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Here’s What RADIO Stands For

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Author: Annette Malave, SVP/Insights, RAB

Anything is possible on radio.  You can hear a singing garbage bag, a hamburger rap song or something that sounds like a bull elk.  What you hear on the radio can also make you laugh, gasp or cry. 

Yes, anything is possible on radio and that’s what attendees heard on June 6 at the 2019 Radio Mercury Awards, held at SONY HALL in New York. 

Radio can deliver an ad message like no other medium and this year’s winners did just that.  “They innovated.  They had fun. They created little worlds that made me want to be there,” stated Jeff Kling, Chief Creative Officer at Lightning Orchard, and a final-round judge.   

A total of 14 Radio Mercury Award winners did just that.  And winning isn’t easy.  Chief Judge Chris Beresford-Hill, TBWA\Chiat\Day New York’s Chief Creative Officer, knows all too well.  It was the first creative award he won and he understands that “to be a winner, you have to do something that’s undeniably great.  You have to be excellent.”

As an award that recognizes and celebrates creative excellence, the Best of Show Radio Campaign (and $50,000 grand prize winner) did just that, creating a surprising and engaging spot that used a real radio personality and listeners to drive awareness of a new product – Old Spice Pomade.  You can hear it and all the winners here. 

During the event, attendees also learned what RADIO stands for.  Jeff Charney, Chief Marketing Officer of Progressive Insurance, shared a childhood experience and his first interaction with radio — a remote at a local retailer.  While accepting the 2019 Radio Mercury Awards’ “Radio Marketer of the Year” honor, he shared what he believes the letters R-A-D-I-O stand for. 

  • R is for relevance.  If you’re not relevant, we shouldn’t be in the business. We are very relevant today. 
  • A is for authenticity.  Every single spot that won was authentic and incredible. 
  • D is for disruption.  Everyone who won was disrupting. 
  • is for insight-based.  If you do stuff based on insight you’re going to win. 
  • O is for out-create. Every one of the winners was trying to out-create the other.  There’s never anything wrong with a little friendly competition.

Charney, passionate about both radio and the event, encouraged the creative audience to follow the letters R-A-D-I-O and guaranteed that they will become the Radio Mercury Awards’ 2020 “Marketer of the “Year.”

“Radio.  There’s nothing wrong with this business!” – Jeff Charney, CMO, Progressive Insurance 

If you missed the event, you can watch it here. 

Does the acronym R-A-D-I-O mean something to you?  Please share it with us. 

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Radio on Main Street Podcast Featuring Lori Lewis, Vice President Social Media at Modern Luxury

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Social media has become one of the most popular ways of connecting for both personal relationships as well as for use in professional brand building. In fact, it has become such an important means of communication it is hard to believe it has only been around for 11 years.

In this edition, Erica Farber, President and CEO of the RAB speaks with Lori Lewis, Vice President Social Media at Modern Luxury. She is also the lead volunteer that produces the annual Conclave. An early adopter Lori reminds us the actual focus of social media is to be used to share positive messages and to remember it is ok to take a break from it now and then.

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In Radio You Can Trust

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Author: Annette Malave, SVP/Insights, RAB

No word has ever had a greater impact on brands as trust. Consumers today are in control and not only expect but demand that the brands they engage with be authentic to keep their loyalty.

Security breaches and concerns about data privacy are now at the forefront of consumers’ minds, and trust is as important a component of brand consideration as brand value. For marketers, finding the balance or sweet spot tapping into data, consumer engagement and maintaining trust are what may keep many chief marketing officers up at night.

Earlier this year Brand Keys, a brand research consultancy, asked nearly 600 CMOs and brand managers what keeps them up at night. It shouldn’t be a surprise that “establishing trust between my brand and the consumer” was one of the top three items mentioned most often on the list. On that list is another concern that creates insomnia for marketers – “creating relevant and engaging advertising content and storytelling.” These two concerns can be addressed by one medium – radio.

There is a reason why nearly 250 million people listen to radio weekly. It’s a trusted medium. Listeners tune in to radio for various reasons according to the Jacobs Media Techsurvey 2019 – for news, companionship, favorite songs/artists and the personalities on-air.

While social media may be prevalent within a brand’s strategy, there is nothing like the human voice to connect and influence. Radio station personalities are part of the local listeners’ community and circle. Listeners consider radio personalities like a friend and have intimate knowledge of the personality’s marital status. According to the Katz Radio Group’s Our Media panel, 83% of listeners value and trust their favorite personality’s opinion, 77% would try a recommended brand and 78% speak to friends about what they hear from their favorite radio station personalities.
Radio, falling under the category of traditional media,  is trusted more than online-only and social media based upon the results of the 2019 Edelman Trust Barometer. And perhaps that’s also why 62% of Americans trust radio news bulletins or programs (Kantar, Trust in News U.S. 2017).

When it comes to relevant, engaging advertising content and storytelling, radio’s abilities are second to none. One look at the large attendance of a radio station-created event proves just that. Radio stations’ listeners are fans – following personalities online and off, contributing to charities and organizations and delivering goods in times of need. How does radio do it? It is naturally authentic. Personalities speak and listeners tune in and engage in a two-way dialogue – via texts, tweets, call-ins contests, etc. Tune in to any radio station and listen to how the personalities on those stations speak of events, venues or brands – what you will hear is true authenticity. It’s a prerequisite for trust.

What should brands do to earn and keep a consumer’s trust?

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Be Brave with Growth Drivingthe Mission

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Author: Tammy Greenberg, SVP, Business Development, RAB

The takeaway from the ANA (Association of National Advertisers) annual Media Conference was to embrace bravery, take risks and step up and recognize that business and brand growth is the “shiny new object.”

In his opening remarks that set the stage for the 700+ brand media and marketing attendees, Bob Liodice, CEO of the ANA, stated that the world’s leading brands are “activating brave.” It’s a shift from ensuring consistency to stimulating desire among consumers, from being marketing centric to acting enterprise centric, and from creating functional and emotional differentiation to changing a way a business goes to market. In order to do this, brands must intuitively understand their customers and they need to be willing to communicate in brave, iconic ways that will delight and deliver the way the consumer wants to receive it.

Much was discussed around the subject of the fragmented and arguably “broken” media supply chain. In fact, Marc Pritchard, Chief Brand Officer at The Procter & Gamble Company, stated that the company is no longer focused on fixing the problem; it’s now focused on creativity and taking control of the media supply chain. He said, “We (P&G) want to buy from companies where the content is known, controlled and consistent. Content that is entertaining, informative and engaging. Content that accurately and realistically portrays all people.” This is RADIO! Pritchard’s advice to marketers and media directors is to “step up – focus on your objective of controlling the new media supply chain. Do what you are already doing and look to where you can do even more.” This was confirmed by Rob Rakowitz, Director of Global Media for Mars. He said that media channels don’t die off; rather the method of delivery changes, and he advised that marketers need to be focused on audiences instead of channels. The simplest of answers came from Gary Vaynerchuk (aka Gary Vee). When asked how do we fix the media supply chain, his response was, “Stop buying dumb shit!”

In a presentation that reviewed the state of media in 2019, Charlie Chappell, Head of Integrated Media & Communications Planning at The Hershey Company, advised marketers to focus on mastering the new fundamentals of questioning assumptions, doing and pivoting and following the doers not the sayers. He also identified 5 key trends to watch in media throughout 2019 and beyond. These trends include:

  • Fragmentation: Audio has been REBORN while traditional TV today is changing, and digital has a long way to go to continue its path towards improvement. Marketing fundamentals help navigate media fragmentation – understanding your target, where to reach them, how to communicate to them and how to measure it.
  • Data & Technology: Challenger brands use data & technology to precisely buy targeted reach. Legacy brands use scale and awareness to efficiently buy mass reach. The strongest brands and best marketers need to be both and do them both well.
  • In-housing: Taking more control is the right thing if you are doing it for the right reasons and it will only make agency/client relationships stronger.
  • The New Marketing Organization: It’s time to break down the silos and bring brand marketing teams and measurement teams together.
  • AI/Machine Learning: Every brand and media company should invest in great data scientists to drive insights forward.

Brands taking risks, brands acting bravely are the ones that are realizing that shiny new object called growth. Advice to our readers that came from Gary Vee – “You should push for something if you actually believe it. Don’t be shy, don’t be crass, but there is a respectful way for you to be on the record historically. If your idea works, if your belief is true, you will have the credibility that you can trade on.”

How are you taking respectful risks to drive business?  Where do you fall on a bravery scale?

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Radio’s Amazing Numbers

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Author: Annette Malave, SVP/Insights, RAB

Radio is an extension of every part of us.  It’s our ears that listen. It’s our fingers that touch the dial or app.  It’s our eyes when we want to know the traffic.  It’s our heart when we hear the songs that we grew up with, and it’s our soul when we hear of any devastation in a local community.

Radio is an incredible force and impacts listeners like no other medium does. A look at some of the figures that pertain to radio helps to both quantify and qualify radio as a powerful medium.

249.7 Million — The total number of radio listeners ages twelve and older that tune into radio every week.1

15,514 — Local radio stations connecting with listeners in their communities. 2

90% — The percentage of people radio reaches on a weekly basis even as the population grows. 1

13.7 — The total number of hours tuned into radio by African Americans 18+ each week.1

48% — Percentage of Hispanics and African Americans who use broadcast radio most often in-car. 3

169 million – The number of people 18+ who have listened to online audio in the past week. 3

51% — Percentage of people 12+ who have ever listened to a podcast. 3

8 – Average number of years listeners have been listening to their favorite radio personalities. 4

But radio isn’t just about listening; radio is also about taking care of people in their community annually:

  • Millions of dollars raised for charities, hospitals, community centers
  • Gallons and gallons and gallons of water bottles collected for emergency relief
  • Tons and tons and tons of clothing, food and toys
  • Thousands and thousands of lives saved when disaster strikes

No matter how you look at it, the numbers prove it. Radio:  It’s every part of us and our lives.

What does radio mean to you?

 

Sources:  1) Nielsen RADAR 140 (Monday-Sunday 24-Hour cume estimates); 2) FCC.gov, March 2019; 3) The Infinite Dial 2019, Edison Research/Triton Digital; 4) Katz Radio Group, Our Media Survey, April 2019

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Radio on Main Street Podcast Featuring Megan Lazovick, Vice President at Edison Research

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Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. recently released the results of a research project titled, Understanding Parents, Teens and Country Music, conducted by Edison Research. Although the focus of the study was based on country music users, the overall findings of the research are applicable for parents and teens who listen to any type of music format on the radio.

In this edition, Erica Farber, President and CEO of the RAB speaks with Megan Lazovick, Vice President at Edison Research. Radio by far is the most listened to form of audio among the parents of teens but the research suggests that due to the vast technology options available, it’s the teenagers that may be changing their parents listening habits.

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Facebook Takes Another Hit

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(By Spike Santee)

Many local business owners have developed the perception that advertising their business on Facebook is a good investment. They don’t seem to care that their audience reach is extremely limited and their cost per thousand is astronomically high. It is easy for a local business owner to find themselves in a personal feedback loop where even the smallest response is considered a big success.

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10 Secrets For Great Radio Ads

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Here are ten secrets that will help make your Radio advertising messages more effective

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Top 10 Radio Show Takeaways

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Photo Credit: RAB/NAB Radio Show 2018

Author: Annette Malave, SVP/Insights, RAB

During the 2018 Radio Show, the overarching theme was about data – demystifying it, understanding where to get and how to use it as well as the opportunities it can create.

In addition, throughout the Radio Show, there was a secondary message: Radio is a strong and nimble medium that continues to evolve, to not only meet but exceed the demands and expectations of its listeners and advertising partners.

Here’s a Top 10 list of other things we learned at the Radio Show:

    1. Data is a game-changer for radio. Radio is a multi-platform and integrated medium that has an incredibly loyal audience. Tapping into the available insights and information that radio stations can glean from listener databases, surveys, social media, etc. will help to drive revenue and positively impact stations’ programming, sales and marketing efforts.
    2. Radio works. Advertisers continue to see the benefits of including radio within their marketing plan. Radio can amplify the impact of other media.  Radio can influence behavior and brand consideration.  Radio can drive awareness.
    3. Radio drives store traffic. Based upon real-world campaigns across a broad range of retail brands in four major ad categories, on average, radio drove a 22% lift in store traffic. Find details here.
    4. Radio rules the dash. The car is the top location for audio listening and, despite new in-dash entertainment options, broadcast radio listening is still the most dominant in-car audio choice.
    5. Relationships matter. Data and analytics are great tools but it all begins and ends with a relationship. Strength in relationships between customers and clients are the most important things we can work on.
    6. Understand perspectives. The role that the radio seller and buyer has are each very different.   Appreciation for the responsibilities and experience each party brings to the table will help build successful partnerships.
    7. Radio is swimming in a sea of new information. Radio combined with digital helps increase sales.  Also, a strong creative message helps effectiveness and can help a brand be more likeable.
    8. Podcast and Broadcast can be a powerful combination.  Radio should continue to embrace podcasting.  Podcasts can help personalities and hosts extend their content beyond on-air programming, expanding the audience they reach.  The podcast and radio audiences are different.  For music artists, it creates and offers fans a different perspective.  “As an artist it’s very appealing, because podcasting gives my audience the chance to have a 360 relationship with me,” said multi-platinum recording artist Jewel.
    9. Embrace change. Technology is creating massive shifts in how consumers engage with all media, including audio.  All industries, especially radio, need to have four types of diversity – ethnicity, gender, background and, most importantly, thinking.  Different opinions and schools of thought will help organizations and the radio industry grow.
    10. Radio does good. Radio entertains and improves mood but, more importantly, radio makes a difference during times of crisis. During natural disasters such fires or floods radio can save lives.  And after events like the Pulse nightclub shooting in Florida, radio can help a community heal.

To view Radio Show sessions on demand and see what you missed, click here.

 

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Radio on Main Street Podcast Featuring Angela Kluke, Director of Sales Training & Product Development for MBC Broadcasting

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In this edition of Radio on Main Street, Erica Farber, President and CEO of the RAB speaks with Angela Kluke, Director of Sales Training & Product Development for MBC Broadcasting.  The company operates throughout Ontario, Canada with a focus on small and medium markets.

Since this podcast was recorded we have learned the company has been listed on the “Growth 500” list of Canada’s fastest growing companies for the 8th consecutive year, an amazing accomplishment for any organization.

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