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Advertising On Augusta Television vs. Local Radio

Feb 24, 2020 5:29:15 PM / by Larry Julius

Advertising On Augusta Television Viewership DeclinesThere is alarming news for Central Savannah River Area small business owners who advertise on Augusta television stations: broadcast TV viewers are disappearing at an alarming rate.

Nielsen reports that halfway through the first quarter of this year, the number of people using television has dropped 7.5%. This compares to -6.3% in the fourth quarter of 2019, and -7.0% a year ago,

"If the trend holds, it would represent the largest quarterly decline for TV viewership in our data set," explains UBS analyst John C. Hodulikadding. "Trends have worsened across most age demos with persons 25-34 now falling -17% vs. low double-digit declines throughout 2019. The persons 55+ demo continues to trend down -2%, similar to 2019 (the first year of declining ratings for the demo)."

Radio listenership, on the other hand, has remained quite stable, according to Nielsen. Since 1970, the medium has reached more than 9-in-10 consumers every week.

Augusta radio reaches more consumers every week than all other advertising media including, local TV, social media, newspapers, or streaming audio platforms like Spotify and Pandora.

Augusta CSRA media Reach Adult Consumers

Reach is critical to the success of every advertising campaign conducted by a CSRA small business owner. This is especially important when it's crucial that consumers take immediate action.

A study by Nielsen indicates that among all media elements of an advertising campaign, the number of different people reached has the greatest effect on sales increases.

Advertising In Augusta: Reach

Not only does Augusta radio command a significant reach advantage over CSRA television stations, but the medium also provides the best opportunity to ensure consumers hear an advertiser's message frequently. Repetition is crucial when an advertiser's marketing objective is to build or sustain a company's branding.

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The most effective way for a CSRA small business owner to create frequency is to invest in those media with the highest percentage of heavy users.

Locally, CSRA radio has 33% more heavy-users than Augusta television stations. A substantial advantage.

Advertising In Augusta: Heavy Media Users

The strongest advantage advertising on Augusta radio holds over local television is the medium's strength among younger consumers. This includes adults between the ages of 18-34 and 35-49.  Radio's dominance extends to all other media available to small business owners, as well.

Advertising In Augusta Young Consumers

It's reach numbers like this that leads Deloitte, the world's largest business consulting firm, to recommend that "radio advertising should be a big part of the mix for those buying advertising."

"Radio’s weekly reach, the percentage of people who listen to radio at least once per week, has been remarkably stable in the United States," says Deloitte. "Not only has reach hovered around 94% for the last few years, but that number is essentially unchanged from the 94.9% percent figure in spring 2001 when Apple introduced the iPod."

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Topics: best way to advertise, millennials, consumer spending, radio advertising, small business owner, television advertising, small business, reach, television, branding, generation X, generation Y, media usage, frequency

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