Surfeando entre mis blogs favoritos, encontré escondida esta pequeña joya, 101 Ways to get the best out of radio advertising, un artículo que no tiene desperdicio. En él redactores, directores creativos, jefes de producción, expertos en medios, planificadores estratégicos y directores de marketing nos ofrecen desde su experiencia consejos prácticos para sacar el máximo partido a la publicidad radiofónica.
Hacía tiempo que quería escribir un artículo sobre la redacción publicitaria aplicada a la radio, pero después de leer el documento que os he presentado me di cuenta que no iba a ser necesario porque ya otros lo habían escrito por mí. Así que lo que he hecho es seleccionar aquellos consejos que me han parecido más útiles para cualquier redactor que tiene que escribir un guión y participar en el proceso de su producción. Los he dejado en inglés, por pereza -no lo niego- pero sobre todo para no desvirtuar su significado con una mala traducción:
Todo gran anuncio de radio empieza con un redactor. The best scripts always come from writers that have a passion for words –not just a love for writing. You can’t produce a brilliant ad without a brilliant script.
Escribe con toda la información necesaria. Ensure you know, work with, and write the script around the mandatory requirements from the client, from the beginning. These include any URLs, payoff lines and product details. You don’t want to find yourself having to cut a vital piece of the dialogue down to fit in some special offer at the end.
Rompe con lo establecido. Always think of interesting ways of breaking the usual structure of a radio ad. Encourage yourself to break the usual gag-and-tag setup of telling a story or joke, then tagging on the announcer with brand/product payoff lines at the end.
Piensa en imágenes. You’ve heard the expression ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’, but a few words can paint a very clear picture. You don’t necessarily need 1000. One of the biggest criticisms of radio is that it’s not visual enough. (…) Think and write in pictures. In that way, the spot can be visualized by the audience. It makes a stronger impression, which ultimately means fewer repeats are required to get your message across.
Sin piedad. Be very careful with timing. Sometimes you have to be very ruthless in what you have to cut to make the 30” time limit. Rather have a good comfortably-timed dialogue, than something that’s crammed and rushed. Never underestimate the power of an ‘awkward silence’.
Cronometra tu guión antes de venderlo. It’s completely unprofessional to start cutting copy in a session and it’s almost always detrimental to the final spot. Time your scripts before you sell them to your client as 30” spots and then find you cannot deliver on this. Copywriters have a tendency to write scripts that help sell the idea to client, and then don’t alter it before going into studio. Suddenly a 30 second script takes 45 seconds to read and then you have to do some quick editing, phone the client (if they aren’t there) and it becomes a struggle.
Simplicidad: claridad, concisión, brevedad, precisión. Clarify your message. Research shows that listeners misunderstand a lot of – if not most – communication. Don’t force your voice over artist to speak too fast. People better understand a simply worded and simply presented message.
No hay que confiarse. Somebody owns everything. Make sure you research the rights of any material before you sell your script to the client. This will avoid unnecessary trauma when you find out that the whistle from that big movie is actually owned and you can’t use it -and it was what your client loved about the script to begin with!
Deja que el texto respire. Read your script in front of other people. When you do this, you become more aware of the necessary pauses that are required to give a script the space to breathe.
Pon tu guión en buenas manos. Identify the production house that you feel is best for the particular script and invest adequate time into voice selection and crafting. Make sure your script is in the hands of a brilliant audio engineer. They are the unsung heroes but play a huge role in bringing the concept to life.
Implica a los que saben. Get your producers, creative director, and the production house involved. Send scripts to the sound editor, get him to suggest voiceovers and effects. After all, these guys work with artists every day. They know good voices!
Responsabilízate de tu trabajo. Be sure to have your most recent scripts with you. Make this your responsibility. If everyone else has the script without the changes that were approved the afternoon before, it can waste valuable recording time.
Cuida todos los detalles. You can never be too nit-picky in the studio. If you think the voice-over artist is not pronouncing the ‘p’ strongly enough in the second line, let them know. Take pride in every detail of your work.
Escucha. Ideas can come from anyone and anywhere. Be open to ideas from the client or voice artist. Be willing to adapt. Sometimes the voice over artist, the client, your art director or the sound editor come up with better ways to say something. A new word here, cut a word there. Don’t be afraid to listen to everyone involved. It will make the spot that much better.
Pero tú tienes el mando. Remember! You are in charge. You wrote the script. You know what you want it to sound like. You sold it to client. If you don’t like a suggestion, say so. Don’t be pushed over by overzealous account managers or clients. After all, it goes down as your work.
Cierra los ojos. Radio is theatre of the mind and one of the best ways of gauging whether your ad will make an impact is to simply close your eyes during the session and see what picture comes to your mind as you listen.
Nadie dijo que fuera fácil. What looks and sounds good as a script will sometimes not translate into a good radio ad. Don’t be disillusioned. Writing for radio is a difficult discipline to master.