Why USe Radio?

Radio continues to be a strong and effective advertising channel for businesses – it is a broadcast medium that can be accessed anywhere, anytime, by anybody.

The engaging and social nature of radio and its powerful connection with its audience makes radio the perfect way to build brand awareness and stimulate digital activity.

The commercial radio audience listening has continued to grow. In 2016, The five metro capital cities saw 10.5 million people tune in to a commercial or digital radio station each week up from 10.3 million people the previous year.

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  • Radio reaches 95% of Australians within the 5 metro capital cities each week.[1]
  • Radio accounts for 65.3% of all audio listening each week.[2]
  • 79% of the population have one or more radios in their home. [3]
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  • Listeners are 9 times happier and more energised when listening to the radio.[4]
  • Two thirds of radio listeners are open to advertising messages, the highest across any form of media.[5]
  • 2 in 3 radio listeners engage with a radio social media page. [6]
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  • Live Australian Radio is now available via DAB+ digital radio in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth. DAB+ Trials are currently underway in Canberra and Darwin. 
  • 44% of new vehicles are factory fitted with DAB+ Digital Radio.[7]
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Trust & loyalty

  • 9 in 10 radio listeners would miss their favourite radio show if it was taken off air permanently. [8]
  • Radio listeners are twice as likely to have just one favourite radio station, when compared with other media. [9]
  • 80% of those living in regional areas agree that radio is the media they turn to for updates and emergency situations. [10]
  • Radio is the media most associated with being spontaneous, human, accessible, personal intimate and trustworthy. [11]
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Return on investment

  • Radio advertising delivers an average ROI of +17%, more than online (14%) and TV (13%) [12]
  • Radio and online is a strong two channel combination, delivering an average ROI of +23% [13]
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Strong call-to-action

  • Radio advertising has an immediate effect. Over three quarters (78%) of those who heard the ads took some form of digital activity within 24 hours.[14]
  • People are 6 times more likely to go to an advertiser's website if they’ve heard them advertise on radio. [15]
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  • Radio campaigns can be tailored to suit current affairs, news, weather or trends. Stations can change spot placement or live read timings with short notice.
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Local and targeted

  • 3 in 4 radio listeners agree radio is important to keep up to date on local news and community events. [16]
  • A radio campaign can be scheduled to air at a certain time of day, reaching target audiences at a time when the message is most relevant.

For more information, please contact Leo Hronsky at leo.hronsky@commercialradio.com.au or 02 9281 6577.


[1] GfK Radio Ratings, Survey 4, 2017, Mon-Sun midnight to midnight, all people 10+, SMBAP
[2] 2017 GfK Australian Share of Audio study
[3] Edison Research 2017 – The Infinite Dial, Australia
[4] Colmar Brunton 2014 – Brand Search and Purchase
[5] Colmar Brunton 2014 – Brand Search and Purchase
[6] GfK Radio Insights 2017 – Summer Listening
[7] Source: Glass' Automotive Business Intelligence Q3. 2017. Total sales figures supplied by Australian vehicle manufacturers supporting DAB+ digital radio.
[8] GfK AudienScope 2014 – Radio: A Love Story
[9] GfK AudienScope 2014 – Radio: A Love Story
[10] GfK Radio Insights 2017 – Summer Listening
[11] GfK Radio Insights 2017 – Trusted and Authentic
[12] Colmar Brunton 2015 Media Spend ROI Study
[13] Colmar Brunton 2015 Media Spend ROI Study
[14] Colmar Brunton 2012 Connect With Radio
[15] Colmar Brunton 2012 Connect With Radio
[16] GfK Radio Insights 2017 – Summer Listening