by Tracy Johnson
In Content Superhero Chapter 1 :What Causes Tune Out, we demonstrated how personalities that bury the hook deep into the break at best fail to gain attention. At worst, they drive listeners away, losing as much as 50% of their audience to tune out.
In Chapter 2, we show you how that quick hook not only attracts attention but sets up a break to gain momentum and grow 1/4 hour share.
There’s no doubt that getting into meaningful content quickly and efficiently is valuable. Listener attention is at a peak when they’re engaged, and they’re usually engaged toward the end of a song they’re singing along with. That’s the best time to keep their attention.
But you have to work on creating great hooks. They must be:
Here are examples taken from actual listener research tracking moment by moment response to breaks.
First an example of a bad hook:
Notice how the interest line just never gets traction? It’s flat. There’s nothing going on here. They don’t hook the audience. It’s not a boring topic, but it’s a boring break, mostly because they didn’t hook the audience.
Now look at this EKG:
This hook grabs the audience immediately. It’s engaging and gives this break momentum because the hook is instant. It has a chance to succeed, and look at how the appeal rises to the top, and stays there.
Now, here’s the scary part: You have very little time to win that attention. How little? 7 seconds. We call it the 7-second challenge.
Knowing this, doesn’t it make sense to put more emphasis on creating hooks during show prep?