Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Why Contests Work: Radio Contest Players Are Ratings Respondents

Why do radio stations offer promotions and contests? After all, the vast majority of listeners come for entertainment elements, don't they? It's about the music, information or personality. True. But radio contests work because...

Text To Win Legal Considerations

Text to win contests have become popular ways for radio stations to conduct contests and promotions, and for good reasons. Response rates are much higher because it's easier. And a text contest appeals to...

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...

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...

Contest Execution: Two for You and a Pair to Share

Nearly every radio station gives away prizes. As a result, most fail to get attention for it. Station A and Station B both have big prize giveaways. They tend to cancel out one another....

4 Ways Radio Contests Appeal to Emotions

Everything on the radio should be designed to appeal to emotions. That isn't a big surprise, because we all make choices based on emotions, not facts. But how about contests and promotions? Listen to...

A Unique Way To Give Away Prizes

Contests on the air should be just as much about entertainment as incentive. If you can attract the highly reactive ratings respondents with the prize and engage non-prize players (listeners) with the content, you can have...

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...

The Play Along Factor In Radio Contests

Interactivity is one of the most important aspects of any radio show. Even if the audience doesn't actively participate, they should be engaged with personalities. But many radio stations and shows make it hard...

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...

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Promotion: Epic 48 Fantasy Contest

You may have heard about Z90/San Diego’s incredible promotion called Epic 48, which turned out to be the first of a series of campaigns. Each...