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Boost Your Marketing by Being an Internet Radio Show Guest

Internet radio is an excellent and low cost way to market your products and services. Your potential audience can include the hundreds of millions of people who have internet access. Unlike using media such as terrestrial radio or television, internet radio is a low or no-cost way to market to large numbers of potential clients.

Begin by doing a search for the shows that are a good fit for your topic. You can find them by doing an internet search or by searching popular internet radio platforms. In addition, search the various podcast syndication sites to get an idea of what shows exist that focus on your target market.

Once you’ve identified the shows that you’re interested in, listen to individual episodes and get an idea of what the show format is. Who are the guests? What are the topics? Make sure the show is a fit for you and your business.

For instance, on my internet radio show I interview women entrepreneurs. Several weeks ago someone sent me a query regarding a young man that she thought would be good for my show. It was obvious right away that she did not understand the format of the shows, and probably had never even listened to them. If she had, she would’ve known that though this entrepreneurial young man might have made an interesting guest, he was not right for my show’s format.

Once you’ve done your homework about the broadcasts that you’re interested in, send a query which should include a brief bio, a link to your website and any media mentions you may have. Provide enough information so that the show host can determine up front if you will be a good guest.

If you get a favorable response and you’re asked to be a guest, pay attention to the guidelines and promptly return any requested information. Usually you’ll be asked for a bio, an introduction (to be read on the air or posted on a website) and a picture of you or your product. If you are regularly sending queries to the media, you should have those materials ready to go.

Request the questions beforehand or confirm what the talking points will be – that way you’ll be prepared and can determine how to present yourself during the show.

When it comes to the show date and time, be on time and be enthusiastic. Once you’re on the air follow the host’s lead. Some hosts may let you do most of the talking; others may only expect you to respond at certain intervals. The bottom line is that if you’re prepared, you will already know what points to make about your product or service. Your excitement about your subject matter will come through in your voice. You may be on a one-time interview, but that interview may have thousands if not millions of listeners. What feelings do you want the listeners to come away with when they hear you?

What will make you a great show guest?

You’re prepared with a professional bio and pictures
You promote your appearance on the show
You communicate well and don’t just reply in one- or two-word answers
You take your appearance on the podcast seriously – just because it’s an internet show doesn’t make it less important than any other media appearance

What are the things you shouldn’t do if you want to be a great guest?

Assume that you can send a query in today and be scheduled on the show right away
Have no familiarity with the show’s format
Leave it up to the host to do the marketing for YOUR appearance
Send in requested information (such as bios) late or not at all

After your show is over ask about getting a copy of the recording post it on your site or blog. You can take that one interview and use it to market it over and over. Many people seek out guest appearances on internet radio, but most of them  don’t use their appearance as a springboard for greater marketing opportunities. If you focus on making the best of your guest spot, you will be ahead of the game. 

Transition coach and radio host Deborah A. Bailey helps her clients transition from employees to entrepreneurs as they eliminate limiting beliefs and connect with their passion.

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