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If you only had social media platforms for event promotions, with zero budget for ad spend, what would you do?

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  1. 1.

    If you only had social media platforms for event promotions, with zero budget for ad spend, what would you do?

      Townsquare Media would like to see that you are confident in your ability to achieve results for their business, regardless of the expensive tools or large marketing budgets that may be on hand. Discuss, hypothetically, what your approach would be if you needed to hype an event using social media, but with no advertising budget. Feel free to get creative and show off your creative thinking!

      Rachelle's Answer

      "If I had no budget for ad spend and needed to promote an event on social media, I would use a free trial of an application called Klear to source social influencers in the same realm as the event I was promoting. I would then approach those influencers to promote our gig in exchange for free tickets. Then, I would DM all of our followers on every platform an eye-catching event poster with special early-bird pricing for a limited time."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I believe that social media can be powerful; with or without an advertising budget. I would first send a direct message to our loyal followers on platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. I would send out member-only pricing with a CTA for people to reserve their tickets. I would be sure to utilize the right hashtags and would engage micro-influencers; asking them to post about our event in exchange for free swag or merch."

  2. 2.

    How do you transition between the creative and analytical sides of the media industry?

      Wearing multiple hats is the name of the game when it comes to publishing. One moment you could be discussing the analytics of a past publication where the next you could be giving your opinion on the design of a book cover or layout of a new online article. It's essential that you show the interviewer your ability to be flexible on the job by pivoting tasks regularly. If possible, give an example of a time when you were able to flip between creative and analytical.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I believe that I transition quite well between the creative and analytical. Generally speaking, I am more of a creative minded individual; however, my experience in business has allowed me to see the data and analytics behind a successful publication. So, in addition to my creative approach, I also ask myself or my team how our decisions will impact the company's bottom line. If hired, I will deliver a nice balance between analytical thinking and creative mindedness."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "My educational background is in business, with a focus on accounting and financial management. This coursework means that I am naturally inclined to look at data such as numbers, results, spend, account activity, and ROI. With that said, I spend my spare time in creative writing, dabbling in design, and other activities that relax and entertain me. I believe that I will pivot well between the creative and analytical sides of publishing because of this variety in knowledge and interests."

  3. 3.

    A large part of creating content is in the creative process, but what strategic elements need to be considered for content creation to be highly effective?

      Demonstrate your familiarity with content effective marketing by speaking of data and analytics first. Then, talk about other essential non-creative parts of content strategy that should be incorporated.

      While the creative and strategic elements of content creation will cross over into one another, avoid talking about the creative process when answering this question.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "A content marketing strategy always starts with data about the audience to ensure that appropriate content is created and distributed. The data will tell you what kind of content your audience will enjoy, where and how you can expect them to consume it. Timing is also important, and research can be used to figure out the best times of the month, week, and down to the time of day when posts will get the best visibility. After forming and deploying a content plan, it's important to be consistent with analyzing the performance of all posts, which means looking at various engagement metrics like impressions, clicks, shares, likes, and comments - not just the number of comments but what's being said by the audience. All of the before mentioned let you measure the success of your plan and make continuous improvements."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Data from different sources, for example, keyword research, surveys, or machine learning, needs to be analyzed to plan the best possible content and its reach, both organically and during paid promotions. Planning what topics to cover, keeping an editorial calendar, and knowing how to recycle posts effectively are important parts of creating a feeling of consistency and the proper messaging for a brand's audience. Lastly, it's a good idea to balance the human element with automation tools that will allow your content to be distributed in a timely and organized way that best fits the preferences of your audience."

  4. 4.

    In a streaming-centric time, how can Townsquare Media increase the number of listeners to our radio stations?

      The interviewer would like to know what your approach would be, should you be the decision maker on how to draw in a more extensive audience base. Before your interview, take the time to research some radio marketing ideas, read some case studies, or dissect the approach of your favorite radio station that you know is nailing it in the radio game. Your plan doesn't have to be air-tight, but it should be thoughtful and engaging.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "If I were in charge of increasing the listenership of a Townsquare Media radio station, I would cross-promote with other stations. This approach is one that is common in satellite radio, and from what I have seen, is very effective in traditional radio as well."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Three words: contests, contests, contests! I was listening to a station in the past that offered a $10K prize on the first of every month. Stats show that this contest increased their listenership by a whopping 27% by the second month. This contest was very generous; however, the upside from their advertisers far outweighed the cost of running the monthly promotion."

  5. 5.

    Tell me about your experience collaborating with marketing, sales, creative, and design teams.

      The hiring authority is looking for details on your experience when it comes to cross-departmental collaboration. In media, broadcast, and digital content creation, it takes many passes through many hands to complete a project so, it's essential to Townsquare Media that you can work well with other people through a variety of departments. Give an example of how you collaborate with a diverse team in your current role.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "In my current role we have a staff of 450 people within ten departments. Any given week, I will collaborate with marketing, sales, human resources, and IT. These are the departments with which I collaborate most often. I believe that everyone has a great deal of value to offer, so, for that reason, I embrace every opportunity to collaborate cross-departmentally."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I look forward to getting to know your marketing, editorial, and design teams here at Townsquare Media. Currently, in my internship, I have spent two weeks in each department, getting to know the ins and outs of publishing, design, marketing, sales, and even public relations. The experience has been invaluable."

  6. 6.

    How can a content marketing funnel lead prospects to become paying customers?

      To answer this question, you can touch on all points of the funnel and explain how they drive the conversion. You can also answer and limit your talking points to a few commonly-known pivotal moments of content campaigns that turn leads into sales.

      Avoid talking about what marketing funnels are and how to plan them. It might be tempting to do so, but you should focus on the real purpose of the question - to highlight how specifically they lead to sales.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "A content marketing funnel can turn a prospect into a paying customer by building trust. This connection can happen when the customer recognizes that they have a problem and turns to the internet for a solution, as most people do nowadays. A well-planned funnel will allow the company to grab the customer's attention during this discovery phase by giving them information on how to diagnose and resolve their problem. Ideally, this is done through several pieces of content the company has published, creating the perception of the company as an expert resource. Once the customer has this perception, trust develops, and they are more open to being led to allowing the company to resolve their problem with their service."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "A content marketing funnel leads prospects into sales because it ensures content is created with intentionality and strategically placed for consumption by the prospect at the right place and time. By using data to ensure that content engages potential customers appropriately when they're most likely to buy, you increase the probability that they will choose to buy from you. Without the funnel in place, you may be creating great content that simply doesn't lead the customer down a path to take any specific action, and it can defeat the purpose of using content in your marketing strategy."

  7. 7.

    Walk me through your experience in media and advertising.

      The interviewer at Townsquare Media is looking for an overview of your background as it relates to their industry. Because this question is so open ended, it can be easy to run away with your answer and even put your foot in your mouth.

      Offer a less than 5 minute brief of your related education or training, and then touch on the last 5-10 years of your career, depending on how far along you are in your professional career. You can discuss any related volunteer experience and don't forget to talk about any extraordinary skills you may have.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have experience outside of my career in radio; however, it's primarily customer service based and not truly related to the media marketing career that I am focused on pursuing today. After graduating from ABC University with a degree in broadcast marketing, I worked for a local station that produced for both radio and television. The position taught me a great deal; however, they recently closed their doors due to fierce competition. Now, I am seeking a role related to my education but in a more lucrative environment."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I recently graduated with my diploma in broadcast media, so this is the first professional role that I have pursued. Before attending school, I spent a lot of my time volunteering at the humane shelter, working with abandoned and homeless animals, but I would also help them with the marketing efforts for rehoming the animals. While attending post-secondary school, I worked as a hostess at a local pub. That role taught me a great deal about multi-tasking, customer service, and even math. I look forward to forging a wonderful career with your media organization."

  8. 8.

    Market research is essential to Townsquare Media to help us understand where to take our business in the years to come. Rate your research skills from 1-10. Do you enjoy conducting research?

      In the media and content industry, research and reliable sources are everything. Assure the interviewer that you are capable of conducting robust and dependable research. Draw on your positive references when answering this question.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "One of the reasons why I would love to work for Townsquare Media is because of your solid reputation for reputable sources and research. In my previous positions, I have always earned recognition for my great research skills. When you call my references, they will attest to this as well. There is always room for improvement, so for that reason, I would rate myself as an 8.5 out of 10 for research capabilities."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "When it comes to research capabilities, I am most definitely a 10/10. An eleven even, if that is allowed! I love researching a large range of products and am very data and analytically minded."

  9. 9.

    In your opinion, what is the most influential form of media today?

      Townsquare Media is responsible for a lot of content and, media production. Have a meaningful conversation with the interviewer on media influence. With so many forms of media out there, which do you feel is the most influential at the moment? Be sure to back your answer.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I feel that the most influential form of media today is social media and online content. As a whole, the human race wants fast, easy to consume, entertainment news. Our rate of consumption is unprecedented, and the fastest way to access it is through online content sharing."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "There are many important forms of media today - so many, in fact, that people seem to be getting overwhelmed. I would still say that traditional media, in the form of television, radio and the daily news, is at the top when it comes to the number of people influenced and the quality of the content distributed."

  10. 10.

    How would you solicit new advertising business for our radio stations?

      Most media companies and radio stations like Townsquare Media hire account executives who are in charge of new business development, advertising client acquisition, and prospecting. Discuss with the interviewer what you would do to drum up new advertising business for their radio station. There is no real right or wrong answer here, as the interviewer simply wants to see that you have a mind for sales and where Townsquare Media can grab onto new opportunities.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "If I were an account executive or business development professional for Townsquare Media I would first research who your target customer was, and then generate a list of businesses who have the same target customer. For instance, if your target customer is 16-25-year-old women, I would figure out which local businesses were geared to this demographic, also. Then, I would do some good old-fashioned door knocking to generate some sales!"

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I believe in all things digital these days, so I would go to Google Trends and find out which topics were trending in my area, and to Townsquare Media target audience. From there, I would create a list of businesses related to these trends. I would approach them with this data, encouraging them to advertise on our station since we shared a target market."

  11. 11.

    Townsquare Media controls a variety of radio stations. List a few of these for me.

      This question is meant to test the amount of research you did on Townsquare Media before your interview. If you go into the meeting to 'wing it'; chances are, a question like this will reveal how engaged you are in the interview process. Townsquare is the 3rd largest owner of radio stations in the USA. Their media assets include 321 radio stations and 330+ local websites in 67 U.S. markets, including KLAQ, WYRK, K2, NJ101.5, radioPup (a streaming radio app).

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I understand that Townsquare Media has an interest in a variety of media solutions including over 650 radio stations, and even a streaming app. The station that I am most familiar with, and listen to in my car every day is WYRK. I appreciate the variety of country music that you play, and the commercial-free hour while I am on my commute home from work!"

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Townsquare Media has an impressive media portfolio which includes KLAQ, K2, and WYRK. I was most impressed to find that you are the third largest owner of radio stations in the USA. I look forward to joining your successful media company."

  12. 12.

    Do you believe paid social campaigns are useful, and if so, why?

      The interviewer asks this question because as social media platforms mature, they have started requiring payment to allow companies' targeted audiences to see their content. Some marketers have expressed dissatisfaction with this trend and refuse to adapt to it, but others have embraced it, recognizing how it can further enhance their targeting and reach. As a potential employee of Townsquare, a large media company, it's essential to know why paid social promotions are helpful.

      If you take the position that paid ad campaigns are not useful, your answer will be considered to be wrong. While paid campaigns don't always deliver perfect results, sponsored content will receive priority over that which is not.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Organic content is less visible on social platforms than ever, and while having a good audience and engagement helps increase your content's visibility, it's almost impossible to achieve the same results as before without. A paid campaign is useful in restoring that visibility. It can also be beneficial to run paid campaigns because the social media platforms provide tools to analyze their progress, make adjustments to them as you go, and monitor your ROI."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "In recent years, it has become clear to marketers that social media platforms want them to pay for advertising. Algorithms set by the platforms often do not allow a company's content to be seen on their audience's feeds without paying for it to appear to certain members. Now, this is where a company can benefit from paid advertising the most. With a paid campaign, they essentially tap into the platform's data on their users by specifying the demographic their content will be visible to. This enables them to engage only with people that are likely to be interested in their products. It also helps them to be seen before their competitors who have chosen not to run paid campaigns."

  13. 13.

    Proper planning enables a marketing team to publish well-thought out, well-timed content. If leading a content initiative at Townsquare Media, how would you suggest planning for it?

      You can answer this question by discussing a past planning experience from an initiative that went well, or you can provide a more data and process-focused response. Whichever you choose, be detailed enough to show that your know-how enables you to lead a content marketing plan.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "With previous content marketing campaigns, I have always started by briefly analyzing campaign goals and the buyer persona. So, I would suggest beginning here by deciding on content structure, then make decisions on publishing platforms and sequence. To stay organized while putting together and carrying out the plan, using a robust scheduling tool is imperative. Once we have the foundation of the plan in place, we'll come up with names, subjects, formats and assign someone on the team to each piece of content. We'll also decide when the pieces will be published and decide how we'll regroup to review their performance."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I would suggest planning a content strategy around various kinds of important data. This approach can mean researching to find opportunities across the internet based on commonly searched keywords and finding ones that could be easy to rank for. You may determine that certain keywords can be ranked for by posting a blog, a video, or that there are specific platforms where you can place content to meet the demand of the searched topic. There is also data that can be used from internal or external sources to help you decide on the content format, best times of day to post, etc. With all of this information, you can compose a great plan, then use an editorial calendar, automation, and scheduling tools to roll it out smoothly."

  14. 14.

    In your opinion, what makes a memorable live experience?

      Townsquare is one of the leading producers of live events in the United States; planning, producing and promoting around 200 events across the USA every year, that attract over 1 million total attendees. For all of these events, Townsquare has one primary goal, and that is to create memorable live experiences! The interviewer wants assurance that you know how to achieve this goal. Give a reply that is thoughtful and shows off your knowledge of the events industry. If you are new to your career, draw upon your own experiences as an attendee and what made them so memorable. Most important is that you bring enthusiasm to your response!

      Rachelle's Answer

      "There are many moving parts to create a memorable live experience; however, I believe the top three include having a few 'holy-grail moments' where you drop jaws. Whether that be in the production, in the customer service, in the initial welcoming; there must be moments when the attendee cannot believe how amazing they feel. Next, having what we call 'Instagrammable' places and moments. These are backgrounds, structures, or overall environments that are Instagram-worthy. This approach also ensures that we have evergreen marketing content from the attendees ourselves. I am eager to bring more exciting and engaging ideas to Townsquare Media soon, helping you to craft these memorable experiences and events."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have attended many live events and festivals and have found that the most memorable experiences are the ones where customer service is over the top. Also, another common factor in successful events are ones that offer a 360-degree experience, both in person and online. I am eager to learn more about event production from Townsquare Media."

  15. 15.

    What methods do you use, to work within a brand's voice consistently?

      When working on digital content, you will be asked to remain in line with your employers brand, and even perhaps the brand of your clients. The interviewer would like to know how you ensure that you maintain a brand's voice, consistently delivering it across multiple platforms or channels. Discuss your best methods for preserving the brand voice, and be sure to express that you understand the importance of this skill.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "One tool that my current employer uses, and I find to be very helpful, is our internal Style Guide. This style guide is a tool for writers, producers, and creatives of all kinds, to refer to when they are unsure if their idea is on-track with the company's brand. Another method that I refer to often is to first storyboard the 'voice' that I want before beginning a project. I can create a clear narrative around the marketing effort very early on in the project."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I fully understand how critical it is to work within a brand's voice consistently throughout a project. One method that I enjoy using is to create a guide that outlines the jargon or colloquialisms that are acceptable to use in the campaign. Somewhat like a style guide, but easier to refer back to. I also feel it's important to make the voice of a brand a company-wide initiative so that co-workers can check in with each other to ensure all work is consistent and the best it can be."

  16. 16.

    What tools are you familiar with when it comes to customer experience surveys?

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  17. 17.

    Tell me about your experience in content marketing and why you feel a successful content marketing strategy is vital to an overall digital strategy?

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  18. 18.

    If you had just one day to sell out a live experience, what are the three most important things you would do?

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  19. 19.

    What expertise do you bring in digital KPIs and analytics?

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  20. 20.

    Have you ever managed or helped with a content budget? If so, what type of budgets are you accustomed to working with?

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  21. 21.

    The media industry has many tight deadlines. How do you manage your time, ensuring that your deadlines are met?

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  22. 22.

    In your opinion, what is the future of local radio?

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  23. 23.

    Of all the media solutions we provide at Townsquare Media, which do you know the best?

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  24. 24.

    Describe to me the types of digital media you are most experienced with.

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  25. 25.

    With which publishing categories are you most familiar? How will this knowledge help you in this position with Townsquare Media?

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  26. 26.

    Describe to me what you believe to be one of our radio stations' target audience.

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  27. 27.

    What do you expect to be the most significant trend in publishing this year?

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  28. 28.

    Do you have experience creating marketing materials for event promotions?

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  29. 29.

    How do you think good synergy with an SEO specialist can be beneficial to a content strategist?

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  30. 30.

    Tell me about your experience in gaining corporate partnerships for live events.

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