Indianapolis, IN. – June 9, 2016 –According to data from NextRadio®, the smartphone app that provides free, portable FM radio listening, stations that display schedule content in between songs – such as programming schedules, program imagery, and the ability to interact with a show and/or personality – realize more listening time, more tune-ins, and increased views of all of their station visuals compared with stations that only show “Now Playing Screens” – which show album art of the artist currently playing.

The latest NextRadio data analysis examines a best practice group of 40 radio stations across five local markets*. The data shows that when more promotional content is available to the listener, there is a lift in key FM listening metrics.

Schedule Content displays in the NextRadio app increase:

  • Listening Time: Schedule content stations (see example screens below) enjoy 24% more minutes per listener and an additional two minutes in average time spent listening
  • In App Views: Listener views double when stations include schedule content, compared to when they use “Now Playing Screens”
  • Tune-Ins: Schedule content stations have an average of 11.8 tune-ins per month, versus 10.3 for those with only Now Playing Screens

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“Local listener interactions with station programs and personalities have always been a cornerstone of the radio experience, and it’s one of radio’s greatest assets. NextRadio enhances the listener-station relationship by empowering our audience to engage with songs playing, on-air personalities and station content in fresh, interactive ways,” said Paul Brenner, President, TagStation, LLC powered by NextRadio.

“We are only at the beginning of our journey to deliver an interactive radio experience. The interactive experience that schedule content and other enhanced content provides results in unique listener/user data which can be instrumental in multiple ways by: advertisers to measure campaign goals and understand radio demographics and behaviors, broadcasters to curate their programming with even greater intelligence, and producers to develop more unique listener interaction opportunities,” Brenner continued.

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For more data from NextRadio, please view the previously issued data analyses about how visually-appealing content in their app increases listening time, and how it also provides FM broadcasters with 3X more tune-ins.

Industry-wide initiative Pilot recently provided an update on progress in activating FM chips on smartphones. Their latest update can be viewed here.

* SOURCE: NextRadio analysis of 40 Best Practice stations in New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Detroit, and Charlotte, January-March 2016.

NextRadio by the Numbers
As of May 31, 2016, there are almost 7.4 million NextRadio app downloads, 12,781 FM radio stations tuned to through NextRadio, and consumers have spent almost 16.4 million hours tuning into their favorite local FM radio within the NextRadio mobile platform.

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