We noticed it just after the first of the year.

The (what seems like) annual war between cable/satellite providers and local TV stations.

Charter Spectrum and Tribune (among others) go at it for a few days – until one caves to a price increase for the opportunity to carry.

When that channel is your favorite – you’re forced to get local news from another source.

That’s when the ‘uncomfort’ level – grows. 

You’re not familiar with this ‘new’ stations’ presentation – anchors – logo – set look.

It’s not that the news product is better or worse –just different.

Generally, change in any business – creates discomfort.

Remember what went down with Coca-Cola in in 1985?

Many brands make wholesale changes with detrimental effects – misreading market changes.

Often times a new leader arrives with an attempt to put ‘their mark’ on the brand.

Without regard to market legacy.

Logo – aural presentation – talent – all matter to the end user.

When considering changes for your brand know – even the smallest changes will take time to print.

Especially talent.  Talent – does matter.

In today’s multi-screen – multi-platform world – talent is most often the BIG differentiator.

Especially morning product – where people have a set routine.

Change?  Expect a new morning brand – radio and screen – to fully peak six to eight measurement seasons in.

Even with full-scale marketing.

People just don’t change their routines unless the current product is a repellant.

Finally – consider the brand – Bar Keepers Friend.

Initially sold to bar owners in Indianapolis – in 1882.

Available to the general public for decades – the cheap, white powder still gets rave reviews today.

Original formula – Original logo (swinging saloon doors).

For three centuries – even through Prohibition when ‘bars’ were shuttered.

There’s an advantage to incumbency.

Change – wisely.

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Kevin Robinson is a record-setting and award-winning programmer.  His brands consistently perform in the Top 3 of the target – often times as the list leader.  In his 35 years of radio, he’s successfully programmed or consulted nearly every English language radio brand.  Known largely as a trusted talent coach, he’s the only personality mentor who’s coached three different morning shows on three different stations in the same major market to the #1 position.  His efforts have been recognized by The World Wide Radio Summit Radio & Records, NAB’s Marconi, Radio Ink and has coached CMA, ACM and Marconi winning talent.  He is also a featured speaker to national groups and state associations. Kevin lives in Indiana with his wife of 33 years, Monica.  Reach Kevin at (317) 769-0583 or kevin@robinsonmedia.fm.