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Loyd Ford

Don't Kill Your Brand In Social Media


Here is how to drive listeners away from your radio station by using your social media in ways that only the disinterested would. Please do all you can to avoid these actions and strategies so you can grow your radio station and engage listeners on-air and in social media and connect with the audience you most want to attract.

1. Dont develop a strategic plan for social media; let someone make it up. If they have ideas and want to waste time doing social media, let em have it! 

2. Make promotion of yourself and your radio brand and contests the singular focus of all your social media (crowding out everything else).

3. Focus all of your attention and content on what YOU want. Dont spend a moment thinking about what listeners might be interested in or find important. Especially dont post in social media something listeners feel passionate about, or a cause important to the listeners you most want to attract. After all, you want to stay above listeners and show that your opinions matter most. Youre a taste-maker and already know what is best.

4.  Totally take for granted that listeners have more choices and more power than ever before. Just repeat after me: They need our radio station. When youre the best, you dont have to pay such close attention to what others (listeners) think!

5. Ignore feedback (especially negative feedback) about your brand from local listeners. What do they know? Theyre not professionals like us!

6.  Social media doesnt mattermuch. Dont give a second thought to fully engaging listeners with interesting content or anything that requires authentic investment. Keep focusing on the way things have always been done. Thats how you win in America.

If there is even a chance you are doing any of these things, you should immediately spend some extra time seeking wisdom on how to best use social media to help your engagement, your listening (ratings), and your sales efforts.

As we head into 2014, everyone knows the world has changed. Consumers (listeners) have more choices and more power than ever, and if you are not truly tuned in and engaging them, you are weak enough to beat and be beaten. In fact, if you are not engaging local listeners in social media, you are vulnerable and already potentially in trouble today. So, definitely dont take the above steps to broadcast a one-way message only. Avoid the social party that listeners are highly engaged in now at your own high risk, because that authentic engagement where listener connection is more important than ever is what today is all about.

Great radio stations are listener-focused. Amazing radio stations seek to represent local listeners and reflect what is valuable to them. Is that who you are at the party?

Loyd Ford is the direct marketing, ratings and social media strategist for Americalist Direct Marketing and has programmed very successful radio brands in markets of all sizes, including KRMD AM & FM in Shreveport, and WSSL and WMYI in Greenville, WKKT in Charlotte and WBEE in Rochester, NY. Learn more about Loyd here: Get his radio-social media content sent directly to your smart phone or email for free here: Reach out to Loyd via e-mail HERE.  Visit his Facebook radio social media page HERE.

(3/8/2014 6:46:49 PM)
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