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50%

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

Infinite Dial 2020
248,811,000

People 12+ listening each week

RADAR 144, March 2020 (C) Nielsen Audio, M-Su 24-Hour Cume Est.
12.4

Hours listening each week

RADAR 144, March 2020 (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?

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.

24 March

Radio. It's On!

Author: Annette Malave, SVP/Insights, RAB

Cancellations, social distancing, empty streets, working from home, virtual classes - this has become the new norm for many of us. We are all anxiously waiting to get back to how it used to be. In the interim, there is one thing that everyone can count on. Radio. It's On.   READ MORE

1 April

Carl Goldman

Carl Goldman and his wife Jeri are the owners of KHTS AM 1220 & FM 98.1, the Santa Clarita, California hometown radio stations.

Some of you may know Carl through the business, but many of you know Carl because he has become one of the most visible individuals directly affected with Coronavirus, Covid- 19.

In this “Special Edition”, Erica Farber, President and CEO of the RAB, visits with Carl to find out more about his recent experience. As this pandemic has affected all of us in some way, we were relieved to know that Carl is back home, and most importantly, with a clean bill of health.  LISTEN

31 March

Insights from The Infinite Dial

Contributor: Laura Ivey, Director of Research, Edison Research

The most telling image from The Infinite Dial 2020 presentation is a screenshot of our presenters, Edison Research SVP Tom Webster and Triton Digital President of Market Development John Rosso, leading the webcast with over 1,500 attendees from their respective homes. No one could have anticipated that our setup would be driven by social distancing precautions. Now seems like a most appropriate time to talk about the most recent findings on the “infinite dial” of podcasting, digital, audio, radio and social media that connect us all.   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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