Sunday, December 8, 2019

This Should Scare You: Listeners Think Contests Are Rigged

Most radio stations conduct contests and promotions, especially during ratings periods. There's a good reason for it, too. Ratings respondents are far more likely to participate than non-ratings respondents. But, as we've been warning...

Showcase Contests Attract Broad Audiences

Contests are more popular than ever. The data is indisputable. Research proves that a record number of consumers are participating with  interactive promotions. If we can just find the right incentives, we can attract...

How to Win Friends and Influence Listeners

I love this so much, for a bunch of reasons. But most of all, for the way this show knows how to turn a listener into a star on the air. it's a perfect example of...

Contests: How Much Hype Is Too Much Hype?

Just when you thought you figured out how to influence ratings with your contest strategy, this happens. Suddenly you question everything you thought you knew. There's evidence that your audience thinks you're guilty of...

Stretch Your Contest Budget: Create a Listener Experience

Many times, program directors and promotion managers are trapped in thinking that everything the station does has to be larger than life, over-the-top promotions that blow listeners away with how big it is. That's...

Excite Your Audience With Unique Experiences

If your station is struggling to reach the millennial generation, or Generation Now, it could be that you’re programming to values held by past generations. It used to be that we could excite an...

Geek Alert: Science of How Radio Contests Work

Geek alert: This is full of math and statistics. Sorry. But please stick it out and grind through it because it proves that radio contests work. They do drive ratings, if you execute and...

How To Get Maximum Value From Group Contests

Among the curiosities that cause me to lose sleep is how program directors and air personalities place relatively low value on content that isn’t originated locally. It happens in several categories, including group contests. Like...

Giveaway Strategy: One Day Contests Can Be A Big Winner

Here’s an interesting question that is sure to inspire a spirited debate between programmers. Which has more promotional value: Giving away valuable prizes by spreading them across several days (or weeks) and...

Shocker: How Many Promos Does Your Campaign Need? More Than You Think

It’s becoming more and more difficult to inspire audiences to take action. Listeners are increasingly distracted and there is more competition for limited attention. But beyond that, radio stations in general often fall short...

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