How You Can Get Your Hands On Free Radio Advertising - Part 1

By Owen Jones

Most business owners know that advertising is essential to their business. However, despite knowing this, most business owners dislike advertising because it is dreadfully costly. The problem is that if you do not advertise, only your friends and neighbours will ever get to hear of you.

For instance, in our average sized town of 65,000 people, there are thirty-eight pages of builders in the Yellow Pages; each page has two columns and each column lists forty to fifty names on it.

These small businesses dream of TV and radio advertising like the big companies, but it is just too costly or at least they think that it is. Huge companies like Coca Cola and MacDonald's spend hundreds of millions of dollars on radio and TV advertising, but small business have other, smaller opportunities to advertise locally.

One of these cheaper, sometimes even free, methods of advertising on the radio is 'per inquiry' or PI Advertising. This is a type of radio advertising that is very beneficial to the advertiser, because advertisers only pay for every inquiry about their advert. It is a little like Google's 'pay per click' or 'PPC' advertising on web sites.

First of all, you will need a list of all the radio stations in the area that you are interested in. You can get hold of a list of licensed radio stations at your local library or possibly get one in for you.

Then copy out the names of all the stations in your target area. It is usually best to begin with your own area and fan out from there, but if you have a precise target audience, you will have to some research first.

Next you should look through your list of radio stations and mark the ones that are of interest. For example, if you are selling skateboards, it is probably not worth advertising on a Classical FM music station.

The next step is to get in touch with the manager of the station or maybe the Advertising Director. Explain your plan to that person in detail. it could go something along the lines of:

"I have a product that research has indicated will sell well in your catchment area if it is advertised on your radio. However, I want to do a test run before committing to any long term advertising strategy".

"I will do all the writing of the commercial and I will do all the book-keeping. I will send the product out and I will handle any complaints and returns quickly and efficiently".

"You will derive xx% of every sale we make. You take the phone numbers of the inquiries, pass them on to me and I will regard every name you give me as a sale for you. The product I want to sell is a xxxxxxxx, which retails at $xx plus $1 postage and packing".

This concludes 'How To Get Free Radio Advertising - part 1', in the second part, we will be looking at how to secure your free, on-air, radio advertising campaign. Please look for part two on this web site.

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