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A guide to creating powerful and persuasive television commercials
Written by David Ciccarelli, CEO of Voices.com
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THIS GUIDE
Over the next several pages you’ll learn about: • Key developments of the popular invention • Pioneers and people • The impact of radio advertising campaigns • Radio ad duration • Radio ad styles • 15 sample radio commercial scripts • Tips for writing your radio commercial • Consideration when selecting your voice talent • Rates and prices for producing a radio commerial • How to hire a professional voice talent
The television is one of the most important inventions in the history of the world. It has become a staple in the lives of many people and many aspects of the world’s culture are taken from TV shows. For instance, children from as far as India would learn to say “Hi-yo, Silver, away!” after watching some episodes of The Lone Ranger. Here’s a look at the history of television.
Electromechanical television systems, better known as “televisors” were used to capture images and then display them. The images that they captured were sent via radio waves. Originally used from 1928 to 1939, they eventually began picking up images that were broadcasted electronically like more modern television sets.
In 1927, Philo Farnsworth invented a special camera tube that was able to electronically transmit signals. He gave a full-on demonstration of his all-electronic system at the Franklin Institute. Later, RCA decided to integrate Farnsworth’s tube into their TV sets. These types of sets became the “standard” in the US in 1941.
Color television didn’t fully come around until a bit later. Although there were some successful early experiments with color television, the actual process of converting a 2D image into a 1D radio signal was difﬁcult as the image would often be distorted. In 1941, CBS began conducting color ﬁeld tests. As these systems were not compatible with the television sets at the time, they were halted. In 1947, RCA was able to transmit live color images successfully to the FCC. The ﬁrst coast-to-coast color broadcast took place on January 1, 1954, when NBC broadcasted the Tournament of Roses Parade.
PEOPLE AND PIONEERS
Broadcast television is the system of broadcasting by TV stations that are licensed by a government. These stations then air programs over assigned channels. In today’s terms, it includes the big networks like ABC, NBC, Fox, and others. Cable channels are different and are thus subject to different rules. Typically, shows played on broadcast networks are closely monitored and controlled.
The very ﬁrst “generation” of television sets was sold in the U.S. from 1928 to 1934. These sets didn’t have color and received pictures through radio waves. Then, in 1934, the production of electronic sets began. At the time, they cost the equivalent of $6,000, making them too expensive for the average family. After World War II, they became cheaper and more people purchased them.
The invention of the TV would never have been possible without a few pioneers. John Logie Baird, a British engineer, invented the world’s very ﬁrst functioning television, making it possible for improvements to be made. He also helped perfect the color television system broadcast in later years. Philo Farnsworth invented the ﬁrst fully electronic TV system and Vladimir K. Zworykin invented the receiving system that was used in TVs. Without them, there would be no TV.
Television advertising campaigns refer to the use of television broadcast media to advertise products and services. TV advertising has been one of the most effective ways to promote products and services, because the use of video in combination with speech tends to be more precise in passing a message. Hearing, seeing and speaking are the ﬁrst senses that people exhibit during their developmental stages. These abilities of expression come before the ability to read or write, and therefore, tv advertising is a preferred medium of advertising among many advertisers and businesses.
How Television Advertisements Work
In tv advertising, ad agencies or tv stations receive advertisements from their clients before bilaterally deciding on the structure and modalities of the advertisements, including the ﬁnancial rates. They will also decide on the television commercial scripts that will be appropriate for the advertisements, so the ads will be more appealing to the intended audiences. The advertising agency then delegates the advertising job to a voice actor and a producer for the ﬁnal production of the advertisement. To capture the listeners’ attention, the advertisements may incorporate the use of music, funny voices, character voices, or even celebrity voices.
HOW TO WRITE A SCRIPT
Since nearly everyone has heard a television commercial, you should expect that your listeners have grown accustomed to hearing ads produced in a certain way. Here is a suggested framework for mapping out a 30 second commercial. • Intro: 2.5 seconds • Key Message: 10 seconds • Reinforce Message: 10 seconds • Closing Remarks: 5 seconds • Tag Line: 2.5 seconds Your writing style should be conversational with friendly language, limiting the use of jargon or industry speciﬁc words in order to accommodate your listeners. Develop an introduction that will quickly explain and highlight the what the ad is for and how it beneﬁts your prospective customer. Remember to leave air or space for music, transitions and tags during the beginning and end of each commercial. If required, remember to leave sufﬁcient time for any disclaimers that might be required by law to be inserted during your commercial.
AD STYLES AUDIOBOOK SURVEY RESULTS
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Most of the commercials aired on radio last for a duration of 15 seconds to 60 seconds. The advertiser has to make sure the intended message will be comfortably conveyed within the chosen time period. The message has to be able to grab the attention of the listener, who is usually doing something else while the radio is playing. The message has to be concise and easy to remember.
A 15-second radio commercial only allows the advertiser to provide very basic information about the business, such as the name of the business, its products or services, and contact details. This type of commercial is effective if the audience is already aware of the existence of the business, and they have probably even tried its products or services.
If the advertiser wants to include some sales ﬂair in the commercial, the 30-second commercial is a good option. With 30 seconds, commercial scripts can be written in a more creative manner. They can be presented as monologues or conversations, and can include more details about the businesses they are promoting, such as: experience, the beneﬁts of its products, and unique selling points.
Most of the traditional radio ads are 60 second long, and offer enough time to do a complete sales pitch. This type of commercial is the preferred method for promoting a new product or service. The advertiser can make the commercial more compelling by introducing an engaging headline, identifying a problem, providing a solution, and offering dramatic assurance.
GOOD LENGTH FOR AD COPY
When writing ad copy for a radio or television commercial it's easy to get carried away. How much is enough? The short answer is enough to get the message across. OK, but how does that translate into a word count for a 30 second spot or a 60 second spot? Great question. To help give some guidance, we've created a handy chart for you to reference the next time your writing some ad copy.
The 30 Second Spot Word Count Guideline
30 seconds, 65 words = lots of inﬂection, sincere read 30 seconds, 78 words = typical, straight read 30 seconds, 90 words = fast read 30 seconds, 100 words = hard sell, maximum speed read
The 60 Second Spot Word Count Guideline
60 seconds, 130 words = lots of inﬂection 60 seconds, 155 words = typical, straight read 60 seconds, 180 words = fast read 60 seconds, 200 words = hard sell, maximum speed read Note that numbers (such as a phone number), symbols (@ symbol or www) , etc., count as one word each.
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REAL ESTATE SCRIPT
Item Gender Length Target Demographic Character / Narrator Vocal Direction Suggested Music Suggested Sound Effects Male or Female :30 Young families, established homeowners that want to move up Neighborly, genuine sales representative Jovial, permanent smile, more than happy to please Synthesized suburbia! Suave, moving up the ladder music Bicycle bell, birds, hammering in a nail, chain saws Description
Getting that big promotion must feel good. Why not celebrate moving up by moving to Summerset Hills? The neighborhoods of Summerset Hills are now entering into their third phase of building! Choose from dozens of single-family homes on pie shaped lots tucked away on Lilies Fair Court, perfect for young families and parents who want a safe and secluded street on which to raise their kids. With homes selling quickly, you’d better act now so that you can move into your dream home before the ﬁrst snowfall! Open houses are being held every Saturday and Sunday from 12 until 4. To learn more about the Summerset community, visit our website online or call 555-3125. Summerset Hills: move in today and stay for a lifetime.
RENTAL PROPERTY SCRIPT
Item Gender Length Target Demographic Character / Narrator Vocal Direction Suggested Music Suggested Sound Effects Male or Female :60 Middle age, empty nesters, senior citizens Trusted Nature Guide Word painting, warmth, quality, exuding possibilities with your voice Laid-back nature music Loon, water birds, water burbling, birds warbling, water lapping up on the shore Description
Located in the gated community of Shavian Lake, close to Montgomery Airport, this fantastic rental home is perfect for the outdoorsy nature lover. Features include a natural gas ﬁreplace, tiered ﬂoor design, and a lovely all-season sun room, perfect for bird watchers or bookworms. Imagine waking up every morning in your master bedroom to a glorious Shavian Lake sunrise. Make breakfast in a kitchen complete with brand new stainless steel appliances, agate countertops, and updated parquet ﬂooring. With a covered balcony facing the lakefront, summer paddle boat rentals, and access to a year-round nature trail, the Shavian Lake community is truly a community for all seasons (and you can bring your pets too!). For more details, contact Hinterland Rentals at 555-3489. Inquire about this rental home’s short-term leasing program, starting at $1500 per month.
REAL ESTATE AGENT SCRIPT
Item Gender Length Target Demographic Character / Narrator Vocal Direction Suggested Music Suggested Sound Effects Female :60 First time home buyers, people looking to buy a home Real Estate Agent Authoritative, in demand, conﬁdent, expert, friendly Relaxed Heart beat, pouring a cup of tea Description
When you’re looking for a new home, why not seek the counsel of a friend who happens to know the housing market better than the back of her hand? Jeannie Jacobsen can answer all questions related to securing a mortgage and provide valuable information that is important to your family. Jeannie’s house hunting kit includes a detailed summary of area schools, nearby amenities, and homeowner testimonials live in your neighborhood of choice. Jeannie knows this city better than anyone and can expertly consult you on property values, homeowner secrets, and will take the pulse of your prospective community for you, highlighting neighborhood activities and notable facts. Call Jeannie at 555-9875 to start looking for your new home. How’s this weekend for you?
ADVENTURE TRAVEL SCRIPT
Item Gender Length Target Demographic Character / Narrator Vocal Direction Suggested Music Suggested Sound Effects Male :30 Young adults, risk takers, adventure travel buffs Young adult planning their next vacation Thoughtful, sense of humor, personality Upbeat electronic music Hiking sounds, water bubbling / splash, water dripping in a cave Description
(Inner monologue) Back to the old to do list again. Let’s see… Climb Mount Everest… done. Snorkeling with the dolphins off the coast of Australia? Done. Sky diving in Borneo… yup, that’s checked off too. Barreling over Niagara Falls (chuckle) – Nah, too risky! How about discovering a Land of Lost Caverns in the highlands of Costa Rica? (Reading) Easily trek to view scenic wonders of beauty and mystery… ancient unexplored caverns await… (Said to another person) Hey Jeff / Alice, what do you think of this? (Announcer) Why just travel when you can ‘adventure’ travel? Call us today to book your next out-of-this-world thrill seeker vacation.
ROMANTIC TRAVEL SCRIPT
Item Gender Length Target Demographic Character / Narrator Vocal Direction Suggested Music Suggested Sound Effects Male or Female :30 Newlyweds, engaged couples, second honeymoon / anniversary Travel Guide Matter of fact, luxurious, in awe, advisor European, cultural Fireworks, champagne cork popping, clinking of glasses, and walla Description
When you plan your honeymoon, don’t just book the ﬁrst ﬂight to Tahiti… surprise your beloved with an unforgettably romantic getaway to one of the great European capital cities. Experience the ﬁnest that Paris, Rome, Madrid, and Athens have to offer… adorn your memories with haute cuisine, signature hotels, distinct cultures, and breathtaking wonders found only in continental Europe. Treat your New wife / husband to an Old World romance. Start your married life off right by honeymooning in style across the pond.
SPRING BREAK TRAVEL SCRIPT
Item Gender Length Target Demographic Character / Narrator Vocal Direction Suggested Music Suggested Sound Effects Male or Female :30 Teens, college students planning a spring vacation College student Tantalizing, energized, hyped, direct Popular, Top 40 Skiing sound effects, hot chocolate being poured into a mug, ski lift Description
Lazing around watching television, doing homework, painting the house… whatever (Sarcasm)! It’s Spring Break! Wouldn’t you rather be dodging moguls and coasting down ski hills in the Great White North? We've teamed up with our snow-crazed sponsors to bring you the coolest winter holiday package EVER. Qualify to win one of three Great White North prize packs for you and 20 of your closest friends. Are you king or queen of the hill? Find out this Spring Break! Enter the Great White North contest online, or call us toll-free.
BUSINESS TRAVEL SCRIPT
Item Gender Length Target Demographic Character / Narrator Vocal Direction Suggested Music Suggested Sound Effects Male :30 Business people with high demands Sales Representative High-tech savvy, sales pitch, conﬁdent, hint of excitement Suave with a dash of danger Fax machine dial, helicopter, clinking of glasses Description
Business travel at the speed of your fax machine... is that even possible?! Zip around the country in your own helicopter, complete with a licensed pilot and hors d’oeuvres to keep you on top of your game. Get from point A to point B within minutes! Visit our website online to ﬁnd out more about how you can beat the trafﬁc, on land or in the air. Need to book that ﬂight right now? Give us a call at 555-6482. Show up in style (and on time). Start ﬂying to your meetings today!
SPORTING GOODS SCRIPT
Item Gender Length Target Demographic Character / Narrator Vocal Direction Suggested Music Suggested Sound Effects Male or Female :30 Teenagers and college students Sales Representative Dude, valley girl, exaggerated sound Surfer music, upbeat, fun in the sun feel Waves hitting the beach, wind ﬂapping a towel Description
Ready for some fun in the sun? Not without our oversized beach towels! Scott’s Surf Shop has everything to cover you at the beach, including swimming apparel, sun block, scuba gear, ﬂip ﬂops, and oversized beach towels made with shake-away technology that makes sure you leave the beach at the beach. Before you drive to the cottage, stop by Scott’s Surf Shop to start your summer off right.
PERSONAL PRODUCT SCRIPT
Item Gender Length Target Demographic Character / Narrator Vocal Direction Suggested Music Suggested Sound Effects Male or Female :30 Women in their twenties and thirties Youthful woman, mid twenties Bubbly, conﬁdence, energy, authoritative Upbeat, Top 40 Hair dryer, lathering shampoo, shower sounds Description
Has your hair lost it’s lustre? Missing it’s bounce? Need some Va-va-va-voom? Let me tell you about this new shampoo I’ve been using. It’s not like your ordinary, run of the mill, “I share this with my husband” shampoo - no, this one goes beyond the call of duty to tame frizzies, banish split ends and most importantly, it gives you the conﬁdence you need ( and a little bit of va-va-va-voooom! ). Why use your old shampoo when you can experience the power and endurance of Va-Va-Va-Voom shampoo? Call or click for your free sample today.
Item Gender Length Target Demographic Character / Narrator Vocal Direction Suggested Music Suggested Sound Effects Description Male narrator with Female interjection :30 Married women under 40 Husband, Announcer, Wife’s interjection Dreamy, soft, smoldering, slightly manipulative Soft jazz, saxophone, light drums Water boiling, clothes landing softly in a basket
Maybe it’s the way the sun kisses his skin or maybe it’s the gentle should rubs before bedtime. It could be the homemade Fettuccine Alfredo he prepared last night, or perhaps it’s the load of laundry you found neatly folded on the landing. Maybe it’s just because he’s there. Those actions say so much, even when words are hard to ﬁnd. Let him know how much you love and appreciate him with a double decker grill, a large plasma TV, and let him renovate the basement into a sports bar... (spoken by wife “Honey, I can hear you, and please, just take your Nocturnal Rest already!”) Announcer: For those night’s when you just can’t get to sleep, try Nocturnal Rest and get to sleep fast!
CAR DEALERSHIP SCRIPT
Item Gender Length Target Demographic Character / Narrator Vocal Direction Suggested Music Suggested Sound Effects Male or Female :30 Men between twenty and forty years of age Announcer Hard sell, anticipation, authoritative, thrilling Hard hitting, classic rock, electric guitars reeling Pedal to the metal, race track, bells Description
Are you ready for this? Valley View Automotive’s got all of the hottest SUVs you’ve been looking for! This week only, enjoy a test drive and the opportunity to drive one of these powerful vehicles off the lot for half the price! Yes, half the price! Nows the time to get yourself to Valley View, by car, on foot, or even by air to take advantage of this outrageous sale - you’d better get here quickly, ‘cause this promotion is only going on for 24 hours and the automobiles are leaving the lot faster than you can say 4 wheel drive! Valley View Automotive, SUVs you can depend on.
Item Gender Length Target Demographic Character / Narrator Vocal Direction Suggested Music Suggested Sound Effects Male or Female :30 First time home buyers with a good credit rating Friendly sales representative Dreamlike, whimsical, helpful Relaxed, adult contemporary Door opening, soft breeze, homey sounds Description
Picture your dream house. A sprawling lakefront property with mature trees and a winding driveway through a wrought-iron gate… we’re not just talking about white picket fences! Come in and talk to one of our mortgage specialists. Tell us about your dreams. We’ll make them a reality.
TAX PLANNING SCRIPT
Item Gender Length Target Demographic Character / Narrator Vocal Direction Suggested Music Suggested Sound Effects Male :30 Middle age Hero voice / Super Tax Man Take the ‘have no fear!’ approach, strong, authoritative Upbeat Scream, nail biting, teeth chattering, Homer Simpson ‘Doh!’ Description
It’s that time of year again (yikes! Nail-biting). Tax Time (booming voice – over the top women’s scream or Homer Simpson scream)!!!! Are your statements in order? Even if you are miles behind, our certiﬁed general accounts will get you and your tax forms up to speed, increasing your tax return and giving you peace of mind. Why pull your hair out every April when you can rely on Tax Tally? Tax Tally knows your frustrations, believe me, we do. That’s why we’re here! Call us today at 555-5674 for a free estimate. Tax Tally, we crunch numbers so that you don’t have to.
CREDIT REPAIR SCRIPT
Item Gender Length Target Demographic Character / Narrator Vocal Direction Suggested Music Suggested Sound Effects Male or Female :30 Students and out-of-control credit card owners Town crier / announcer Over the top, air of desperation with timely relief Upbeat, circus music transitioning to more relaxed music Sirens, credit card swiping sounds, dial tone and numbers being pressed Description
Alert! Alert! Be gone maxed out credit cards, over due loans, suffocating interest rates, and relentless collections agencies! If your credit rating is making you and others around you cringe, there’s only one thing to do, and that’s to turn to the professionals at Creative Credit Solutions. Even if your credit is less than perfect, we’ll help you get back on track. You can do it, and we can help. Call today or visit our website for your free credit check report.
INVESTMENT SERVICES SCRIPT
Item Gender Length Target Demographic Character / Narrator Vocal Direction Suggested Music Suggested Sound Effects Male or Female :30 New parents, middle-aged Super woman / go getter Conﬁdence, reassuring, coy, refreshing Adult contemporary Cash register opening, cha-ching, baby cooing Description
Still hiding money under your mattress? Contrary to popular belief, investing your ﬁnancial assets in a government savings bond can help your money grow! Our team of professionals at Global Transact House and Home will raise and nurture your investments as if they were their very own. We’re very protective of our young! Trust our experts to take care of your hard-earned money and make it work for you.
ADVERTISING SLOGANS ON TV
An advertising slogan is a concise phrase that deﬁnes an advertising campaign. The most effective and catchy slogans are imprinted in the collective mindset of the masses so that they automatically associate the phrases with the products for the longest time. Some advertising slogans have seeped so deeply into the public consciousness that they become much more than just some catchphrases to sell some products. For instance, the legendary Nike slogan “Just Do It” has emerged from its advertising shadows to become a mantra of life for many people. Some advertising slogans have such a long life that they become part of pop culture. It has been close to 30 years since Brooke Shields said “You wanna know what comes between me and my Calvins… nothing,” but many people still remember her in those advertisements. Since then, Calvin Klein jeans have become “sexy.” Just like other forms of pop culture, advertising slogans can be just as iconic in deﬁning a generation. Here are some of the most memorable advertising slogans. “Don’t leave home without it.” (American Express) “M’m! M’m! Good!” (Campbell’s Soup) “It’s the real thing.” (Coca Cola) “When you care enough to send the very best.” (Hallmark) “Snap! Crackle! Pop!” (Kellogg’s Rice Frispies) “Finger lickin’ good.” (KFC) “Have a break. Have a Kit-Kat” (Kit-Kat) "I'm lovin' it." (McDonald's) “Where do you want to go today?” (Microsoft) “Good to the last drop.” (Maxwell House) “Got Milk?” (Milk) “It’s Miller time!” (Miller) “I love New York.” (New York)
TV COMMERCIALS EXAMPLES
AdCritic Archive of commercial spots. Paid subscription required. www.adcritic.com Very Funny Ads Companion site to the TBS Very Funny ad campaign, among the world's funniest. www.veryfunnyads.com Adtunes.com Blog provides information on music from TV ads, ﬁlm trailers, and more. www.adtunes.com Best Ads on TV Funny, clever, and weird ads from around the world. www.bestadsontv.com ad-awards.com International advertising awards, selecting the best on a monthly basis. www.ad-awards.com Videomercials Find TV commercials from the '70s, '80s, and '90s. Ads are available on VHS and DVD and can also be downloaded in a WAV format. www.80scommercials.com USA TV Ads Includes an archive of new and vintage commercials. www.usatvads.com
SELECTING A VOICE TALENT AUDIOBOOK SURVEY RESULTS
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WORKING WITH A PROFESSIONAL
By working with a professional voice talent you gain several advantages. First, many voice talent have recorded hundreds of tv commercials and know what works, what doesn’t and as a result, they can improve your advertising campaign as well as save you thousands of dollars. Furthermore, professionals have the artistic ability to bring your script to life by interpreting your ad copy, emphasizing certain words and adding subtle touches such as humor, sarcasm and other performance characteristics you may like in the recording. Finally, voice talent work from fully-equipped recording studios so you can be sure that you’ll be airing a broadcast-quality audio production. Recording studio equipment costs a minimum of $25,000 and well into the millions of dollars for high-end gear. Your radio commercial can have the clean, professional sound at a fraction of the cost.
WHERE TO FIND VOICE TALENT
Like most people, a Google search is a good place to start. By doing so, you’ll likely land on Voices.com, an online marketplace where you can search a global network of thousands of professional voice talent.
POSTING YOUR JOB
The best option is to post your job, which is free of charge at Voices.com. Then you can outline your tv commercial requirements and attach your script. Within a few hours, you’ll receive auditions and quotes for getting your tv commercial recorded by a pro - quickly and cost-effectively.
ABOUT DAVID CICCARELLI
As the founder of Voices.com, David offers management experience as well as a clear vision the company's future. Currently, David oversees infrastructure maintenance, infrastructure development, and web application development. David was nominated for the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the Business Development Bank of Canada and has also presented Voices.com as a New Voices winner at DigiFest, an award recognizing Voices.com as an industry leader who provides digital media products and innovations that contribute to Canada's economic and cultural future. In 2000, David graduated from the Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology with an Honor's Degree in Audio Technology.
Author: David Ciccarelli Address: 999 Collip Circle, London, ON N6G 0J3 Telephone: 519-858-5071 Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.voices.com
Voices.com was established in 2004 and is now the technology and industry leading website that connects businesses with professional voice talents. Radio and television stations, advertising agencies and Fortune 500 companies rely upon the Voices.com marketplace to search for, audition and hire voice talents with the assistance of our innovative SurePay™ escrow service and our Web application. The winner of several awards, including the 1to1 Impact Award for Full-Suite CRM, CRM Elite Award, and the DigiFest New Voices Award, Voices.com has raised its proﬁle signiﬁcantly this year ranking on the PROFIT Hot 50 recognizing 534% growth over the past two years and just this summer was featured on Backbone Magazine’s and KPMG’s annual Pick 20 Listing as an “innovative company”.
Voices.com is a very professional organization with easy interface and people that are easy to work with. While this is a competitive industry, Voices.com gives you many great tools at your ﬁngertips to help you compete and succeed.
- Paul Hernandez, Customer
Clients include NBC, ESPN, PBS, The History Channel, Reader's Digest, Comcast, Nortel Networks, Bell Canada, Microsoft, Cisco Systems, ING, Western Union, Ford, GM, Jaguar, Firestone Tires, American Airlines, the US Army, the US Government and thousands more.
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