Latest Blog, 20th Oct 2020

Top Tips from Steve Orchard CEO of Quidem Midlands Ltd; Capital Mid-Counties.


What’s so special about your business?


If you are about to embark upon radio advertising or digital advertising for the first time or perhaps reviewing your plans, my strong advice is to ask yourself this question first “What’s so special about my business?"


Advertising is a competitive activity – and to win your prospect’s attention and then motivate them to choose you, you have to tell them why they should do business with you and not the other guys. Every week at Capital Radio Mid-Counties we have conversations with dozens of businesses here in the Midlands and the first response to our question “what’s so special about your business” is inadequate to motivate prospects to change their behaviour.


Typically, we get responses such as “strong on customer service” or “family run business”. Whilst both are laudable neither is
competitive. “Strong on customer service” is what all your competitors say, and “family run business” is important to you, but not your customer. For more about what’s important to your customer, see our August 1 st blog about making your advertising more effective where we explain how to get inside your prospect’s head. Advertising is a competitive activity – so
make sure you bring your “A game”.


If you want us to help you compete more effectively just click our “contact us” button.

20th Aug 2020

Radio Advice: Authentic storytelling about your business IS more effective

Top Tips from Simon Alexander of Capital FM Mid-Counties


Real stories market your business more effectively. Here's how AND why...


A study over 1,000 patients proved that authentic stories are so powerful that medical patients are more likely to go through with a procedure if they’ve been told a story of its success over statistics."You should have this procedure done, it has 90% success rate," is LESS effective than a Doctor saying, "We think you should go through with this procedure because there was a guy called Terry, similar age to you, he had it done last year and he's back playing Rugby now."

Translate this idea to radio advertising. "You should buy these roof tiles because they last for at least 10 years and are really durable in bad weather," is LESS effective than a roofing company saying "I've been a roofer for 20 years. You should buy these tiles off me because I started my business when I had a leak in my roof and I realised how important it was to have quality tiles, that are expertly fitted, and not cheap ones which simply don't do the job."


The patient is more likely to go for it because of an authentic human connecting story than being told (in this case) positive facts. Same goes for your roofer. 

At Quidem Digital, we are experts in radio advertising and authentic storytelling to help market your business in an affordable and efficient way. Message the team on the chat icon below (bottom right) or contact us via email

1st Aug 2020

Radio Advice: How to Make your marketing more effective.

Top Tips from Steve Orchard of Capital FM Mid-Counties


It all starts inside your prospect’s head


The single most important thing I’ve learned about marketing is to do with how the human
brain functions.


It Is not at all sophisticated. Basically, your prospect will only hear what she wants to


The mistake that many businesses make when conveying messages to prospective
customers is to focus on what they, the business owner wants to say – and not what the
customer wants to hear.


You can tell them about your customer service, about how you’re a family business, or about
the year you were founded… but I have to tell you it’s a waste of your time and your money.
She’s probably heard it all before from your competitors and she is just not that interested.
To get inside your prospects mind you must find something which is useful to her, solves a
problem for her, makes her life better somehow.


And that is the fundamental basis of all effective marketing – your message must start inside
your prospect’s head. It should be about what she wants to hear, not what you want to say…
To tap into more of our experience to help make your marketing more effective just email

Capital Mid Counties is the UK's no.1 Hit Music Station, covering: Coventry, Stratford Upon Avon, Warwick, Leamington Spa, Evesham, Kenilworth, The Cotswolds, Rugby, Banbury, Brackley, Bicester, Tamworth, Burton Upon Trent, Lichfield, Swadlincote and surrounding areas.