The Infinite Dial 2017 – Save The Date!

edison-triton-logosPlease save the date for the 2017 Edison Research/Triton Digital Infinite Dial webinar, which will take place on Thursday, March 9th, at 2 PM Eastern. The Infinite Dial, now in its 25th iteration, remains the longest running study of consumer behaviors around media and technology in America. This year, we will continue to measure a number of trends in media usage and consumption habits, particularly about streaming media, radio, mobile media consumption and social media behaviors, and we have expanded our podcasting section. Attendees will learn how the streaming audio landscape has changed, which social media platforms are growing, and how new technology is influencing media consumption. The webinar will be hosted by Tom Webster from Edison Research (that’s me!) and John Rosso, President, Market Development of Triton Digital.

Attendance is strictly limited to 1,000, and it will sell out–so sign up now, and get there early!

Register here for The Infinite Dial 2017!

Ethnic Composition of Podcast Listeners

The Increasing Ethnic Diversity Of Podcast Listeners

We have been tracking the demographics of the Podcast listener for over a decade now, and there have been significant changes over that time. In the early days of the medium, Podcasting was disproportionally a medium for white males, ages 25-44. Much of that “skew” was down to the available content options, but today, the content universe for Podcasts has exploded, and the diversity of programming available rivals any other form of audio.

As a result, the racial/ethnic diversity of the Podcast audience has increased, and today, the Podcast universe is every bit as diverse as America–and perhaps even more so, in some interesting ways.

Here is a comparison of the ethic composition of Podcast listeners from 2011 and 2016:

Ethnic Composition of Podcast Listeners

Two things stand out here. First of all, the Podcast audience is growing increasingly non-white, with white listeners shrinking from 68% in 2011 to 63% in 2016. Also, the percentage of African-American listeners has not only grown, but also over-indexes from the U.S. Population, which is currently around 12% African-American. Again, much of this is due to the increasing diversity of content available.

The early promise of Podcasting was the “democratization of broadcasting,” giving everyone who wanted to be heard, a voice. Clearly, that promise is coming true.

The Audiobook Consumer 2016

Recently, the Wall Street Journal ran an article on the surge in popularity for audiobooks. We here at Edison are not only big fans of the medium, we also study it! In fact, we have been tracking audiobook consumption for a couple of years in our Infinite Dial research series, which we publish in partnership with Triton Digital.

The Wall Street Journal article noted that sales of audiobooks in the U.S. and Canada jumped 21% in 2015 over the past year, and the signs for 2016 are equally encouraging. To give some context for that growth, we present The Audiobook Consumer 2016, a short presentation of some of the most important stats in the audiobook universe.

Two highlights of this report worth noting: First, the percentage of Americans who have ever listened to an audiobook continues to grow, and now stands at 43% of Americans 12+ (up from 41% in 2015.) What is even more significant, however, is the increase in the number of audiobooks being consumed. In 2015, according to The Infinite Dial, audiobook consumers listened to an average of 5.8 audiobooks  in the year preceding the study. For 2016, that figure is now 6.7 audiobooks listened to in the past year.

With the listener base growing, and the number of books consumed also growing, it’s a good time for the medium, indeed.

Download The Audiobook Consumer 2016 here.

How the study was conducted:

A total of 2,001 persons were interviewed to explore Americans’ use of digital platforms and new media. From 1/5/16 to 2/10/16, telephone interviews were conducted with respondents age 12 and older who were selected via Random Digit Dial (RDD) sampling. Interviews were 52% landline phones and 48% mobile phones.

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, ESPN, Google, Gulf News, the U.S. International Broadcasting Bureau, Pandora, Samsung, Siemens, SiriusXM, Sonos, Sony, Time Warner and Yahoo. Edison Research works with many of the largest American radio ownership groups, including Bonneville, Emmis, Entercom, CBS Radio and Radio One. Another specialty for Edison is its work for media companies throughout the world, conducting research in North America, South America, Africa, Asia, and Europe. Edison Research is the sole provider of election exit poll data for the National Election Pool comprised of ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, NBC and the Associated Press. Edison is also the leading provider of consumer exit polling and has conducted face-to-face research in almost every imaginable venue.

About Triton Digital:
Triton Digital’s® (http://tritondigital.com) technology has connected audio supply to advertising demand since 2006, providing the technical backbone for the digital audio marketplace. The company’s innovative technology enables both live and on-demand publishers to build audience and revenue globally. As a pioneer in the space, Triton Digital has made that audience available programmatically for the first time, maximizing audience buying efficiency for advertisers across the world.

The Podcast Consumer 2016

This presentation of The Podcast Consumer 2016 contains all new data on podcast users in America, derived from the Infinite Dial 2016 study from Edison Research and Triton Digital. The PDF (below) charts the rise of podcasting over the past decade, and also includes information on the following:

  • Demographics
  • Podcast Consumption
  • Device Usage
  • Social Media Behaviors
  • Other Media Behaviors
  • The updated Share of Ear ® for podcasting

You can download The Podcast Consumer 2016 here. You can also view/download the report on Slideshare, below.

Watch the complete webinar replay below:

How the study was conducted:

A total of 2,001 persons were interviewed to explore Americans’ use of digital platforms and new media. From 1/5/16 to 2/10/16, telephone interviews were conducted with respondents age 12 and older who were selected via Random Digit Dial (RDD) sampling. Interviews were 52% landline phones and 48% mobile phones.

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, ESPN, Google, Gulf News, the U.S. International Broadcasting Bureau, Pandora, Samsung, Siemens, SiriusXM, Sonos, Sony, Time Warner and Yahoo. Edison Research works with many of the largest American radio ownership groups, including Bonneville, Emmis, Entercom, CBS Radio and Radio One. Another specialty for Edison is its work for media companies throughout the world, conducting research in North America, South America, Africa, Asia, and Europe. Edison Research is the sole provider of election exit poll data for the National Election Pool comprised of ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, NBC and the Associated Press. Edison is also the leading provider of consumer exit polling and has conducted face-to-face research in almost every imaginable venue.

About Triton Digital:
Triton Digital’s® (http://tritondigital.com) technology has connected audio supply to advertising demand since 2006, providing the technical backbone for the digital audio marketplace. The company’s innovative technology enables both live and on-demand publishers to build audience and revenue globally. As a pioneer in the space, Triton Digital has made that audience available programmatically for the first time, maximizing audience buying efficiency for advertisers across the world.

Moms and Media 2016: The Recap

In 2016, moms continue their mobile ways, moving further away from computers for media tasks.  The smartphone, with its ownership still soaring, is the ‘go to’ device for mom for just about everything.  In the latest edition of Moms and Media, the mobile tendencies of mom are clear and more pronounced with a decline in computer usage for common activities such as Internet access.

access internet most

The decline in computer as a preferred device is illustrated in the tracking data for moms’ online radio usage.  This year 39% of moms who listened to online radio in the last week did so via computer, which is down significantly from the 61% that said so in 2015, and an even more dramatic decline from the 70% that reported doing so just two years ago.   While computer has consistently faded, the smartphone has become the preferred way, with 70% of moms listening to online radio in the last week via smartphone.

Computers fading for moms online radio

Aside from overall Internet access and online radio, we see the mobile factor in social networking as well. The data shows that 62% of smartphone moms use social media several times per day. This group is highly engaged, using the mobile technology to comment, post and tag on a regular basis. Looking specifically at Facebook, moms who used it in the last month are checking almost obsessively, with an average of 10.1 times in 24 hours. Smartphone moms are even a tad higher, with an average of 10.5 times.

Facebook check in 24 hours

For those who have used Facebook in the last month, the cell phone is the way they access this social media site most.  Three quarters of moms and almost two thirds of the total respondents from the Infinite Dial said they use their cell phone to access Facebook most.  While the tendency to favor computer is much lower for both groups, moms are even less likely to access Facebook most via a desktop or laptop.

FB access via cell

While moms are loyal to Facebook, they are using multiple social media sites during the week.  Mobile makes this possible; allowing any time access and an efficient balance of different sites for different needs.

multiple social sites

Most notably, Pinterest is making gains with moms.  In 2016 it continues its growth momentum, with about half of moms now using the crafty social media site.  Instagram is another site gaining more moms this year, with 29% reporting usage.

half of moms use Pinterest

To download the full Moms and Media 2016 report, click here.

How the study was conducted:

The Moms and Media report is based on a sample of 319 moms from the Edison Research and Triton Digital Infinite Dial report.  A total of 2,001 persons were interviewed to explore Americans’ use of digital platforms and new media. From 1/5/16 to 2/10/16, telephone interviews were conducted with respondents age 12 and older who were selected via Random Digit Dial (RDD) sampling. Interviews were 52% landline phones and 48% mobile phones.