We learned that while everything was falling apart and credible news was hard to come by, among its audience OFM
was one of the few brands that could be relied upon for accurate and credible information related to the coronavirus.
We learned that, in general, radio listening was up by 30% (according to Kantar) by May 2020 and that 71% of Central South Africans listened to more radio than usual during the then lockdown across all of OFM's
The absence the BRC (Broadcast Research Council of South Africa) RAMS (Radio Audience Measure) meant that OFM
had to further inform itself about its audience and media consumption habits.
The last reading pinned OFM's
seven-day cume at 315 000 listeners. BrandMapp (who independently track economically active South African's online activity) pinned OFM's
listenership at 479 000.
Thus, while the pandemic had a limiting effect overall, this forced the brand's hand to be more insights-driven than ever before. These independent research studies and insights paved the way for more agile products that met a demand that otherwise would have not necessarily have been discovered, such as OFM
Live Link and BrandMAX.
But radio is more than an extended aerial with a tuner and speaker. The modern age has given radio the opportunity to expand and meet its audience in cyberspace.OFM
spent much of the last three years aggressively investing in and developing adjacent offerings, like various digital platforms, including social media, desktop and mobile apps, as well as a revamped website and streaming service, OFM
online users have increased almost 2% year on year to 1.745-million online users by December 2020 and a further 260 000 unique online streams. All of the above excludes the ambitious podcasting planned for 2021, which includes an association with leading podcast publisher Wondery.
What does this all mean? OFM
is creating an ecosystem. A place where the brand and listeners can find and access each other across various and different platforms. Discoveries fast-tracked by the Coronavirus.
We know that in 2021, OFM
listeners indicated that they are likely to listen to more radio, and streamed audio services, than they did in 2020. Of the little over 1 100 respondents:
- 54% of OFM listeners indicated that they are likely to consume more radio
- 65% indicated that they already listen to more radio between 06:00 and 09:00, and
- kept their radio tuned onto OFM from 06:00 in the car, at home and at work.
An insight, revealed time and time again from the BRC RAMs, is that OFM
has one of the highest instances of time spent listening over seven days: 20.97 hours and 16% indicated that they are likely to consume more streamed audio offerings.
"The study indicates the absolute strength of radio and audio consumption, listener engagement and the loyalty OFM
listeners have toward OFM
. In 2021, OFM
turned 35 years young and the station can be proud that radio and audio consumption is getting stronger," says Nick Efstathiou, CEO of the Central Media Group, holding company of OFM
This translates to the absolute value of audio. Where there is engagement, there is a prospective solution and radio sits at the table of this digital revolution. Audio remains inescapable and OFM
intends to build on the legacy of its last 35 years in audio.
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