In 2011, Southern Cross Media Group and Austereo converged to end up Southern Cross Austereo.
At the time, I was similarly energized as I was overwhelmed by the errand ahead. Our business had gone from a plainly characterized and attractive radio venture, to an assorted sight and sound mammoth. In the interim, I had gone from living and breathing 10 radio stations under two very much characterized radio systems, to thinking about in excess of 90 stations in another amalgamated portfolio.
In 2016, another national brand procedure and design was purchased in adjusting all SCA radio stations either Hit or Triple M. The arrangement would influence 67 brands, 40 markets and 1,115 details, making it the biggest rebrand in Australian media history.
At the undertaking’s consummation in December 2016, you could have for all intents and purposes hear a murmur of alleviation resounding from SCA workplaces appropriate around the nation. The undertaking had required fantastic arranging, joint effort and labor.
Regarding volume of expectations and reach of effect, rebranding all SCA’s territorial stations was by a long shot the greatest undertaking I’ve ever been a piece of, and a standout amongst the most fulfilling. This is what I realized:
Incredible brands are everything – get them right and maneuver carefully
I’ve generally been a firm devotee that extraordinary brands can lift a business, and this experience is demonstration of that. I have been with SCA for over 10 years and I trust we are the most grounded we have ever been, and the quality of our national portfolio is an essential contributing element.
Call me one-sided, yet I genuinely feel there is something exceptional and uncommon about Hit and Triple M – they join individuals.
At the point when a family originate from someplace like Wagga to the footy at the MCG and see “Triple M Rocks Footy” signage appropriate around the stadium, they see their nearby station– Triple M Riverina. It’s our expectation this produces a feeling of extraordinary pride and network soul among our audience members.
The reality you would now be able to go on an excursion from Brisbane to Townsville and tune in to the Hit Network the whole time is incredible. It’s natural, it’s consistent and everybody realizes what they can expect; incredible substance, outstanding shows and the best music.
Extraordinary brands are additionally consistent work! It would be a gigantic error to make something outstanding and anticipate that it will remain as such without steady survey and purposeful exertion. Our test is to continue developing and advancing with our brands for our audience members and conveying music, substance and national and nearby encounters that interface with them.
Versatility is critical – pace yourself
With a task of this size, it tends to be anything but difficult to wind up overpowered, dismiss the ultimate objective, or feel dejected when things go astray off track.
It’s imperative to design fastidiously before all else. This will enable you to anticipate potential obstructions and build up a progression of smaller scale objectives, enabling you to praise “little wins” en route.
Likewise, realize when to request help. The effective execution of this undertaking laid on the aggregate quality of our kin. Have an unmistakable vision and get everybody on board – you’ll require them!
Timing is everything – be quiet and convey well.
As a rule, advertisers are individuals who get a kick out of the chance to get in there, move up their sleeves and begin resolving the crimps. With regards to brands, we have the capacity perceive issues and begin conceptualizing arrangements, however it’s essential not to lose track of the main issue at hand. Timing is completely everything.
Plan fastidiously and sit tight for the correct minute
Our steadfast audience members required time to conform to the possibility of another station. For some, the brands we planned to change had been around for whole lifetimes and had an impact in the consistently; they had been there on each weekday drive, over the sound framework at work, and mumbling endlessly out of sight in huge numbers of life’s defining moments. We were intensely mindful of how nostalgically profitable they were. Whenever executed accurately, we could win the help and reliability of audience members, and whenever executed erroneously, we could leave a harsh taste to be sure.
In the months paving the way to the switch, we depended vigorously on our substance specialists to utilize our radio stations to advance ‘a change was coming’, and they did this incredibly well. Across the nation rivalries and on-air advancements gradually assembled fondness with networks and invoked energy.
At midnight December 15, we squeezed go and started to move over each of the 67 stations and haven’t thought back.
Continue advancing – rearrange further, form value with sub-brands and brand augmentations
As I specified before, incredible brands take work and we should consistently hope to advance and improve the situation.
We keep on developing the Hit and Triple M systems with the expansion of new and energizing occasions, encounters and advanced radio stations, while likewise guaranteeing our recommendation stays clear and concise.
One case of this at SCA is RnB Fridays. What began as a fun programming thought has since turned out to be one of our most ground-breaking sub-marks that is revered by audience members.
We perceived a chance to broaden RnB Fridays by making live occasions around the nation, where audience members could submerge themselves in RnB music culture. We are currently into our third year of RnB Fridays Live and will this year will run our second RnB Vinedays arrangement.
We feel there’s still a great deal more we can do with RnB Fridays and have loads of energizing gets ready for what’s to come!
Appreciate the voyage, share the achievement
Appreciate the ride. Each undertaking, regardless of how huge or little, will arrive at an end in the long run, so consider it to be a chance to learn and develop.
Extrapolate however much from the experience as could be expected, recognize the little wins en route, and when the work is done, pause for a minute to celebrate what you’ve achieved with everybody who helped en route.