RADIO FACTS

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49%

% who discover new music on Radio

Nielsen, Music 360, 2017
248,302,000

People 12+ listening each week

RADAR 136 March 2018 (C) Nielsen Audio, M/S 24-Hour Cume Est.
13

Hours listening each week

RADAR 136 March 2018 (C) Nielsen Audio, P12+, M/S 24-Hour TSL
92%

% of Hispanics reached weekly

RADAR 136 March 2018 (C) Nielsen Audio - P12+, M/S 24-Hour Cume Rating

Effectiveness

Radio is America's #1 reach medium. Explore here for ideas on how to put radio's unique marketing power to work for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Browse through a variety of topics covering commonly-asked questions about radio and its extraordinary ability to build brands and motivate consumers.

Frequently Asked Questions

MORE RESEARCH

Find other important research studies including various studies from Nielsen Catalina Solutions, The Infinite Dial, the Jacobs Media Tech Survey and more.

Radio Impact Reports

MATTER OF FACT

Keeping the advertising community in the know about radio across all platforms with information, insights and more. Click here to subscribe.


NEW STUDY: Radio Drives Search


In today's digital world, consumers' path to purchase almost always includes using a search engine. In fact, according to recent Forrester Research data, 71% of consumers begin their journeys by using a search engine to discover new products and services (initiation), and 74% report using a search engine for consideration and purchasing (research, comparison, transaction). One of the most common questions posed to the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) by its members and advertisers is: Does radio advertising drive online behavior? Does radio advertising drive search?

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New from Radio Matters

Read the latest blog posts, listen to the Radio on Main Street Podcast or CLICK HERE to get Radio Matters Blogs sent directly to your inbox.

16 April

Radio's Employed Audience: A True Competative Advantage

By Andrew Curran, President and COO, DMR/Interactive

Services reports that in 2017, revenue for AM/FM radio “experienced a 0.2% drop from 2016 to end the year at $13.87 billion.” This lackluster performance took place as consumer confidence was the highest it had been since 2000 and unemployment was its lowest, helping fuel a stock market boom. Compounding the issue, BIA lists radio as the 5th most significant local advertising platform, behind direct mail, television, newspapers and mobile. READ MORE

11 April

Seth Resler, the Digital Dot Connector for Jacobs Media Strategies

By Erica Farber, President & CEO, RAB

One of the big stories that continues to dominate the news is regarding Facebook and the disclosure that a third party British consulting firm used the social network to gather data on millions of people and in turn use that data for strategic communication for the electoral process. With social media playing a large role in radio’s promotion and marketing efforts Erica Farber, President & CEO of the RAB thought it was a good time to reconnect with Seth Resler, the Digital Dot Connector for Jacobs Media Strategies. Seth believes that Facebook’s problems are absolutely going to impact radio and to expect major changes in the future from this social media giant. LISTEN

9 April

Audio is Booming - Turn Up Your RadioStrategy

By Jateen Parekh | CTO & Co-founder at Jelli

Digital has transformed advertising in the last few years but audio as a medium has been left behind. Jateen Parekh, the CTO and co-founder at Jelli, shared his thoughts on the matter in an Adweek article entitled “Brands Need to Join the 21st Century and Tap Into Radio Advertising.”

In his piece, Jateen points to the fact that radio is a massive market – bigger than TV – that marketers have largely ignored, primarily because of the medium’s particular challenges. READ MORE

2017 Radio Matters Sizzle

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Case Studies

Radio creates brand awareness and drives ROI.
Browse the case study library below and see why radio matters to businesses of all shapes and sizes.

Creative

Listen to award-winning commercial audio and be inspired by the Radio Mercury Awards.




Radio Mercury Awards

The Radio Mercury Awards, the only competition exclusively devoted to radio, was established in 1992 to encourage and reward the development of effective and creative radio commercials. The annual Radio Mercury Awards competition draws entries from advertising agencies, production houses, radio stations, and educational institutions across the country.

MP3 Commercial Audio

RAB's Audio Library contains nearly 1,000 commercials in bright, crisp MP3 format.

Check out the 2017 Radio Mercury Award Winners

Tools

These tools are designed to help you understand and use radio effectively. Click below to begin.

Why Radio Slide Deck A complete PowerPoint presentation illustrating radio's effectiveness Why Radio - General Market | African-American | Hispanic
FAQ's Answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about radio
Radio Matters Radio Matters is an overarching Radio Advertising Bureau initiative that showcases the strengths of radio in meaningful and impactful ways
10 Reasons to Advertise Targeting, immediacy, ubiquity and more. Here are 10 reasons why radio
advertising works

Ad Spending

Every day, advertisers turn to radio to build strong brands and drive sales. Who are the top spenders?
Check out Ad Spending data and other resources in this section.

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