I have a confession. I used to be a disc-jockey. I was trained in the old school by a news reader to start with, for radio. I could have gone to a country station and done a night shift to start my radio career properly, but I also studied sound engineering and worked with bands, both in studio and live.
So I ended up in the city clubs rather than radio. After working my way to the city clubs, I was the main DJ for the opening and first year or so of the Fame Club in Swanston Street, Melbourne; then I moved to Broadway Night Club in South Yarra. Broadway Night Club was the old Love Machine, Melbourne’s original disco. You may remember the negro man that did the Brash’s adverts “Right on, Mister B!”. His name was Michael Letho. He was the original DJ in Melbourne, for the Love Machine. I worked with him when he came back to visit. I also worked briefly with Daryl Summers (Hey, Het it’s Saturday), Molly Meldrum (Countdown), Gavin Wood (Fox FM) and others.
You get a good ear for sound when you’ve worked with it for years. You also get a good idea for announcing when you’ve been trained by one of Melbourne’s best.
I’ve done a number of M.C. gigs down the years; but I really enjoy using these talents to help businesses. I do voice overs and also video interviews (yes, I do video too). Here’s a few recent ones from the past months. I did an ad for Web Strategies that aired on Voice FM, Ballarat some months ago, and I’ve done the ones here for Good News Radio in Ballarat.
Radio advertising is good value for money, and it adds to your profile in a way that reinforces brand image and value. It’s well worth considering. You can talk to me about voice-overs and radio advertising by calling me on 0423 311 839, or if you’d like a call back later, please just text me or fill in the form below.
10 Golden Benefits
I truly believe radio advertising is a very effective way to increase your sales – here’s my 10 Golden Benefits of Radio Advertising:
1. Radio Reaches a Huge Audience
The latest 2015 survey results show the number of people listening to radio is continuing to increase. In Australia, over 10 million people listen to a commercial radio station for at least one hour every week of the year.
2. Radio is Targeted
Radio allows messages to be tailored and localised to each audience. Advertisers can target their message to specific demographics and communities, geographic areas, and around events and genres in a market. Each radio station is operated with specific market segments in mind, so after a careful selection process your product or service will be advertised to your exact target market.
3. Radio Cuts Through
Radio is the medium that people spend most time with throughout the day, providing ample opportunity for a message to reach its audience. People carry out a wide range of activities while simultaneously listening to the radio. And media surveys always show that radio listeners are far less likely to “tune out” when ads come on the radio, compared to television. Ask yourself – how often do you change channels or get up from your seat when the ads come on tv? Do you do the same while listening to the radio?
4. Radio is the Anywhere, Anytime Medium
Given radio’s portability, advertisers have the opportunity to reach people on the go, giving them an edge over competitors. The accessibility of radio enables listening to occur in places that other media may have difficulty reaching, for example your target customers don’t read a newspaper or magazine whilst driving, nor do they watch tv whilst working in the garden. Its said that there are 50 million radio in Australia – that’s an average of 5 devices per household. Today, radio even overlaps with the phenomenon of digital media via downloadable radio station apps.
5. Radio Is the Pulse of the Community
Radio is live and local so it reflects the community. People listen to the radio to find out what is happening now in their community such as special events, news, traffic updates, weather reports, sport and entertainment. It’s more local than global….the traffic is jammed or the bridge is closed. In fact, it’s very interesting to note that radio has many of the characteristics that the new digital world has in the way it acts as your constant companion, with you wherever you are.
6. Radio Offers Promotional Opportunities
A “live broadcast” at your location, sampling your product on air, running a competition. Promotions like this can be hard to do with social media, print or television, but radio can offer this sort of target customer involvement at an affordable price. And if its done well, it can really personalize your product or service to your target customer.
7. Radio is Influential
Radio is the medium to build top-of-mind awareness – for example, careful time placement of ads can have a real impact on your call to action. In addition, a “live read” that offers a personal endorsement by a radio personality will add credibility to your product or service. Studies show that radio content influences people, because they feel they are hearing it from a “friend” and referrals are always the best type of sales opportunity.
8. Radio Reaches Your Target Customers with Frequency
Advertising works by repetition. Your target customer may well need to hear your commercial three or four times before they respond to your call to action. To reach this level of frequency, radio advertising is usually more cost effective than other media. People choose to listen to radio – they want to listen and be engaged and they listen on average to almost 15 hours of commercial radio each week.
9. Radio is Flexible and Immediate
Radio commercials can be created quickly without the production and delays of other media. Copy can be produced and revised at short notice.A radio advertising campaign can be up and running within a week.
10. Radio Provides a Strong Call-To-Action
Radio commercials can be selectively scheduled by day-part and weekday, enabling messages to be delivered close to purchase. Listeners can act on an advertiser’s message and participate in station competitions.
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