Monthly Archives: April 2020

On Your Mark, Get Set …

Are your clients’ businesses ready to open when they say, “GO”?

By nearly all indications, businesses will be reopening sooner than later. When they do, the sound of doorbells and cash registers will once again be heard ringing throughout the cities and towns across North America. It’s going to be a BEAUTIFUL sound!

The title of this week’s SoundADvice, our weekly e-marketing letter sent to thousands of business owners on behalf of our clients’ media reps, is the same as above. The only real difference is that it is directed to business owners and managers.

We asked the business owners the same question…”Are you ready to reopen when the starter says GO?” The article offered 11 tips for them to consider when reopening; things like the health and safety of their customers and employees, retraining and motivation of employees, confirming vendor relations are still intact, store signage, making sure they will comply with city and state laws, analyzing their business model, and ultimately creating and promoting a reopening promotion.

Are your clients planning on reopening quietly, or are they planning on taking advantage of the situation and creating a promotion and celebration?

Over the past seven weeks of “stay at home”, “social distancing” and “quarantining”, there has been a lot of pent-up demand for many products and services. A large number of people will be ready to shop and spend money! It will quite literally be a race for the consumer’s wallet.

As a media rep, it’s your responsibility to visit with your clients and prospects about considering a reopening promotion. It’s also your job to help them come up with ideas and assist in executing the promotion. The bigger the better! Make the promotion and offers fun, exciting, and attractive as possible.

During this re-entry of commerce, business owners are not only in competition with “like” businesses, but also with every other business category that has been stagnant since late February. There is only so much money to go around so make sure your clients are prepared to capture their fair share.

Don’t wait for the official “GO”. Start talking to your clients and prospects today!

If you would like a FREE copy of the 11 Tips to Prepare for Business – Post Coronavirus, click here.  Feel free to share this with your clients. Three of these 11 tips are potential reasons to advertise with your stations.

Stay Safe – Stay Healthy – Stay Strong!

Predicting the Future

“New Normal” is the new catchphrase these days, but what will the “new normal” look and sound like?


If you have stepped up your reading game in the past five weeks, you have seen and read all the new predictions. They are a dime a dozen. Restaurants will have far fewer tables, working from home (WFH) will be the all-new rage, video meetings will overtake in-person meetings, the elbow bump will be the new handshake, virtual events will replace conferences, trade shows, and seminars, and shopping aisles will be one-way traffic from now until grocery stores don’t exist. What! No more grocery stores? Yep, that too! The world is going all BOPUS! (Buy Online Pick Up at Store) …and that is only the tip of the “new normal” iceberg!


My prediction for the near future is that business will be pretty much the same as it was before we ever heard of Coronavirus, COVID-19, or Dr. Fauci.


Being a media rep in the “new normal” advertising world is not going to change that much either. Business owners are still going to want two things from you: 1) to know that you care about their success, and 2) IDEAS to help them grow their business.


TOMA and Brand Awareness will still rule the day. Share of Voice will still = Share of Mind, and Share of Mind will continue to = Share of Market. Strategy wins, and great copy and production will generate great results.


It appears the curve is moving in the right direction, and with continued prayer and a little luck, things will get back to normal sooner than expected.


In the meantime, I only have a few predictions: 1) there will be church on Sunday 2) the stock market will continue to go up and down (Buy Low – Sell High) 3) face masks will only be a fad and 4) shaking hands will return as our go-to greeting. We will see!


“It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.

Yogi Berra

Stay Safe – Stay Healthy – Stay Strong!

It Isn’t Over…But We’re Getting Closer!

Just the sound of those words is refreshing, exciting, motivating, uplifting and energizing! And the good news is, the words are true! Regardless of how much longer this lasts, we are closer to the end than we were four weeks ago when the title of our ENS on Sales was, What You Say and Do Now, Will Determine the Future.

We’re not suggesting that since we are closer to the end that things are going to get easier. The battle continues, the message is the same, what you say and do now WILL determine your future. The coming weeks will be every bit as important as the last four.

With every passing day, business owners are weighing their options and making hard decisions. The worst thing you can do, is not do anything! Have you been in contact with all your clients? EVERY single one of them?

I think we can all agree, these are hard conversations to have. The most common fear is that if you call them, it will give them the opportunity to cancel! While that is very true, you would much rather be a part of that conversation than to simply receive a phone call, or worse yet, the dreaded email that says, “Cancel all my advertising!”

If you’re struggling to come up with appropriate things to do or say, here are a few suggestions:

1)   A simple phone call to say, “Hi, I’m just checking in to see how you, your family and your team are doing?” Some experts suggest this is too cliché. I disagree. To quote the words of Theodore Roosevelt, “Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care”. Show them you care!

2)   Send articles related to their industry and how others are adjusting.

3)   Send a “thinking of you” card through the mail with a short note and a quote, such as:

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope”. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

4)   Share motivational or educational videos that they might be able to share with their employees. Keeping everyone as positive as possible is extremely important. (Sample – “The Happy Secret to Better Work“)

5)   If your stations are doing something to support the community, make them aware of it. It’s O.K. to promote the positives and show how your stations are helping.

6)   Share with them what you are doing during this downtime, i.e. videos you are watching, books you are reading. It’s a chance to promote yourself and show that you are striving to get better. If you’re comfortable with it, show them some fun things you and your family are doing. Be real!

7) Keep the conversations real but hopeful. Don’t be afraid to ask if there’s anything you can do to help them. Tell them you are thinking about their business and ideas that can help when business is back to normal. Start planning for post COVID-19.

Staying proactive with your clients (and prospects) will pay huge dividends when this all ends. Show them you care!

We are closer to the end than we have ever been, and tomorrow we will be even closer yet.

Stay Safe – Stay Healthy – Stay Strong!

A Message of Value

“King of Sales” Jeffrey Gitomer was quoted as saying, “Dude, you’re gonna lose all your customers if you don’t reach them with a message of value every week”. That statement is always true, but now more than ever. Are you reaching your clients and prospects with a message that provides value to them… every week?

When the storm we’re currently facing settles, those that had a quality relationship (a relationship of value) with their clients and prospects will reap tremendous rewards over those who didn’t. This scenario is no different than the businesses that continue to advertise versus those that don’t.

We are very proud to say that the ENS Media clients that participate in our SoundADvice program have been providing their clients with a “message of value” every week for years now. How do you think they will weather this storm? We’re 110% confident that they will do far better than most.

Business owners really only want a few things from media reps and I’ll give you a hint, it’s not low rates and great ratings. They mainly want IDEAS and to know that you CARE about the success of their business.

Far too often the only time media reps contact a client or prospect is when they are trying to sell them something, or at minimum, show and tell them how great radio is. “Messages of value” are all the other things that pertain to and are important to their business; such as motivation and retention of employees, hiring and firing, sales promotions, vendor relations, strategy, point of purchase, messaging, community involvement, and marketing and advertising from every angle imaginable. Things that can help them run their business easier, smoother, and as profitable as possible.

If you or your team is extremely organized and dedicated, it’s possible to do this on your own. But if you want your relationship with your clients and prospects to NEVER miss a beat and provide them with information that is timely, relevant, and professional, I recommend you check out ENS Media’s 4-Part SoundADvice program. SoundADvice is market exclusive and available to individual reps or entire sales teams. It will be the least expensive and highest return CRM program you’ll ever find.

If you have the courage to do what you’re asking your clients to do, which is to continue to promote and brand yourself, we’ll make it easy for you. Start your SoundADvice program now and you will not be invoiced until the pandemic has ended and life is headed back to normal. This could be one, two, three or more months absolutely FREE. If you take advantage of this NOW, you and your team will be on the road to providing your clients and prospects with a “message of value” every week.

Whether you choose to consider our SoundADvice program or not, we urge you to deliver a “message of value” to your clients and prospects on a regular basis.

Contact us to receive samples of past SoundADvice issues and full details.

Now What?

Now that the business world, from an advertising standpoint, has slowed to a crawl, the question is, “Now what?” What is there to do? The truth is, not nearly as much as normal, but there are still things you can and should be doing.

Start by planning your day. Nearly all of you are working from home or an uninhabited office. Having a minimum daily plan of what you need and want to accomplish each day will provide the path to get it done.

Here are a few things as media reps you can do to make the most of your days:

  1. Make 5 phone calls each day to your current clients, just to touch base and see how they are doing. 
  2. Make 2 calls each day to prospects, just to touch base and see how they are doing.
  3. Update copy and production. Make sure all copy is updated to meet the times. Emotional branding ads rule the day.
  4. Purge and organize your account list. 
  5. Clean out client files.
  6. Self-Motivation. Watch or listen to at least one motivational audio or video segment each day. 
  7. Self-Education. Spend at least 30 minutes each day making yourself better. 
  8. Brainstorm with teammates (via phone or video). Pick 1 or 2 business categories each day and create ideas to help your clients and prospects now and in the future.

“The best investment you can make is an investment in yourself…

The more you learn, the more you’ll earn.”

                                  – Warren Buffett

Above all, have a daily plan. Hold yourself accountable and check-off each item as you complete them. During this downtime, making and taking the initiative to do the little things that are typically put off will pay big rewards when we get back to our “normal” daily routines!

Stay Safe – Stay Healthy – Stay Strong!