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52%

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

Infinite Dial 2019
248,730,000

People 12+ listening each week

RADAR 142, September 2019 (C) Nielsen Audio, M-Su 24-Hour Cume Est.
12.5

Hours listening each week

RADAR 142, September 2019 (C) Nielsen Audio, M-Su 24-Hour Cume Est. P12+
92%

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

Nielsen Q1 2019 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.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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MORE RESEARCH

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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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11 November

Culture is Driving Growth

Author: Annette Malave, SVP/Insights, RAB

Over the next 20 years, the U.S. population will be comprised mostly of multi and intercultural individuals according to U.S. Census population projections. This growth is attributed to the increase in the number of Asian, Blacks/African Americans and Hispanics/Latinx in the country and is being viewed as the catalyst of brand and revenue growth by advertisers and marketers alike.

Combined, these groups are projected to yield a buying power of $4.7 trillion by the year 2020 – up from $3.8 trillion in 2017, according to Nielsen. Despite this projection, the dollars spent to target and advertise to multicultural consumers remain relatively low. While 37% of the U.S. population was comprised of Asian Americans, African Americans and Hispanic Americans in 2018, only 6% of advertising and marketing dollars were targeted to these segments, according to a study compiled and presented by Dr. Leo Kivijarv of PQ Media at the 2019 ANA Multicultural and Diversity Conference.    READ MORE

13 November

Dan Price, President of Oink Ink Radio

It is no secret – audio is hot! And the need for great, effective radio commercials is even hotter. In this edition, Erica Farber, President and CEO of the RAB speaks with Dan Price, President of Oink Ink Radio, a creative radio services company. Busier than ever and with 27 years under their belt, they continue to focus on producing attention-getting radio advertising that secures and maintains the listener’s interest and ends with rewarding them for their time.  LISTEN

18 November

What's the Deal With CBD Product Advertising?

Contributors: Brad C. Deutsch, Principal, Foster Garvey, P.C. and Benjamin J. Lambiotte, Principal, Foster Garvey, P.C.

Ever since December 2018, when the 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp and derivatives containing no more than 0.03% THC from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act ("CSA"), it seems that hemp-derived CBD products are everywhere – in grocery stores, pharmacies, online, and even in pet stores and restaurants. Sales and investment growth figures for the CBD industry are staggering and with that a lot of potential advertising revenue. However, any decision to take CBD advertising must be made with an understanding that the legal status of CBD-infused food, beverages, and dietary supplements remains unsettled and confusing. Although hard and fast rules are hard to come by (and probably will be for a while), here's a summary of where things stand as of October 2019.   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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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
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Ad Spending

Every day, advertisers turn to radio to build strong brands and drive sales. Who are the top spenders?
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