Great, you’ve finally got a call to do a radio show interview! This is what you’ve been waiting for to secure widespread exposure of your heartfelt topic of choice. It’s the type of discussion that you expect to lay a path toward resolution, giving you a much needed experience of the peace of mind you’ve campaigned for since the incident that has changed the quality of your life.
However, what you want, expect or intend from the interview may be completely crushed if you haven’t cleared vital pre-interview areas of attention. It may become the foundation of “why you should pass on that radio interview.”
Begin your interview preparation with listening to at least 3 episodes of the program. Make sure the culture of the show matches your specific topic. Programs celebrating technology advances in air-driven “hammer guns,” may not match your issue with the labeling of genetically modified foods.
Do you have any idea about who the audience is? We often focus on the audience’s size instead of its listeners mindset. This valuable “who” can determine your acceptance or rejection of an offer for a radio interview.
Very important, have you created a way for people to connect with you beyond, “go to my website?” In this age of mobile marketing, you need multiple ways to connect via text messaging and social media.
Another point, you don’t have anything to share except stories of your clients. The interview is not an advertisement for you as an individual. Also, to assure the best audio quality, do not plan on doing the interview in your car while you drive. Plus, do not plan on doing the interview with your family and friends all around you. Respect the listeners by devoting your full attention to the interview.
Finally, your show-prep should include some discussion with the host or producer. You don’t know what they want to talk about, you assume its your topic – always ask. Check in, you never know what they have in mind, it could be even better than what you planned.
All of these points should illustrate the importance of profession “coaching” whenever you have an opportunity to interact with the media. The very same professional support often emphasized on WPTV every month. Watch people in the latest news cycle present their perspective to get the powerful or weak impact of preparation for interviews with the media.
Interview with Kyra Williams of TheGoodDeal.co.uk about Classified Ads
Online classified ads are very popular nowadays. Everybody uses them to look for a flat to rent, to sell a second-hand car or to find a new job. They might all look the same, but they are not!
How can a classifieds website be different? We talked about this with Kyra Williams of www.thegooddeal.co.uk , the new classified ads website powered by the Padawan Group, an international company with over 20 similar sites all over the world.
Kyra, Tell us the story behind your classified ads site.
The creation of the Padawan classifieds sites was brought to life after the CEO’s Alexandre and Mathias online hunt to find the rarest Star Wars figurines, to add to their noteworthy collection proved to be getting more and more difficult. Throughout the years the dynamic duo, had managed to locate and secure their prized possessions, but as you can imagine, after years of collecting they soon exhausted all of their usual connections.
Turning to online classified seemed like the next best thing, however the online hunt proved to be more frustrating than anything as most of the sites they frequented had the items incorrectly categorized or not categorized at all. Just when they would find something that piqued their interest from one seller, they would quickly be let down as there was no way to view or filter all of the seller’s items at once.
The simple lack of organisation and accessibility seemed to be a trend on classified sites, one which Alexandre and Mathias both decided needed to be changed. With that notion in mind, the revolution of the classified market begun. To this very day Alexandre and Mathias along with the rest of the Padawan Family are still dedicated to providing a high quality, innovative customer-centric solution platform that continues to stand out in the crowded market place.
How do you promote this customer-centric platform to new users?
In order for us to effectively promote our platform, we like to think like a consumer. Every step we take is carried out with our users in mind. So the most important factor for us is having something worthwhile to promote. After all, actions speak louder than words. We have really started embracing the power behind social media to gain exposure. Social media has become a valuable time investment for us as it allows us maintain a direct channel with our customers. We also blog regularly, upload multimedia to YouTube and we never hesitate to publish a press release once we reach a milestone. Lastly, we invest a lot of resources to SEO activities.
What sets you apart from other popular classified sites?
One word: Passion. We’re extremely passionate about putting our customers at all the heart of our activities. When it comes down to it, they are as much of Padawan as we are. Without them there is no us. We’ve designed our online propositions with their needs in mind so we can improve their online shopping experiences.
There have been lots of reports of online scammers, using platforms like this. How do you prevent online scams?
First and foremost, we do not take online security lightly. All of our ads are manually reviewed before they are published. If somehow a suspicious ad manages to slip through the cracks, we have the option for users to flag the ad, which will then bring it to our attention so we can then make an informed decision to remove the ad or not. We also post safety tips on both our website and blog site. We can’t stress enough that users need to remain vigilant when online and should never complete a transaction outside of our website and under no circumstance should users give out their personal details. We also encourage users to use our social media integration, which allows users to share their ads with their own networks of friends and family. It’s generally easier and safer to sell to people that you already know.
What are your future plans for 2015 and beyond?
For the foreseeable future we plan to continue growing and expanding our Padawan family. We are want to become a household name and will continue working towards achieving that goal. We really are here to shake up the market and would love for you to join us on this journey. The more the merrier!
Is Your Business Social?
Social media is very much in the limelight right now following the flotation of Facebook and impending flotation of Twitter. These websites are valued at huge sums and investors are desperate to snap up a share of these businesses but what can these sites do for you and your business? I’m sure you’ve already read advice about adding your business to all of the major social media channels but you are profiting from this and is your business growing from your social media exposure?
My name is Emma Simpson and I’m the owner of a firm of cheap accountants who offer accounting services to all small businesses at affordable prices. My business has grown to be very profitable and successful over the last few years and I have experimented with a number of social media websites to advertise my company and to achieve growth. I believe I know what works and what doesn’t work which is why I have written this article so that you can learn from my experiences.
I have achieved sharp business growth in a short space of time and I have achieved this by taking advantage of the best social media channels. I’ll let you in on my secret. There are a number of social media websites out there and they can all enable you to interact with new, potential customers but some sites deliver more than others. The site which you must concentrate your efforts on is Twitter. Twitter is easy to join and you will soon find that this site is a great place to do business and to develop new leads.
My advice is to be social on a daily basis. Remember to tweet a number of times each day and to offer something of interest to your followers. This could be articles from your own blog, which is a great way of demonstrating your skills and expertise, or simply news articles from a mainstream website. I aim to be visible on the news feed of my followers each day and this means that my business is always noticed and when someone needs the services I offer they are more than likely to get in touch with me.
Success on Twitter cannot be achieved overnight and you will need to give it time to gain sufficient followers and to develop an audience for your tweets. However, once you have gained a good number of followers and when you actively participate within business circles you will find that is relatively easy to gain new customers for your business. You really can grow your business through social media and I’m living proof. The best part of all of this is that social media is 100% free so you don’t need a marketing budget to promote your business.