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52%

% state radio is audio source used most often in-car

Infinite Dial 2019
249,111,000

People 12+ listening each week

RADAR 141 June 2019 (C) Nielsen Audio, M-Su 24-Hour Cume Est.
12.6

Hours listening each week

RADAR 141 June 2019 (C) Nielsen Audio, M-Su 24-Hour Cume Est. P12+
92%

% reached each week (P18+) -- Radio is America's #1 reach medium

Nielsen Q4 2018 Total Audience Report

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

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NEW STUDY: Radio Drives Store Traffic


As a truly mobile medium, radio is the medium closest to purchase. So, when a consumer hears a radio commercial, are they more inclined to visit the advertiser they heard? Does exposure to the radio commercial on certain days of the week have a greater influence on when they visit? The Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) already proved that radio ads drive online behavior in Radio Drives Search, but what about store traffic? Can radio advertising be attributed to a lift in store/location traffic? The RAB partnered with TagStation’s Dial Report team to not only answer that question, but to attribute radio’s traffic lift across various retail ad categories.

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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

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15 July

"School's Out For Summer"

Author: Annette Malave, SVP/Insights, RAB

“School’s out forever!” Who doesn’t love that song by Alice Cooper. No matter the generation, it’s a lyric everyone knows. We know it’s July but guess what? School isn’t really out forever. August is National Back-to-School month.    READ MORE

17 July

Bill Lynch, General Manager of Momentum Broadcasting

One of radio’s greatest strengths is making a difference in the local marketplace.

In this edition, Erica Farber, President and CEO of the RAB speaks with Bill Lynch, General Manager of Momentum Broadcasting which operates four radio stations in Visalia, California. Ranked number 108 in market size, the cluster has a strong local presence and has recently been recognized for their direct involvement in the community. As you will hear, they have “put the local back into local.”  LISTEN

8 July

Radio Gets You (a) Home

Author: Annette Malave, SVP/Insights, RAB

There are many important events in life – graduating, accepting a job, getting engaged or married and, of course, buying a home. Important? Maybe. Stressful? Absolutely!

If you haven’t had the experience, I’m certain that you know someone that has purchased, is in the process of doing so, or is currently searching for a home to buy. And no matter how you look at it, it is one of the biggest commitments you can make. With a commitment like this, you need someone you can trust by your side. Nope, not a significant other, mother, father or friend. You need a real estate agent and radio is there to help!   READ MORE

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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.

Radio Advertising Bureau | Radio Mercury Award Winners

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Tools

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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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