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52%

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

Infinite Dial 2019
248,360,000

People 12+ listening each week

RADAR 143, December 2019 (C) Nielsen Audio, M-Su 24-Hour Cume Est.
12.5

Hours listening each week

RADAR 143, December 2019 (C) Nielsen Audio, M-Su 24-Hour Cume Est. P12+
92%

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

Nielsen Total Audience Report February 2020

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.

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?

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New from Radio Matters

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24 February

Radio by the Numbers

Author: Annette Malave, SVP/Insights, RAB

Artificial intelligence. Autonomous vehicles. Robotic pets. It is easy to become enamored with technology and the latest gadgets, because they provide us with something that we didn’t know we needed or wanted. However we have also seen some technology or gadgets that some thought would be the next hottest thing, fizzle out.

Despite these tech advances, people today still use and appreciate the value of Radio. At its core, Radio remains relevant and prevalent, regardless of the device or platform used to tune in.   READ MORE

17 February

The Voice That Keeps You Company

Author: Annette Malave, SVP/Insights, RAB

During RAB’s team coverage of CES 2020, John Holdridge of Fullscreen, a social content company, believes that there is a pending social recession. He said that people may “optimize their time for their health and well-being, there may be a point of turn-off for social.” How can eliminating social media be beneficial to a person’s health and well-being? According to a survey sponsored by the Cigna Health Insurance Company, loneliness is at an all-time high and triggered using social media. On the other hand, some studies have pointed to audio and voice as an aid to battle loneliness.   READ MORE

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Case Studies

Radio creates brand awareness and drives ROI.
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Creative

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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?
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