With the rapid advent of new technologies, and digital marketing the go-to option for many businesses today, many traditional forms of advertising like posters, flyers, and even TV ads have taken a backseat. However, advertising on the radio is still a worthwhile option for modern company owners to consider. While the internet is still the biggest and best source of advertising options today, there’s no denying that people are still listening to the radio a lot – at home, in the car, or at work, for background noise or because they’re interested in the show – so it’s certainly worth considering investing in radio advertising. Let’s explore some of the ways radio advertising is still relevant today, and how it can benefit your business.
One of the biggest advantages of radio advertising is its seriously wide reach. Data from Nielsen suggests that 93% of teens and adults listen to something on the radio at least once a week. When you use radio advertising, you know that you are going to be putting ads out there that people will here. And radio advertising makes it easy for you to target certain audience demographics, such as location and age, making it easier for you to get your content and brand in front of the right audience.
Radio advertising is quite cost effective compared to other more traditional advertising types today. TV and print, for example, often cost that much for such a little reach that business owners don’t see the point in investing. It’s more worthwhile, and much cheaper, to create social media accounts and post online instead. But when it comes to radio advertising, you can get content out there for a reasonable price and get a lot of bang for your buck when it comes to how many people your ad will reach. You can find out more from this guide to How to Advertise on SiriusXM, including a breakdown of costs.
Compared to other forms of advertising, radio offers a unique type of immediacy. On many shows, listeners are turning in live, meaning that you can use radio advertising as a very effective way to promote flash sales or other time-sensitive events. Some radio hosts will read out or play commercials live on air, too, which can give it a more personal touch and increase your chance of being noticed on the radio.
Unlike TV advertising, which might only air a commercial once or twice during a program, radio commercials are often played multiple times throughout the day. When you are advertising on the radio, this puts you at a huge advantage as it helps increase brand awareness, while reaching a wider audience of listeners who tune in at different times. What’s more, many radio stations today also have a large online presence and offer combinations of radio and online advertising allowing you to cast your marketing net even further.
Radio might often get lumped in with old-fashioned marketing techniques like billboards, newspaper ads and even TV. But it’s more relevant to modern businesses than many people think.