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Quality of Survey and Sample Design Key to AM/FM Radio Estimates

In a recent Radio World article, Edison Research’s Vice President Randy Brown tackles the topic of online-only samples versus online and offline samples, plus the difference between diary and recall methodology. Most importantly, he addresses how these differences in samples and methods can affect listenership estimates.

Speaking about the underestimation of listening to AM/FM radio, Randy says, “…if you take a closer look at how some audio research is being conducted, it should give you pause before you prepare your eulogy for AM/FM radio.”

Read the full article at Radioworld.com here.

 

The Next Frontier in Podcasting: 100 Million Listeners

Edison Research’s Senior Vice President Tom Webster presented a keynote address, The Next Frontier in Podcasting: 100 Million Listeners, at the 2018 Podcast Movement conference in Philadelphia last week. Podcast Movement is the world’s largest gathering of podcasters, and attendees were the first to hear the results of new research from Edison on consumers who are familiar with the term “podcasting” but have never listened to a podcast.

The number of Americans who are familiar with the term “podcasting” has dramatically increased in the past several years, but there are far fewer people who actually listen.

  • 64% of Americans aged 18+, a total of 180 million people, are familiar with the term “podcasting” in 2018. That’s up from 22% in 2006.
  • The number of people who actually listened to a podcast in the last week is significantly smaller than those who are familiar with the term. Only 17% of Americans aged 18+, a total of 48 million people, in 2018 have listened to a podcast in the last week.

The key to moving from 48 million weekly podcast listeners to the 100 million mark is understanding why those people familiar with the term “podcasting” have never listened.

 

Some of the reasons uncovered are actual barriers, such as not understanding how to listen to a podcast, and some are perceived barriers, such as the belief that podcasts use a great deal of a phone’s data.

Thirty-seven percent of those who are familiar with the term “podcasting” but have never listened, say they don’t really understand what a podcast is, and almost half say they are not sure how to listen to a podcast.

 

 

Despite the fact that many smartphones in the U.S. have pre-installed podcast apps, 80% of those who have never listened to a podcast believe that they don’t have a podcast app. In addition to perceived barriers with hardware when it comes to podcasts, there are misperceptions about the amount of data a podcast might use. Sixty-two percent say that listening to podcasts can use up a lot of their phone’s data plan.

The research was conducted with a sample of 1,000 adults aged 18+, using an online survey. All respondents were familiar with podcasting. The data was weighted toThe Infinite Dial , the longest-running study of consumer usage of media and technology from Edison Research and Triton Digital.

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The Smart Audio Report from NPR and Edison Research, Spring 2018

Smart Speakers Enter the Mainstream

The Smart Audio Report 2018. Click here to download or to view webinar

With smart speaker ownership over 43M in the U.S. (18+), smartspeakers have quickly expanded beyond first adopters. New smart speaker owners are emerging as a distinct audience in terms of user profile and behavior according to new research from The Smart Audio Report, which for the first time offers a preview into the realities of mainstream use, and reveals opinions about brand activations and messaging within the voice assistant ecosystem. 

“First adopters” (those who have owned a smart speaker device for more than one year) demonstrate more advanced use of the voice assistant and smart speaker – for instance, using it to control home security and other household devices. By contrast, new, “early mainstream” users (who have owned a smart speaker device for less than one year) are relying on the technology for a wider range of daily activities including ordering food, making calls, getting traffic reports, researching products, shopping, and even facilitating family/social time.

“Voice-activated tools have become part of our daily lives and are bringing dramatic changes to consumer behavior,” said NPR CMO Meg Goldthwaite. “As the research shows, smart speaker owners are turning off their TVs and closing down their laptops to spend more time listening to news, music, podcasts and books — fueling the demand for more audio content.”

“In homes that have had smart speakers for at least a year, they are now the number one device for consuming audio. This has profound ramifications for anyone in media and advertising. For millions of Americans, smart speakers are truly the new radio,” says Tom Webster, Senior VP of Edison Research.

The Smart Audio Report from NPR and Edison Research, which debuted in June 2017, is a reoccurring study on trends in Smart Speaker ownership and voice assistant user behavior. A full archive of research from the Report is available here. NPR was the default Flash Briefing provider on Amazon Alexa devices at launch in 2014, and also on Google Home, Microsoft Cortana and Apple HomePod devices.

How This Study Was Conducted

The Smart Audio Report is based upon a national online survey of 909 Americans ages 18+ who indicated that they owned at least one Smart Speaker. The device owner data was weighted to nationally representative figures on Smart Speaker users from The Infinite Dial 2018 from Edison Research and Triton Digital.

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NPR’s rigorous reporting and unsurpassed storytelling connect with millions of Americans every day — on the air, online, and in person. NPR strives to create a more informed public — one challenged and invigorated by a deeper understanding and appreciation of events, ideas and cultures. With a nationwide network of award-winning journalists and 17 international bureaus, NPR and its Member Stations are never far from where a story is unfolding. Listeners consider public radio an enriching and enlightening companion; they trust NPR as a daily source of unbiased independent news, and inspiring insights on life and the arts. More information about NPR is available here and by following NPR Extra on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Edison Research:

Edison Research conducts survey research and provides strategic information to a broad array of clients, including Activision, AMC Theatres, Disney, Dolby Laboratories, Google, NPR, Oracle, the U.S. International Broadcasting Bureau, Pandora, Samsung, Siemens, Sony, The Gates Foundation, and Univision. Edison is the leading podcast research company in the world, and has conducted research on the medium for NPR, CBS, PodcastOne, WNYC, and many more leading companies in the space.  Another specialty for Edison is its work for media companies throughout the world, conducting research in North America, South America, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe. Edison Research is the sole provider of election exit poll data for the National Election Pool comprised of ABC, CBS, CNN, and NBC. Edison is also the leading provider of consumer exit polling and has conducted face-to-face research in almost every imaginable venue.

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Edison’s Mary Meyn, PANJAAPOR’s new President

Edison Research is pleased to announce that Vice President Mary Meyn is the new President of PANJAAPOR, the Pennsylvania-New Jersey chapter of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR). Meyn will lead the Executive Council during the 2018-2019 term.

“I’m proud of PANJAAPOR’s success and contributions to the AAPOR community.  I look forward to another year of engaging programming and collaboration with colleagues,” said Meyn.

Other Edison Research staffers are continuing on the PANJAAPOR Executive Council but in newly-elected positions for the 2018-2019 term:

Treasurer, Kevin Lubin

Associate Communications Chair, Amanda Marziliano

Membership Chair, Lauren Charles

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PANJAAPOR provides opportunities for Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and other regional public opinion researchers to come together and exchange ideas, network, and provide professional support to new members of our community. PANJAAPOR hosts quarterly educational and networking events for members. Locations alternate between Princeton and Philadelphia.

 

 

Edison Celebrates Ribbon-Cutting at 14 W. Cliff

The campus at Edison Research in Somerville, NJ just doubled in size to accommodate the company’s significant growth in election, consumer, and audio research.

On June 20, President Larry Rosin and Executive Vice President Joe Lenski, co-founders of Edison Research, officially opened the new location at 14 W. Cliff Street in Somerville, NJ. The new location is joined via courtyard to the existing Edison offices at 6 W. Cliff Street, to complete the campus.

In mid-2017, Edison was awarded the sole contract to provide vote count data for every county in the US to the National Election Pool. Many of the company’s new hires, as well as much of the additional space, will be dedicated to that effort. Edison Research has been the sole provider of exit polling data to the National Election Pool since 2003, so the addition of vote count data is a marked increase in election-day involvement.

In addition, Edison is expanding its digital audio portfolio, as the company has seen significant growth in research engagements in Podcasting, Streaming Audio, and the syndicated Share of Ear® research series. Earlier this year, Edison announced this expansion, along with several key promotions.

Executive Vice President Joe Lenski and President Larry Rosin cut the ribbon at 14 W. Cliff St.