Radio advertising is still very much alive and kicking

12th February 2020

It was anticipated that the rise in digital advertising options would mean the end of more traditional platforms, such as radio. However, revenue generated from radio advertising has consistently grown and reached £713m in 2018 (1), an increase of £251m since 2011.

In fact, the rise in digital technology has made it easier to get ‘on air’ giving listeners a lot more choice, and the ability to listen whenever they want, and wherever they are. It also allows advertisers to easily narrow down their target market and directly speak to potential customers.

We’re big fans of radio advertising and, ahem, we’re very good at it, so here are our reasons why it remains an important part of the marketing mix.

Enables you to be extremely creative

Radio advertising is a great way to have a bit of fun and share messages in varying creative ways. You’re able to bring your company brand to life by telling a story in a way that you’re unable to do with a printed advert. The more creative, the more you stand out from other adverts on the same station.

Multiple ways for people to listen

The 2019 Q3 listening figures from RAJAR (the official body in charge of measuring radio audiences in the UK) noted that 88% of the UK population tune in to radio every week and on average, we listen to 20.4 hours of live radio during those seven days (2). That’s a lot of ears over a lot of hours! But the way we listen is also interesting. Digital technology means that as well as a good old fashioned radio or stereo, we also listen via smartphones, tablets, laptops, digital television and voice activated speakers.

Dedicated ears

When watching TV, how many of us get up to make a cuppa, or have a quick flick around the channels to see what we might be missing during a commercial break? With radio, it’s different. People listen while driving, or have it on in the background when completing various tasks, meaning the switching to an alternative station during ad breaks simply doesn’t happen, and meaning your advert will be heard.

Good bang for your buck

Taking into consideration production costs, the coverage area and audience reach, it’s definitely good value. Add in to this that, apart from TV advertising – which is out of budget for many businesses – there aren’t many other platforms that allow you to chose exactly what day and time your adverts will be heard. Speak to a radio buying expert who will be able to ensure you get on air at the right time to reach the right audience.

1 Radio advertising revenue in the United Kingdom from 2011 to 2020 (in million GBP)



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Sally Burfoot - Senior PR Manager

A highly knowledgeable PR expert with more than 20 years’ experience working in the media industry. Sally initially trained as a journalist and cut her teeth on both regional and national news desks before moving across to PR.

Over the years, she’s created numerous successful campaigns for clients including a global aviation company, the British Heart Foundation and shopping centres up and down the country.

Outside of work, you’ll find Sally either strolling along a beach or jumping up and down at a music gig.

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