Assistant Stillspeaking Coordinator
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115
It's as Easy as 1, 2, 3, 4!
Step 1: Determine your target audience. Who do you want to reach through your radio ads? What are their demographics?
Step 2: Identify local radio stations that appeal to your target audience. How?
Ask church members and friends of members who are part of the target audience. What radio stations do they listen to?
Listen to the radio. Pay particular attention to the ads. Do they sound as if they'd appeal to the folks you want to reach?
Go to the source. Ask radio stations the demographics of their listeners (see Step 3 below).
Step 3: Find radio station contact information.
Let your fingers do the walking. Look up "Radio Stations & Broadcast Companies" in your local Yellow Pages.
Search online; www.ontheradio.net/stations.aspx is a helpful site where you can look up stations by proximity to your zip code.
Step 4: Contact stations you think may be a good fit.
Call and ask for the advertising/sales department.
Tell the advertising representative that you have a 60-second spot that you would like to place.
If you are going to customize the ad, let them know that you will need to customize it with a tag line/voice over (e.g., one of their DJ's will read text you provide them – see below). Ask if they can provide this service and whether it is included in the cost of buying airtime for your ad. Note: If they say there's a fee, it may be negotiable (e.g. ask them to provide it as part of the ad buy).
Confirm the format requirements for the ad. Many stations will accept your ad via a weblink or by email. You may download the radio ads here.
Ask any questions you may have. They will likely have lots of information on their audience – who and how many they reach – that you can include in your grant application.
Suggested Text for Customizing Your Ad
"This Easter, bring your faith back to life. (Name of Church) in (Name of town) is having services at (times). For more information, call (Phone Number) or visit (website)."
"This Easter, find more than eggs. Find your way back to church. (Name of Church) in (Name of town) is having services at (times). For more information, call (Phone Number) or visit (website)."
"(Name of Church) in (Name of town) welcomes newcomers this Sunday -- and every Sunday at (times of services.) For more information, call (Phone Number) or visit (website)."
Groups of Churches
"This spring, come back to church. The United Church of Christ has more than (number) churches in (Name of County or other region). To find the one that's right for you, visit UCC.org."
Introducing a simple tool to help you record and interpret your worship attendance numbers. This spreadsheet allows you to record your attendance figures and track on a graph changes in worship attendance over time. All you need is Excel and information you probably already collect.
The Stillspeaking Ministry adapted this tool based on the one created to serve the people of Country Club Congregational United Church of Christ in Kansas City, MO. Thanks for sharing!
Instructions for customizing Posters
Personalizing the posters is easy! You’ll need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader, free on the web.
Open the poster you want to use and click anywhere in the text box in the lower left hand corner. Delete any information already there and replace it with your Church’s name, address, city, state, zip code, phone number and website address. These files can't be saved after you make your changes but they CAN be printed! So, if you take it to your favorite printer, the customizations are simple and easy! But you'll have to add the changes everytime you print a new batch.
It’s that easy!
1. Honor thy Mother | Customizeable version
2. Here's to Mom | Customizeable version
3. WOW | Customizeable version
4. We only accept sinners | Customizeable version
5. Shelter for the spiritually homeless | Customizeable version
6. Do you know every word, but none of the meaning? | Customizeable version
7. Do you know every word, but none of the meaning? v2 | Customizeable version
8. Please return. No questions asked. | Customizeable version
9. Jesus wandered alone for 40 days. How long have you? | Customizeable version
10. Religious freedom doesn't have to be an oxymoron | Customizeable version
11. Turn your other cheek, not your back | Customizeable version
12. Red state, blue state or joyous state? | Customizeable version
13. If you think getting up Sunday mornings is hard, try rising from the dead.
14. Our faith is 2,000 years old. Our thinking is not.