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The 2017 State of the Yellow Pages: Are Your Legal Clients Using Them?

Posted by Chad Elliot on April 27, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Yellow Pages advertising is relatively inexpensive, and for many lawyers, it’s their go-to advertising medium. But the Yellow Pages has its limitations. Many people use the Yellow Pages as a doorstop or booster seat, but it never occurs to them to use it to find a business. For that, they turn to Google. So, while the Yellow Pages remains an effective way to reach a certain segment of your law firm’s target market, it’s important to understand its limitations and explore advertising alternatives that can provide a wider reach.

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Topics: Small Business Resources, Radio Advertising, Marketing Strategy

Pros and Cons of Newspaper Advertising

Posted by Chad Elliot on April 11, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Newspaper print advertising has a long history of reaching audiences to build trust and leverage influence on purchase decisions. And even though we live in an increasingly digital world, the format continues to prove itself useful in reaching consumers — 60.8% of adults over the age of 18 have read a newspaper in the last week, and it still ranks among the most trusted formats before a purchase decision. Thus, newspaper is still an advertising channel that could be valuable to your business, and understanding the pros and cons of newspaper advertising will help you move forward with your marketing plan.

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Topics: Small Business Resources, Integrated Marketing, Marketing Strategy

The Traffic Equation and Why Your Location Impacts Your Advertising Needs

Posted by Chad Elliot on April 4, 2017 at 8:30 AM

For businesses that may be located a bit “off the beaten path” — meaning those that are not in a highly visible, highly trafficked brick-and-mortar location — effective marketing and advertising takes on added importance. To make up for a lack of visibility, and the likely lack of traffic, companies must step up their marketing efforts to create visibility in other ways.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Consumer Behavior

The Theatre of the Mind, and Other Reasons Why Audio is Powerful

Posted by Chad Elliot on February 24, 2017 at 8:30 AM

It’s easy to underestimate the power of audio in the way we feel, think, and even make decisions. Understanding this impact in radio can be traced back to the mid-1950s when the burgeoning television industry first posed a serious challenge. While it was uttered with regard to radio dramas, the phrase that best sums up this power is “Theater of the Mind.” Essentially, the reason why audio is powerful is because of all the mental images, associations, and emotions that it can evoke, especially through radio.

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Topics: Radio Advertising, Consumer Behavior

The Power of Heritage Radio Stations and How They Can Boost Your Radio Advertising Results

Posted by Chad Elliot on February 2, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Many cities and markets have groups of iconic radio stations that have stood the test of time. Whether it be news, music or sports, these “heritage” stations have deep ties to the local community and are institutions in people’s lives and daily routines.

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Topics: Radio Advertising, Marketing Strategy, Joplin Market

When Radio Is and Isn't a Commodity, and Why Every Radio Station Spot Isn't Created Equal

Posted by Chad Elliot on January 16, 2017 at 8:30 AM

“You get what you pay for.” We’ve all heard that saying. Often, it turns out to be true. When it comes to radio spots, it’s almost always true. All radio ads are not created equal. The cheapest rate is not always the best way to go.

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Topics: Radio Advertising

Digging Into the Loyalty of Rock Format Radio Listeners, and Why This Matters to Advertisers

Posted by Chad Elliot on January 3, 2017 at 8:30 AM

The types of music people love, and the radio stations they listen to, usually say a lot about their demographic qualities and overall consumer preferences. That’s why radio advertising is so unique. It gives businesses the chance to access segmented audiences by targeting certain radio station formats and the listeners they tend to attract.

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Topics: Radio Advertising, Marketing Strategy