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World’s best contests with Jonathan Lumley & John Simons

The Earshot podcast is packed with great radio promotion ideas, shared by the people who make them.

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This time, two of planet Earth’s leading commercial radio practitioners explore the world’s greatest contest and competition mechanics and what makes them so effective for audiences and sponsors alike.

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Jonathan Lumley and John Simons

Duration 47’45”, 192kb/s stereo mp3, file size 71.2 MB.
Loudness -16 LUFS.

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Show notes

From the Cash Call to the Bong Game® to the Real Radio Renegade, Jonathan Lumley from East Coast Radio and Jacaranda FM in South Africa and international radio consultant John Simons from the UK reveal their favourite competition ideas, both as set-piece promotional moments and everyday benchmarks.

In conversation with Earshot’s Steve Martin, they explain how their favourite competition mechanics work, the critical dos and don’ts for any promotion and how data from engaged listeners can help you demonstrate to advertisers the quality of audience you attract. You’ll also discover the 1% rule and why John’s cousin hasn’t been for dinner recently.

If you run competitions, games or sponsored promotions on your station this is a rare opportunity to learn from two of the best, from both sides of the globe.

Trademarked competition names

If you want to check whether a proposed competition has been trademarked in the UK, this is the central UK Trade Mark registry.

Jonathan Lumley (left, enscarfed) and John Simons (jacketed and labelled).

Next time: Ben Stones and Liam Hadley from the BBC, including the inside story on the imaging for the Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Greg James, produced with ReelWorld.


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Earshot podcast graphicEarshot theme by the Tiger Club Band. Voiceover is Elly Fairman at Hobsons.

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