Marketing trends you can’t ignore in 2024
We recently attended a industry webinar on the predicted media and advertising trends for 2024, here are the trends you simply can’t ignore!
Global ad spending is forecasted to increase by 8.2%, reaching £788 billion in 2024
Digital ad spending will finally achieve pre-pandemic levels in 2024, increasing by 20.9% in growth by the end of 2024
The highest ad spending sectors predicted for 2024 are as follows:
Retail – £5.69 billion
Consumer packed goods – £3.80 billion
Computing products and consumer electronics – £3.22 billion
Financial services – £3.00 billion
Automotive – £2.26 billion
Travel – £1.90 billion
Other – £6.6 billion
What marketing channels have the strongest growth predicted for 2024?
In Game +15%
The era of real-time personalisation
49% of consumers felt frustration when they received irrelevant content or offers
75% of consumers expect companies to understand their unique needs and expectations
Ad spent expected to reach £29 billion in 2024 a YoY growth of 9.2%
Digital out of home = 60.5% growth
Video = 13.3% growth
Display = 10% growth
CTV continues to make waves
This year, almost 75% of the UK population will watch digital video content and is expected to further grow in 2024.
The rise of DOOH
Digital will account for 64.7% of out-of-home spending in 2023 and is expected to surpass the £1 billion mark by 2026
In-game advertising revenue is expected to surpass £600 million in 2024, being the 4th largest revenue generator globally
49% of in-game ads drive on average 49% promoted brand recall
6 out of 10 players are likely to make a purchase after seeing an in-game advert
(Source: Stack Adapt)
If you need help ensuring your 2024 marketing plans get results, get in touch with our team today!
RAJAR Q3 results are now in!
Here are the top stats from Q3 for the period starting June and ending September.
Data has revealed that the weekly population of all radio listeners has remained the same as Q1 and Q2 in Q3 with 88% and has remained at 49.5 million people.
Here are some interesting stats to begin –
- The average number of weekly hours listened to radio for this Quarter is 1.016 billion hours
- The average radio listener tunes into 20.5 hours of Live Radio per week.
- 43 million adults (15+) are tuning into radio digitally each week.
- In an average week, digital listening accounts for 714 million hours, with a listening share of 76%, up by 2% since Q2.
- Listening via DAB has a 42% share of listening, Online has 24% and DTV is 4%.
- AM/FM listening hours share is less than a third with 30%.
- 32% of adults (15+) claim to listen to Podcasts at least once per month.
National RAJAR listening figures
They’ve done it again! Heart and Capital remain the largest 2 commercial radio brands, resulting in Global leading the radio market with 26.4 million weekly listeners, up by 6% since Q2.
In this quarter, The UK’s largest radio station Heart, achieved its highest-ever audience of 11.3 million weekly listeners across the UK.
Capital has reached a milestone of 8 million weekly listeners, increasing by an incredible 200,000 listeners since Q2.
Following a successful Q1 and Q2, Bauer’s Greatest Hits Radio has grown again in Q3, achieving 6.2 million weekly listeners.
Welsh RAJAR listening figures
Heart South Wales now has 432,000 weekly listeners, up 29,000 from Q2, making it the station with the most listeners in all of Wales.
Nation Radio Wales reached 150,000 weekly listeners an increase of 20,000 since Q2.
Greatest Hits South Wales’ weekly listeners increased by 20,000 from Q2 to Q3, reaching a total of 102,000
Even though Capital is still the biggest commercial radio station in the UK, Capital Northwest, and Wales’ reach decreased by 14,000 listeners from Q2 to Q3, yet it is still quite high at 107,000 listeners per week. Capital South Wales’ reach also decreased slightly by 6,000 listeners per week.
Although radio listeners have switched stations, they still regularly tune in to the medium highlighting that there is still a market for radio advertising! Millions of people can still hear your message; to be heard at the right time, get in touch with our team today!
Advertising in Wales
Do you want your brand to be seen by a mass and diverse audience, across Wales?
If so, check out the latest statistics for different advertising media in Wales!
On average, people in Wales spend 2 hours 45 minutes per day watching broadcast TV, the second most of any nation. Unsurprisingly given the passion for sport in Wales, the most-watched TV program in 2022 was Six Nation Rugby: Wales vs. France (Ofcom, 2023).
On average, ITV reaches 80% of adults per month in Wales, with “I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here” becoming one of Wales’s most popular programs – reaching up to 615K adults in one episode alone (ITV, 2023).
S4C, aimed at a Welsh-speaking audience, offers a potential yearly audience of almost 2.5 million people in over 1.3 million homes.
CTV ‘Connected TV’ is content accessed via apps and streamed over smart TVs, or a connected device, such as Amazon Fire Stick, PlayStation, and Apple TV; Nationally, CTV is heavily on the rise with a 15.7% growth rate expected for 2023 (Statista 2022).
7 in 10 TV users in Wales had a connected TV device, and users were more likely to connect their TV to the internet via a box (Sky+ or Virgin Media) by 44%, compared to England with 32% (Ofcom 2023)
According to Ofcom 63% of all Welsh households are currently subscribed to at least one VOD service and the average viewing duration for these services is 4 hours and 43 minutes whilst people in Wales are estimated to spend 15% of their total video viewing time on video-on-demand services, as well as 15% on video-sharing websites/apps.
Radio is a highly effective form of advertising, reaching 88% of the adult population weekly, equivalent to 49.4 million people.
The average listener tunes into 20.5 hours of live radio each week, and a record 39.2 million people are tuning into commercial radio every week, up by 1.3% on the quarter and 8% on the year.
North Wales appeared to have the most success in Q2 2023 RAJAR’s update; Capital North Wales’ reach increased from 100,000 to 121,000, up a staggering 21% and Heart North Wales reach has also increased from 89,000 up by 14%. Its total listener hours are up by a staggering 40% from 606,000 to 846,000, whilst the share of listening is up from 2.9% to 4.1%.
Heart South Wales in Q2 has the highest number of active listeners with 403,000, with a 21% reach.
Radio advertising makes it possible to customise messages to each audience, helping targeting specific demographic groups, local communities, and geographical regions.
Radio has the highest rate of ad avoidance, demonstrating how radio listeners are much less likely to “tune out” when there are radio commercials.
The Q1 (2023) TFW report has recorded across South Wales alone that 300,000 passengers have used bus transport to commute every week and is estimated that around 100 million bus journeys were made in 2022.
Reportedly bus advertising is the most-seen outdoor advertising medium, reaching over 48 million adults over a two-week period (Route, 2023).
There has been a total of 5.4m passenger journeys made on TFW trains across Wales in Q1 of 2023, this is still down in comparison to pre-pandemic levels (Wales Online, 2023), On average 71% of regular rail users have noticed an OOH ad in their respective station in the past week (Clearchannel, 2023).
Out-of-home and Digital out-of-home advertising has the ability to reach 98% of the UK population at least once a week, highlighting that OOH is a very powerful method of advertising (outsmart 2023). It has been suggested that on average 71% of the UK population acknowledges an advert at the roadside (75 Media, 2023).
OOH and DOOH drive online engagement as well as purchase intention or service use, almost 26% of surveyed customers have visited a website in response to an OOH advert, and a 38% increase in mobile engagements (75 media, 2023).
The top 3 performing OOH/ DOOH sites in Wales are:
- ‘M4 Super 6’ located in Newport with 574,923 weekly impacts.
- Swansea Bus Station Large Digital Format with 498,000 weekly impacts.
- Static 6 sheet located on Newport Road, Cardiff with 259,346 weekly impacts.
Amazon Music accounted for the highest listening time in Wales on music streaming services with 24% – 4 times the UK adult national average (Ofcom, 2023).
The average Spotify user is estimated to spend 25 hours per month listening to music (Ferjan, 2023).
Podcasts have grown massively in popularity in recent years, from 2022 it was estimated there would be an average of 22 million monthly listeners in the UK (Cybercrew, 2023). As a result, advertising through podcasts has become highly favourable in a marketing mix, expecting to see a growth rate of 15.7% at the end of 2023 (Thepodcasthost, 2023).
More than 9 in 10 (92%) homes in Wales had an internet connection in the first half of 2023 (Ofcom, 2023).
An average person in the UK is estimated to spend 145 minutes every day on social media platforms (Workup, 2022), with Facebook remaining the most-used social media platform with 44.8 million active users nationally (Thesocialsheppard, 2023).
Instagram came in second with 35 million active users at the end of Q2, while YouTube was third with an estimated 16.3 million users in the UK (Statista, 2023).
If your looking to start an advertising campaign across Wales, Get in touch with our experienced team.
Q4 – The golden quarter
Christmas is less than 100 days away and the build-up during the final quarter of the year is referred to as the ‘Golden Quarter’ since it brings in more revenue than the previous three quarters combined. With an expected £22 billion in consumer spending through Q4, businesses need to step up their advertising in order to really get the attention of customers.
Black Friday has become one of the biggest days in the retail calendar for Christmas shopping, with retailers hoping to benefit from increased traffic and sales as well as eager consumers hunting for a bargain.
This year, customers anticipate significant Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals; it has been estimated that 84% are prepared to make a purchase.
The top items people want to cross off their lists this year are electronics, technology, and clothes.
Christmas is definitely the most wonderful time of the year, making it the holiday of all holidays with a considerable share of all annual retail occasions (January Sales, Easter, Summer Holidays, Back to school, Halloween, and Black Friday) with 45%.
Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, making it the holiday of all holidays. Each year, it has been estimated that 85% of all Brits shop for the Christmas season.
Christmas is a time for spreading love by giving and receiving; despite tough times, 55% of Brits say they will be spending more this year than they did last on gifts. 7 in 10 people stated they are
prioritising spending on gifting.
Source: (Clearchannel, 2023)
Interesting Media Statistics
Do you want your brand to be seen by a mass and diverse audience, at the right time and place?
Check out the latest statistics for different advertising medias!
28 million households in the UK have a television (Cybercrew, 2023)
3 hours were spent daily watching TV in the UK for 2022 (Cybercrew, 2022)
TV advertising is on average almost half the price of YouTube, and 17 times cheaper than other online video advertising (Thinkbox, 2021)
Adults ages 35-54 spent up to 26% of their total TV time watching traditional TV on a weekly basis (Keegan, 2023).
VOD (Video on Demand)
In the first quarter of 2023, the number of UK households subscribing to video-on-demand services amounted to around 19.08 million (Statista, 2023).
73% of the UK population choose to watch shows/movies on streaming platforms.
58% of all households in the UK are subscribed to an average of 5.4 streaming services (Boyle, 2022).
There were 35 million users on ITV X alone in 2022! (Boyle, 2023).
OOH (Out of Home)
Out of Home reaches 98% of the UK population at least once a week (Outsmart, 2023)
Nearly 26% of Customers Have Visited a Website in Response to an OOH Advert (75 media, 2023)
Transit advertising reaches 83% of commuters on weekdays and 69% on weekends, equivalent to 48 million adults on a two-week basis (Global, 2023)
Each year a branded taxi will be seen over 75 million times (Capspacemedia, 2022)
Spending over 95% of their time in the city centre, taxis offer universal coverage by targeting mass volumes of consumers (Hugemedia, 2023)
54% of adults 15-34 see bus advertising every week (Global, 2022)
Bus shelter Ads reach 92% of the Population Every Week (75 media, 2023)
On average, passengers spend 7-13 minutes at their respective rail station (Global, 2022)
71% of regular rail users have noticed an OOH ad in the past week (Clearchannel, 2023)
88% of the adult population listens to radio weekly, equivalent to 49.4 million people (RAJAR, 2023).
The average user tunes into 20.5 hours of live radio each week (RAJAR, 2023).
A record 39.2 million people are tuning into commercial radio every week, up by 1.3% on the quarter and 8% on the year (RAJAR, 2023).
In an average week, digital listening accounts for 697 million hours, and has the highest percentage of listeners with 74% (RAJAR, 2023).
Podcast advertising will see a growth rate of 15.7% in 2023.
The average podcast fan consumes 9 episodes per week (Thepodcasthost, 2023).
The average Spotify user spends an average of 25 hours per month listing to music (Ferjan, 2023).
Q4 data for 2022, shows that 33.2 million people in the UK are listening to online radio each week (IAB, 2022).
In an average week, digital listening accounts for 697 million hours, and has the highest percentage of listeners with 74% (RAJAR, 2023).
Cinema advertising spending is forecast to show the largest growth rate in 2023 compared to any other media at 37% (Statista, 2023).
There are on average 220 new films of different genre released every year; therefore, cinema advertising reaches a large and diverse audience (SocialFilms, 2022).
87% of survey respondents claimed they noticed adverts before, during and after the movie (Digiday, 2023).
In 2022, there were 4.9 billion people globally who use one or more social media platforms daily (Forbes, 2022).
An average person spends 145 minutes every day on social media (Workup, 2022).
Facebook has remained the most-used social media platform with 2.98 billion monthly active users as of Q1 of 2023, a 7.18% increase year on year (Dean, 2023).
Static images posted on Instagram achieved an average reach of 1,850 users and carousels reached an average of 2,325 users (Dixon, 2022).
500 billion YouTube videos are watched daily (Omicore, 2023).
On average, 500 million tweets are shared daily (Oberlo, 2023).
TikTok is the most engaging social media platform, with an average session length of 10.85 minutes, the time spent on TikTok globally in 2022 was a mammoth 68 billion hours (Kurve, 2023).
If you need help ensuring your using the right mix of media, get in touch with our experienced team today!
Social Media Statistics Update
At the end of the Q4 of 2022, there were 4.9 billion people globally who use one or more social media platforms daily (Forbes, 2022).
An average person spends 145 minutes every day on social media (Workup, 2022).
Short-form video will remain the top marketing content format for 2023, it has the highest ROI and growth rate, with 90% of marketers now using this media format (HubSpot, 2023).
- Facebook has remained the most-used social media platform with 2.98 billion monthly active users as of Q1 of 2023, a 7.18% increase year on year (Dean, 2023).
- On average 78.63% of these users use the platform daily, equivalent to 1.9 billion (Dean, 2023).
- At the end of 2022, it was estimated that there were 1.28 billion monthly users, it has been forecasted there will be an increase to 1.44 billion (Dixon, 2022).
- Static images posted on Instagram achieved an average reach of 1,850 users and carousels reached an average of 2,325 users (Dixon, 2022).
- At the end of 2022 there were 2.5 million active monthly users (Omicore, 2023)
- The average time spent on YouTube globally is 19 minutes daily (Omicore, 2023)
- 500 billion YouTube videos are watched daily (Omicore, 2023)
- In 2022, there were 229 million daily active users, this is a 15.9% increase compared to 2021 (Oberlo, 2023).
- On average, 500 million tweets are shared daily (Oberlo, 2023).
- 6 out of 10 (59.2%) Twitter users globally are between 25 and 49 years old (Statista, 2021)
- TikTok had 1.6 billion active monthly users at the end of 2022 and is estimated to reach 1.8 billion by the end of 2023 (Kurve, 2023)
- Gen Z dominates TikTok, with 83% using the platform in Q1 2023 (Kurve, 2023)
- TikTok is the most engaging social media platform, with an average session length of 10.85 minutes, the time spent on TikTok globally in 2022 was a mammoth 68 billion hours.
- Over 1 billion videos are viewed daily (Kurve, 2023)
- TikTok has the highest engagement rate 4.25% compared to Instagram 0.60% (Kurve, 2023)
If you need some help with any areas of your marketing, get in touch by emailing us on [email protected]
Penarth Advertising Agency hits landmark 15 years in Business.
The Media Angel, based in Penarth has had lots to celebrate since Managing Director, Alison Debono set up the agency in 2008. They have the accolade of working with many prestigious clients from multiple sectors, some of whom have remained clients for 15 years. Their achievements within the media industry have been acknowledged by their numerous awards, won over the years for their strong campaigns that have helped clients achieve their goals.
Over the last 15 years this award-winning media planning and buying agency, have helped clients achieve their objectives by creating impactful advertising campaigns that have delivered results, particularly for clients within the leisure, travel and tourism, education, charity and retail sectors; they consider it a privilege to have worked with brands including, KLM, Cardiff Airport, Casio, Spar, Swansea University, Hugh James, Public Health Wales, National Botanic Garden of Wales, National Trust Wales, Barnardo’s, Ty Hafan.
Alison has been the driving force behind the Media Angel, having gained extensive experience in the advertising industry across Radio and TV she admits that “I loved helping clients reach their goals and achieve great results but in the end got frustrated by the limitations of being able to only offer one media solution and only utilise a fraction of their budget. Prompted by a long-standing client, I set up on my own with that client being my first customer!”
The team at The Media Angel have a vast range of experience working directly in TV, Radio, Sponsorships, Press, Digital, Websites, Design and Social Media and with over 60 years of expertise are able to tailor bespoke marketing solutions, delivering results to clients locally, nationally and internationally as far as India, Australia and The USA.
Alison’s highlights from the last 15 years range from being a mainstay advertising agency in the Welsh media landscape setting up just before the recession of 2008, more recently getting through the Covid pandemic, to being crowned winner of ‘Best Advertising Campaign across Wales’, finalists at the National DRUM Marketing awards in London against International Brands,to being a sponsor at marketing events and The Cardiff Life Awards and…not forgetting loving helping clients with their launch campaigns such as Qatar airlines initial launch from Cardiff Airport in 2018.
She’s proud to have secured the coveted sponsoring of ITV Cymru Wales Weather for a travel brand for 2 years and has negotiated amazing deals for our clients, helping them achieve brilliant results.
When asked what contributes to The Media Angel’s success, Alison says “ It’s my team. I’ve always been lucky to have a passionate, loyal and dedicated team around me and the success of the company comes from their commitment, passion and hard work.
We have strong relationships with our clients and really do care about all their campaigns. We thoroughly research all possibilities for our clients and aim to overachieve in delivery and deliver excellent results. We take care of campaigns from start to finish and continue to monitor and optimise to ensure the client is getting the very best for their budget. Our post campaign analysis provided to our clients often illustrate great added value”
The Media Angel are excited to see how the next 15 years evolve in this ever changing media landscape.
Video/Connected TV streaming continues to be on the rise
A survey conducted by The Trade Desk with YouGov surveyed 1,010 adults consumption of video content on our screens, living in the U.K. in June 2022. Research was conducted with Savanta surveying 250 advertisers across brands and agencies in the U.K. who spend a minimum of 2 million pounds annually.
In 2022, streaming video content continued to entice viewers from all age groups and demographics. While this change has created more fragmentation for viewers and advertisers alike, it also gives advertisers more opportunities to significantly expand their reach and place their ads alongside the most-watched content with more precision. In response, many are adapting their marketing strategies as they consider budget in this vibrant new world of premium content
Key findings were
73% of the UK population choose to watch shows/movies on streaming platforms
47% of UK viewers say they are spending less time watching traditional TV
51% of UK viewers are open to either a free service funded by advertising or a less costly service subsidised by tailored adverts
76% is the amount that advertisers are prepared to increase their spend by on connected TV
88% of advertisers say they are likely to buy inventory from a streaming platform if it offers exclusive access to live sports or other premium content
Streaming is now the most popular way for U.K. consumers to watch content, 73% of the population watching shows and movies on streaming platforms.
68% per cent say they watch traditional broadcast TV. Respondents shift between streaming platforms and linear TV…so this is not an either/or situation, more viewers utilising both, dependent on the content they want to consume.
84% viewers in the 18- to 34-year old age category and 83% viewers in 35-54 age group favour streaming content over traditional TV.
64% 18- 34-year-olds spend up to two hours a day watching streaming content.
In addition to Netflix and Disney, U.K. Broadcasters from Channel 4 to ITV to Sky are all producing top-notch content for their own streaming services, All4, ITV Hub, Sky Now & BBC I player.
40% of U.K. viewers spend more time streaming with 47% spending less time watching traditional television.
These figures are good news from an advertiser’s perspective, as advertisers can apply data to TV advertising in ways that are not possible in traditional, linear TV, driving precision and aiming to add value.
88% of U.K. advertisers say they are likely to buy inventory from a streaming platform if it offers exclusive access to live sports or other premium content
What is being watched and streamed?
In the 18 –34 year old age group.
44% stream documentaries
46% watch comedies on streaming platforms
41% catch up on dramas
In addition viewers in the 35- to 54-year-old category show a similar predisposition to watching this kind of content via streaming rather than traditional TV. These insights are not lost on advertisers who are spending budget accordingly against drama – 50%, comedy 48%, entertainment 48%, and live sports 48%
26% of British viewers prefer streaming platforms as their go-to viewing method for live sports. A quarter of all Brits – 17 million people use streaming and video on-demand (VOD) to follow sports events.
55% of U.K. viewers do not want to spend more than 30 pounds per month on streaming services. As an alternative, 51% per cent of U.K. viewers are open to either a free service funded by advertising, or a less costly service subsidised by tailored ads. In response to these findings more than 6 in 10 (64%) of advertisers mention that their brand is likely to increase spending on programmatic CTV by 76% in 2023.
67% of advertisers expect to grow their ad budgets for programmatic campaigns to align with live sports events on streaming channels and connected TV.
For advertisers, streaming channels offers the opportunity to access audiences on a more granular level and it can offer a more insightful metrics.
Brand lift (44%), viewability (42%) and campaign reach and frequency (33%) are the top three metrics used by advertisers to measure the performance of live sports on connected TV. 60% of these advertisers cite better measurement capabilities on connected TV compared with traditional television. 59% say there’s more flexibility on CTV, while 51% say CTV allows them to target specific subsets of live sports viewers.
If you need some help with your marketing, get in touch by emailing us on [email protected]
A Look at 2023 Media Outlets
1. A slower advertising growth
Global advertising is expected to increase by 5.9% in 2023, according to the latest forecast from Group M.
Connected TV is likely to be a big global player in terms of increase in revenue.
2. Digital Subscriptions slowdown in growth
Growth for most subscription platforms are achieving period-on-period gains of 5% or more, which is a dip from lower double-digit figures at the same time last year. As a result streaming platforms will have to increase their output to retain existing subscribers and encouraging new ones and will need to revise and offer new packages and products. The cost of living crisis will leave many subscribers re-evaluating the platforms they need/want to keep.
Increasingly, brands recognise how vital customer trust in them is, they want make sure they align their brands with highly reliable and reputable content.
News publishers need to look at the breadth and tone of their output using accessible and easier to understand content. Moving away from “fake-news” and embracing new content styles such as constructive or solution looking journalism, aiding trust from their readers and in turn advertisers.
4. Reaching Gen Z where they are
Media is consumed differently by Gen Z’ers, thus proving a challenge to advertisers who are keen to target this audience. Their use of YouTube, Tik Tok and music streaming services such as Spotify make them a more complex demographic to connect with. It has been suggested that in order to gain traction with this market, collaboration with them will gain greater insight…such as the use of focus groups or hiring from the demographic to help create content that will speak to and engage with their peers.
Jon Birchall, Director of Editorial Strategy at the LADbible Group says “ For us to build a media that is essential, inclusive, and as such commercially viable, for 2023 and beyond, we must listen to youth audiences and empower young talent to fundamentally redefine what news is and the role it plays for the next generation.”
Publishers need to meet Gen Zers where they are, and communicate in a style and format that speaks to them. Creating tailored products, hiring and empowering Gen Z talent, and engaging with audiences off-platform on YouTube, TikTok and Instagram, are likely to be essential to any successful approach.
5. Audiences spend over 2 hours a day with publishers’ content
As highlighted, a drop in the growth of subscriptions, audiences lack of trust in news outlets and media does not take away from the fact that audiences are still consuming their content.
On average, internet users around the world spend 2 hours 9 mins a day on this type of content, slightly less than social media (2 hours 28 mins)
This makes for a firm foundation for publishers to build on in the year ahead, engaging with audiences and using this engagement to build products, advertising and reader revenue strategies that tap into these consumption habits.
Despite these challenges, the media industry remains full of potential for those who are able to adapt and find new ways to connect with their audiences. Whether through subscriptions, advertising, or other forms of revenue, there are opportunities for publishers to thrive in the face of these challenges.
It’s Rajar Q3 2022!!
Good news for digital Radio
41 million adults aged 15+ are now tuning in to radio via a digitally enabled platform (DAB, DTV, Online, App, Smart Speaker) each week. 66% of the population claim to own or have access to a DAB radio. 74% of the population tune in to digital radio every week. 66% of weekly listening hours are consumed digitally. Listening via a DAB has 39% share of listening, Online has a 24% share and DTV is 4%.
A General overview
- 88.8% of the adult UK population that’s 49.7 million adults tuned in to radio in Q3
- Radio weekly hours are up at 1.02 billion from 998 million in Q2
- Live radio average listening hours 20.6 hours per week
- Commercial radio reached 5.2m listeners more than BBC radio
- 41 million adults are reached via a digitally enabled platform weekly
National Commercial Stations
- Global has 24.4% share with 246m hours with 25.4m listeners a week.
- Heart is the UK’s biggest commercial radio brand with over 10m listeners. It’s the most listened to commercial station in London with 1.8m weekly reach.
- Capital has the second largest reach after Heart with a weekly reach of 7.4 m, down 3.5% year on year across the UK,
- Smooth Radio remains the UK’s third largest commercial radio station, with 5.6 million weekly listeners, up 123,000 listeners .
- Radio X has increased its listeners by 70,000 now nearly 2m weekly listeners.
- Virgin Radio has lost 7% of its listeners with Chris Evans Breakfast listeners also decreasing from 869,000 listeners to 776,000
- KISS has grown to 2.7m listeners, up 7.2% yearly as has Magic to 2.8m
Local Commercial Stations
- Heart South Wales’s reach is 450,000 up from Q2’s 396,000 with an average of 8 hrs per listener.
- Radio Pembrokeshire’s weekly Reach has dropped from 23,000 to 20,000, Radio Carmarthenshire’s weekly reach is 143,000, both reaching 19% of the population in their areas.
- Capital South Wales has a reach of 196,000 with average listening hours of 3.9 hours, an increase of 8,000 listeners.
- Capital North Wales and Heart North Wales have increased their listeners by 7,000 and 25,000 respectively.
- Nation Radio’s reach has increased by 18,000 to 150,000 a reach of 8%
- Easy Radio Wales (was Swansea Bay radio) has lost listeners and has a reach of 11,000 down from Q2’s reported 14,000
New Elizabeth Line offers dynamic OOH opportunities
After a 19 billion pound spend and over schedule, London’s Elizabeth Line has this week been launched. This Crossrail train service provides more variety and faster services to the public in London. The Elizabeth line will revolutionise the way people travel across the Capital. Stretching 100km from Reading and Heathrow in the West through central tunnels across to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the East, the Crossrail service is expected to carry 200 million people every year to 41 stations (10 of them new).
Advertising on the London Underground has always been an effective way to reach mass and varied audiences with millions of commuters, visitors and fun-seekers using the network daily. These new stations will have big, bright and beautiful advertising spaces to draw audiences in with strategic positioning and captivating experiences. There are a vast number of formats for advertisers to tell their stories with 329 new advertising displays overall. Eight central stations feature seven pairs of full- motion enabled Digital Ribbons and 16 new-format Digital Runways, made up of 235 platform edge screens (only available on the Elizabeth Line) In addition there are four high impact, ultra-HD Digital Gateway screens and 32 new digital billboards (D6’s) installed in high visibility locations such as ticket halls and corridors.
‘Advertising infrastructure is often added as an afterthought to major building projects. However, the advertising team here were actively involved with the main architect from very early in the design stage. A “less is more” approach was taken, always thinking about, passenger flows, viewing angles and importantly the overall design aesthetic. The impact is unmissable.‘
Big brands that have so-far acquired sites include Google, Money Super Market, Reed.co.uk, Sage and Schweppes. We will be keeping a keen eye on other advertisers who have been attracted by these new sites.
If you are interested in finding out some more information on outdoor advertising or how to get your brand seen on the NEW Elizabeth line, contact our team today
Rajar Q4 2021 Results
This is the second Rajar to utilise the new measuring methodology; conducted via an app running that identified radio stations by matching exposure to a stations audio output rather than face to face data gathering.
We have highlighted some interesting statistics.
Global has grown their weekly listeners to 25.8m and a 24% share.
Though Heart & Smooth Radio are down just 1%, Heart has 8.54m listeners, just ahead of Radio 1 and Smooth has 5.43m. Heart’s Breakfast Show with Jamie Theakston and Amanda Holden has also lost listeners but remains the UK’s biggest commercial radio show and commercial breakfast show with 3.86 million listeners. Capital Breakfast hasn’t faired so well losing 250,000 listeners since the last Rajar with an audience of 2.58m.
Capital Network had 6.35m listeners in Q4 (down 2.7%) but remains No.1 music station with 1.7m weekly listeners listened to in London.
Radio X had a great Rajar with an 8.6% increase in listeners to 2.11m. Breakfast host Chris Moyles had an increase in his audience from 1.08m to 1.17m and Johnny Vaughan’s drive show is has 974,000 listeners.
Bauer Q4 results show that they have a 20.6 million reach across its stations with three out of five of the top commercial digital stations (No.1 Kisstory, No.3 Absolute 80s, No.4 Planet Rock).Absolute was down 13.7% on the prior quarter (2.23m).
Kiss network was down 4.4% on the previous quarter to 4.53m. The No.1 commercial digital-only station, Kisstory was up 2% to 2.3m.
The Virgin Radio network, which includes Virgin Radio UK, remains stable with 2.16m listeners during Q4. The Chris Evans Breakfast Show had just over one million listeners (up slightly on Q3), making it the No.1 digital-only commercial breakfast show.
Global Radio stations across Wales – Capital and Heart faired differently in the last Rajar: Heart North Wales had a great Rajar with reach increasing from 83,000 to 111,000 and Heart South Wales from 395,000 to 403,000. Listener hours have also increased from 7.9 per listener last Rajar to 9.2 this Rajar. Capital South Wales listenership has dropped marginally from 159,000 to 156,000, though average hours per listener has increased to 7 and reach remained at 15%. Capital North Wales and West lost just 1,000 listeners.
Radio Carmarthenshire and Radio Pembrokeshire have lost listeners with Radio Pembrokeshire dropping from 31,000 to 27,000.and Radio Carmarthenshire down by 2,000 listeners.
Nation Radio also lost listeners (2,000 weekly listeners) but average hours of listening per head remained the same
Whilst Bridge FM more or less retained a level Q4 Rajar compared to Q3 2021,
The Wave unfortunately had a bad quarter dropping listeners by 20,000, though average listening hours remained the same.
In summary most local radio stations in Wales have seen a drop in listenership for Rajar Dec 2021, Heart has gone from strength to strength over the last couple of Rajar’s so we will be interested to see the results from Q1 in three months time!
We thought we’d highlight a couple of other interesting statistics from Rajar before we sign off –
Digital radio platforms now accounts for 64.4% of all radio listening, according to data for Q4 2021 and listening via online and apps accounts for 16.9% of all listening and listening via Digital TV accounts for 5% of all listening.
The new data shows that 40 million adults, or 72% of the population aged 15+, now tune into digital radio every week, with strong growth seen across a number of digital stations compared to Q3 2021.
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