Tag: radio

5 Reasons Your Audio Ads Are Underperforming

The average person will tell you there are a lot of bad ads out there. A professional will tell you there are a lot of ineffective ads out there. From local mom-and-pop shops to multi-billion dollar corporations, so many businesses are throwing money at the airwaves without knowing why or if it’s having any effect….


Male or Female Voice: How About Neither?

Last time we talked about getting away from the male/female binary in voiceover. But the conversation didn’t end there. The blog generated some great comment and discussion which I’d like to address and expand on here. I’d like to start with one of my favourite comments which came from voice actor Mike Tobin. “…many clients…


3 YouTuber Habits That Won’t Go Away

We’re far from the pioneering days of YouTube, yet there are a number of habits – many of which are vestiges of the old school broadcasting world – that are still prevalent among modern YouTubers. We’re going to look at three of them. 1: The Mass Greeting It feels like every YouTube video starts with…


Anatomy of a Brand Anthem: Northern Latitudes

This is something I’ve wanted to do for a while. We’re going to take a brand theme (also known as a brand anthem) and see what’s going on under the hood. We’ll look at the concept, the methodology, instrumentation, as well as the textures and timbres, and how they all culminate to the audio logo….



‘I Saw it on the Radio’: The Power of Audio Imagery

Sound is incredibly visual. Back in college, one of my profs, the legendary Steve Bolton, had this poster in his office that said “I saw it on the radio”. For years I thought this was just a joke, but I later realized that it may have been more insightful than I initially thought. Before I…


The Clichés That Are Killing Your Ad

This is the blog I swore I would never write. I think I was hoping the problem would resolve itself before I would have the opportunity to address it. Unfortunately it’s a problem that continues to persist, so here we go. I’ll try my best to keep this positive and not too ranty. Does your…


Assessing Your Brand’s Sonic Footprint (yes, you have one)

I’ve talked about this subject before, but I thought it was worth expanding on a bit. One of the first steps in audio branding is asking the following questions about your brand media and overall experience. ►How much sound and sound space do you actually have?►How much of it was designed?►How much of it can…


Talk to One Person: Creating Podcast Intimacy

I’ve touched on this in previous blogs, but intimacy is crucial to presenting a good podcast, and it deserves a more expansive discussion. During podcast production, you should have two goals in mind.-You want the guest to forget you’re recording.-You want the listener to forget they’re not part of the discussion. The SpaceSome technical concerns…


Why So Many Radio Ads Fail – Part 2

Last time we highlighted some of the differences between active and passive media consumption. Another distinction that needs to be made for audio-only advertising is emotional versus logical persuasion. There’s certainly a lot of value to persuading with facts, figures, and data, but numbers don’t always convey well in audio ads. To a passive listener,…