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The heterogeneity that characterizes the modern Indian consumer has created a maze that marketeers would like to unravel in order to target their products and services precisely. In this fortnightly series, Indicus Analytics presents the various facets of urban consumers, across geographies and socio-economic groups

Television reigns as the preferred medium among urban consumers of all segments, with numerous channels for news and entertainment. It is the best choice for reaching markets across the country, although the Internet is catching up as well. The average reported time spent during a day watching television in 2009-10 varied from 96 minutes in SEC A households to 75 minutes in SEC E households, while the Internet usage stood at an average 87 minutes in SEC A households and 10 minutes in SEC E households.

Newspapers are a distant third among all segments except SEC E. Households in this segment spent less than 20 minutes a day on newspapers. Although this is double the time spent on the Internet, it is still a reflection of low literacy levels in this segment. The radio, the prime source of news and entertainment just a couple of decades ago, has slipped to fourth in preference—again except in SEC E households, where it is second after television. In an urban setting, the dominance of the radio has declined considerably: while higher income households listen to the radio while driving to and from work, the lower segments have found better options with access to ad-free music of choice on the mobile phone.

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In general, the higher the socio-economic category, the more time spent on media. Whether it is for leisure or for work, media is accessed more by those with higher incomes and education. Looking at the region-wise trends, there is not much difference in time spent on newspapers across consumer segments. However, the west shows higher preference for the television and the north spends more time than other regions on the Internet. This could be a result of the proliferation of content in Hindi, even as font compatibility continues to be an issue for many other Indian languages. The highest use of the Internet is seen in Delhi, followed by Chandigarh and Maharashtra—where the metro population in Mumbai and Pune has taken to the medium in a big way. Apart from the metros, the use of the Internet is highest in towns such as Visakhapatnam, Vadodara and Faridabad.
Finer segmentation shows the highest use of the Internet is among households whose chief wage earners are highly educated, in their younger years, single or married without children. These are young, high-income households exposed to the latest trends and gadgets, who find it easiest to adapt to changing technology and also depend on the Internet for national and international news.

On the other hand, television viewing is highest among households whose chief wage earners are again young, school educated businessmen, living in a joint family without children. In this segment, the presence of senior citizens in relatively affluent families, compared with others in the low-education segments, makes for higher television viewing. Newspapers are read most by households whose chief wage earners are highly educated, in the older years, married with married children. Having developed the habit of reading newspapers in their younger days, they still turn to the papers every morning to keep abreast of news. This is also the segment with the highest time spent on the radio, often tuning in before the newspapers come early in the morning.

While some segments will continue with their habits, media preference is set for rapid change. With Internet access on cellphones now becoming cheaper, even lower income households stand to benefit, although adoption of newer technology would be predominantly among younger members of the households.

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  • Published: Mint dated 6th June, 2011The heterogeneitythat characterizesthe modern Indianconsumer hascreated a mazethat marketerswould like tounravel in order totarget theirproducts andservices precisely.In this fortnightlyseries, IndicusAnalytics willpresent the variousfacets of urbanconsumers, acrossgeographies andsocio-economicgroups Indicus Consumer Data Products
  • Television reigns as the preferred medium among urban consumers of all segments,with numerous channels for news and entertainment. It is the best choice forreaching markets across the country, although the Internet is catching up as well.The average reported time spent during a day watching television in 2009-10 variedfrom 96 minutes in SEC A households to 75 minutes in SEC E households, while theInternet usage stood at an average 87 minutes in SEC A households and 10 minutesin SEC E households.Newspapers are a distant third among all segments except SEC E. Households inthis segment spent less than 20 minutes a day on newspapers. Although this isdouble the time spent on the Internet, it is still a reflection of low literacy levels in thissegment. The radio, the prime source of news and entertainment just a couple ofdecades ago, has slipped to fourth in preference—again except in SEC Ehouseholds, where it is second after television. In an urban setting, the dominance ofthe radio has declined considerably: while higher income households listen to theradio while driving to and from work, the lower segments have found better optionswith access to ad-free music of choice on the mobile phone.
  • In general, the higher the socio-economic category, the more time spent on media.Whether it is for leisure or for work, media is accessed more by those with higherincomes and education. Looking at the region-wise trends, there is not muchdifference in time spent on newspapers across consumer segments. However, thewest shows higher preference for the television and the north spends more time thanother regions on the Internet. This could be a result of the proliferation of content inHindi, even as font compatibility continues to be an issue for many other Indianlanguages. The highest use of the Internet is seen in Delhi, followed by Chandigarhand Maharashtra—where the metro population in Mumbai and Pune has taken to themedium in a big way. Apart from the metros, the use of the Internet is highest intowns such as Visakhapatnam, Vadodara and Faridabad.
  • Finer segmentation shows the highest use of the Internet isamong households whose chief wage earners are highlyeducated, in their younger years, single or married withoutchildren. These are young, high-income householdsexposed to the latest trends and gadgets, who find it easiestto adapt to changing technology and also depend on theInternet for national and international news. On the otherhand, television viewing is highest among householdswhose chief wage earners are again young, schooleducated businessmen, living in a joint family withoutchildren. In this segment, the presence of senior citizens inrelatively affluent families, compared with others in the low-education segments, makes for higher television viewing.Newspapers are read most by households whose chiefwage earners are highly educated, in the older years,married with married children. Having developed the habitof reading newspapers in their younger days, they still turnto the papers every morning to keep abreast of news. Thisis also the segment with the highest time spent on the radio,often tuning in before the newspapers come early in themorning.
  • While some segments will continue withtheir habits, media preference is set forrapid change. With Internet access oncell phones now becoming cheaper,even lower income households stand tobenefit, although adoption of newertechnology would be predominantlyamong younger members of thehouseholds.