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, the COO of Triton Digital.

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

Register today for The Infinite Dial 2017!

Sharing the Road: A Share of Ear® Report Presented at RAIN Summit Europe

On November 2, 2016 at the RAIN Summit Europe in London, Edison’s Director of Research Megan Lazovick presented findings from Edison’s Share of Ear® study that focused on in-car listening and how technology in newer vehicles is changing the platforms riders use.

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Share of Ear®: % Who Listen to Platform in a Primary Vehicle (Base: Listen to audio in a car/truck)

Click here to view the presentation.

Share of Ear® results are from a nationally representative sample of 8,721 Americans ages 13+ who completed a 24-hour audio listening diary between September 2015 and May 2016.

For more information about the Share of Ear® study visit: http://www.edisonresearch.com/edison-research-conducts-first-ever-share-of-ear-measurement-for-all-forms-of-online-and-offline-audio/

Sharing The Road: new in-car data from share of ear® study

Yesterday, at the RAIN Summit in Nashville, Edison’s Director of Research, Nicole Beniamini, presented the findings from Edison’s Share of Ear® study. The latest data focused on in-car listening and how technology in newer vehicles is changing the platforms riders use.

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Share of Ear®: % Who Listen to Platform in a Primary Vehicle (Base: Listen to audio in a car/truck)

Click here to view the presentation.

Share of Ear® results are from a nationally representative sample of 8,721 Americans ages 13+ who completed a 24-hour audio listening diary between September 2015 and May 2016.

For more information about the Share of Ear® study visit: http://www.edisonresearch.com/edison-research-conducts-first-ever-share-of-ear-measurement-for-all-forms-of-online-and-offline-audio/

IAB – Edison Research Podcast Advertising Study 2016

The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) today released the “IAB-Edison Research Podcast Advertising Study,” a survey of nearly 1000 podcast listeners conducted in partnership with Edison Research, which finds that nearly two-thirds (65%) of fans are more willing to consider purchasing products and services they learn about during a podcast. Sixty percent also state that, given equal price and quality, they prefer to buy products from companies that advertise on their favorite podcasts.

The study shows that listeners prefer sponsorship messages and host mentions of products and services to pre-recorded advertisements during podcasts, emphasizing the advertising opportunity created by the personal relationship between podcast hosts and their audiences.

Podcast listeners often take action in direct response to hearing a sponsorship message or advertisement during a favorite podcast, including:

  • Visiting a sponsor’s web site (45%)
  • Considering a new product or service (42%)
  • Gathering more information about a product or company (37%)

The ability to listen to programs “whenever” they want was cited as a leading value proposition for podcast fans, with 76 percent saying that factor is of great importance. Other highly rated benefits were noted, such as:

  • The ability to listen to programs “wherever” they want (71% – very important)
  • The ability to listen on-demand (70% – very important)
  • The ability to listen to content that is unavailable on other platforms (58% – very important)

“Podcast audiences are devoted fans whose enthusiasm carries over to the companies that sponsor their favorite shows,” said Anna Bager, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mobile and Video, IAB. “That ‘halo-effect’ is impressive. It is no surprise that more and more brands are including podcast strategies as part of their marketing mix.”

“These results quantify for the medium what we’ve seen in much of our client work,” noted Tom Webster, Vice President of Strategy, Edison Research. “Podcast listeners not only don’t reject advertising in the medium, they are actually very receptive to the right message, delivered in the right environment.”

Methodology

The “IAB-Edison Research Podcast Advertising Study” is the result of an online survey of 953 Americans, ages 18+, who indicated that they “currently ever listen to podcasts.” The data were weighted and balanced to approximate the podcast audience using nationally representative figures from The Infinite Dial 2016 survey from Edison Research and Triton Digital.

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, Gulf News, the U.S. International Broadcasting Bureau, Pandora, Samsung, Siemens, 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 IAB

The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) empowers the media and marketing industries to thrive in the digital economy. It is comprised of more than 650 leading media and technology companies that are responsible for selling, delivering, and optimizing digital advertising or marketing campaigns. Together, they account for 86 percent of online advertising in the United States. Working with its member companies, the IAB develops technical standards and best practices and fields critical research on interactive advertising, while also educating brands, agencies, and the wider business community on the importance of digital marketing. The organization is committed to professional development and elevating the knowledge, skills, expertise, and diversity of the workforce across the industry. Through the work of its public policy office in Washington, D.C., the IAB advocates for its members and promotes the value of the interactive advertising industry to legislators and policymakers. There are licensed IABs in 43 nations around the world and one regional IAB in Europe. Founded in 1996, the IAB is headquartered in New York City and has a West Coast office in San Francisco.

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.