One of the most important ways by which you can turn your small business into a thriving, money-making machine is by advertising. And even though radio advertising – when used correctly – can be one of the most effective forms of advertisement, it can also be one of the most pointless forms of advertising when done ineffectively. When it comes to “knowing what you are doing,” you need to know what your target market is before you can advertise successfully.
If you want to know which demographics are listening to which stations, there are plenty of resources that will help you know this, but if you do not know which demographic you should go after, this will not help you. For instance, if you are a dentist and you are thinking of advertising on the radio, you might think you can advertise on a sports radio program. After all, men come to see you just as often as women come to see you, and men listen to sports radio all the time! But once you start to pay closer attention, you will probably come to realize that it is often the women who call to make the appointments for the men, which means that you should actually be advertising on the stations the women listen to.
Even after you narrow things down to the demographic you hope to target with your ad, you will need to make sure you know how to appeal to them. Many people try to create their own radio ads, and then they wonder why the ads end up being completely ineffective. But just as you are an expert at what you do, there are people who are experts at crafting radio ads that are both catchy and effective. You will be better off hiring out to such people and ensuring results than trying to take the radio advertising into your own hands!
Finally, use an actual ad agency to distribute the advertisements themselves, rather than having someone who works at your business and does not know what they are doing try to distribute the ads. Radio advertising can become a truly effective tool when you hire one such agency, as they will be able to track the number of times your ad was played, the times of day your ad was played, and the response.