RADIO FACTS

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75%

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

Infinite Dial 2021
231,592,000

People 12+ listening each week

RADAR 149, June 2021 (C) Nielsen Audio, M-Su 24-Hour Cume Est.
11.4

Hours listening each week

RADAR 149, June 2021 (C) Nielsen Audio, M-Su 24-Hour Cume Est. P12+
88%

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

Nielsen Total Audience Report June 2021

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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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.

Visit Radio Drives Store Traffic


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?

Visit Radio Drives Search


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.

19 October

Radio – A Safe Bet for Gaming

Author: Annette Malave, SVP/Insights, RAB

With lockdowns in place during 2020, Americans hungered for the thrill of the game and the luck of the draw as sporting events and casinos shuttered. People turned to gaming and event alternatives, all online – prompting a surge in participation well into 2021.   READ MORE

12 Oct

Radio Upfronts: 4 Powerful Ways to Maximize Your Sales

Contributor: Stu Jacobs, President, Mr. Master

While TV’s upfronts season traditionally takes place in May, the radio industry’s upfronts season takes place in September and into October. Upfronts are a chance for radio – on a national, regional, or local level – to secure business for the duration of the following calendar year. This benefits radio by securing committed ad dollars well in advance. It also benefits advertisers by allowing them to see what new shows, content or event opportunities a cluster, station, radio group, or network has planned for the upcoming year. In addition, upfronts allow brands and agencies to strategically plan their advertising dollars, book ads at scale, access premium inventory and secure efficient pricing. It’s a win-win opportunity for all.”   READ MORE

29 Sept

Drink up! Radio can pour it on for beverage advertisers.

Author: Annette Malave, SVP/Insights, RAB

It's hard to believe that the holiday season is right around the corner. This, of course, means that people will be cooking, eating and drinking various beverages. Those drinks can vary from juice to wine.

The beverage industry was not immune to the upheavals created by the pandemic. As stay-at-home orders were issued, consumers found themselves determined to be healthier and not only change what they ate, but also what they drank. And as people longed for human interaction, virtual cocktail hours also created opportunities for adults to share and try new alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages.   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

Check out the 2020 Radio Mercury Award Winners. Need more inspiration? Click below and
search the full library of Radio Mercury Award Winners and Finalists.

Listen to the 2020 Winners

Tools

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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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