If you’re looking for a way to market your radio station online, social media is one of the best available options. After all, radio and social media are both excellent tools for providing people with engaging content.
For that reason, you can treat your social media account as an extension of your radio station, making for marketing that is both simple and effective. Users who are drawn to your social media content will likely look to your station for similar content.
But how exactly can you get the most out of your radio social media campaign? Below, we’ll look at seven ways you can give your social media a boost.
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7 tips for boosting social media for radio stations
What makes a good radio social media campaign? There’s no single answer, but there are several things you can do to boost the effectiveness of your marketing.
Here are seven tips for improving the quality of your social media strategy.
1. Interact with your audience
On your radio station, you spend hours broadcasting from your studio out to hundreds or thousands of listeners. While you may have people call in to participate on your show, the interaction is limited. With social media, though, you have a chance to connect with your listeners more.
One of the best things about social media is that it gives you a superb opportunity to interact more directly with your followers. When someone asks a question, you can answer it. When someone mentions you, you can respond to them personally.
This interaction fosters a sense of connection between you and your followers that your radio channel can’t reach on its own. That connection, in turn, makes people more likely to want to listen to your station.
2. Share posts from relevant accounts
Whatever your station broadcasts to your listeners, odds are you spend your days sharing or discussing content from a specific arena, be it pop music or national politics. Whatever arena that is, it can benefit your social media marketing in the form of shared posts.
You should aim to provide users with plenty of original content from your station, but that doesn’t mean you can’t branch out occasionally. You can often engage users simply by sharing the latest content from other accounts related to your station’s specialization.
If your station plays pop music, you can share occasional content from the artists whose music you play. And if you discuss politics, you can share the latest political news articles.
3. Create a social media calendar
Something any business can benefit from doing on social media is sticking to a consistent schedule. You don’t want to go for weeks on end without posting anything. To keep your posts frequent and consistent, you can adopt a social media calendar.
With the help of a calendar-making tool like Hootsuite, you can create your posts in advance, and schedule them to be released at specific times. That way, your account can be producing fresh content even on days when you don’t have time to actively manage your social media.
While you’re at it, you can consider doing themed posts for different days of the week. For example, if you’re a music station, your social media can feature a “Throwback Thursday” where you feature something you broadcast that week during a previous year.
4. Invite guests onto your show
At first glance, inviting guests onto your show might not seem like it has anything to do with social media. It’s something many radio stations already do to help keep programming fresh. Inviting guests on your show, however, can help with your social media too.
To start with, it gives you something to advertise on your page, especially if the guest is someone well-known. If you’re a country music station, and you manage to pin down an interview with Alan Jackson, don’t keep it quiet!
Additionally, though, guests help you expand your audience. When you have a guest on your show, you can ask them to advertise their appearance on their own social media. That ensures that many of their followers are likely to tune into your show, adding to your current listeners.
5. Run contests and promotions
If you’ve ever run any kind of contest or giveaway on your show, you know that people love the chance to win prizes. You can apply this tactic to your radio social media strategy as well by holding contests on your social media page.
The prizes you offer can vary depending on the nature of your channel, as can the requirements to enter. A contest could be a simple name-drawing from your list of followers, or it could be an event where participants must call into your show and answer trivia questions.
Whatever arrangement you use, the incentive of a reward will prompt many people to take action.
6. Post clips of your show
Posting clips of your show is a great way for followers to see what they missed and newcomers to get insight into your show.
You can post your show content in a few different ways. One way is to post audio clips of some of the best moments from your show. Another is to post your clips in a video format, so users can see what it looks like in the studio when you’re broadcasting.
Adding to this idea, you can show behind-the-scenes looks at what happens in your station off the air. Regardless of what route you choose, these clips will help endear people to your show and to your station.
7. Use paid social media advertising
Organic posts aren’t the only way you can use social media for radio stations. Paid advertising gives you a chance to reach the people you aren’t reaching with your organic content.
Most paid social media ads take the form of in-feed ads, which means they appear in users’ social media feeds. These ads blend into the user’s feed, which makes users more likely to engage with the sponsored content.
The best part about paid social media advertising is that it allows you to target custom audiences based on various features like age and geographic location. That means you can target your ideal audience and reach people who weren’t previously aware of your brand.
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