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Treat Weekends as Primetime

August 4, 2020

Over the last several months, because of lifestyle changes, radio listening has shifted. Across many markets, weekend listening has returned at a faster rate than weekday listening. This offers great opportunities for both programmers and sales people.

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The Time Is Right to Question CPPs

July 30, 2020

Cost per point (CPP) often dictates radio’s transactional business and even some non-transactional business. Unfortunately, some advertisers (and buyers) use CPP as their primary decision of where to place their advertising. To them, the cheaper it is, the better the value.

While this has always been a short-sighted decision, it is even less wise now. COVID-19 has led Nielsen Audio to report lower rating points for most radio stations, especially in the larger markets. While this is a temporary setback, our industry is over-dependent on CPP for pricing. There are several reasons for this …

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TLR – Yes or No?

July 21, 2020

A recent story posted by Inside Radio talked about the rise in streaming use for terrestrial radio caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a trend that will likely continue as we begin our return to “normal.”

Now would be a good time to discuss Total Line Reporting (TLR) for radio stations. For those who are unaware, TLR means a station’s over-the-air and on-line content are identical. Usually, that means the same commercials run on both platforms.

We believe all stations should TLR. We will tell you why but first some realities.

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Do You Know Who Is Carrying A Meter?

July 14, 2020

In June, Nielsen released valuable information on the characteristics of its meter keepers. This goes well beyond age, race, and geography, which we at Research Director, Inc. routinely track.

These are household questions that are asked when the meter is placed in the household. Again, none of these are individual questions, but reflect the entire household.

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Radio Listening Is Rebounding

July 10, 2020

The final PPM June books were just released. In coordination with XTrends, Research Director, Inc. has analyzed market listening in 47 of the 48 PPM markets and the results are encouraging for the radio industry.

While radio listening declined as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic shutdown, it has rebounded and is approaching pre-COVID-19 levels.

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