Why Radio?

Combining radio and online advertising is a powerful tool that can help you increase the response you get from your target audience.

Research has shown that within 24 hours of hearing a radio ad 78% of those exposed to the ad with a digital response mechanism undertook some form of digital activity, whether visiting a website, checking out a Facebook page or an online search for the brand.*

Add to this the success of NZME.’s Radio digital properties and you could have a winning integrated campaign.

Our audiences are actively engaging across multiple platforms throughout the day.

•    NZME. radio network Average Unique Browsers have grown 120% from April 1 to September 30, with page impressions increasing by 110%*
•    ZM Average Unique Browsers have grown 109% from April 1 to September 30, with page impressions increasing by 129%*
•    The Hits’ Average Unique Browsers have grown 225% from April 1 to September 30, with page impressions increasing by 151%*
•    238,074 iHeartRadio registered users

Just to name a few…

The main findings of the independent research, commissioned by Commercial Radio Australia, are:
- people are, on average, six times more likely to visit a brand's website if they hear a radio ad with a digital call to action, than those not exposed to the radio ad
- radio advertising has an immediate effect. Over three quarters (78%) of those who heard the ads took some form of digital activity within 24 hours
- commercial radio generates significantly more visits to a web page if a digital call to action is included in a commercial

* campaignbrief.com. 2012. Radio boosts digital activity - latest research released by Commercial Radio Australia. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.campaignbrief.com/2012/05/radio-boosts-digital-activity.html. [Accessed 03 October 14]. 

So complete your details below and have a chat with an NZME. Radio Account Manager about how you can leverage our digital platforms today. 



Different radio stations attract different listeners – Newstalk ZB listeners are worlds apart from Flava listeners. That means you can talk to the people most interested in your business. Newspapers and TV can’t do that.

NZME. Radio is nationwide, and local – which means you can focus your advertising into key geographical areas. With the advent of technology, Radio is no longer just ‘on-air’. Now you can target your message to engaged audiences online as well through our station websites. Not only a more efficient way to target customers; it also saves you money.

On the Front Line

Most Radio listeners are engaged in another activity while listening. That’s not a minus – that’s a “plus.” Our stations are available live on our websites and through our apps. Therefore, Radio goes with them – work, leisure, traveling, shopping picking up the kids, surfing the ’net, looking for food or entertainment. The list goes on. Radio is there even as people are making a decision to buy.





Cost Effective

Marketers talk of “reach and frequency” – the number of people exposed to your message, and how many times they hear it. Experts say consumers need to be exposed to an advertising message at least three times before it begins to penetrate.

Newspaper and TV are “reach” media – big numbers, but getting that kind of frequency is well beyond what most businesses can afford. Radio delivers both reach and frequency – affordably across on-air and online. When you do the comparisons, radio wins.

 * Outlook - New Zealand Entertainment and Media 2011-2015.  PWC New Zealand.


Radio has one of  the lowest levels of advertising avoidance – people don’t switch stations during the breaks!



Newspapers devote 2/3rds of their space to advertising. TV sells about 1/3 of its time to advertisers. That’s a lot of advertising compared to content. Radio, at about 10 minutes of advertising per hour, devotes less than 1/5 of its programme time to ads.

That means there’s a lot less competition for your message.


It Makes People Famous

Ever heard of The Mad Butcher?  NZME. Radio made him famous. In the same way that Radio creates chart hits, Radio advertising makes businesses famous, too.

Why? Frequency. The more people hear your ad, the more “famous” you become. A brand which is big on Radio can get a disproportionately big market share over competitors.

Radio is trusted

Listeners use radio for emotional reasons – for company, entertainment, or to stay motivated. They see radio as a friend, and this creates a powerful context for advertisers. When a radio station talks about a product or service, it’s like word-of-mouth from a friend. That is the most powerful advertising you can get.

Radio drives response, especially online

Advertise petrol for $1 a litre on radio and you’ll create gridlock.

Radio is a “call-to-action” medium, even more so in a world where consumers access radio via the internet. Recent research shows that at any given time one fifth of internet surfers are listening to radio – so they’re just a click away from connecting with your business.


Radio is a “multiplier”

Advertisers will always use more than one medium. Radio “multiplies” the effect of other media, according to studies. In other words, it reinforces advertising in other media at a powerful, subconscious level.


Radio is everywhere

Hand-held sets, mobile apps, online listening, radio is the true mobile medium. In the car, at work, and at play, radio is there. It’s the go-anywhere, do-anything companion your customers take with them wherever they are.