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Maine Made: Award Winning Radio Commercials 2014

Posted by Larry Julius on Sat, Oct 18, 2014 @ 11:27 AM

In previous articles we shared astounding radio commercials from around the world and from around America,  Today, we are highlighting award winning commercials heard on Portland Maine radio and other stations throughout the state. These commercials prove that great radio ads don't have to come from Madison Avenue or from Hollywood.

Each year the Maine Association of Broadcasters recognizes the best radio commercials produced by radio stations in Portland, Augusta, Bangor, Presque Isle and from any other place in the state where great radio is made. This year's winning commercial reaffirms how the power of sound can contribute to the success of Maine small business. Here are this year's winners. Take a listen to greatness.

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Is Radio Dead? Maine Small Business Deserves To Know

Posted by Larry Julius on Sun, Aug 03, 2014 @ 10:50 AM

Nobody In Portland, Maine Does Not Listen To the Radio

Maine small business owners and advertisers of all sizes take note: "Nobody listens to radio!"  So says Merlin Aylesworth, President of NBC.  According to Aylesworth, "Within three years [radio] will be wiped out."  This view is supported by Bernard Smith of Harper's Magazine who said, "[Radio] may, for a brief period of time, maintain a marginal existence before being finally relegated to the storeroom." 

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5 Stunning Radio Commercials Any Maine Business Can Borrow

Posted by Larry Julius on Sat, Jul 05, 2014 @ 01:29 PM

Portland Radio Advertisers Find Inspiration From Down Under

The 20th century abstract artist Darby Barnnard once said, "Originality is way overrated. To make, you need to take. All great artists do." This quote, not surprisingly, seems to be borrowed from Pablo Picasso who also said, "Good artists copy, great artists steal." Movie director Jim Jarmsuch said it best, "Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is nonexistent.”

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Maine Tire Dealers Tune In To Radio Benefits...It's The Wheel Thing

Posted by Larry Julius on Sat, Jun 28, 2014 @ 10:26 AM

Portland Maine Small Business Owners Can Learn How To Use Radio Effectively From America's Tire Dealers

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Tags: Radio Commercial, Effective Radio Advertising, Portland Maine Radio, Small Business Marketing, Small Business Advertising, Maine Small Business, radio commercials

Political Radio Advertising: What Every Maine Candidate Needs To Know

Posted by Larry Julius on Sun, May 04, 2014 @ 10:10 AM

On September 26, 1960, John Kennedy and Richard Nixon participated in a presidential debate.  According to Time Magazine, "what happened after the two candidates took the stage is a familiar tale.  Nixon, pale and underweight from a recent hospitalization, appeared sickly and sweaty, while Kennedy appeared calm and confident." The TV audience who was watching that night judged Kennedy to be the winner, but, as Time goes on to explain, "those who listened to the debate on the radio thought Nixon had won."  The moral of the story: On radio they never see you sweat.  A lesson anyone running for elected office in Maine should take to heart.

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Radio Ads: Highest ROI for Maine Small Business

Posted by Larry Julius on Sat, Mar 29, 2014 @ 11:28 AM

Radio advertisers have known it for almost 92 years, but a new study confirms it. Research giant Nielsen Catalina found, on average, radio commercials produce a $6.00 sales lift for every $1.00 invested. According to Ad Age magazine, these findings indicate that advertisers can expect higher returns-on investment from radio than TV, digital, or social media.  Small businesses who advertise on Portland, Maine area radio stations have found this to be true also.

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Radio: Hear To Stay...Good News For Maine Small Business

Posted by Larry Julius on Sun, Jan 19, 2014 @ 08:41 AM

In 2004, there was no Pandora.  There was no Spotify.  In 2004, the first podcasts started to appear and the iPod Shuffle was still a year away from its initial release. In 2004, fewer than 20% of Americans could listen to or download music online because most people only had access to dial-up internet.  In 2004, commercial radio, despite being 84 years old, still reigned supreme in the battle for listeners' ears by reaching 93% of all Americans. Flash forward 10 years: AM/FM radio still reaches 93% of all Americans, making it the number one audio choice among consumers and that's good news for Maine Small Business.

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Radio DJs Help Portland Maine Deli Cut The Mustard

Posted by Larry Julius on Sat, May 04, 2013 @ 06:39 AM

Portland, Maine is a tough place to own a restaurant.  According to an article in Mainebiz, the city has one eating establishment for every 118 people.  That means Portland has almost twice the restaurants per capita than even San Francisco. And not only is there an abundance of restaurants, there are lots of good, even great restaurants.  Epicurious calls Portland the "Northeast's Top Dining Spot." Bon Apetit named Portland "the foodiest small town in America."  The New York Times, no less, says, Portland, Maine is "one of the best places to eat in the Northeast."  So when a local deli wanted to compete for customers against a city full of award winning eateries, they turned to a medium that captures the flavor of the local community...radio.

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Business Owner: "When I'm Not On The Radio, My Phones Don't Ring"

Posted by Larry Julius on Sun, Mar 17, 2013 @ 08:53 AM

Michael and Mary Jean Major own Cunningham Security Systems, a small business that provides custom designed, high quality, monitored security systems to residential and business customers in the Portland, Maine area.  The Majors purchased the already successful company in 2005 from the founders, Nancy and Paul Cunningham. During their first two years of ownership, the Majors doubled their number of customers.  Quite a remarkable accomplishment considering the competition.

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Favorite Radio Commercials of All Time

Posted by Larry Julius on Wed, Aug 29, 2012 @ 07:55 PM

This week marks the 90th anniversary of the first radio commercial.  On August 28th, 1922, radio station WEAF in New York City broadcast a 10 minute "talk" by the Queensboro Corporation to promote the sale of cooperative apartments in Jackson Heights.  The commercial ran four more times over the next few days for a total cost of $500 ($6850 in today's dollars).  Just like now, radio advertising proved remarkably effective and Queensboro reported selling two apartments as a direct result of the campaign. Other notable advertisers on WEAF in 1922 included Macy's, American Express, Colgate, and Met Life.

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