Disadvantages of Radio Advertising:
1. Poor Attentiveness
A primary drawback is that people listening to it are often engaged in other activities, such as driving, cooking etc. Therefore, the level of attention and engagement towards ad will vary. It can take many impressions before a listener actually hears the message.
2. Lack of Visual Appeal
Whereas television, the other prominent broadcast medium, has multi-sensory appeal, radio can only impact audience through sound. It takes very talented copywriters to instill theater of the mind with the listening audience.
With the increasing intensity of advertising, clutter has become a problem in advertising media, and radio is no exception. Commercial channels carry many ad messages every hour and it is becoming increasingly difficult for ad messages to attract and retain audiences’ attention. Much depends on the precision of script writing, accompanying sounds and level of distortion.
4. No Priority
Listening to the radio is done when anyone is doing some work. This reduces the amount of attention one can give. Whereas, in case of TV and newspaper advertisement customers are fully focusing on the ad. Therefore, there are chances that people may neglect or give less attention to ads on radio.
Like other media, radio advertisement also suffers from the problem of clutter. Nowadays, there are too many ads on radio and therefore many a times the audience is also confused and boredom with same. Therefore, though radio ads are attractive they may not hold the audience for long.
6. Less Popular
As compared to other media, radio advertising is less popular as nowadays all the songs are easily available at YouTube or on various songs app. Therefore, listening to radio as declined up to larger extent. The introduction of news channel has reduced the listening of radio.
7. Not Suitable for All Products
There are certain products which require visuals and demonstration for such products radio advertisement is not suitable. It is because there are no video effects and thus it will not attract consumers to purchase the product.
8. Cannot be Referred
Once listened ad cannot be heard again till the time it is played again by the channel. Hence radio advertisement do not have reference value like print media advertisement. However, it becomes difficult to trace the required ad.