This week on a webinar, Nielsen unveiled a bombshell study sure to catch the attention of political campaigns, media strategists, and political agencies. Nielsen matched a massive voter file to cross platform media use and found the early use of AM/FM radio generates significant voter reach growth, especially among undecided voters.
According to AdImpact, for 2022’s midterm elections, political ad dollars are projected to reach $9.67 billion with “this election cycle outpacing 2020 by nearly $700 million dollars.” AdImpact expects AM/FM radio to take $270 million of the total political ad spend alone. How can political campaigns optimize their use of their AM/FM radio advertising?
Recently, Tony Hereau, Nielsen’s VP of Cross Platform Insights, made a presentation to the American Association of Political Consultants entitled The 10% Solution: Optimizing the Political Media Plan with Radio to Reach Swing Voters. His analysis finds that the addition of AM/FM radio to a political media plan can generate an extraordinary amount incremental voter reach.
Kantar’s Campaign Media Advisory Group (CMAG) projects a $7.8 billion political ad spend for the midterm season across local broadcast TV, local cable/satellite, AM/FM radio, digital, and OTT. $7.8 billion will overwhelm inventories of many TV and digital platforms leaving campaigns to look for new ways to reach voters. Enter AM/FM radio.
Local Media Impact is Nielsen’s new local market media planning and optimization platform. For the first time, agencies can now determine the lift in reach achieved by adding AM/FM radio to television and digital campaigns. Here's how it works for political.