The next step in the automated radio buying process across the radio and media industry in Australia is now live and operational.
“There are almost 7,000 new agency bookings each month that currently agencies and networks collectively spend 126,000 hours per year manually managing. AudioNET’s RadioMATRIX platform will see CRA stations reduce this to just a few minutes per day,” explained AudioNET chief executive officer, Dave Cox.
RadioMATRIX allows agencies to interact with radio stations’ traffic management systems electronically without the paper trail. The software has been tested by agencies and stations throughout the third quarter of 2017, and CRA reports that more than 80 leading advertising agencies and 260 radio stations will be using the system.
The software allows a media agency to view radio spots that are perfectly matched to their system, as well as spots that have been changed and allow them to accept the changes, or query them with the station.
CRA’s Joan Warner said: “The industry has achieved this milestone by working with a clear focus and objective. Subsequently we have achieved this in a very short period of time.”
She said, “AudioNET has also worked diligently on the implementation of the system which has simplified the interaction between the media buyer and a radio station, making buying radio ads a much easier process.”
Victor Corones, Magna managing director and Chair of the Media Federation of Australia’s Systems Committee said: “This is an Australian first for radio. Taking an industry collaborative approach is a significant step forward allowing the industry to gear up for the future.”
Click here for a vox pop from CRA Automation and Programmatic Committee chair, NOVA Entertainment chief executive officer, Cathy O’Connor on the industry’s automated holdings initiative.