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The Podcast Consumer 2018

The Podcast Consumer 2018, the latest in Edison’s annual study of the medium, contains all new data on podcast users in America, derived from the Infinite Dial 2018 study (conducted in partnership with Triton Digital), The Smart Audio Report from NPR and Edison, and the latest from Edison’s Share of Ear® research. This report charts the rise of podcasting over the past decade, and also includes new, unreleased information on the following:

  • Demographics
  • Podcast Consumption
  • Device Usage
  • Social Media Behaviors
  • Smart Speakers and Podcasting
  • The updated Share of Ear® for podcasting

Findings of this report include the following:

  • Podcasting is growing: monthly listeners grew from 24% of Americans 12+ to 26% year over  year.
  • Podcast listeners are more likely to own a smart speaker.
  • Listening in vehicles is growing.
  • Podcasting’s Share of Ear has doubled in four years.
  • Podcasts are the number one audio source by time of consumption among podcast listeners

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Podcasting’s “Rock Stars”

The Wall Street Journal today published an interesting article on the growing popularity of live events that feature the hosts of podcasts (and even live recordings of those podcasts.)  Public broadcasters have been engaging in this strategy for years (the live tapings of shows like “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me,” for example) but now commercial podcasters are also getting into the act.

This development is intriguing, and important to the space for a number of reasons. First of all, events are yet another way to monetize podcasting. The more revenue streams the medium generates, from direct response and brand advertising to listener-supported models and branded podcasts, the healthier the industry will be.

But there is another way in which these events are not only important, but maybe even critical to the health of podcasting. Podcasting, to date, has been a solitary experience—an intimate connection between the earbuds. But there is no reason why it can’t be a shared experience, especially with the rise of Smart Speakers like Google Home and the Amazon Alexa suite of products encouraging a new wave of “social audio.” Plus, it provides an even deeper level of engagement between host and audience, which in turn might spread what podcasting really needs: ambassadors. For more on our Smart Speaker research, visit http://NPR.org/smartaudio, and to learn more about the latest in Podcasting, register for The Podcast Consumer 2018, coming April 19th.

The Infinite Dial Canada 2018

The Infinite Dial Canada, by Edison Research and Triton Digital, is the newest study of consumer behavior and media consumption in the Infinite Dial series and the first to be conducted in Canada. It is modeled after the original Infinite Dial report, which has been conducted yearly in the U.S. since 1998. Some highlights from the study include:

  • Canadian smartphone ownership is at 76% (compared to 82% in the U.S.)
  • Smart speaker ownership is at 8% overall, with Google Home taking a larger share than Amazon in Canada
  • Nearly half of all Canadians 18+ (49%) are weekly listeners to online audio, with Spotify leading the pack in usage (16%)
  • As in the U.S., radio dominates in-car media consumption, with 64% of Canadians saying it is the audio source they use most in their cars
  • Monthly podcast listening is 28%, with 61% of Canadians 18+ being familiar with the term
  • Canadian podcast listeners listen to an average of five podcasts in the last week

Edison Senior VP Tom Webster presented the findings in a live webinar on April 4 – click here for the full replay with both audio and video.

 

 

How the study was conducted:
A total of 1,000 persons were interviewed to explore Canadians’ use of digital platforms and new media. In January and February of 2018, telephone interviews were conducted with respondents age 18 and older who were selected via Random Digit Dial (RDD) sampling through both landline phones and mobile phones. Surveys were offered in both the English and French languages.

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Save The Date For The Podcast Consumer 2018

The Podcast Consumer 2018, the latest in an annual series of studies from Edison, will debut in a free webinar at 2PM on Thursday, April 19th. Hosted by Edison VP of Strategy, Tom Webster, this 30-minute presentation will combine data from The Infinite Dial, Edison’s annual study of consumer habits presented in conjunction with Triton Digital, as well as new data from Edison’s Share of Ear® research.

To register for this event and receive a free copy of the report when it is published, click here.