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(AUDIO) What is Radio's Sales Problem?

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(12/28/2012 8:00:38 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Love Matt Sunshine and the people at CSS and I have no issue with anything they said in the interview. Yet, at the end of this session, I found myself thinking of the term "refried beans" (yeah, I know the beans aren't actually refried). Point is, I spent 30 years in radio sales and I first heard most of this stuff early in my career. I'm just heart-sick that the industry has mostly paid lip service to it. Honestly, most business development efforts I've seen center around reading Miller Kaplan X-Ray reports and monitoring services, then challenging reps to go after it. It's a reckless, largely fruitless exercise. Beyond that, it keeps us running in the same concentric circle--chasing the same 5% of spending the industry already gets. The low-hanging fruit is where most smart sales managers who want to keep their jobs and make their numbers spend 90% of their non-admin sales focus.

I believe the solution to growing radio sales is beyond the reach of large, publicly traded media groups because it requires counter-intuitive action. More is More. Hire more qualified talent and pay them like other serious, growth-oriented industries pay their talent (more). Unfortunately, corporate radio has slashed its bottom line to a point of no return.

- Larry
(12/28/2012 12:05:45 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Gif gets's it right.It is about identifying needs and finding advertising solutions. Radio is one solution. Today we have access to many other solutions that can contribute to our radio stations revenue stream.
Ideas create new accounts but the only ideas that really count are the ones that turn an account into a long term marketing partner.
Dean of Portland Radio.

- Terry Dean
(12/27/2012 11:47:32 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
I've grown a deep respect for Gif, based on his passion for selling radio. Matt Sunshine and CSS Center I'm not familiar with. Both, though, along with the interviewer may be showing what radio's sales problem is; in over 30 minutes, the word "accountability" was not used.

Ad buying is changed, with growing emphasis on providing ROI. That term was used once in this discussion (19:05), in a sentence with the word "relationships." Relationships was highlighted from there. ROI, ignored.

Learning to sell is important. Offering solutions is too. But more ad buying is done today on a "show me data that says your media is an efficient use of my money." Radio has taken no step in satisfying this request - and that is radio's main sales problem.

- Ken Dardis
(12/27/2012 10:20:52 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
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(11/13/2012 7:17:15 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Have you listened to radio lately?

As Adam Savage of Mythbusters is wont to say "There's your problem."

- Steve
(11/12/2012 9:57:00 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
It gets worse, friends. We are no longer in a position to produce the necessary quality of commercials it will take to impact and influence an audience.
The argument can be made we never were in that position because of a lack of understanding of how the medium actually works.

In other words, even if the sales departments could get their own acts together, they will still be hitting the streets with empty sacks of "air time" rather than a bag of "solutions".

- Ronald T. Robinson
(11/12/2012 11:07:46 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
YES THEY DO. As an agency, I'm shocked how bad Radio is compared to Television, Cable and everything Digital. It's all about beating the other Radio stations. Help you by taking me to lunch? It's time Radio grew up.
- dave presher

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