iHeartRadio’s advertising goes granular

iHeartRadio has extended its advertising offering by launching digital audience targeting across its live broadcast radio and digital stations.

It will allow advertisers to reach customers on a granular level, adding another layer to the commercial data applications from the NZME data take.

The technology has been previously available on other NZME digital platforms, but this is the first time its allowed targeting for live broadcast radio and digital radio in New Zealand.

Last month, iHeartRadio New Zealand reached a record audience of 315,949 listeners and NZME chief commercial officer Laura Maxwell says that audience is incredibly diverse, with listeners of all ages, life stages and backgrounds hitting the red app icon.

“With such a range of listeners, advertisers are now able to reach their specific, tailored audience. They are able to engage with their customers while they tune into their regular breakfast show, catch up on the news or play one of iHeartRadio’s custom artist radio stations,” she says.

iHeartRadio New Zealand groups users’ first-party data based on gender, age, location and listening behaviour. Audio ads can then be created and placed specifically to talk directly to a chosen audience based on an advertiser’s defined target.

It’ll work for advertisers wanting to target multiple markets at any given time, as well as for niche businesses that know exactly who they want to hear their adverts.

“Advertisers can have multiple creative variations running simultaneously, allowing different languages, messages and styles, to speak to different audience groups,” Maxwell says.

She adds radio advertising can now be purchased as digital impressions on a CPM basis, which aligns with other digital platform buys and makes it easier to plan, book, buy and report.

Maxwell believes applying the technology to radio will revolutionise how advertisers spend their dollars.

“The targeting software will allow advertisers to get closer to their radio audience than ever before and plan it like they do digital campaigns. Five different ads can be heard by five different groups – advertisers no longer have to settle for a ‘one size fits all’ approach.”

“Combined, our broadcast radio, digital and print platforms give advertisers a strong arsenal for their creative campaigns,” she says. 

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