Sponsorship Blog

Align Your Brand with Michigan Radio

We’re proud to share that NPR has been named 2019’s ‘Brand of the Year’ by the  Harris Poll EquiTrend News Service. More than 45,000 U.S. consumers voted on 4,000 brands. The “News Service” category includes newspapers, news websites, wire services and news aggregators.

NPR ranked the highest in this category when voters considered familiarity, quality and consideration.

“More than 100 million users access NPR across all platforms for news and cultural programming that enriches their lives,” said Meg Goldthwaite, NPR’s Chief Marketing Officer. “The intimacy listeners feel with audio is part of the reason NPR is such a beloved brand; we wake up to the hosts’ voices and hear them tell us breaking news as well as our favorite podcasts.”

As Michigan’s most listened to NPR station, Michigan Radio provides award winning, locally produced coverage and content, as well as delivering NPR news and cultural programming to more than 500,000 people each week.

Michigan Radio listeners continue to demonstrate their appreciation and support of the unbiased, informative and authentic journalism that we provide by financially supporting Michigan Radio as members.

Their support also extends to our corporate sponsors.

“Sponsors value NPR’s commitment to providing listeners with news and information programming; the Most Loved Brand category confirms how much listeners also value NPR,” says Gina Garrubbo, President & CEO of National Public Media, NPR’s sponsorship subsidiary.

As research has shown, our audience is also committed to supporting our sponsors: 74% of listeners say they’re more likely to do business with a company that sponsors public radio.

Take the opportunity to align your brand with Michigan Radio and NPR. Deliver your message to our engaged, intelligent and supportive listeners across Michigan.

Check out our series on Branding with Michigan Radio to learn more.

Featured Sponsor: Harness Dickey

By Michael P. Brennan, Managing Principal, Harness Dickey

Guest Blogger

Since 1921, Harness Dickey has focused exclusively on patent, trademark and copyright law, helping our clients succeed in the marketplace and in the courtroom.  We are privileged to represent some of the most recognized companies in the world, including many Fortune 100 companies, as well as many smaller successful businesses.

Harness Dickey takes great pride in protecting our client’s innovations and brands globally, while at the same time defending their right to commercially exploit those assets in view of the competitive landscape.  Importantly, services are tailored in a way that recognizes each client’s unique intellectual property needs while leveraging and working within that client’s internal strengths and culture.

Our 115 intellectual property attorneys provide clients with high quality patents and trademarks, litigation in courtrooms across the country, clearance investigations and licensing for new products and brands, global IP portfolio management, and beyond.

For more than two decades, Harness Dickey has been a proud sponsor of Michigan Radio.  Our Michigan Radio sponsorship not only allows us to reaffirm the relationships we have with our existing clients, but also allows us to reach new clients, which is a part of the reason we have been in business for nearly 100 years.

Learn more about Harness Dickey

Learn more about becoming a Michigan Radio Sponsor

Industry Spotlight: Wineries, Breweries & Nightlife

The Michigan Radio audience is intelligent, affluent and engaged – and they are interested in what you have to offer! For example, 90% of listeners say they like to explore new things. As a brewery, exploring new flavors is what you are known for! So why not reach out to the 73% of our listeners who purchase alcohol with a Michigan Radio Sponsorship? By putting your message directly in front of your target audience, you will have the opportunity to showcase your product in a new way, giving yourself brand awareness to a broader scope of consumers.

Contact us to find out more about how a Michigan Radio Corporate Sponsorship can help your brewery or winery grow!

Featured Sponsor: Bishop International Airport

By Craig Williams, Director, Bishop International Airport

Guest Blogger

For decades Bishop International Airport has been the smart way to fly in Southeast and Mid-Michigan. We are a proud supporter of Michigan Radio and are incredibly thankful for the relationship we have. Through sponsorship, Michigan Radio allows us to share our message with business and leisure travelers in hopes of making their travel experience easy and convenient, in an efficient and friendly atmosphere.

 Bringing you more travel opportunities while making the experience relaxing is what drives Bishop International Airport. We’re especially grateful for the opportunity to communicate all the recent service changes with Michigan Radio’s listening audience.

 In April 2016, Southwest launched three daily flights from Flint to Chicago-Midway. This new route opened up more connections than ever before. Passengers can now easily connect to their favorite cities like Phoenix, Houston, Austin, and Nashville. In addition, Bishop welcomed Allegiant, an ultra-low cost carrier offering twice weekly nonstop routes to Tampa Bay/St. Pete and Orlando/Sanford.

In July 2016, United Airlines introduced daily nonstop flights to New York/Newark. This route is a vital east coast connection for business and leisure passengers. The flight is perfectly timed for a day trip if you have meetings in the city and want to return home the same evening.

 Michigan Radio plays a vital role in helping us achieve our goals by allowing us to reach an audience that we consider family and loyal customers. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Michigan Radio while growing our family at Bishop International Airport.

Learn more about Bishop International Airport

Learn more about becoming a Michigan Radio Sponsor

Featured Sponsor: Calvin College

By Gail Heffner, Ph.D., Director of Community Engagement

Guest Blogger

gail-heffner-headshotCalvin College, a Christian liberal arts college ranked #1 in the Midwest*, has called Michigan home since its founding in 1876. We are rooted in this vibrant state, with branches of influence across Michigan and around the globe. Indeed, our continuing partnership with Michigan Radio—an organization that reaches communities in Michigan and beyond—is a natural fit.

Over half of the students that Calvin serves are from households in Michigan. We are proud to educate so many students and families from our great state alongside students from 47 other states, 5 Canadian provinces and 61 other countries.

dsc_0097Calvin is committed to investing deeply in the “mitten state,” from community nursing to business partnerships, ACT tutoring to low-income tax assistance, service-learning with nonprofits to environmental stewardship of our land and resources.  Our Plaster Creek Stewards initiative is one example. Calvin College faculty, students and community partners have been working together to restore health and beauty to the Plaster Creek waterway in West Michigan.

It makes sense that Michigan Radio is the place Calvin turns to get the word out about our world-class concerts, in-depth conferences and seminars, and the January Series: an annual lecture lineup deemed “fifteen days of a free liberal arts education.” We welcome many Michigan Radio listeners to our events, listeners who join us in being inquisitive about new ideas, hungry for truth, and passionate about solutions.

Thank you, Michigan Radio and listeners statewide, for participating in our community, whether through an hour-long event, four years of study, or a lifetime of learning.

Learn more about Calvin College

Learn more about becoming a Michigan Radio Sponsor

Converting Obstacles to Opportunities: Timing Your Message by Buying Cycle

buying-cycle-11-1At any given time, Michigan Radio listeners are thinking about making important purchases.  Researching is the first step of the ‘buying cycle’, and according to marketing studies, most people research major purchases for several weeks before buying.

We’ve listed some top categories of purchases along with the average number of days a consumer spends in the buying cycle before the purchase is made.

Michigan Radio reaches an educated and affluent demographic across the state, Both our members, who support the station financially, and our listeners in general, tend to patronize Michigan Radio sponsors.

Your long-term sponsorship campaign on Michigan Radio keeps your brand top-of-mind with our listeners, no matter where they are in the buying cycle.

In addition, the public radio halo effect also ensures that our listeners have positive feelings about your brand – feelings that only get stronger the longer your message runs on Michigan Radio!

 Contact us to plan your messages for 2017!

Featured Sponsor: Allergy & Immunology Associates of Michigan

By Jeff Leflein, MD, Allergy & Immunology Associates of Michigan

Guest Blogger

AIA LefleinJeffreyFor over 30 years Allergy & Immunology Associates of Michigan has been a part of the medical community in southeast Michigan and has supported Michigan Radio since 2007.  Through sponsorship, Michigan Radio has allowed us to share throughout its listening audience that relief is available through diagnosis and advanced treatment for individuals suffering from allergies and asthma at our offices in West Bloomfield, Livonia, Novi, Brighton, Canton, Chelsea, and Ann Arbor.

 Our board certified physicians are dedicated to making life with allergies and asthma as comfortable and manageable as possible for our adult and pediatric patients.  This commitment is demonstrated in our community services, cutting edge clinical research team, and as well as in our clinical offices.

 Michigan matters to us. For years we have been working with local public and private schools and child care facilities to provide food allergy education by speaking to teachers and staff to provide safe school environments.   Our doctors played a major role in “EpiPens for School Program” so every public school throughout Michigan has life-saving doses of epinephrine.  Our physicians have remained active in both local and national events investigating the latest research discoveries and treatments.

 Michigan Radio is important to us as well.  As listeners, we are well aware of the profoundly valuable service that their journalism provides to the citizens of this state.  Using Michigan Radio to spread the word about our services just makes sense: we are able to reach an audience that is receptive and in need of our service while at the same time providing financial support to a cause that we care about.  There is no doubt that our relationship with Michigan Radio has nurtured the growth of this practice.

 As we expand, adding offices and physicians to serve our patients, we can be confident that our message on Michigan Radio is being heard across the state, in all the areas that we provide service.  When we open a new space in a community, the residents there have already heard our message on Michigan Radio, since we have been a long time sponsor.

 We expect to continue our mutually favorable relationship with Michigan Radio going forward, as Allergy & Immunology Associates grows to reach and serve the needs of our state’s citizens.

Learn more about Allergy & Immunology Associates of Michigan

Learn more about becoming a Michigan Radio Sponsor

Industry Spotlight: Educational Services

A Michigan Radio sponsorship will allow your school’s message to reach an audience that is interested in investing in the future of their children.

Because our audience is 58% more likely than the average American to be the parents of children under 6 years old, your message is reaching an audience that is currently on the brink of deciding on the future of their education of their children.

Also, because our audience is 176% more likely to have an individual income of over $150,000, they are financially capable of empowering their children by providing them with a strong education.

Contact us to find out more about how a Michigan Radio Corporate Sponsorship can help your educational services business grow!

Featured Sponsor: Flint Institute of Arts

By Kathryn K. Sharbaugh, Director of Development, Flint Institute of Arts

Guest Blogger

Founded in Michigan in 1928, the Flint Institute of Arts (FIA) proudly holds the rank of the second largest art museum in the state and runs one of the largest museum art schools in the entire nation. Demonstrating the power of the visual arts, the FIA provides lifelong learning opportunities to engage and educate an ever-growing diverse and regional audience.

Dedicated to making art available, approachable, and accessible to everyone, we offer a broad range of interpretive programs that allow people to access information on the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions that reach more than 160,000 people each year. This includes guided tours, lectures and community dialogues, art classes, workshops, and studio demonstrations. Also, every weekend from September through June, we screen independent films presented by the Friends of Modern art whose selections are tailored to reach all audiences.

The Flint Institute of Arts in Flint Michigan

The Flint Institute of Arts in Flint Michigan

For well over a decade, the FIA has participated in supporting Michigan Radio. Through sponsorship, Michigan Radio has generously shared its vast audience of dedicated listeners with us.

“Over the past several years, the staff has worked hard to reshape the FIA’s role in the community and the success we’ve experienced would not have been possible without our ongoing relationship with Michigan Radio and its listeners,” expressed John B. Henry, Executive Director of the FIA.

The station of choice of many patrons and an effective component to our advocacy, Michigan Radio helps the FIA to fulfill our mission statement: to advance the understanding and appreciation of art for all through collections, exhibitions, and educational programs.

Thank you, Michigan Radio.

Learn more about Flint Institute of Arts

Learn more about becoming a Michigan Radio Sponsor

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.