No unified measurement: So, how does the radio industry work?

Radio operators, in the absence of an extensive unified measurement currency, adopt RAM, IRS 2018 or data from third-party research agency. How does it work for them?

Madhuwanti Saha 27-August-2018

Radio Mirchi’s second channel Mirchi 95 pulls in 9.6 lakh listeners in Bengaluru & Hyderabad, and Red FM has more than 35 per cent market share in Kerala. Thanks to the Indian Readership Survey (IRS) launched this year, these detailed breakups of the listenership data are now available with radio channels.

Undoubtedly, such insights from IRS data based on listener profile, demographics, frequency and timeband come in extremely handy for the radio industry, which does not have a unified measurement in place. And in the absence of a unified system, most players take help of third-party agencies, commission independent researches or subscribe to Radio Audience Measurement (RAM) data by TAM Media Research.

To each his own
Take, for instance, ENIL-led Radio Mirchi. Prior to the launch of IRS, which they have now adopted as their currency, the radio station worked with IPSOS, the third largest market research company in the world to gather listenership data from 2015-17. The channel had initially subscribed to RAM data, but pulled out of it in 2015.

According to GG Jayanta, National Marketing Head, Radio Mirchi, IRS 2017 is an “excellent tool”.
“It shows the importance of radio as a medium and category. The penetration of radio has increased by 15 percentage points in urban areas, from 15% to 28%, representing a growth of 87% in listenership,” he shared.

Another big player, Red FM, follows IRS to a certain extent, especially for tier-II and III towns. However, the station, depending on the need, conducts qualitative study in different markets from time to time.

Nisha Narayanan, COO & Director, RED FM & Redtro and CEO, Digital Radio, shared, “To enhance the product and marketing, we do an internal research that we mostly keep to ourselves. But the industry needs a unified radio measurement system.”

Homegrown international players such as Radio One measure consumer behaviour through an internal tool called ‘The International Indian Monitor.’ It helps them track the unique upscale audience digitally using social media.
Vineet Singh Hukmani, MD & CEO, 94.3 Radio One, mentioned, “For reach quantitative measurement of radio, the annual IRS study is good. But the radio industry needs to understand that advertisers want engagement data, and reach is not enough.”

However there are stations, such as My FM, that neither follow IRS nor RAM. My FM, which operates out of 30 tier-II and tier-III cities, follow their own currency for product purpose.
Rahul Namjoshi, Business Head, MY FM, shared that they work with an agency called Karvy. They conduct quarterly survey with 200 respondents as sample size in top 12 cities each.
“The idea is to improve our product and see where we stand. It gazes the listenership preferences on RJs, music and timeband,” Namjoshi said.

Let's talk sales
The advertising revenue of the industry is estimated to grow by 10 per cent in 2018 to stand at Rs 2,063 crore. But in an industry governed by advertising revenue and somewhat challenged by the lack of a unified measurement currency, how does the stations sell their inventory?
In most cases, advertisers take a 360-degree approach that goes beyond FCT to digital and on-ground properties. Moreover, some are of the opinion that radio is not sold on measurement but on engagement, impact, reach and frequency.

According to Narayanan, radio inventory is sold based on brand perception. As a result, they are part of most of the media plans, especially if the planner wants to reach out to the younger audience.
Talking about the strategy followed by her channel, Narayanan said, “We don’t restrict to FCT as we believe in a 360-degree approach. There are different verticals for revenue generation such as digital and events. Content monetization is another area we focus on. It can be combined based on client requirement (event, digital supported with on-air).”

Radio Mirchi uses IRS 2017 as its currency to sell its inventory to the advertisers. Jayanta shared, “They (advertisers) are looking for a full suite of solutions beyond radio, encompassing integration with all or any of our concerts, events, digital and web series. Our business has grown on the back of ideas, innovation and partnership with the client.”

My FM works on their “client’s business challenges”. Namjoshi claimed that their approach is different from others.
“We propose media solutions (such as on-ground activation) which can address business challenges.”
The station has been working with national and local brands (such as Lotus Electronics store in Indore) for the past 11 years, he said.

But Asheesh Chatterjee, CFO, Big FM, is of the opinion that radio is sold more as a medium with “high-impact, high-frequency reach.”

Big FM, one of the subscribers to RAM, operates more on the ‘hero, hub, hygiene’ model. The station has worked with more than 1,800 brands.

Chatterjee explained, “Heroes are the bigger tentpole properties with highest brand recall such as Big Golden Voice. In hub, comes our real estate, gadget and movie review shows which have a narrow TG. These unique formats offer rich content integration. This makes the brand recall much better as the client message is passed across in a far more meaningful and clutter-breaking manner. Big FM looks at platform agnostic solutions. Some solutions get augmented in radio and are amplified on digital property.”

Meanwhile, even media planners feel challenged as the medium suffers from a lack of sufficient reliable and regular data. Ashish Bhasin, Chairman & CEO of South Asia Dentsu Aegis Network - Aegis Group, shared, “There isn’t sufficient radio research in India. It is a challenge for media planners as they have to evaluate based on their judgement, intuition and the paltry available data. As a result, it has remained a relatively smaller medium.”

Advertisers like KidZania, who has Radio City as their radio partner, look at RAM figures given by agencies and stations. Tarandeep Singh Sekhon, Marketing Director, KidZania, said, “I am making do with what’s available. With a mix of qualitative feedback, we mostly do FCT and bigger activation.”

So while different stations resort to different ways to measure their audience, industry experts feel that it is absolutely necessary for the category to have a unified audience measurement system. Well, the good news is that AROI and MRUC are currently working on such a system.

Where’s RAM heading
RAM subscribers keep a track of their weekly data from four main markets based on physical diary-entry method. But the methodology will soon transition into digital medium as TAM Media Research is testing a software that captures in-mobile listening.

L V Krishnan, CEO, Tam Media Research, explained, “With listening to audio content getting more skewed to the mobile platform, it is only imperative that measurement moves in the same direction. Hence, we are testing a measurement software that picks up the audio bits of the content for that specific frequency. The software encrypts whatever is getting transmitted or listened by the audience. At the second level, it reports which station and what respondents listen to. It’s all real time basis. It’s the stage one of going digital.”

“With no hardware needed in this method, the measurement is scalable in nature and can be expanded to remaining markets. Also, this fits into our overall vision of measuring not just radio, but audio as well. In this manner, we will also be able to measure audio streaming apps and podcasts on mobile device. Thus one can measure the interplay between various audio platforms,” Krishnan added.
For the process, Tam Media Research has roped in Vtion as their software partner and field agency Kantar. The research agency plans to unveil the new system for some markets this year-end.

So, till the new unified measurement system takes shape and TAM’s digital measurement comes to form, the current state of affairs with regards to measurement and selling, it seems, will continue.

Senior Correspondent, exchange4media, Mumbai Madhuwanti reports on marketing, OTT and radio with a focus on trends. Based in Mumbai, she has worked across lifestyle, culture, television and retail industry.

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Magic 106.4 FM adds magic to Diwali for its listeners

The radio station held an initiative of home transformation ‘Ghar ko Sajaao’.

exchange4media Staff 5 days ago

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Lights, celebrations and lots of sweets: it’s Diwali happiness all around. Festivals are an occasion to usher in the new and to clean up all the old elements. It is the time for transformation of body, mind and soul – everything that you hold dear. Diwali is an auspicious occasion where everyone redecorates their house to welcome the festivities with new and fresh energy.

 

Magic 106.4 FM made this Diwali a little more magical for its listeners through their initiative of home transformations ‘Ghar ko Sajaao’. In this special activity, Magic 106.4 FM invited their listeners to call up RJ Sapna and share a reason as to why their houses deserve a much-needed makeover. One listener narrated the story wherein she welcomed her parents home, while another spoke about celebrating his first Diwali together with his wife. Both having a hectic work life never got a chance to celebrate Diwali together and this time the celebration turned special with a newly decorated home. Compelling stories like these won a free makeover of their home refurbished by Magic 106.4 FM. These emotional stories got a much-deserved happy ending by the radio station.

 

A winner all excited about being selected said, “I was overwhelmed by the gesture made by Magic 106.4 FM for the Diwali contest. Staying away from home, this gift by the radio station will be etched in my memory forever as Magic has made this Diwali truly special for me.”

 

Commenting on the initiative, Nisha Narayanan, COO, Magic 106.4 FM, says “Festivities in India are not just your personal celebration but also about togetherness. At Magic 106.4 FM, we aim to bring alive ‘Jee le zara’ moments for the listeners and ‘Ghar ko Sajaao’ is magical initiative to spread festive cheer amongst the listeners in its true essence. It has always been our endeavour to do something special for the listeners and this time we have given them ‘Diwali magic waali’.”


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This Diwali, radio players across the country addressed several social causes

#MeToo, Stree Dum, Iss Saal #MattBajaa, Green Diwali all this and more was heavily discussed on several radio stations across India

exchange4media Staff 5 days ago

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2018 Diwali on radio was replete with programming that focussed on social causes apart from the usual entertaining programmes.

Radio City extended its support by displaying solidarity towards the #MeToo movement that has engulfed the country. With a pan-India campaign called ‘StreeDum’, Radio City decided to raise its voice against the constant objectification of women and bring about a positive influence in the patriarchal mentality that sees women as objects of sexual gratification.

The aim of the campaign was to bring about a change in the way men view and treat women on a day-to-day basis. Radio City StreeDum was spread across on-air, on-ground and digital mediums and the idea was to make the topic of sexual harassment and eve-teasing a mass-centric conversation. The communication throughout the campaign was to stop men from addressing women as ‘patakha’, ‘bomb’, ‘fuljhadi’, and ‘item’, and respect them as individuals.

Radio City Mumbai’s RJ Archana and Radio City Delhi’s RJ Ginnie took the campaign a notch higher with their on-air and on-ground activities. On-air, RJ Archana urged the listeners to share their real-life experiences on RJ Salil and RJ Archana’s popular breakfast show ‘Kasa kai Mumbai’. As an extension to the Kar Mumbaikar initiative, she took the campaign on-ground at various locations across Mumbai, where Radio City staged ‘Nukkad Nataks’ with the theme around objectification of women. Apart from leading a widespread conversation on her show ‘Suno Na Dilli’, RJ Ginnie went on-ground across different areas of Delhi and spoke about the issue with Delhiites. The ‘StreeDum’ campaign was also led in Ahmedabad by RJ Aarti. They distributed Radio City branded cracker boxes containing goodies and creative content about ideal ways of addressing women.

Kartik Kalla, Chief Creative Officer, Radio City, said, “With the ‘StreeDum’ initiative, Radio City continues to be a forerunner in tackling social issues and bringing about a positive change. As an extension to the successful ‘Kar Mumbaikar’ initiative we have always aimed at solving citizen-centric problems using the power of radio. Most of us are not cognizant of how unconsciously we perpetuate sexual harassment through seemingly innocuous everyday actions. Each one of us is an agent of change and together we can make a conscious effort to treat women better. I am hoping ‘StreeDum’, an initiative by Radio City, will also see a positive response from Mumbai.” 

RED FM that embraces its proposition and the tagline ‘Bajaate Raho’; asked everyone “ISS SAAL ‘MATT BAJAA’.

They amplified it with a digital leg. Red FM’s Diwali campaign ‘Iss Saal #MattBajaa urged people to celebrate an Eco-Friendly Diwali.  They requested each and every person to click on the link below and mark themselves eco-friendly on FB by changing their profile pics with the Template saved in the link and also urge their friends and followers to mark themselves eco-friendly.

 

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 Red FM took this campaign Pan India explaining how the pollution caused due to Diwali can hamper daily lives of children, senior citizens, animals and this was communicated with statistics on hazards caused by Air and Sound pollution. Red FM RJs across cities also broadcast air pollution index of different areas in their cities and how there’s a dire need to curb pollution for us to breathe clean air.

 Coming to Radio Mirchi, it also wove in the no-cracker narrative into its programming but with a heavy dose of music thrown in.

 “Our popular RJs across the country absconded. Iss Diwali RJs huye faraar, Mirchi pe suno gaana lagataar. That’s four days of popular, hummable and latest music all day. Our RJs decided to mass bunk and enjoyed this Diwali with their loved ones. Plus, to make your teen-patti nights extra-bright we got you the best dance music – we played our specially curated program, Club Mirchi, every night from 9 pm till 3 am,” said Vishaal Sethia, National Programming Head – Mirchi.

“The entire focus of the activity is on enjoying music and there are various messages built in the communication which speak about not bursting crackers but listening to music instead. There is: Iss Diwali patakhe nahi, Music chalao or Iss diwali Patakha nahin jalega, Mirchi pe music chalega. It is our constant endeavour to encourage conversations about socially relevant topics through entertainment without making them seem like a burden. Our aim was to let this Diwali be pollution free, solution-driven, crime-free, with time for family, green with no crackers and letting Mirchi music drive your blues away,” said Sethia.

Radio Indigo’s Diwali programs and promotions focused on celebrating Diwali in an Eco-friendly manner (Green Diwali).  

“Content was focussed on creating awareness on the ways to celebrate Diwali without causing damage to the environment. We promoted minimal use of fireworks and created awareness on how to avoid bursting crackers past 10:00pm. We also created awareness on the use of biodegradable plates and proper disposal of used flowers,” said Satyanarayana Murthy, CEO, Radio Indigo.  

“We broadcast an interview with the DGP of Fire and Emergencies of Bangalore, MN Reddy and lined up celebrities from the music and film industry to encourage people to celebrate this Diwali in eco-friendly way,” said Murthy.

 

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RAM Week 42: Fever FM took over Kolkata in addition to Mumbai and Delhi

In Bangalore, Radio City maintained its leadership with an improved 25.4 per cent share

exchange4media Staff 2 days ago

RAM Radio Ratings

In Week 42 of the RAM ratings, Fever FM captured the Kolkata market apart from the usual Mumbai and Delhi. Radio City continued to reign in Bangalore.                                             

In Mumbai, in a universe of 12.2 million listeners, Fever FM ruled with 17 per cent share, followed by Radio Mirchi with 14.4 per cent, while Radio City maintained its third spot with 13.3 per cent. Early morning followed by mid-morning and afternoon time band observed the highest listenership on total radio

Fever FM continued to lead in Delhi as well, with 19.3 per cent share in a universe of 16.5 million listeners. Radio City and Radio Mirchi maintained their second and third spots with 13.2 and 12.3 per cent, respectively. Night followed by evening and morning time observed the highest listenership on the radio.

In Bangalore, in a universe of 5.3 million listeners, Radio City maintained its leadership with improved 25.4 per cent share, followed by Big FM and Radio Mirchi. Both held on to their spots with 18.6 and 17.2 per cent share, respectively. Afternoon followed by evening and mid-morning observed the highest listenership on total radio.                                                    

Interestingly enough Fever FM took over Kolkata in a universe of 9.5 million listeners with a share of 21 per cent. Radio Mirchi which has been ruling this market all this while slipped to the second spot with 19.9 per cent. Big FM retained its third position with improved 17.7 per cent. Morning followed by afternoon and mid-morning time band observes the highest listenership on total radio.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

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94.3 Radio One Q2 Results: Revenue up 17% to Rs 19.56 cr

EBIDTA up 32% from Q1 2018-19; April-Sept 18-19 EBIDTA up 54.7 per cent compared to Apr-Sept 17-18

exchange4media Staff 1 week ago

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94.3 Radio One (Next Radio Ltd) declared its financial results in the board meeting held on November 1, 2018.

 

Revenue was up 17 per cent sequentially from Rs 16.73 crore in Q1 2018-19 to Rs 19.56 crore in Q2 2018-19.  EBIDTA was up 32 per cent from Rs 2.54 crore in Q1 2018-19 to Rs 3.37 crore in Q2 2018-19.

 

In a Q2-to-Q2 comparison, revenue was up 3 per cent in Q2 18-19 as compared to Q2 17-18. Q2 18-19 EBIDTA at Rs 3.37 crore was up 13.4 per cent over Q2 17-18 at Rs. 2.97 crore.

 

The half year performance of the company, April to Sept 2018,  saw a revenue growth of 4.8 per cent from Rs 34.46 crore in Apr-Sept 17-18 to Rs 36.29 crore in Apr-Sept 2018-19. Further, the network recorded a superlative EBIDTA growth of 54.7 per cent from Rs 3.27 crore in Apr-Sept 17-18 to Rs 5.91 crore in Apr-Sept 18-19.

 

Talking about the results, Vineet Singh Hukmani, MD & CEO Next Radio Ltd, said, “Despite an overall commoditized & therefore difficult media market in the first half of the year, that continues to witness single digit topline growth, we were able to maximize  efficiencies across functions resulting in substantial EBIDTA growth in our radio business.  In our 11th year, we continue to be India’s No1 international radio network in Delhi Mumbai & Bangalore and only premium Hindi network in Pune Kolkata Chennai & Ahmedabad.”

 

“We have not only strengthened our position with unique engaging content designed for our 5.94 million upscale listener tribe (IRS 2017), but we now have a means to measure brand consumption & preferences of our high value audience using our innovative audience tracker called the International Indian Monitor. This pioneering effort offers unique value to our advertisers in creating powerful & engaging conversations with our unique tribe on air & online,” Hukmani said.

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RAM Week 40: Radio City and Radio Mirchi lead in Bangalore and Kolkata respectively

Fever FM continued to lead in Mumbai and Delhi with 17.4 per cent and 19.6 per cent respectively

exchange4media Staff 25-October-2018

RAMRatings

In Week 40 of the RAM ratings, Fever FM continued to retain its leadership position in Mumbai and Delhi. Radio City and Radio Mirchi retained their top positions in Bangalore and Kolkata, respectively.

In Mumbai, in a universe of 12.2 million listeners, Fever FM ruled with 17.4 per cent share, followed by Radio Mirchi with 14.4 per cent. Radio City climbed to the third spot with 13.3 per cent. Early morning followed by mid-morning and morning time band observed the highest listenership on total radio.

Fever FM continued to lead in Delhi as well, with 19.6 per cent share in a universe of 16.5 million listeners. Radio City and Radio Mirchi maintained their second and third spots with 13.5 and 12.3 per cent, respectively. Mid-morning followed by night and early-morning observed the highest listenership on total radio.

In Bangalore, in a universe of 5.3 million listeners, Radio City maintained its leadership with improved 26.2 per cent share, followed by Big FM and Radio Mirchi. Both held on to their spots with 18.6 and 16.9 per cent share, respectively. Afternoon followed by evening and night observed the highest listenership on total radio.

Radio Mirchi, Fever FM and Big FM retained the top three spots in Kolkata in a universe of 9.5 million listeners, with a share of 19.7 per cent, 18.2 per cent and 16.7 per cent, respectively. Afternoon followed by morning and mid-morning observed the highest listenership on total radio.

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RAM Week 39: Fever FM leads in Mumbai and Delhi again

Radio City and Radio Mirchi retain top positions in Bangalore and Kolkata, respectively

exchange4media Staff 19-October-2018

RAM Radio Ratings

In Week 39 of the RAM ratings, Fever FM continued to retain its leadership position in Mumbai and Delhi. Radio City and Radio Mirchi retained their top positions in Bangalore and Kolkata, respectively.

In Mumbai, in a universe of 12.2 million listeners, Fever FM ruled with 17.5 per cent share, followed by Radio Mirchi with 14.6 per cent. Big FM climbed up to third spot with 13.2 per cent. Early morning followed by mid-morning and afternoon time band observed highest listenership on total radio.                                                                                                                                        

Fever FM continued to lead in Delhi as well, with 19.5 per cent share in a universe of 16.5 million listeners. Radio City and Radio Mirchi maintained their second and third spots with 12.8 and 12.5 per cent, respectively. Early morning followed by evening and mid-morning observed highest listenership on total radio.

In Bangalore, in a universe of 5.3 million listeners, Radio City maintained its leadership with 25.7 per cent share, followed by Big FM and Radio Mirchi. Both held on to their spots with 18.9 and 16.8 per cent share, respectively. Mid-morning followed by afternoon and evening observed highest listenership on total radio.

Radio Mirchi, Fever FM and Big FM retained the top three spots in Kolkata in a universe of 9.5 million listeners, with a share of 19.6 per cent, 18.4 per cent and 17.7 per cent, respectively. Morning followed by mid-morning and afternoon observed the highest listenership on total radio.

 

 

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Festive cheer: Radio industry looks at double-digit growth

The growth is driven by interest from new category of advertisers such as e-commerce, OTT, BFSI, besides the regular FMCG, consumer durables and automobile players

Madhuwanti Saha 19-October-2018

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After passing through economic hurdles in the form of demonetisation and GST, 2018 has been a moderately better year for the radio broadcasting industry as most players have shown signs of a healthy growth. And the festive time, it seems, is only adding to this positive mood, with the industry looking at double-digit growth in the season, driven by renewed interest from advertisers beyond just FCT.


Cautious optimism

Ashish Bhasin, Chairman & CEO of South Asia Dentsu Aegis Network -Aegis Group, too expects better growth during festivals this year compared to last year. He, however, choses to define the mood as “cautiously optimistic”.

“This festive season, I am expecting a 10-12 per cent increase over last year for radio. Generally, the year is better compared to previous year as economic conditions look better,” he says.

Preeti Nihalani, National Revenue Head, Radio Mirchi, is also of the opinion that the festive season looks “moderately optimistic”, though she declines to put a number to it.

Nihalani says, “Radio should report reasonable growth in the festive quarter of October-December, with segments like FMCG, e-commerce and Media & Entertainment growing their spends. Also, political advertising will add to the growth with five states going in for elections in this quarter."

However Nihalani also cautions, “The rising dollar may act as a dampener to this growth. Increased cost pressure on companies may lead them to adjust their marketing spends. This may impact sectors like auto, handsets, consumer durables etc.”

Mirchi, meanwhile, is expanding and is on its way to complete a network of 76 stations in 63 cities. “This addition of new inventory will certainly add to the growth spurt. As a result, we are looking at a decent growth largely on the back of new station launches and political advertising. Other than that, this is an activation-heavy quarter for us and there are many new events we are doing this year which will give us good growth,” she says.

Red FM too is eyeing “very good double-digit growth month-on month between September and December 2018 to compensate a rather moderate year in H1,” shares Nisha Narayanan, COO & Director, RED FM

On the other hand, Big FM is seeing a 30 per cent growth in the business. Asheesh Chatterjee, CFO, Big FM, says, “October and November pipeline looks impressive. The network recently announced a 12-15 per cent hike in ad rates in core markets.

MY FM is anticipating “higher double-digit growth” as compared to last year’s festive period.

Advertisers, meanwhile, are trying to make the most of the festive spirit. For instance, online furniture brand Pepperfry has invested significantly more on radio for their Diwali campaign-- ‘Diwali toh sab ke liye.’ They have associated with top four-five channels each in six big cities.

Kashyap Vadapalli, CMO, Pepperfry, says they have valid reasons for it. “We have noticed more stickiness on radio among audience today as against earlier. We use it as a support for television.”  So the brand allocated 15-20 per cent of TV budgets (ranging from Rs 5 crore to Rs 10-12 crore) on radio, he says.

 

Interest from new category of advertisers

Besides the regular FMCG and consumer durables categories, e-commerce, mobile wallets and OTT players also seem interested in putting their advertising moneys in radio this festive season.

Bhasin feels that some categories are using the medium more than others. “For example, radio is being used to promote lot of financial instruments such as mutual fund. Automobile players use it pretty regularly. Also, around festive season; between Ganpati and Christmas; local retailers get active,” he adds.

For Big FM, e-commerce and BFSI are playing an important role. “Categories such as FMCG, consumer durables and automobile are also not left behind,” informs Chatterjee.

Red FM too is seeing participation of all major brands, “especially the dotcoms and telecom handsets”. Narayanan adds, “In retail, one can see momentum picking from real estate, jewellery and lifestyle clients.”

Nihalani of Mirchi is seeing increasing participation from OTT players on radio. She explains, “Aggressive battle for viewership among players such as Zee5, Netflix and Hotstar is audible on all leading radio frequencies. Newly kindled competition among mobile wallet players has further fuelled advertising growth for radio across stations. All of them want to maintain high share of voice.”

Similarly, for My FM, automobile, lifestyle, consumer durables and real estate are the big categories. Rahul Namjoshi, Business Head, MY FM, adds, BFSI has now become a regular round-the-year advertiser with us.”

Going beyond FCT

Given the consumer’s stickiness to radio, advertisers are increasingly looking beyond FCT to reach out to its TG. For instance, Big FM has partnered with advertisers for deep integration, longer tenure and sponsorship sales to provide them a clutter-free experience. Chatterjee points out that such campaigns run for two-three months.

He says, “Bigger play is in deep content integration. Some of our key shows are getting sponsors. We have nine initiatives in this festive season. Each of those programming elements are getting integration. This is the start. We think content is going to play a big role.”

On the FCT front, the CFO shares that Big FM has opened up the weekend and non-prime time hours for smaller businesses to balance inventory “in an intelligent manner”.

Even Narayanan mentions that brands are looking at integration and native advertising. She offers, “We approached, and many came to us, asking for innovation beyond routine advertising. And at one point, we had to decide from many to go ahead for more than FCT.  We have executed Flipkart, Nerolac, Vodafone, HP, USL concerts during this festive period.”

Even Pepperfry did content integration with a channel who was doing a show on homes. “We partnered with them to give away prizes,” shares Vadapalli.

My FM works out a customised solution for each category. Namjoshi shares an example, “So, for eg, to boost the real estate business, we did a seven-day real estate conclave. This was purely an on-air property wherein experts across various domain such as RERA chief, urban development chief and various bank heads were on air with us to help clear doubts & queries of homebuyers.”

Radio Mirchi too has multiple properties under Mirchi Activations, one of their fast growing business verticals that offer opportunities for advertisers. Nilhani points out, “This festive season, we have many opportunities for the advertisers, starting from Rock and Dhol – the most premium Navratri dandiya nights of Ahmedabad and eight other cities of India; Green Marathon across 15 cities and Neon Runs – night fun run in 23 cities. Many brands such as SBI and Gaana have continued there associations on one or more of these properties.”

She adds, “We organised Bryan Adams - The Ultimate Tour to India. Next in line is Martin Garrix 2-city tour in December. We recently also launched Mirchi Play’s first Hindi web series, ‘Mauke Pe Chauka, Sehwag ke Saath’ on our YouTube channel. We have a very interesting pipeline in this space too.”

Senior Correspondent, exchange4media, Mumbai Madhuwanti reports on marketing, OTT and radio with a focus on trends. Based in Mumbai, she has worked across lifestyle, culture, television and retail industry.

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RAM Week 38: Fever FM leads in Mumbai and Delhi again

Radio City and Radio Mirchi retain top positions in Bangalore and Kolkata, respectively

exchange4media News Service 09-October-2018

RAM Radio Ratings

In Week 38 of the RAM ratings, Fever FM continued to retain its leadership position in Mumbai and Delhi. Radio City and Radio Mirchi retained the top positions in Bangalore and Kolkata, respectively.

In Mumbai, in a universe of 12.2 million listeners, Fever FM ruled with 18.1 per cent share, followed by Radio Mirchi with 13.5 per cent. Big FM climbed up to third spot with 13.3 per cent. Early morning followed by afternoon and mid-morning time band observed highest listenership on total radio.                                                                                                                                

Fever FM continued to lead in Delhi as well, with 19.2 per cent share in a universe of 16.5 million listeners. Radio City held on to second spot with 13.1 per cent. Mirchi took the third spot with 12.2 per cent. Early morning followed by afternoon and mid-morning observed highest listenership on total radio.

In Bangalore, in a universe of 5.3 million listeners, Radio City maintained its leadership with 25.8 per cent share, followed by Big FM and Radio Mirchi. Both retained their spots with 18.9 and 17 per cent share, respectively. Afternoon followed by evening and mid-morning observed highest listenership on total radio.

Radio Mirchi, Fever FM and Big FM retained the top three spots in Kolkata in a universe of 9.5 million listeners, with a share of 19.2 per cent, 18.1 per cent and 16.6 per cent respectively. Morning followed by afternoon and mid-morning observed the highest listenership on total radio.

 

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Big FM ups core market ad rates by 12-15% this festive season

Also launches 10 programming initiatives this festive season

exchange4media News Service 04-October-2018

With markets stabilizing post demonetisation and the implications of GST, BIG FM has spiked its national as well as region specific rates for the upcoming festive season.

Parallelly, BIG FM is also looking at partnering with advertisers for deep integration, long tenure and sponsorship sales. The radio network is invariably looking at providing a clutter free experience by reducing ad inventory in key markets. The radio network intends to increase rates by approximately 12 – 15 % in core markets and a rate correction Rs. 25 – 35 / 10 secs in smaller stations.

Commenting on the same, Asheesh Chatterjee, CFO, BIG FM, says, "The idea is to offer our advertisers with unique value proposition by providing plethora of festival spikes, unique integration restricting cloud burst and providing extremely good ROIs for advertisers. With 90% of our stations ranked amongst the top stations as per IRS 2017, we look forward to seamlessly serving our advertisers and listeners with interesting and exciting content.” 

 


Radio penetration has showed a growth of nearly 100% across India between 2014 and 2017 as per a report by IRS. Only 35% of Indians have access to the internet as compared to broadcast radio which has access to 99% of the Indian population. Radio medium also holds far stronger position over internet in priority states including Bihar, MP, Tamil Nadu, UP, West Bengal, Orissa etc.
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RAM Week 36: Fever FM leader in Mumbai and Delhi again

Radio City and Radio Mirchi retain top positions in Bangalore and Kolkata, respectively

exchange4media News Service 27-September-2018

In Week 36 of the RAM ratings, Fever FM continued to retain its leadership position in Mumbai and Delhi. Radio City and Radio Mirchi retained the top positions in Bangalore and Kolkata, respectively.

In Mumbai, in a universe of 12.2 million listeners, Fever FM ruled with 17.3 per cent share, followed by Radio Mirchi and Radio City with a 13.5 per cent and 13.1 per cent share, respectively. Early morning followed by mid-morning and afternoon time band observed highest listenership on total radio.

Fever FM continued to lead in Delhi as well, with 18.7 per cent share in a universe of 16.5 million listeners. Radio City and Radio Nasha with 12.7 per cent and 12 per cent share held the second and third positions, respectively. Evening followed by mid-morning and afternoon time band observed highest listenership on total radio.

In Bangalore, in a universe of 5.3 million listeners, Radio City maintained its leadership with 25.3 per cent share, followed by Big FM and Radio Mirchi. Both retained their spots with 19.4 and 17.1 per cent share, respectively. Afternoon followed by mid-morning and evening time band observed highest listenership on total radio.

Radio Mirchi retained its number one position in Kolkata in a universe of 9.5 million listeners, with a share of 19.3 per cent, followed by Fever FM in the second spot and Big FM in the third with 17.9 per cent and 17.3 per cent share, respectively. Afternoon time band, followed by mid-morning and morning observed the highest listenership on total radio.
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