In this exciting age of digital it is easy to overlook the value of radio advertising or wrongly assume that it is less compelling than other channels. Undeniably, the younger demographic do have a preference for listening to music using online video and streaming services via platforms like Spotify who are significantly increasing their foothold. However, in the UK 9 out of 10 adults still tune into radio each week – that’s 48.7 million people. Digital radio has also made radio more accessible to the masses – 58.9% of total radio listening is now via a digital platform with 30 million adults owning a DAB digital radio.
Digital radio also enables advertisers to target much more specifically based on listening preferences, region and age group to ensure the advertiser’s message is reaching its intended audience. No doubt the day will come when listeners receive personalised ads based on a stored profile but for now, there are still plenty of persuasive reasons for looking at radio.
When was the last time you drove your car without the radio on?
Nielson report reveals one may help the other in terms of both reach and engagement.
Arguably TV remains one of the most powerful weapons in an advertiser’s arsenal owing to its unique ability to reach the masses quickly. Despite the advent of online viewing which has grown considerably, TV still reaches 92.5% of the UK population every week meaning an average TV advertising campaign broadcast in the UK will achieve 234 million views (BARB). This makes it a very compelling proposition for brands looking to get noticed.
For traditionalists, TV could be regarded as the ‘original’ social media. How often do you hear people discussing the latest show and engaging in an ‘offline’ dialogue? Certainly, this has been amplified as conversations go online but the fact remains, TV gets people talking.