Super Listeners 2020

EDISON RESEARCH, PODCAST ONE, AND AD RESULTS MEDIA partner to uncover beliefs of the podcast industry’s best customers

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According to the latest Super Listeners Study, podcast “Super Listeners,” Americans 18+ who listen to five or more hours of podcasts weekly, see podcasts as the best way to reach them despite a perceived increase in ads. Edison Research, the global authority in audio research, along with Ad Results Media, an audio industry leader in branded personality-driven advertising, and PodcastOne, a subsidiary of LiveXLive (NASDAQ: LIVX), the leading podcast network, announced today the results of the second-annual study on podcasting’s “Super Listeners.”

Advertising on a podcast is the best way for a brand to reach Super Listeners. Almost half, 49 percent, of podcast Super Listeners agree that “Advertising on a podcast is the best way for a brand to reach you.” This finding was up from 37 percent in 2019 – the biggest mover in the survey. Podcast Super Listeners are exposed to the most amount of podcast advertising and provide invaluable insight as to how ads are perceived in podcasts.

Over half, 54 percent, of Super Listeners, said that hearing an ad on a podcast (compared to other places) makes them more likely to purchase a product, up from 46 percent from last year.

Super Listeners are noticing an increase in the number of commercials and ad breaks. Fifty-six percent of podcast Super Listeners believe that the number of ads in podcasts are going up, compared with 49 percent who said the same thing last year. The study also found an increase in those who believe there are “too many” ads in podcasts, 38 percent of respondents felt this way, compared with 24 percent last year. In addition, 41 percent of podcast Super Listeners believe that ad breaks are getting longer, compared to 35 percent last year. Self-reported ad-skipping behavior, however, did not increase substantially.

While quantity and length of ad breaks increase, the positive impact of podcast advertising continues to rise year-over-year. Testament to the positive impact of podcast advertising is seen in the percentage increase of Super Listeners that agree with the following statements:

“Your opinion of a company is more positive when you hear it mentioned on one of the podcasts you regularly listen to” increased from 44 percent in 2019 to 49 percent in 2020.

“When price and quality are equal, you prefer to buy products from companies that advertise on or sponsor the podcasts you regularly listen to” increased from 43 percent in 2019 to 46 percent in 2020.

“You pay more attention to advertising on podcasts than on other forms of media” increased to from 44 percent in 2019 to 48 percent in 2020.

Host-read ads provide tremendous value. Thirty-three percent of Super Listeners say they pay more attention to host-read ads than other types of ads in podcasts.

Super Listeners are consuming more podcast content than ever before. In last year’s survey, Super Listeners reported consuming an average of 9.8 hours of podcasts per week, this year the average increased to 10.5 hours per week.

“We are so pleased that Ad Results Media and PodcastOne have partnered with Edison Research to continue our Super Listeners Research Series,” said Tom Webster, Senior Vice President at Edison Research. “With the quantity of podcast advertising increasing, and the character of those ads changing, it is imperative to take the temperature of podcasting’s best customers regularly. Super Listeners 2020 very clearly shows that while podcasting continues to enjoy advantages as an advertising platform, listeners are noticing more ads and longer ad breaks.”

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, Oracle, the U.S. International Broadcasting Bureau, Pandora, Samsung, Siemens, Sony, The Gates Foundation, and Univision. Edison Research is the leading podcast research company in the world and has conducted research on the medium for NPR, Slate, ESPN, PodcastOne, WNYC Studios, and many more 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 also the leading provider of consumer exit polling and has conducted face-to-face research in almost every imaginable venue. Since 2004, Edison Research has been the sole provider of Election Day data to the National Election Pool, conducting exit polls and collecting precinct vote returns to project and analyze results for every major U.S. presidential primary and general election.

About Ad Results Media
ARM is a trailblazer in the audio industry, leading in branded spoken-word advertising: the most authentic, memorable and mutually beneficial format for growth. With more than 20 years of experience, ARM effectively connects audiences with brand messages, delivering richer and more meaningful ROI in the form of reach, relevance and resonance. The company, with offices in Houston, Austin and San Diego, is a leading purchaser of audio influencer ads globally and leverages its strong relationships within the industry to connect brands with the world’s most high-profile news, sports and entertainment creators. Follow their journey on social @adresultsmedia as they amplify the sound of success.

About PodcastOne
PodcastOne is a leading advertiser-supported podcast company, offering a 360-degree solution for both content creators and advertisers, including content development, brand integration and distribution. Acquired by LiveXLive Media in 2020, the two entities have subsequently teamed to create a new video podcast (Vodcast) network under the LiveXLive umbrella. Amassing more than 2.8 billion downloads annually, the network produces 400+ episodes weekly across a stable of hundreds of top podcast programs, including influencer talent like Adam Carolla, Kaitlyn Bristowe, Shaquille O’Neal, Steve Austin, Erin Brockovich, Amanda Cerney & Jacqueline Fernandez, , Tip “T.I.” Harris, Armando “Pitbull” Perez, Jordan Harbinger, Heather Dubrow, The LadyGang, Dr. Drew, Chael Sonnen and hundreds more. Its shows are distributed across its own platform as well as LiveXLive’s owned-and-operated channels on mobile, mobile web, desktop and SmartTV’s. PodcastOne is the brainchild of Radio Hall of Famer, Norm Pattiz, also the founder of Network Radio-giant, Westwood One.

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Podcasting’s Share of Listening in the U.S. Hits All-Time High

For the first time since Edison Research’s Share of Ear® study began tracking audio consumption in 2014, podcasting’s share of all audio listening is now 6% of consumption. This level marks an all-time high for the rapidly-growing on-demand audio medium.

 


This new finding was revealed at the Podcast Movement Virtual conference today in a keynote address by Edison Research SVP Tom Webster. The latest findings show that the share of time Americans age 13+ spend with podcasts as a percentage of all their audio listening has tripled from just 2% in 2014.

According to Webster, “Podcasting has become the greatest companion medium. Not only can you take it with you while you do other things, but we also see people turning to podcasts for a sense of community and connection during a very stressful time.”

Please click here for more information on Edison Research’s Share of Ear® 
 
About Edison Research  

Edison Research conducts survey research and provides strategic information in over 50 countries for clients including AMC Theatres, AMC Theatres, Amazon, Apple, The Brookings Institute, Facebook, The Gates Foundation, Google, the U.S. International Broadcasting Bureau, Oracle, Pandora, The Pew Research Center, Samsung, Spotify, and SiriusXM Radio. The national tracking study The Infinite Dial® and the syndicated Share of Ear® are two of the most widely cited studies in the audio space. Edison is also the leading podcast research company in the world and has conducted research for NPR, Slate, ESPN, PodcastOne, WNYC Studios, and many more companies in the podcasting space.  Edison’s network of more than 20,000 experienced interviewers allows the company to conduct research in almost any location. Since 2004, Edison Research has been the sole provider of Election Day data to the National Election Pool. For the 2020 U.S. elections, Edison will provide exit polls and will tabulate the national vote across every county in the United States for ABC News, CBS News, CNN, and NBC News.  

 

 

Listening Habits During Quarantine: A Share of Ear Report

 
There have been some marked changes in podcast listening in the U.S. during quarantine as commutes have been reduced and digital audio consumption has risen.

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Tom Webster, Edison Research SVP, presented a 15-minute update on the overall listener landscape, with specific focus on podcast listening and insights from Edison Research’s Share of Ear® study and The Podcast Consumer Tracker.  A full replay of the webinar is available here:

 

The Top 30 U.S. Podcasts According to the Podcast Consumer Tracker

Edison Research announces the U.S. Top 30 Podcast ranker from its subscription product, the Podcast Consumer Tracker (PCT). The PCT is the only comprehensive and all-inclusive study of the reach of podcast networks and shows in America. The Joe Rogan Experience continues to be the number one podcast in America as it has been since the PCT was established in the summer of 2019.

The ranker lists the top thirty podcasts in America by reach — not downloads — among weekly podcast consumers, covering the full survey period from July 7, 2019 through June 24, 2020. Reach is the percentage of weekly podcast listeners who say they have listened to any one of these shows in the last week.

“Even with the work and life disruptions caused by COVID-19, people did continue listening to their favorite podcasts, and we ultimately saw little to no reduction in reach among weekly podcast listeners”. noted Edison Research SVP Tom Webster. “We’re pleased to publish the only ranker that covers the entire U.S. podcasting industry.”

The top thirty podcasts in the U.S, as ranked by the percentage of weekly podcast consumers 18+ who have listened to them, are as follows:

The Podcast Consumer Tracker is the only study that measures the entire podcast space continuously, as compared to other download rankers which only measure participants who opt in to those rankers, or users of a specific platform. Podcasts and podcast networks are ranked according to their weekly reach of podcast listeners. The PCT is sampled continuously throughout each quarter to negate the effects of limited releases and new shows and is weighted to the industry standard measure of podcast listening, The Infinite Dial® research series from Edison Research and Triton Digital®.

How the Study Was Conducted: The Podcast Consumer Tracker Q2 2020 Top 30 Ranker is based upon 8,080 online interviews with weekly podcast consumers in the United States, ages 18 and older. Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish. Sampling was conducted continuously from July 7, 2019 to June 24, 2020. All respondents were instructed to enter the names of all podcasts they listened to the week before the interview into an online diary and were provided instructions to obtain that information from their podcast client/player of choice. All responses were unaided and hand-coded by Edison Research to determine actual show name, producer, genre, and other information. Data is weighted to nationally representative numbers for weekly podcast consumers from The Infinite Dial 2020, from Edison Research and Triton Digital.

Fielding is continuous and currently underway for the next quarterly report in the series. Click here for more information on the Podcast Consumer Tracker.

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, 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, Slate, ESPN, PodcastOne, WNYC Studios, and many more 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 is also the leading provider of consumer exit polling and has conducted face-to-face research in almost every imaginable venue. Since 2004, Edison Research has been the sole provider of Election Day data to the National Election Pool, conducting exit polls and collecting precinct vote returns to project and analyze results for every major presidential primary and general election.

Latino Podcast Listener Report en Español

Un cuarto de los latinos en Estados Unidos son oyentes mensuales de podcasts

El primer Latino Podcast Listener Report publicado por Edison Research 

El Latino Podcast Listener Report realizado por Edison Research concluye que el 25% dlatinos a partir de los 18 años de edad en EE.UU. han escuchado un podcast en el último mes, y el 45% de los adultos latinos eEE.UU. han escuchado un podcast alguna vez. El estudio también muestra aumento en la escucha de podcast desde el brote de COVID-19 para más de la mitad de los adultos latinos. 

 

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El Latino Podcast Listener Report es la primera y única investigación exhaustiva sobre los oyentes latinos de podcast en EE.UU.; fue realizada por Edison Research y patrocinada por Adonde Media, Lantigua Williams & Co., Libsyn, NPR y Pandora. Los resultados del estudio se estrenaron en dos webinars el 30 de junio, uno en inglés y uno en español, los que fueron presentados por Gabriel Soto, encargado de investigación en Edison Research, y Martina Castro, CEO de Adonde Media.  

El estudio muestra que el 36% de los latinos en EE.UU. han escuchado un podcast en inglés y el 24% han escuchado un podcast en español. Por lo general, el dominio del lenguaje no parece estar correlacionado con la probabilidad de ser un oyente mensual o semanal de podcasts: un cuarto de los adultos latinos en hogares donde no predomina el español ha escuchado un podcast en el último mes, en comparación con el 26% de latinos en hogares donde  predomina en español. 

Además, el 20% dlatinos en EE.UU. cuya lengua predominante no es el español, han escuchado un podcast en la última semana. El porcentaje esta igual entre los latinos cuya lengua predominante sí es el español (20%) 

Sin embargo, entre los oyentes mensuales de podcast, hay algunas diferencias entre los dos grupos de lengua predominante. En particular, u70% de los oyentes — cuya lengua predominante es el español —han comenzado a escuchar en el último año, en comparación con el 47% de los oyentes cuyo español no es la lengua predominante. De todos los oyentes de podcasts latinos en EE.UU., el 52% está escuchando podcasts más desde la pandemia de COVID-19. 

Aunque los latinos en EE,UU. (61%) en general son menos propensos a estar familiarizados con el término “podcasting” que la población estadounidense total (75%),  no hay muchos latinos cuyo idioma es predominantemente español, que están familiarizados con el término “podcasting” que aún no están escuchando podcasts. 

De los oyentes mensuales latinos de podcasts en EE.UU., el 55% son hombres, 50% tienen entre 18-34 años, y el 47% pertenecen a la primera generación de su familia nacida en EE.UU.  

“Hoy nos enteramos de que la mayoría de los latinos solo han comenzado a escuchar podcasts en el último año. Sin embargo, muchos aún no están familiarizados con el término [podcasting], indicó Gabriel Soto, encargado de investigación en Edison Research, añada la increíble oportunidad de desarrollo de la audiencia mensual latina, y se ve  que los latinos han sido y seguirán siendo esenciales para el crecimiento sostenido de la escucha de podcasts.  

“Es tan validante ver que los datos tienen que ver lo que muchos de nosotros hemos sabido desde hace mucho tiempo sobre el tremendo potencial de la audiencia latina de escucha de podcasts en los Estados Unidos, tanto en inglés como en español”, dijo Martina Castro, fundadora y CEO de Adonde Media. “Ahora, la industria tiene los datos que muestran por qué hacer contenido para los latinos no es sólo lo correcto, sino que también es simplemente una inversión inteligente.” 

Otras conclusiones destacadas sobre los oyentes mensuales latinos de podcasts en EE.UU.: 

  • Un 80% dice que está escuchando podcasts más que hace un año. 
  • Un 26% dice que la fuente más utilizada para descubrir podcasts son las publicaciones en las redes sociales, seguido por el 23% que indica las recomendaciones de amigos y familiares. 
  • Un 73% escuchó un podcast en inglés en el último mes y el 49% escuchó un podcast en español en el último mes.
  • Un 47% reporta que el tema de  los podcasts que escuchen incluyan historias y perspectivas de sus países de origen es algo importante” o “muy importante” para ellos  

El Latino Podcast Report, se puede descargar en www.edisonresearch.com/latino-podcast-listener-report. Para obtener más información sobre los socios de este estudio, visite Adonde Media, Lantigua Williams & Co., Libsyn, NPR y Pandora.

Cómo se realizó este estudio 

Unas 2.500 entrevistas en línea se realizaron del 5 al 27 de mayo de 2020. La encuesta se ofreció en inglés y en español y es representativa a nivel nacional de adultos hispanos/latinos a partir de los 18 años de edad. Los datos se ponderarosegún la edad/género/país de origen de la población hispana/latina en los EE.UU. y se las estadísticas de escucha de podcast según The Infinite Dial 2020. 

Share of Ear® está basado en datos de unas 4.000 entrevistas a través de una muestra representativa a nivel nacional de la población estadounidense a partir a los 13 años edad. La encuesta se ofrece en línea y en papel físico por correo, y en inglés y en español. La proporción de datos de escuchas incluidas en este report se actualizó en el primer trimestre de 2020, antes del brote de COVID-19. 

Sobre Edison Research 

Edison Research lleva a cabo investigación través de encuestas y proporciona información estratégica a muchos clientes, los que incluyen Activision, AMC Theatres, Disney, Dolby Laboratories, Google, Oracle, el U.S. International Broadcasting Bureau, Pandora, Samsung, Siemens, Sony, The Gates Foundation y Univision. Edison es la compañía de investigación sobre podcasts más destacada en el mundo y ha realizado investigaciones sobre el medio para NPR, Slate, ESPN, PodcastOne, WNYC Studios, y muchas más empresas en el espacioOtra especialidad de Edison es su trabajo para empresas de medios de comunicación en todo el mundo. Ha realizado investigación en Norteamérica, Sudamérica, África, Asia, Australia y Europa. Edison es también el proveedor líder de encuestas de salida de consumidores y ha llevado a cabo investigación cara a cara en casi todos los lugares imaginables. Desde 2004, Edison Research ha sido el único proveedor de datos del día de las elecciones para el National Election Pool, realizando encuestas de salida y recopilando cuentas de votos para hacer proyecciones y analizar los resultados de cada primaria presidencial y elección general.