Commercial radio listeners are hi-tech, ‘connected’ and heavy users of all things online and mobile, or so says the just-released Consumer Insights Report (Unleashing the Power of Radio), developed by Nielsen in collaboration with Commercial Radio Australia.
Three in five (59 per cent) of commercial radio listeners have made a purchase online in the past 30 days; and almost a quarter (23 per cent) are spending in excess of $300 online every month.
Clothing, airline tickets and accommodation make up the top-three items purchased online by commercial radio listeners in the past 30 days – 23 per cent, 20 per cent and 17 per cent respectively.
Mobile connectivity is an important part of the purchase process. Radio listeners are avid mobile users. Some 94 per cent of commercial radio listeners have a mobile phone, and 75 per cent of those have a Smartphone (up from 65 per cent in 2012).
David Burge, associate director, Media Industry Group, Nielsen, said: “It’s a well-told tale, just how intertwined with digital media Australians have become. Consumers are connected more than ever and this is showing no signs of slowing. But there’s more – they’re listening to radio too. This link is important as it highlights one of radio’s most lucrative features: its ability to reach a highly qualified audience in the lead up to purchase.
“While out and about commercial radio listeners are using their mobile devices to find their way (literally with map applications), pass the time and importantly for retailers, search information on brands and products. A challenge for brands and retailers over time will be how to manage and take advantage of the latter.
“Radio provides myriad touch points at opportune times for retailers and manufacturers to reach their consumers.”