coke; it can
just as easily work for you. (*Coffin & Tuchman, NBC-TV)
What about newspaper advertising?
We're not crazy about it and rarely use it ourselves. Some advertisers use newspaper because it's easy to
write ad copy. But, circulation is down, ad prices are unreasonably high, and noting scores are less than
impressive. Newspaper was great twenty years ago when we had time to sit and read it everyday. But
we're too “on the go” now. Newspaper can't target your customers so there's too much wasted marketing
dollars. Plus, you never know where your ad will be placed or whose ad you'll be next to.
What about yellow pages?
According to most marketing experts, the yellow pages are dead. Most people get phone numbers online or by
calling directory assistance. If you're spending money in the yellow pages, it's like setting fire to your
What about Internet banner advertising?
For non-national advertisers, a web site is functional as a consumer research tool (just like this one).
In fact, at KMCR and other Best Broadcast Group stations, we offer banner ads on our station websites. Call
us for details.
What about billboards?
They're a great way to say, “Turn here,” or “next exit.” However, telling the story of your business's
benefits in just a few words and a picture is difficult. If you can't afford at least eight “100 showings” a
year, we don't recommend them.
A high-profile billboard can add a splash if you have the budget and are already effectively TELLING your story
on radio or television.
What about other radio stations?
We're big radio fans because of its target ability. If there's an audience that we can't provide you, let
us know. We'll provide any contact information you need.
Should I hire an advertising agency?
If your budget is sufficient to develop a complete multi-media approach with extensive creativity, there are
some talented advertising agencies to choose from. However, for most local businesses, advertising agencies
are typically too expensive.
Should I have a jingle?
If you intend on using electronic media (radio, cable, TV), a jingle can really tie it all together. If
you're willing to invest in a music image campaign, we'll reward your commitment. Have one produced, become a
custom marketing plan advertiser, and we'll rebate your investment in bonus radio ads.
What's a positioning statement?
All major companies use positioning statements. It's a necessity. Wal-Mart's very effective
positioning statement is "Always the lowest price, always". This statement lets you know exactly what this
business is about! You can use your positioning statement in all your advertising (radio, print, TV).
Just try to keep it 3 to 5 words and be sure it hits on your unique selling position.
What is image advertising?
When you advertise image, you're establishing "mind share" as versed to market share, and avoiding the “I've got
to have a sale” syndrome. Establishing your unique selling position(s) with clarity, creativity and
consistency is at the heart of image advertising.
What is branding?
Establishing in the consumers mind your unique selling position(s). It helps prospects understand why they
should do business with you rather than your competitors.
How does a buying cycle affect my business?
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
What is reach and frequency?
An advertising term that calculates how many people you'll touch with your commercial (reach) and how often
they'll hear that message (frequency). Research shows if you can reach two-thirds of a radio stations
audience 3.5 times each; your ad will break through and be heard. Contact us and we'll provide you the number
of ads needed to achieve exceptional reach and frequency.
How and who do I contact for more advertising information?
See our contact page.
What's a “Custom Marketing Analysis?”
This is the worksheet used to discover your needs and find out if we can help you achieve your marketing
goals. Contact us and we'll have one of our Sales Representatives meet with you one-on-one for a free, no
obligation marketing analysis.
What's a “Custom Marketing Plan?”
This is our marketing recap we provide after you've completed a marketing analysis. Custom Marketing Plans
are free and provide our recommendations on how to best achieve advertising success based exclusively on your goals
What's a radio demographic?
It's a group or cell of the population who listens to one or more of our stations. Our goal is to match
your targeted demographic (target prospects/customers) to one or more of our matching stations.
What are your payment terms/credit policies?
We accept cash, check or credit cards (MasterCard ands Visa). We are also pleased to extend payment terms
with approved credit.
Do I have to sign a contract?
Signing off on your approval to run an advertising campaign is standard procedure, although there may be a few
exceptions. It protects you with a low rate guarantee and provides written permission and consent for us to
promote your business.
I tried radio once and it didn't work, why would it work this time?
Because we go through a regimented process including a marketing analysis, custom marketing plan and more.
This process puts all the odds for success in your favor. Our Sales Representatives are trained not
to be good salespeople, but intelligent marketers. Suggesting a campaign that does not work is as
unacceptable to us as it is to you.
What is co-op advertising?
It's 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 50% or more of your advertising bill for sharing time in your
ads. Contact your vendors and ask if you have co-op dollars available.
Do you have any success stories?
We do. Ask and we'll be happy to share them!
I don't have a large budget, what do you suggest?
First, complete a custom marketing analysis or meet with one of our Sales Representatives. We can then
suggest if the occasional special would be best for you, or if you can afford to invest in a small single station
name awareness marketing plan.
What is drive time?
Morning drive is 6am to 10am, and afternoon drive is 3pm to 7pm. The other primary radio “day parts” are
mid-day, 10am to 3pm and evenings, 7pm to midnight. Though drive-time rates are available, the most
cost-effective rates are BTA (Best Time Available plan); where your commercial is heard equally in all
four primary day parts, including drive times.
Should I advertise during nights and weekends?
It's not cost effective to “anchor” your commercials in drive time only. When our clients buy “BTA”, their
commercials run equally in all day parts, including drive times.
Attacking a night and weekend audience is a great way to stretch a small advertising budget. Think we're
kidding? Think of the hundreds of possible customers you could easily influence who work night and weekend
shifts at hospitals and plants in our area and the hundreds who are running errands on the weekends. For just
a small percentage of the number of people listening on the weekend, drive through the parking lots of the area and
imagine all those car radios turned on. Plus, there's less advertising in the evening and weekends, which
means your commercial will be noticed even more than usual.
What is a “Unique Selling Position”?
These are the primary reasons why you are truly a better choice to the consumer than your competition.
Is there a charge for a Sales Representative to meet with me for a marketing
Why use a Best Broadcast Group Station?
Because we're a different kind of radio company. Our Sales Representatives have been trained to
help our clients develop their businesses through effective marketing campaigns. They're not here merely to
sell you advertising because that's not what we are about. We're here to help YOU sell YOUR stuff!
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