The Podcast Consumer Revealed 2009

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The Podcast Consumer Revealed: 2009 is the fourth iteration of this widely-cited study of podcast consumption by Edison Research. This data is derived from the 17th Arbitron/Edison Internet & Multimedia Series, and covers a wide variety of topics ranging from consumption and usage of podcasts to the behaviors of podcast consumers and their attitudes about advertising and content. This presentation was originally delivered by Edison VP Tom Webster as a live webinar in conjunction with the Association for Downloadable Media. For more information, visit http://www.edisonresearch.com

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The Podcast Consumer Revealed 2009

  1. 1. The Podcast Consumer Revealed 2009 The Arbitron/Edison Internet and Multimedia Study Tom Webster - Vice President, Strategy and Marketing Edison Research
  2. 2. Twitter: webby2001 Hashtag: #poddata
  3. 3. The Arbitron/Edison Research Internet and Multimedia Study - 2009 • 1,858 Telephone Interviews were conducted in January 2009 • National Random Sample • Persons 12+ • 17th Arbitron/Edison Internet and Multimedia Study • 4th annual Podcast study
  4. 4. Podcast Consumption Metrics
  5. 5. Awareness of “Podcasting” Grows % Who Have Ever Heard of Podcasting 2008 2009 Yes 37% Yes 43% No No 57% 63% Base: Total Population 12+
  6. 6. Podcasting, Defined • Podcasting is the concept of downloading various types of longer-form online audio/video programs, in the form of digital files you can listen to at any time you choose. • Podcasting does NOT refer to the downloading of individual MP3s or songs. • Podcasting does refer to the download of program-oriented online audio/ video (such as a talk show or a hosted music program), usually as an automatic download that can be listened to at the user’s convenience.
  7. 7. Audio Podcast Listening Jumps Significantly % Who Have Listened to a Podcast as Defined 2009 22% 2008 18% 2007 13% 2006 11% 0% 10% 20% 30% Base: Total Population 12+
  8. 8. Video Podcast Viewing Also Continues to Grow % Who Have Watched a Podcast as Defined 2009 18% 2008 16% 2007 11% 2006 10% 0% 10% 20% 30% Base: Total Population 12+
  9. 9. One in Four Americans Have Watched Or Listened to Downloadable Media % Who Have Ever Listened/Watched an Audio/Video Podcast as Defined Yes 25% No 75% Base: Total Population 12+
  10. 10. Recent Downloadable Media Consumption Shows Audio Still More Widely Consumed than Video % Who Have Listened/Watched an Audio/Video Podcast in the Past Month Monthly Audio Podcast Usage 11% Monthly Video Podcast Usage 9% 0% 5% 10% 15% Base: Total Population 12+
  11. 11. “Convenience” Top Reason to Watch or Listen to Podcasts “What is the ONE main reason you watch/listen to Podcasts?” Watch/Listen WHENEVER I want 35% Access Content Unavailable Elsewhere 15% Access Content WHEREVER (Portable) 13% More Control over Content 13% Fewer Commercials 9% Access Shorter Content 3% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% Base: Have Ever Listened to/Watched an Audio/Video Podcast
  12. 12. The Podcast Consumer
  13. 13. Demographics of the Podcast Consumer Age Sex 55 + 12 to 17 12% 13% 45 to 54 Women 15% 18 to 24 41% 22% Men 59% 35 to 44 19% 25 to 34 19% Base: Have Ever Listened to/Watched an Audio/Video Podcast
  14. 14. Podcast Consumers are Well-Educated A/V Podcast Consumers Others 40% 36% 30% 26% 23% 21% 20% 15% 15% 16% 12% 13% 12% 10% 7% 4% 0% Adv. Degree Some Graduate Credits Four-Year College 1-3 Years of College High School/Less Refused Base: Total Population 18+
  15. 15. Podcast Consumers More Likely to Live in Higher Income Households Annual Reported Household Income A/V Podcast Consumers Others 40% 36% 31% 30% 20% 20% 17% 17% 16% 14% 13% 11% 11% 10% 8% 7% 0% Over 100K Between 75K and 100K Between 50K and 75K Between 25K and 50K Under 25K Refused Base: Total Population 18+
  16. 16. Podcast Consumers are Active Social Networkers % Who Currently Have A Profile Page On... A/V Podcast Consumers Others 34% MySpace 18% 35% Facebook 13% 11% LinkedIn 3% 18% Other Social Site 5% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40%
  17. 17. Podcast Audience More Involved with Twitter % Saying ‘Yes’ 50% 43% 40% 30% 21% 20% 10% 5% 1% 0% A/V Podcast Consumers Others A/V Podcast Consumers Others Have you ever heard of Twitter? Have you used Twitter in Past Month? Base: Total Population
  18. 18. Podcast Consumers Also Content Creators “Do you contribute to blogs on a regular basis? A/V Podcast Consumers Others Yes Yes 15% No No 5% 85% 95% Base: Familiar with Blogs
  19. 19. Media Consumption
  20. 20. Most Downloadable Media Consumed at the Desktop “Where do you most often listen to/watch Podcasts (as defined)?” Audio Podcast Users Video Podcast Users Computer Computer 68% 77% Portable Device Portable Device 32% 23%
  21. 21. Podcast Audience Likely to Own Multiple Computers “How many working computers do you have in your home?” One 32% Three+ Two 33% 35% Base: Have Ever Listened to/Watched an Audio/Video Podcast, own computer at home
  22. 22. Most Podcast Consumers Own a Portable Media Player % Indicating ownership of listed device Apple iPod 51% Non-Apple Branded MP3 Player 34% Portable Video Player 26% 0% 30% 60% Base: Have Ever Listened to/Watched an Audio/Video Podcast, own portable MP3 player
  23. 23. One in Three Podcast Consumers have used a Portable MP3 Player to Watch Video “Do you ever use your MP3 player to watch portable video?” Yes 34% No 66% Base: Have Ever Listened to/Watched an Audio/Video Podcast
  24. 24. Podcast Consumers are Comfortable Watching Television Through Non-Traditional Means % Who Have Ever Watched TV Programming by... Purchasing/Renting Entire Series on DVD 52% Streaming Over Internet 51% Video On Demand from Cable/Sat Provider 46% Downloading From Internet 29% Watching Clips on Mobile Phone 16% Watching clips over Slingbox 4% 0% 20% 40% 60% Base: Have Ever Listened to/Watched an Audio/Video Podcast
  25. 25. Podcast Consumers Spend Considerably More Time on the Internet Each Week Hours Spent Online per week (Hours:Minutes) 20 17:24 15 10:24 10 5 0 A/V Podcast Consumers Others Base: Access Internet from any Location
  26. 26. Podcast Audience Also More Likely to Listen to Internet-based Audio Have listened to Internet Radio (either radio stations streaming on the Internet OR Internet-only audio)... A/V Podcast Consumers Others 90% 80% 60% 52% 38% 32% 30% 19% 11% 0% Ever In the last month In the last week Base: Access Internet
  27. 27. Downloadable Audio Consumers Spend More Time Listening to Internet Audio “How Much Time Have You Spent Listening To All Sources of Internet Audio/Week?” (Hours:Minutes) Audio Podcast Listeners 7:47 Others 5:17 0 5 10 Base: Listened to Internet Radio in Last Week
  28. 28. Mobile Phones
  29. 29. Most Podcast Consumers Own Mobile Phones % Who Own Mobile Phone Yes 88% No 12% Base: Have Ever Listened to/Watched an Audio/Video Podcast
  30. 30. Mobile Phones are an Essential Part of Podcast Consumers’ Lives % Who indicate that their mobile phone is their ‘primary’ phone Yes 52% No 48% Base: Have Ever Listened to/Watched an Audio/Video Podcast and Own a Mobile Phone
  31. 31. Texting is Mainstream Behavior for Podcast Audience % Who regularly use mobile phones to send/receive SMS/Text messages Yes 68% No 32% Base: Have Ever Listened to/Watched an Audio/Video Podcast and Own a Mobile Phone
  32. 32. Mobile Phones Increasingly Used by Podcast Consumers as Media Players “Have You Ever Used a Mobile Phone To...” A/V Podcast Consumers Others 44% Play Games 28% 31% Listen to Music 20% 20% Watch Video 8% 0% 25% 50% Base: Own a Mobile Phone
  33. 33. Smartphone Ownership High Amongst Podcast Consumers % Indicating ownership of listed device Wireless Email Device (e.g., BlackBerry) 19% Smartphone 19% Other Touch-Screen Smartphone 9% iPhone 7% 0% 10% 20% Base: Have Ever Listened to/Watched an Audio/Video Podcast
  34. 34. Commerce and Advertising
  35. 35. Podcast Consumers Far More Likely to have Paid for Digital Content % Who Have Ever Purchased MP3s or other Digital Audio from an Online Download Service 75% 60% 52% 45% 30% 18% 15% 0% Others A/V Podcast Consumers Base: Total Population 12+
  36. 36. Podcast Audience is Resistant to Unwelcome Advertising % Indicating They Employ Software/Services to Block Specified Content on Primary Home Computer A/V Podcast Consumers Others 90% 88% 85% 80% 73% 70% 68% 64% 60% 55% 30% 0% SPAM/Junk Mail Pop-up advertising Spyware/Adware Banner Advertising Base: Access Internet from home
  37. 37. Hosts of Podcasts Seen as ‘Trustworthy’ “How much do you agree or disagree, on a scale of 1-5, with the following statement: ‘You generally trust the hosts of the podcasts you watch/listen to’” Strongly Agree Strongly Disagree 5 4 3 2 1 21% 28% 32% 10% 9% Base: Have Ever Listened to/Watched an Audio/Video Podcast
  38. 38. Nearly Half of Podcast Consumers View Podcast Content as ‘Generally Accurate’ “How much do you agree or disagree, on a scale of 1-5, with the following statement: ‘You generally believe the accuracy of podcast information/content’” Strongly Agree Strongly Disagree 5 4 3 2 1 16% 30% 34% 12% 8% Base: Have Ever Listened to/Watched an Audio/Video Podcast
  39. 39. Podcasts Inspire Emotional Connection “How much do you agree or disagree, on a scale of 1-5, with the following statement: ‘You feel an emotional connection to the [listed media] you regularly watch/listen to’” Strongly Agree Strongly Disagree Podcasts 13% 11% 27% 22% 26% 5 4 3 2 1 Internet Radio 9% 8% 21% 17% 44% Base: Have Ever Listened to/Watched an Audio/Video Podcast, Use Listed Media
  40. 40. Podcasts Exhibit ‘Receptivity’ Effects “How much do you agree or disagree, on a scale of 1-5, with the following statement: ‘You are generally interested in the sponsorship messages/products/services advertised on [listed media]’” Strongly Agree Strongly Disagree Podcasts 6% 10% 18% 27% 39% 5 4 3 2 1 Internet Radio 4% 4% 13% 25% 54% Base: Have Ever Listened to/Watched an Audio/Video Podcast, Use Listed Media
  41. 41. Three Things
  42. 42. 1. Create more “snack-sized” alternatives in addition to longer-form content. Podcasters should emphasize portability, context-dependent listening and habit.
  43. 43. 2. The podcast aggregation space is insufficiently developed to encourage wider adoption.
  44. 44. 3. Podcasters who are serious about monetization have to get serious about placement, advertising content and selling product. Don’t assume there is a ‘halo’ effect.
  45. 45. Thank You. twebster@edisonresearch.com TWITTER: WEBBY2001

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