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73%

% state radio is audio source used in-car

Infinite Dial 2022
236,261,000

People 12+ listening each week

RADAR 155, Dec 2022 (C) Nielsen Audio, M-Su 24-Hour Cume Est.
11.2

Hours listening each week

RADAR 155, Dec 2022 (C) Nielsen Audio, M-Su 24-Hour Cume Est. P12+
86%

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

Nielsen Audience Insights Dec. 2022

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.


A Bright Future: The Evolution of Radio

This report shows how radio is evolving and continues to embrace technological advances to stay current and engage with the modern consumer. It also shares a glimpse into radio’s future from the perspective of audio professionals.

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Inflation Nation: The status of the "American Dream" and how brands can help.

The U.S. is having its highest inflation period in 40 years. And this time, a once-in-a-generation event is taking place on the heels of another once-in-a-generation event. Just as people emerge from two years of COVID lockdowns, they’re being greeted by insanely high prices for everything from gas and groceries to hotels and airfare - leading to a wallet lockdown.

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The Power of Actionable Audio Ads

Create stronger, more meaningful brand associations and drive sales by tapping into the powerful combination of conversations and voice commerce.

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Time With Radio is Time Well Spent

Radio, across its platforms, is a go-to source for its great storytelling, the emotional connections it provides, the talent that consumers consider to be their friends and the trusted information and entertainment, whenever and wherever the listener wants and needs it. From rock to religion, from country to hip-hop, in Spanish, English or another language, radio is there offering diversity of content to a diverse listening audience.

No other media option can do all this. No other media offers this to consumers for FREE. The reality is quite simple; time spent with AM/FM radio is time well spent.

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Audio Pulse: Capturing Perceptions, Opinions and Intentions Among Marketers

Radio serves many purposes in the lives of its listeners. It’s a medium that is very special to local communities - big and small, as it brings many together in a way that feels very intimate. Radio is known for its great storytelling. We trust it for information and entertainment - for crucial information, such as where to take the kids this weekend or to simply turn it up and dance to the latest hits.  

New research shows how radio can help brands build relationships with consumers through the power of storytelling and shared passions. 

In conjunction with the Association of National Advertisers (ANA), RAB brings you this presentation, which provides opinion poll results among marketers and a glimpse at how radio delivers on those insights.

ANA | RAB Presentation



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

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.

25 January

Touchdown with Radio

Author: Nick Arias, Research & Insights Assistant, RAB

And just like that, we are just a few weeks away from one of the biggest American football games of the year, Super Bowl LVII. Teams have fought hard all year to get to this point, and this year’s playoffs have had some of the most competitive games of the season.

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17 January


Get Ready for 2023

Author: Annette Malave, SVP/Insights, RAB

The holiday haze has finally lifted, and routines are back in full swing. Some folks are talking about a "dry" January or working on those resolutions they made. January is a month when people regroup and reset for the year ahead.   READ MORE




11 January

Radio Was In It

Author: Annette Malave, SVP/Insights, RAB

According to Gary Shapiro, CES president and CEO, CES is a "beacon of hope and optimism" that starts the new year on a positive note. "Be in it" was the theme of 2023, and radio was there.  READ MORE

NEW 2022 RAB Sizzle Video

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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

Check out the 2022 Radio Mercury Award Winners. Need more inspiration? Click below and
search the full library of Radio Mercury Award Winners and Finalists.

Listen to the 2022 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 - All | Black | 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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