Sponsorship Blog

Converting Obstacles to Opportunites: Sponsorship Copy & The Halo Effect

As you consider Michigan Radio sponsorship as a way to promote your business, mission or event, you should also be considering the copy message you’d like to air.

Your copy message is an important consideration: not just any message, but the right kind of message.

An appropriately worded sponsorship message is one that resonates with the listeners and fits in with the sound of the station.

Just as you wouldn’t pair brown shoes with a black tuxedo at a formal event, you don’t want a message that strikes listeners like an out-of-tune piano in a symphony orchestra. You want copy that fits in with the sound of the station.

The things that make Michigan Radio unique in sound and substance are why our listeners tune-in. In addition to providing exceptional programming, it’s important that we maintain an uncluttered environment, so that listeners are engaged during breaks, stay tuned to the station, and hear our sponsor’s messages.

That’s why crafting underwriting messages that are in keeping with our programming values is important.

When it comes time for writing copy, there are important questions to keep in mind:

  • Does the copy focus on brand and community messages instead of just a list of the sponsor’s products?

  • Is the length of the message appropriate?

  • Is the tone appropriate? Is it produced in a calm, authentic voice?

  • Is the copy reinforcing a trust relationship?

We’ll take a look at two ways an sponsorship message can be written for the same sponsor. Here’s an example of a credit for a business that’s in the finance category.

 

The first of the two is a good message, FCC-compliant, and written with the focus on the product:

Support for Michigan Radio comes from Wealth Investment Advisors, providing a wide range of investment options, from stocks, bonds and mutual funds, to comprehensive portfolio management since 1995. On the web at Wealth Investment Advisors dot com.

Here’s a second version, also a good message and FCC-compliant. It’s also a message that’s locally oriented and supportive of the local community:

Support for Michigan Radio comes from Wealth Investment Advisors, helping local families navigate the investment landscape since 1995. On the web at Wealth Investment Advisors dot com.

Both examples are good copy and FCC-compliant. The second is to-the-point, an example that makes for a clear, uncluttered message that resonates with the listener. When fewer words are used, it’s easier for a listener to remember the details, compared with a longer list of product or service offerings.

Information in shorter spots is easier for the listener to remember. That’s a good guide to use when choosing the wording that will resonate with the listener. The second credit is poised to deliver on the halo effect, creating the image of the business that supports the station.

Sponsorship messages should resonate with the listeners. When you’re listening to the radio everything that comes out of the speakers is heard as programming, and that includes the sponsorship messages.

Contact us for more information about how we can help you get your clear, concise message out to our audience with a Michigan Radio sponsorship.

Looking Beyond Ratings

Marketing professionals, like gourmet chefs, are on the lookout for key ingredients when they are planning their strategy.

Specifically, when buying radio, those in the know are looking at things like reach, frequency and ratings.

Michigan Radio has the numbers that the professionals are looking for. As the most listened-to public radio station in the state, we reach more than a half a million listeners per week with our on-air broadcast – and that’s not counting our streaming or web audience.

Beyond the ratings, marketers today know they should also be looking at audience engagement. Put simply, audience engagement = how much the audience takes action as a result of the content produced by the station.

Taking action or audience engagement could look like:

  • social media interaction: liking, sharing, commenting on content;

  • web interaction: commenting on stories on the web or going to the web to follow up on a story they heard on-air;

  • calling the station with feedback;

  • contacting sponsors or advertisers;

For Michigan Radio, audience engagement also includes listeners who become donors/members of the station.  This is the ultimate in audience engagement: our listeners value our content enough to contribute financially.

This means that sponsorship messages aired and associated with our high-quality content, are HEARD by our audience.  Since we don’t have commercials and limit our sponsorship messages to only a few an hour, our listeners don’t change the station during sponsorship messages.

As a marketing professional, we know that you recognize the value in what Michigan Radio sponsorship has to offer – contact us to find out how to put your marketing dollars to work in our high-quality, content-rich environment!

Industry Spotlight: Arts & Culture

A Michigan Radio Sponsorship gives you access to an audience that is educated, affluent and engaged. Our listeners are 173% more likely to attend an art gallery or art show and 214% more likely to contribute towards the arts, meaning your message will reach an audience that has both an interest in what you have to offer and the ability to support your programs.

Contact us to find out more about how a Michigan Radio Corporate Sponsorship can help your arts and culture programs and events grow!

Audience Profile: Buying Habits

Michigan Radio’s audience is intelligent, affluent and engaged…and they are interested in what you have to offer!
By putting your message directly in front of your target audience, you will be able to showcase your product and build brand awareness with a broader scope of consumers.

 

Contact us to find out more about how a Michigan Radio Corporate Sponsorship can reach our engaged audience!

Creating a Marketing Plan

Here we are in June, with a busy fiscal year ahead of us!  Are you planning for success in FY17? A marketing plan is essential to building your business, providing a guideline for your goals and strategies and a document to analyze your success at the end of the year.

As you consider your marketing plan, there are a few questions to be considered:

  • General vs. Specific – Are you trying to build general awareness or do you want to promote a specific event or product?

  • Audience – Who are you trying to reach? Where do they live?  Are they affluent, educated? What are their buying habits?

  • Budget – How much have you allocated to marketing and growing your business?

Once you’ve built your plan, let us help you meet your goals!

We can customize a campaign to focus the attention on a specific product or event, or we can build a branding campaign to build awareness for your company.

With a Michigan Radio Sponsorship, you will reach our highly-coveted audience of affluent, educated and engaged Michiganders across the bottom half of the state.

Consider making a Michigan Radio Sponsorship a part of your marketing plan for FY17 – contact us for more information.

University of Michigan Co-Op Program

The University of Michigan Office of the Vice President of Global Communications has continued their U-M  Media Co-Op Advertising Program!

The Co-Op program is open to all University of Michigan Schools, Colleges & Units as a way to encourage promotion of their events, programs & activities on Michigan Radio.

The Co-Op program offers matching dollars to new and returning U-M SCU’s who promote with Michigan Radio in Fiscal Year 2017.

Contact us to find out more about the Co-Op program!

Industry Spotlight: Health & Fitness

Michigan Radio’s audience is intelligent, affluent and engaged…and they are interested in what you have to offer!

By putting your message directly in front of your target audience, you will be able to showcase your product and build brand awareness with a broader scope of consumers.

Contact us to find out more about how a Michigan Radio Corporate Sponsorship can help you grow your health & fitness business!

Featured Sponsor – Charles Reinhart Company Realtors

Charles Reinhart Company Realtors has always set the bar high.  By focusing on quality, they’ve been able to create a family of customers that crosses generations.  Not only are their clients family, but their agents stick around because they are happy to be a part of an organization with a reputation for outstanding service.

Charles Reinhart Company Realtors also has a long history of providing support to charitable organizations.  When the opportunity arose for them to offer support to Michigan Radio nearly twenty years ago, they saw sponsorship as a win-win.

Dave Lutton

Dave Lutton

“We’re able to support the best in journalism while reaching our target audience: educated, influential and engaged listeners all over the southern half of Michigan,” says Dave Lutton, President of Charles Reinhart Company Realtors.

Michigan Radio and Charles Reinhart Realtors have been working together steadily since that first conversation in 1998. Building on this mutually beneficial relationship, Charles Reinhart Realtors proves that they really do have an extended family which includes Michigan Radio.

 

Learn more about Charles Reinhart Realtors

Learn more about becoming a Michigan Radio Sponsor

How to Keep Your Brand Growing

Studies* have shown that sponsorship of public radio continues to benefit brands after years of sponsorship.   Not only that, sponsorship benefits actually INCREASE over time – the more your name appears on public radio, the more your brand awareness with our listeners increases.  There is no sign that brand awareness ever “levels off” – so the longer you sponsor, the better it gets!

Contact us to find out how you can get started with a Michigan Radio sponsorship to grow the awareness of YOUR brand exponentially!

 

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*Source: Lightspeed Research NPR Sponsor Impact Survey, 2009-2012

Audience Profile: Charitable Giving

NPR attracts an audience distinguished by its educational excellence, professional
success and community involvement. Listeners are choice consumers, savvy
business leaders and influencers who are active in their communities.

 

Contact us to find out more about how a Michigan Radio Corporate Sponsorship can reach our engaged audience!