If you’re a business owner, then you know that staying ahead of the competition is key to success. In order to stay ahead, it’s important to use all the tools at your disposal. One such tool is retail radio. Retail radio is a type of audio advertising that helps businesses promote and sell their products or services in-store.
Studies have shown that music has the power to influence our mood, emotions, and behaviour. Therefore it’s important that you tailor your playlist to your brand and your customers’ preferences.
If you’re considering recording a retail radio playlist for your store but you’re not too sure how to make the most of this advertising tool, our team have you covered.
In this blog, we discuss some tips and tricks you should consider when putting together an effective in-store radio line-up. We’ll also take a look at some of the ways in-store radio companies can help you get the most out of your retail radio.
Tips to creating effective retail radio
In our experience, relatively few companies include anything about sound in their brand guidelines. This is something you will need to think about carefully in the planning stages of your retail radio campaign.
You’ll want to ensure that every branch of your business has a similar soundtrack to create consistency in your brand voice.
Tailor your messaging
While consistency is key, it’s also important to remember that you can personalise promotional messaging based on the location of the store and the time of day. Ideally, you should be tailoring your messaging to your target audience, wherever they may be. Using a live radio presenter is a great way to do this effectively. Keep reading to find out why.
Advertise your best deals
Purchase intent is high when customers are in your store, so make sure you take every opportunity to upsell them on your products, and inform them about your latest promotions. Retail radio is a great way to influence consumer purchasing decisions.
Big up your brand
You may want to use this opportunity to big up your brand to new customers who maybe don’t know much about your brand and company initiatives. The best way to do this is by sharing positive news about your company on your radio station. Remember to tell shoppers about any charitable or environmental initiatives your company is involved in, and the individual impact customers can make by shopping in your retail stores.
Keep content fresh
Changing things up keeps your customers interested and engaged while also boosting worker morale, productivity, and motivation. The music may be updated on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis, depending on your brand, but it should always be evolving so that it does not become stale and repetitive.
Using live presenters is a great way to keep things fresh, authentic, and entertaining, as they can comment on current events, and riff in between ads and instrumental breaks.
Use a live radio presenter
If you really want your in-store messaging to pop, you should seriously consider using live, presenter-led radio. A radio presenter can give shoppers a unique listening experience by discussing the relevant topics of the day. This is, without doubt, the most effective, authentic, and appealing way to sell customers on your products. No one can resist a personal touch.
Create a positive atmosphere
Don’t forget, it’s not just your customers who will be listening to your retail radio. Store employees will be listening to your playlists on repeat. In order to keep up morale, you should insure that your music playlist is diverse, and that messages are not repeated too often.
You can also up your audio production value, by hiring live radio presenters to host your in-store radio station. Doing so ensures your messaging is less repetitive and more entertaining. It also enables you to personalise your ad content for each store and even give individual employees a shoutout for their positive achievements.
Increased Brand Awareness
Playing jingles, taglines and recognisable ad audio via your in-store radio help to raise awareness of your company’s brand. Some retail stores, run their own radio networks, giving them full control of the messaging, while also ensuring their content is entertaining and informative.
Cut out the competition
Make sure all the ads featured in your messages are relevant. Only ever highlight the brands and products you sell and that your target market loves. Producing your own retail radio is far superior to playing real radio through your sound system because it gives you complete control over what your customers hear in-store.
Why use an audio production company?
In-store radio is an essential advertising tool for retail businesses to build brand awareness and boost sales. Retail radio is a frequently under-estimated marketing technique, and because of this, people often aren’t sure how to go about implementing audio branding for their business.
If that sounds familiar, don’t worry, we are here to help. Audio production is a unique and highly specialised skill. Even larger corporations with expensive marketing departments are unlikely to have the necessary resources and personnel to create these types of ads.
That is why outsourcing your in-store radio production is often the most effective method way to achieve your advertising goals.
In-store radio production companies have the experience and knowledge to develop effective audio advertisements using the best recording equipment on the market to ensure that the in-store radio is of the highest quality.
By outsourcing your retail radio needs, you will ensure your content is professional, engaging, and compelling, while also saving yourself time, hassle and money.
What to expect when you work with us
We produce engaging audio adverts that motivate listeners to take action by working closely with our clients to better understand their goals, messaging, brand, and target market. To do this, we engage with the client right away to determine what their brand stands for, who they want to communicate with, and how they want their message to be delivered.
Using that data, we create a playlist of songs and voiceovers that authentically reflect the brand and appeal to consumers. Our services are designed and crafted to guarantee that every time a customer enters a store, they are reminded of our client’s brands.
To keep content in your stores fresh, and find unique approaches to selected topics and messaging, our team established regular creative sessions with our clients and radio presenters, to collaborate, share ideas and plan new strategies.
Our presenters are carefully selected to match your brand’s voice and reflect your target audience to position your brand as an authority on current events, news, and topics relevant to you and your customers.
In order to spice up your in-store radio station and target various audiences, you may choose, like many of our clients, to alternate between a range of presenters.
One of the best things about working with our audio producers is that we are always one step ahead. We regularly keep your playlists updated with new music and can modify your brand messaging remotely through cloud-based technology whenever you need it. We create schedules for your radio advertising ahead of time and manage the relationship between your brand and the live presenters in our recording studio so you can remain focused on your business.