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Promotional Strategies for attracting big radio stations

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Mary Woodcock


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Welcome back to the second series of blogs that will outline the advantages of radio advertising, promotional strategies, music marketing, scheduling, contacting radio stations, elaborating on critical guidelines and discussing different methods in reaching specific target audiences. 

When it comes to advertising on radio stations, there are number of strategies to consider in order to successfully get a track air played on the radio. This is critical as there are probably so many artists who make great music but do not know how to promote their work properly. Therefore, a number of different solutions will be outlined to enlighten young artists on how to advertise their work appropriately in order to stand out and be seen by popular radio stations.

Uploading music on popular digital platforms

When discussing the different ways artists can get their songs played on radio stations, it’s essential to analyse the approaches one can take to make their music stand out and be attractive. Releasing music on large scale digital platforms such as iTunes and Spotify as it is an effective way for an artist to portray a professional and competent image. As a result, it will greatly increase the chances of gaining recognition from big radio companies. It’s also critical to remember that before uploading music on these platforms, nowadays it is far more convenient to release singles as opposed to albums and EP’s, particularly when the artist is still unknown.

Sending CD’s to Radio Stations

Sending CD’s is a very common way of contacting bigger radio stations. It is favourable for the artist to get their CD’s through to large national shows, as some stations such as 6Music love them.

However, when promoting CD’s, to really impress big radio companies it is essential that it is presented in the best way possible. This may include printing embedded on the disk or high-resolution artwork as opposed to sending just a disk with a CD-R cover (without printing) inside a paper sleeve. For creating a large stock for promotion, it is highly recommended to contact the Quickburn team. All CD manufacturers will require high-resolution artwork, WAV/AIF file format of the track, CD/Label copy and the ISRC. It is essential that all the information on the CD is correct.

Construct a website

Constructing a website (e.g artist is a very good way to attract the attention of radio stations and perhaps anyone’s attention online. This is because it automatically connects people to artists music, videos, photography, merchandise and latest updates. It is a professional way to promote one’s work in a competent manner. Therefore, if you have a very attractive website, radio stations will see that the artist means business, or in other words is truly genuine and has prosperities in achieving a successful career. As a result, radio stations will be far more inclined to play songs from a hard-working professional artist.

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