Radio advertising can increase the overall impact of your ad campaigns when used in conjunction with online advertising. 57% of online radio listeners look up items on the web after hearing an audio ad.
Radio is also a cost-effective way to reach customers who are not online — whether they’re driving to work, or the gym, or the store, you can still get your message across.
Google Audio Ads
With Google AdWords, you can launch radio ad campaigns in just a few quick and easy steps, and do it all online.
Before you login to Google and create a radio ad campaign, you’ll need a commercial to air, and more to the point, the assistance of a professional voice talent to produce the :30 or :60 spot.
To break it down, here are the key factors that will need to be considered within each category regarding selecting a voice talent for your radio commercial:
Level of Professionalism
A voice talent of 20 years experience will bring a significantly different twist to a recording and a distinct level of professionalism when they conduct business. Many pro voice talents come from a broadcast radio background and will suit this new Google radio advertising service well.
An aspiring talent may not come equipped with the necessary skill or intuition that a professional talent has from years of experience both on the air and behind the microphone recording a variety of voice-over projects.
When searching for the perfect voice, advertisers need to evaluate the talent of the performer and not just their price tag. If a voice-over doesn’t convince your marketing department, it won’t convince an audience that was not involved in the planning, voice-over delegation, and the mastering of the final product.
Relying on a professional voice talent is essential to get an advertisers message across. These talents are not only supposed to successfully convey a message to a target audience, they are acting as the audio ambassadors of a company.
Many career voice talents record from a professional grade home recording studio. This means that they can work quickly and take on the role of both engineer and artist. This also means, potentially, that their recording fees will be less because they are performing and recording the production for the advertiser.
Talents that do not have access to a home recording studio or lack the technical skills to engineer a recording resort to outsourcing the service to an external recording facility. This not only marks up the cost of the voice-over but the recording turnaround time may also be extended as they book their studio time around the engineers schedule.
All voice-over costs are all subject to the time slot of the ad, the market size, duration of use, and whether or not the talent is charging a union rate. Talents may quote on a per page, per project, per word, per minute / hour, or per market basis. Each talent will respond with their own quoting system in order to provide advertisers with competitive quotes and proposals.
Union VS Non-union
If hiring a union voice talent, there is a bit of paper work involved, and the fee will most likely be higher than if an advertiser worked with a non-union voice talent. AFTRA, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, is the most popular option for voice talents affiliated with a union.
SAG, the Screen Actors Guild, is a different union altogether that protects the interests of those acting in some capacity on the silver screen. Talents may be members of both unions, but if the project is for broadcast radio or television, AFTRA policies will apply.
Non-union talent, who account for the majority of voice talents in the market, are not affiliated with a union and can therefore set their own rates. This is not to say that their rate may not be similar to a union rate. Depending on the skill and experience that a talent has, their rates may increase. Non-union talent operate their business just like anyone else and may require payment upfront for their work. These professionals exercise their own billing methods.
If advertisers using the new Google service are looking for a proven voice-over solution, InteractiveVoices.com is ready to meet and exceed their expectations, partnering them with the best voice-over talent in North America.