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Monday Memo: Leapfrog Legacybox

| May 23, 2022

By Holland Cooke
Consultant

 

BLOCK ISLAND, RI — National media does well selling products, most of which aren’t manufactured locally. Local media does best selling services, which are inherently local. National advertisers selling services are disadvantaged, because the Help Wanted sign is everywhere, the U.S. Postal Service is crippled by politics, and supply chain issues haunt every industry.

Example? One of network radio’s biggest advertisers, currently disappointing me and countless others. And I see opportunity.

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Monday Memo: Repeat After Me

| May 16, 2022

By Holland Cooke
Consultant

 

BLOCK ISLAND, RI — The Redfin TV ad ends: “Sell for more than the home next door.” Write local retailers’ commercial copy that communicates a consumer benefit that succinctly – and repeat it and repeat it — and your clients will renew.
QUICK QUIZ, from the auto insurance battle-royal:

Fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more on car insurance.”

Geico…slugging-it-out with…

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Monday Memo: Gas Cards? Or… Bitcoin?

| May 9, 2022

By Holland Cooke
Consultant

 

BLOCK ISLAND, RI — In the past 12 months, Bitcoin has bounced between just-under $32K to just-over $65K. And saying “free gas” is the new “SQUIRREL!” So promoting a contest which awards the winner this prize choice WILL earn your station immeasurable word-of-mouth and could multiply Time Spent Listening.
If $65K has you coughing-up-blood, exhale:

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Monday Memo: RIP Bill Balls

| May 2, 2022

By Holland Cooke
Consultant

 

BLOCK ISLAND, RI — The 1970s-sounding “Star Wars” type lasers and WHOOSH that still plague sound-alike station imaging now seem as dated as those 1960s TV “Batman” fight-scene graphics: “POW!” And doggedly dodging them all is the Central Casting baritone, shouting or growling-through whatever copy the station sends.

“To stand out, take whatever you think is normal, and do the exact opposite.”

50 years ago, I was an English teacher; and I’ve been assigning reading ever since. And here’s a page-turner that will not only inform your station’s on-air marketing, it may inspire your career.

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Monday Memo: NAB, Long Time No See

| April 25, 2022

By Holland Cooke
Consultant

 

LAS VEGAS — As we did for CES here in January, we were asked to submit vaccination details to an app to earn a QR entry code. Once inside, there are still some masks, and – after three years – lots of hugs. The National Association of Broadcasters wanted to mash-up what had been separate autumn Radio Shows and perennial April NAB Shows this past October…until the Omicron kibosh.

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