The short answer is no. Here are the facts.
There are 1.6 registered vehicles in the Las Vegas area. Nearly 44% of these cars and trucks are equipped to receive satellite radio from Sirius/XM. To use the service, however, drivers must pay between $10.99 and $20.99 per month.
According to Nielsen, though, satellite radio has had no effect on the number of people who tune-in to Las Vegas radio stations each week. For that matter, neither has Pandora, a streaming audio service that is also owned by Sirius/XM.
Last week, for instance, nearly 90% of all adult consumers tuned-in to a Las Vegas radio station. Only 17.2%, however, listened to Sirius/XM, which is the only remaining satellite service.
In 2001, XM radio sent its first satellite into the cosmos. The company was hoping consumers would pay the monthly subscription in exchange for receiving access to hundreds of entertainment channels in their cars wherever they might travel.
In 2003, Cadillac was the first automotive brand to make satellite radio standard in all of its new vehicles. Oldsmobile would follow a year later.
In 2002, Sirius launched a competing satellite radio service. By 2006 both companies, according to Goldman Sachs, were on life-support. So, for their mutually assured survival, they merged into a single service.
In 2007, the year the company became Sirius/XM, 90% of consumers listened to local radio each week. Today, as we mentioned above, 90% of consumers still tune-in to their favorite Las Vegas radio stations each week.
Bottom line: neither Sirius/XM nor Spotify and Pandora have diminished the reach of Las Vegas radio.
As a matter of fact, according to Nielsen, 100% of all satellite radio users in Clark County also listen to Las Vegas radio stations during the course of the week. On the other hand, only 19.5% of radio listeners ever tune-in to Sirius/XM.
Advertising on Sirius/XM, which is very expensive, probably does not make sense for a Las Vegas small business owner. Here's why:
- Overall, satellite radio has a minuscule reach among consumers.
- Only 26% of the channels provided by Sirius/XM carry commercials.
- Each day, only 4% of adult consumers are reached by a Sirius/XM channel that includes advertising. This compares to a 72% reach for traditional AM/FM radio each day.
- In cars, where, logically, Sirius/XM's ad-support channels should engage the most listeners, they only reach 4% of consumers who use audio while driving. Radio, on the other hand, commands 67% of in-car listening.
So, despite being present on the dashboard of every new car sold, Sirius/XM is not a significant player among other advertising options available to Las Vegas business owners.
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