With the new options for advertising cropping up every year, radio advertising is estimated too expensive and difficult to be had compared with the new advertising tools proposed. However, although many may judge radio advertising as obsolete or too expensive for the budget of smaller businesses this is far from the truth.
Not only can radio advertising be affordable it is also one of the most effective forms of advertising and a sure means to reach an enormous number of potential clients if you target your audience appropriately.
Nearly everyone listens to the radio either at home, in the car or at work and even after the working day has ended, in bars and pubs or on late night shows. Radio programs such as listener call-in shows, morning shows or shock-jocks all guarantee a great number of fans hence a large audience.
Although the radio provides an excellent means of reaching a large number of potential customers you will need to target your audience. Each demographic group prefers a specific radio station depending on whether the radio transmits rock, blues or classical music. There are also radio stations that focus on different religious and political beliefs as well as focusing on sports or children audiences. This is precisely why advertising on radio stations is so effective. There are few places in which you can target your market audience as precisely as on radio stations. It is the best medium to select and pass your promotional message to a specific group of people that may in future become one of your customers.
The public listening to the different radio stations are also divided in listening hours. This means that you will also have to select a time span on which to air your radio ad. Younger listeners tune on in the afternoon or after school, while adults listen to the radio in the morning, at work and late at night. So, according to whom you are directing your radio advertising at you will choose the appropriate time span.
Contrary to what most people think advertising on the radio is very cost-effective for your business. It will probably cost you less to advertise on a radio station than to pass an ad in the newspaper or in a magazine.
Radio advertising is very effective and this is probably its strongest point. Radio advertising is considered as the most intimate of all the advertising mediums, because most of the time people listen to the radio while they are alone.
It is also true that people are likely to develop a personal relationship with a radio station and it becomes their favorite. Because of this phenomenon people tend to believe in what the radio tells them and this intimacy provides the perfect opportunity to have a full impact on your potential customers.