Our round-up of Rajar Q1 2018

Our round-up of Rajar Q1 2018

Our round-up of Rajar Q1 2018 The first Rajar results of 2018 have been released, and it is a mixed news for stations across North & South Wales experiencing ups and downs. The crucial take-away from this quarter’s figures is that commercial radio has recorded its highest ever reach; 90% of the UK population now tune in to radio every week. Smooth Radio South Wales suffered the biggest drop in listeners with a decline of -20.34%. Capital North West and Wales wasn’t far behind with a decline of -17.09%. Although Heart South Wales suffered a drop in reach, down –4.09% from 416,000 to 399,000 listeners, it still maintains the top spot for listeners across Wales. Stations to see an increase in listener numbers included 102.5 Radio Pembrokeshire whose reach increased 10%, from 38,000 to 42,000 and 106.3 Bridge FM who saw an increase of 12% from 33,000 to 37,000. Across the board, generally average listening hours per person saw little change. This was an exception for Smooth Radio South Wales who saw a staggering decrease in their average listening hours by over half, falling from 10.1 hours per listener to just 4.2 hours. UK Wide Great news for commercial radio which saw the Heart network overtake the BBC in terms of weekly reach for the first time ever, the first commercial station to overtake the BBC. The expansion of DAB coverage has allowed digital-only stations such as BBC 6 and Kisstory to achieve record-breaking audiences in the first quarter of 2018. The crucial take-away from this quarter’s figures is that commercial radio has recorded its highest ever reach; 90%...
Rajar Q4 2017.  Who are the winners and losers?

Rajar Q4 2017. Who are the winners and losers?

The last quarter of 2017 Rajar results are out, illustrating a North V South success story in Wales. North Wales has had a great performance with Heart North Wales up in reach and listening hours, Smooth North West and Wales has seen it’s reach increase by 13%. Heart South Wales is down in reach and listening hours, although still holds the top spot with a 416,000 reach compared to Capital the next with a reach of 171,000. Unfortunately Smooth South Wales didn’t have a good book, losing 38% of it’s audience and 33% of it’s hours! Dragon Radio Wales has had it’s sixth successful Rajar results with a steady increase in reach up 50% this quarter and 80% up from the last quarter of 2016, with 27,000 listeners. The independent station forerunner this quarter is Swansea Sound. On average its listeners now tune in for 10.7 hours per week, which has helped grow its hours by a whopping 50%. UK Wide Nationally, the Capital network is the second highest reaching network popular with a young and engaged audience. Overall, heart has had a good quarter in total listening hours, with Heart South West increasing it’s weekly audience figure to 391,000, up 6% Digital radio share of listening is up by 1.1% to 49.9%. Commercially, digital share has risen to 51.6% compared to BBC’s 48.3%. This could be down to on-line and app listening as 26% of adults listen to radio via a mobile phone or tablet at least once a month. In summary, Commercial radio continues to fulfil advertisers requirements for consistent performance and ROI. 90% of the population...
Advertising in newspapers could triple your ad campaign effectiveness

Advertising in newspapers could triple your ad campaign effectiveness

Advertisers who are cutting back on newspaper advertising might be missing a trick. According to a new study conducted by effectiveness consultancy Benchmarketing for Newsworks, which claims that advertising with newspapers increases overall revenue return on investment by three times. The study covers 500 econometric models to provide evidence of the impact newsbrands have on advertising campaigns. The results show that newspapers increase overall campaign effectiveness as well as boosting other media – newspapers make TV twice as effective and online display four times more effective. It goes on to claim that using digital newsbrands boosts print ROI by up to five times. The research follows challenging times in the print market, which has seen print advertising revenues decline at a rapid rate this year as advertisers are investing more digitally. The research hopes to prove the value of print advertising. It claims advertisers wanting to maximise effectiveness in their campaigns need to return to 2013 levels of expenditure, where investment in print was at 11.4%. That figure has since dropped to 7.6 % in 2015. On a sector by sector basis, the research found that adding newspapers to a campaign increases effectiveness by 5.7 times for finance; 3 times for travel; 2.8 times for retail; 1.7 times for automotive; and 1.2 times for FMCG. Claire Harrison-Church, VP marketing at Asda, said: “Newsbrands are a crucial part of Asda’s marketing mix because they provide us with an influential and flexible platform that we use to inform and inspire our customers. The ultimate goal of our comms is to deliver returns and this large-scale study allows us to continue to invest...
Consolidation of Press Advertising Sales?

Consolidation of Press Advertising Sales?

Newspaper groups are discussing merging their advertising sales. With declining print revenues and a lack of online growth in the face of Google and Facebook’s dominance over the past 18 months proprietors and media owners have had to focus their minds. There are around eight main sales houses currently– News UK, Mail Brands, Guardian News & Media, Telegraph Media Group, Trinity Mirror, Northern & Shell, ESI Media and The Financial Times; merging ad sales is a logical move to gain scale. This excludes regional newspaper publishers and magazine companies. TV has consolidated into just three sales houses, radio and cinema each have only two major players; all have reaped benefits. Trinity Mirror is very keen to push joint ad sales and have sounded out Telegraph Media Group, News UK and others.But progress has been mixed. Trinity Mirror has pulled out of 1XL, a joint ad-sales house for digital advertising, in which regional publishers Johnston Press and Newsquest remain involved. Scott Gill, managing director of 1XL, is optimistic that joint ad sales can take off across the industry, “assuming legality is established and if there is buy-in from the highest levels”, he says. So to conclude, moving to joint ad sales might be a good idea, but no-one thinks it will be easy and it could be a while up. If you are interested in including press as part of your advertising campaign, please give our team a call on 02921 320200 or e mail info@themediaangel.co.uk #...
Brands are losing consumer trust on social media

Brands are losing consumer trust on social media

Recent research conducted by YouGov for the Chartered Institute of Marketing, shows 25% of consumers claimed to have seen a fake online review, increased from 17% when the survey was last conducted in 2014. Also, 21% (up from 14% in 2014) of consumers say they have seen a brand incentivising customers to share positive comments on social media without making it clear to the users, with 16% saying that brands pay someone for promotion without payment being declared. “This has led to consumers querying if what they are seeing is genuine. There is a growing awareness of certain practices out there, brands should be wary,” says CIM CEO Chris Daly. Brands social media platforms are losing trust with consumers. 30% say they have little or no trust in the brand information they view on Facebook, 20% rise since 2014. The increase is matched across Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn. Brands should be concerned as social media is a key source of information for consumers when making purchase decisions. When questioned by CIM, 62% of people said they now ‘Often’ or ‘occasionally’ use social media when deciding whether to make a purchase. “Consumers are looking for reassurance on social media that the restaurant they have booked for a special occasion or laptop they are thinking of buying is the right choice. “Creating a degree of transparency and honesty will make brands appear authentic and boost loyalty.” – Chris Daly, CEO, CIM The Advertising Standards Authority has undertaken work to engage with, raise awareness of and produce advice and training to marketers. 52% of marketers have little or no understanding of...