DR Radio Media Billings Lower Volume by
11. 7 Percent in 1Q 2008
Total number of measured individual DR short-form radio campaigns shrinks to just 72.
This month, Response Magazine enters its fifth year of
reporting and analysis of short-form DR radio data
from TNS Media Intelligence (TNSMI). Continuing its fourth-quarter 2007 slide, DR radio suffered
an 11.7-percent decrease of $1,781,800 in first-quarter 2008.
The reported billings of $13,485,500 are the lowest first-quarter total in five years of TNS-provided data — more than $8
million short of 1Q 2004’s record $21,785,300.
A major contributing factor to this decline is the dwindling number of individual campaigns for this medium — 72,
down from the mid-80s during the previous three years and
35 fewer than the 107 reported in 1Q 2004. Nonetheless, the
quarter’s total expenditure remains within range of the past
three years’ 1Q spending. Perhaps 1Q 2008 will represent the
bottom of this medium’s spending spectrum.
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Among DR Radio Outlets
National Spot Radio
Losers Lead Winners
Still struggling below .500, only eight of the 17 product
categories reported gains this quarter. Boasting a ten-fold
increase, the “Computers, Software and Home Office” category had both the highest percentage and dollar gain with
a $561, 100 leap. The “Multiple Category Ad” and “
Correspondence Schools” categories each had 42.5-percent increases — $518,600 and $1,700 respectively. The “Crafts, Hobbies, Sporting Goods and Toys” category enjoyed a $287,600
advance — a 571-percent gain. “Publishers and Book Clubs”
expanded 242 percent, thanks to an $82,500 boost, while
“Lawn, Garden, Seeds and Bulbs” grew 107 percent ($4,400).
Accounting for a loss greater than the entire medium’s
quarterly cumulative loss, the “Drug and Toiletry” category
posted a 50.3-percent decline of $1,926,600. Adding to the
decline, the “Household, Furniture and Appliances” category
dropped $1 million — a 19-percent cut. The top percentage
losers were the “Video Supplies and Equipment” and “
Collectibles and Art” categories, with each losing 100 percent of
their 1Q 2007 results — $32,500 and $11,300 respectively.
The “Automotive and Travel” category fell 89. 4 percent, decreasing $115,500, and the “Apparel” category dropped 76. 7
percent, or $138,000.
Losses Affect Network and Local
Only one of the three DR radio outlets reported a gain in
1Q 2008. National spot radio gained 38. 5 percent — $30,700
— but only gained 0.3 points of market share, pushing its
total to just 0.82 percent of the total market. Network radio
continued to hemorrhage money, suffering a 20-percent
decline of $1,645,800. The loss reduced its market share by
more than 5 points, to 48. 4 percent. This represented a very
similar performance to 1Q 2007, when network radio lost
nearly 6 points off its market share.
Local radio managed to limit its losses and pick up a chunk
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