Dispelling the Myths of Radio Advertising

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In 2017, spending for radio advertising surpassed $18 billion, and that growth is expected to continue through 2021, according to Chron. This may contradict what many people think about radio advertising: that it’s obsolete and near extinction. The truth is that radio is just as prevalent as ever, if not more so. If you’re considering adding radio to your ad mix but still hesitant, allow us to clear up some myths about radio advertising.

Myth: Radio Doesn’t Have an Audience Anymore

With the internet and streaming music services, listening to AM/FM radio has gone the way of the dodo.

Truth: Radio Has a Large Audience That’s Only Expected to Grow

MarketingWit contends that over a thousand licensed radio stations reach a total of 233 million US listeners each week. According to the same article, the average person listens to 1000 hours of radio every year; that’s almost as much as TV’s 1500 hours a year.

In addition, many people are loyal to their favorite local stations, especially listeners within older generations. As a result, these faithful listeners feel a stronger connection with businesses advertising on their preferred stations.

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Myth: Radio Can’t Target Audiences As Well As the Internet

Radio advertising is simply cannot reach its desired demographics as well as online advertising can.

Truth: Radio Can Target Audiences Better Than the Internet

Not only do radio ads reach people in specific geographic areas, but businesses can easily reach their goal demographics due to the wide variety of radio stations. Also, using a phone number with call tracking capabilities in radio ads allows businesses to target audiences with more precision than online advertising. Unlike online ads, which only track the number of visitors to a site, paid ad tracking does not distinguish between real people and bots.

Call tracking, on the other hand, provides more details about actual callers—real people with a genuine interest in a brand or business. The information compiled using call tracking can help businesses more accurately target their desired audience in future ad campaigns. While call tracking does exist for paid ads, businesses still need to purchase the toll free or local numbers and route them through a call tracking platform. Therefore, pay per click ads are not as cost-effective as radio ads with call tracking.

Myth: Radio Advertising Is Simply Not Effective

Advertising on the radio just does not have the same impact as other, more “modern” means of advertising.

Truth: Radio Advertising Provides Results

Consistent radio ad rotation helps advertisers build brand awareness. According to one article, retailers experience a 30% rise in foot traffic when they advertise on the radio. In addition, advertisers improve their overall advertising efforts when they combine radio ads with other advertising mediums.

For instance, TV marketing increases brand recall by 34% when mixed with radio ads, says MarketingWit. The article adds that ROI for internet marketing is increased more than 4 times, and print advertising’s branding is 3 times more successful with radio advertising.

Want even better results? Use an unforgettable vanity phone number in your radio ad. Vanity toll-free numbers are much easier to remember than numeric toll-free numbers. In fact, vanity 800 numbers generate 25-50% higher response rates and 14x more calls!

Radio is a cost-effective, easy way for businesses of all sizes to elevate brand awareness and generate more leads. Now that you know the truth about radio advertising, learn more about making vanity numbers a part of your marketing strategy.

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