The first Portland radio station hit the air on July 25, 1925. Since that day, when WCSH-AM began broadcasting from the lobby of the Congress Street Hotel, Maine small business owners have depended on the medium to advertise their goods and services.
Back then, businesses had only two significant advertising options: newspaper and radio. There was no TV. There was no internet. There were no smartphones.
Now, almost 93 years later, Maine business owners want to know how traditional AM/FM radio stacks up in a world full of Pandora, Spotify, Hulu, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Facebook, and DVRs. I can tell you in two words: RADIO RULES!
The research company Nielsen recently released its Total Audience Report for the second quarter of 2017. This report compares consumer consumption off all viable media. Despite the over-abundance of options, more people are reached by radio each month than any other medium.
Furthermore, according to Nielsen's latest data, the time consumers spend AM/FM radio has expanded by more than 2 hours per month versus a year ago. This increase is facilitated, in part, by the increasing amount of time Americans are spending with media.
Portland radio's continued dominance comes as no surprise to the hundreds of Maine small business owners who benefit from both extraordinary reach and proven returns-on-investment.
Case in point. Scott Libby, owner of Royal River Heat Pumps in Freeport, credits his radio advertising campaign and its catchy jingle with doubling his sales in just one year. "When it comes to reach," says Mr. Libby, "radio is second to none."
Advertising On Portland Radio Delivers Qualified Customers
Cathy Manchester, a real estate agent based in Gray, Maine, has had similar results utilizing radio as part of her company's marketing mix. "When we began advertising on the radio several years ago," says Ms. Manchester, "our business doubled! We went from selling 100 homes a year to approximately 200 homes each year! Radio advertising continues to provide a steady stream of well qualified customers for us!"
Jon Goodman, who is the front man of Time Pilots, a Maine based wedding band also experienced accelerated growth when he started advertising on radio. "It would be fair to say," says Mr. Goodman, "that our wedding business has tripled."
Stacy Dodge, an owner of the Bill Dodge Auto Group with Maine locations in Westbrook, Saco, and Brunswick, also lets reality not perception guide her company's media and marketing decisions. "We have been using Portland radio as a primary marketing source for about 10 years now." said Ms. Dodge. "We have seen very measurable results and are able to target our audiences more effectively."
"We are also more effectively able to market specific brands to a specific audience which is sometimes harder, and more expensive, to do with other mediums, said Ms. Dodge. "Radio is a very cost-effective way to get your message out to the people you want to hear it."
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