Major New Podcast Study Reveals Listener Habits, Trust in Hosts
Posted by:Consultant, April - 10 - 2019

National study also contains insights on implications for radio

Most podcast users are millennial males, listen weekly, and engage with podcasts at home, according to a major new study by the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications (UFCJC) and Futuri Media, a leading audience engagement and sales intelligence technology firm.

Results were presented at the National Association of Broadcasters’ NAB Show on April 9 as part of a panel discussion titled “Radio’s New Analytics: Understanding Listeners, Delivering Results.”

The study, which included a national survey and in-depth interviews, was conducted in February 2019 with 2,000 regular podcast users who listened to podcasts in the past six months, and 18 participants who gave in-depth interviews on their habits. The study did not define podcasting vs. other types of on-demand audio, and respondents self-identified as podcast listeners. The study results suggest that consumers now consider several types of on-demand audio to be podcasts.

While the study was not limited to those who use terrestrial radio, the sample was large enough that it delivered several insights on the radio format preferences of those who also listen to podcasts regularly.

The study found that nearly three-quarters of users have been listening to podcasts for less than three years and, on average, listen to 4 podcasts per week for either 30 or 60 minutes. Users listen to podcasts on multiple platforms, but YouTube is far and away the dominant platform (70%), followed by Spotify (34%), iTunes/Apple Podcasts app (33%), Pandora (30%), and Google Play music app (23%).

Not surprisingly, nearly 80% of survey respondents listen to podcasts on their mobile devices. What is somewhat surprising is that the users listen to podcast most frequently at home (3.9 on a 5-point frequency scale), followed by in vehicles (2.8/5).

Politics and Government podcasts are the most popular, with 15% listing it as their favorite genre. Music was next (11%) followed by interviews/conversations, comedy, sports and recreation, and non-fiction storytelling, cited by 8 – 9% of respondents.

Listeners trust their podcast hosts highly, prefer host-read ads, and look for creative, informative, humorous, and integrated podcast experiences. They want to listen to hosts who are authentic, feel like a friend, and share the users’ passions and beliefs.

The study also found that among radio listeners who listen to podcasts regularly, 25-34 is the top age cell with both spoken word and music formats, with spoken word format attracting a more male audience (73% vs. 27% female), and music formats having a more even, but female-leaning split (51% female to 49% male). The top five favorite radio formats for regularly podcast listeners surveyed were Classic Rock (11%), Hip-Hop/Rap (10.9%), Country (10.4%), News/Talk (9.7%), and Alternative Rock (6.6%)

 

(PRNewsfoto/University of Florida and Futur)

The study, which was supported by Futuri Media and their POSTpodcasting system, was designed and executed by UFCJC Telecommunication Professor and Director of Media Consumer Research Sylvia Chan-Olmsted with the help of doctoral student Ms. Rang Wang on the survey and undergraduate students in a capstone class who helped conduct the interviews. More insights from the study can be found at http://bit.ly/2019podcaststudy.

SOURCE: University of Florida and Futuri Media

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Westwood One to utilize Nielsen National Media Impact to quantify the effect of adding Network Radio to Television Media Plans

Today, Nielsen (NYSE: NLSN) announced that Westwood One has expanded its relationship with Nielsen to license the national version of Nielsen Media Impact (NMI) powered by Nielsen’s Total Media Fusion.  Nielsen Media Impact is a cross-platform media planning and optimization solution that helps clients understand total campaign reach, frequency, and duplication using advanced audience segments. NMI will enable Westwood One to demonstrate the value that its unique audiences bring to an advertiser’s media plan and illustrate radio’s substantial incremental reach.

“With Nielsen Media Impact, we can show our advertising partners the effect on overall campaign reach and frequency when money is moved between media,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP, Marketing, CUMULUS MEDIA and President, Westwood One. “Advertisers will be able to access this tool through the groundbreaking Westwood One ROI Guarantee audio insights platform.  It’s a new dimension in making media investments work smarter for marketers using radio, podcasting, and streaming to drive ROI. We welcome the opportunity to demonstrate the power of adding audio to a media plan, giving agencies and brands the information they need to understand the true value of our medium in driving sales.”

“We are pleased to welcome Westwood One as a subscriber for Nielsen National Media Impact,” said Brad Kelly, Managing Director, Nielsen Audio. “With NMI we now have a much clearer understanding of how radio and TV complement, supplement and amplify one another. Westwood One is well positioned to make the most of this extraordinary new tool and shine a bright spotlight on how AM/FM radio can deliver more consumers that advertisers seek.”

“Brands are looking for strategies to fortify and enhance their TV plans, and as America’s largest audio network, we can now demonstrate the incrementality of adding radio to a media plan,” said Pierre Bouvard, Chief Insights Officer at Cumulus | Westwood One. “Radio makes your TV better, and now we have proof via the gold standard of Nielsen total audience measurement.”

In 2018, Nielsen enhanced Nielsen Media Impact, the industry-leading cross-platform media planning solution, to include national radio. Nielsen’s national radio data within Nielsen Media Impact allows buyers and sellers to understand the value of radio as a medium at the national level, as well as the incremental reach achieved by including national radio in the media mix. With the national version of Nielsen Media Impact clients can plan and optimize media allocation and compare total radio, radio formats and radio owner groups with other national media (including TV, digital, print, cinema, and digital place-based media) in advanced audience segments.

SOURCE Nielsen

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Townsquare Reports Strong Fourth Quarter
Posted by:Consultant, March - 12 - 2019

Townsquare Reports Strong Fourth Quarter: Net Revenue Rises 12% And Adjusted EBITDA Increases 9%

Townsquare Media, Inc. (NYSE: TSQ) (“Townsquare,” the “Company,” “we,” “us,” or “our”) announced today financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2018.
“2018 was an exciting year for Townsquare.  We reoriented our business to focus on the profitable growth of Townsquare’s local media and digital marketing solutions offerings, completed two strategic, tuck-in radio acquisitions, initiated a dividend, and delivered strong revenue and Adjusted EBITDA growth that exceeded our business plan,” commented Bill Wilson, Chief Executive Officer of Townsquare.

Mr. Wilson continued, “In 2018, we delivered net revenue growth of approximately 5% and Adjusted EBITDA growth of over 7%, driven by the impressive growth of our digital businesses, which now total $120 million in annual net revenue and thus nearly 30% of our total net revenue.  Further, we beat our previously issued 2018 revenue guidance. The fourth quarter delivered the strongest year over year growth in 2018, with net revenue growth of 12%, and we saw sequential improvement in our advertising business throughout the year.”

“In addition, Townsquare Interactive added 2,950 net subscribers in 2018 (compared to 1,700 in 2017) and thus ended the year with approximately 15,350 subscribers and nearly $50 million in net revenue.”

The Company also announced today that its board of directors approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.075 per share.  The dividend will be payable on May 15, 2019, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on April 2, 2019.

Fourth Quarter Highlights*

  • As compared to the fourth quarter of 2017 on a GAAP basis:
    • Net revenue increased 12.0% and 14.4% excluding live events net revenue
    • Net revenue increased 7.5% excluding political revenue
    • Townsquare Interactive net revenue increased by 28.5%
    • Advertising net revenue increased by 12.6%
    • Live Events net revenue decreased by 41.8%
    • Net loss decreased 39.9%, and net income from continuing operations decreased 350.5%
    • Adjusted EBITDA increased by 9.1%
  • As compared to the fourth quarter of 2017 on a pro forma basis:
    • Net revenue increased 9.7%, and 12.0% excluding live events net revenue
    • Net revenue increased 5.2% excluding political revenue
    • Net loss decreased by 38.6%
    • Adjusted EBITDA increased by 6.4%
  • Diluted net loss per share from continuing operations and diluted Adjusted Net Income Per Share were $1.26 and $0.26, respectively
  • Townsquare Interactive added 850 net subscribers

Full Year Highlights*

  • As compared to the year ended December 31, 2017, on a GAAP basis:
    • Net revenue increased 4.7%, and 8.6% excluding live events net revenue
    • Net revenue increased 2.8% excluding political revenue
    • Townsquare Interactive net revenue increased by 21.4%
    • Advertising net revenue increased by 6.9%
    • Live Events net revenue decreased by 21.1%
    • Net loss increased 207.4%, and net income from continuing operations decreased 102.0%
    • Adjusted EBITDA increased by 7.3%
  • As compared to the year ended December 31, 2017, on a pro forma basis:
    • Net revenue increased 3.7%, and 7.4% excluding live events net revenue
    • Net revenue increased 1.9% excluding political revenue
    • Net loss increased 274.3%
    • Adjusted EBITDA increased by 5.9%
  • Diluted net loss per share from continuing operations and diluted Adjusted Net Income Per Share were $0.03 and $1.08, respectively
  • Townsquare Interactive added 2,950 net subscribers, ending the year with approximately 15,350 subscribers
  • Repaid $11.4 million of long-term debt

* See below for discussion of non-GAAP measures and reconciliations to GAAP measures.

Quarter Ended December 31, 2018, Compared to the Quarter Ended December 31, 2017

Net Revenue 

Net revenue for the quarter ended December 31, 2018, increased $11.7 million, or 12.0%, to $109.0 million, as compared to $97.3 million in the same period last year.  Excluding political revenue, net revenue increased $7.2 million, or 7.5%, to $103.3 million, as compared to $96.1 million in the same period last year.  Excluding live events net revenue, which was budgeted to decline in 2018, net revenue increased $13.4 million, or 14.4%, to $106.6 million, as compared to $93.2 million in the same period last year.

Pro forma net revenue for the quarter ended December 31, 2018, increased $9.6 million, or 9.7%, to $109.0 million, as compared to $99.3 million in the same period last year.  As used in this release, the term “pro forma” means pro forma for our acquisition of three radio stations in Princeton, NJ on July 2, 2018.  Excluding political revenue, net revenue increased $5.2 million, or 5.2%, to $103.3 million, as compared to $98.1 million in the same period last year. Excluding live events net revenue, which was budgeted to decline in 2018, net revenue increased $11.4 million, or 12.0%, to $106.6 million, as compared to $95.2 million in the same period last year.

Net Loss 

Net loss for the quarter ended December 31, 2018, decreased $10.8 million, or 39.9%, to $16.3 million, as compared to $27.1 million in the same period last year.  Net loss from continuing operations decreased $32.5 million or 350.5%, to a net loss of $23.2 million, as compared to net income of $9.3 million in the same period last year. The decline in net income was driven by an increase in non-cash impairment charges in 2018, due in part to the revision of certain assumptions in the Company’s annual testing for intangible impairment as a result of the Company’s depressed stock price and market capitalization as compared to the prior year, among other factors.  Net income was also impacted by an $11.7 million decline in income tax benefit, primarily related to the 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act.

Pro forma net loss for the quarter ended December 31, 2018, decreased $10.3 million, or 38.6%, to $16.3 million, as compared to $26.6 million in the same period last year.  The decline in net income was driven by an increase in non-cash impairment charges in 2018, due in part to the revision of certain assumptions in the Company’s annual testing for intangible impairment as a result of the Company’s depressed stock price and market capitalization as compared to the prior year, among other factors.  Net income was also impacted by an $11.7 million decline in income tax benefit, primarily related to the 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act.

Adjusted EBITDA

Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter ended December 31, 2018, increased $2.0 million, or 9.1%, to $23.9 million, as compared to $21.9 million in the same period last year.

Pro forma Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter ended December 31, 2018, increased $1.4 million, or 6.4%, to $23.9 million as compared to $22.4 million in the same period last year.

Year Ended December 31, 2018, Compared to the Year Ended December 31, 2017

Net Revenue 

Net revenue for the year ended December 31, 2018, increased $19.2 million, or 4.7%, to $430.6 million, as compared to $411.4 million in the same period last year.  Excluding political revenue, net revenue increased $11.6 million, or 2.8%, to $420.6 million, as compared to $409.0 million in the same period last year.  Excluding live events net revenue, which was budgeted to decline in 2018, net revenue increased $30.6 million, or 8.6%, to $388.0 million, as compared to $357.4 million in the same period last year.

Pro forma net revenue for the year ended December 31, 2018, increased $15.4 million, or 3.7%, to $434.2 million, as compared to $418.8 million in the same period last year.  Excluding political revenue, net revenue increased $7.8 million, or 1.9%, to $424.2 million, as compared to $416.4 million in the same period last year.  Excluding live events net revenue, which was budgeted to decline in 2018, net revenue increased $26.9 million, or 7.4%, to $391.4 million, as compared to $364.6 million in the same period last year.

Net Loss

Net loss for the year ended December 31, 2018, increased $21.3 million, to a net loss of $31.6 million, as compared to a net loss of $10.3 million in the same period last year.  Net loss from continuing operations decreased $25.3 million, or 102.0%, to a net loss of $0.5 million, as compared to net income of $24.8 million in the same period last year.  The decline in net income was driven by an increase in non-cash impairment charges in 2018, due in part to the revision of certain assumptions in the Company’s annual testing for intangible impairment as a result of the Company’s depressed stock price and market capitalization as compared to the prior year, among other factors. Net income was also impacted by a $9.0 million decline in income tax benefit, primarily related to the 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act.

Pro forma net loss for the year ended December 31, 2018, increased $22.4 million, to a net loss of $30.6 million, as compared to $8.2 million in the same period last year. The decline in net income was driven by an increase in non-cash impairment charges in 2018, due in part to the revision of certain assumptions in the Company’s annual testing for intangible impairment as a result of the Company’s depressed stock price and market capitalization as compared to the prior year, among other factors.  Net income was also impacted by a $9.0 million decline in income tax benefit, primarily related to the 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act.

Adjusted EBITDA

Adjusted EBITDA for the year ended December 31, 2018, increased $6.5 million, or 7.3%, to $96.5 million, as compared to $90.0 million in the same period last year.

Pro forma Adjusted EBITDA for the year ended December 31, 2018, increased $5.4 million, or 5.9%, to $97.5 million, as compared to $92.1 million in the same period last year.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

As of December 31, 2018, we had a total of $61.4 million of cash on hand and $50.0 million of available borrowing capacity under our revolving credit facility. As of December 31, 2018, we had $560.5 million of outstanding indebtedness, representing 5.7x and 5.1x gross and net leverage, respectively, based on pro forma Adjusted EBITDA for the year ended December 31, 2018, of $97.5 million.

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Saga Communications, Inc. Reports 4th Quarter and Year End 2018 Results; Net Operating Revenue increased 4.7% for the Quarter and 5.7% for the Year

Saga Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: SGA) today reported net revenue increased 4.7% to $32.9 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2018.  Income from continuing operations before tax increased $2.3 million to $6.0 million compared to $3.7 million last year.  Operating income increased $2.1 million to $6.0 million and station operating expense increased $523 thousand to $23.8 million for the quarter.  Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations was $0.72/share in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to $2.52/share during the same period in 2017.  During the 4th quarter of 2017, the Company recognized an income tax benefit of $11.2 million compared to an income tax expense of $1.7 million for the same period in 2018.  The income tax benefit in 2017 was primarily due to an $11.5 million reduction in our deferred tax liability as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  Free cash flow from continuing operations was $5.9 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2018, compared to $6.6 million for the same period in 2017.

Net revenue increased 5.7% to $124.8 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2018.  Income from continuing operations before tax increased $3.1 million to $19.4 million compared to $16.3 million last year.  Operating income increased $2.5 million to $19.7 million and station operating expense increased $6.0 million to $93.7 million for the twelve month period.  Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations was $2.30/share for the twelve month period in 2018 compared to $3.77/share during the same period in 2017.  Free cash flow from continuing operations was $19.5 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2018, compared to $17.4 million for the same period in 2017.

On a same station basis for the twelve months ended December 31, 2018, net revenue increased 1.1% to $116.5 million.  Operating income increased $2.6 million to $19.4 million and station operating expense increased $642 thousand to $86.0 million.

The Company had $44.7 million in cash on hand as of December 31, 2018, and $40.7 million as of March 11, 2019.  The Company’s total bank debt was $20 million of December 31, 2018, and $15 million as of March 11, 2019.  Including the recently announced $0.30 per share dividend which will be paid on March 29, 2019, the Company will have paid over $64 million in dividends since December 3, 2012.

The results for the twelve month period ended December 31, 2017, were affected by the sale of the Company’s television stations and purchase of radio stations in Charleston and Hilton Head, SC on September 1, 2017.

Capital expenditures from continuing operations were $1.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2018 which was flat with the same period in 2017.  For the total year, capital expenditures from continuing operations were $5.9 million in 2018 compared to $6.3 million in 2017.  The Company expects to spend approximately $5.0 to 5.5 million for capital expenditures during 2019.

The Company closed on its purchase of the assets of radio stations WOGK(FM), WNDT(FM), WNDD(FM) and WNDN(FM), from Ocala Broadcasting Corporation, LLC on December 31, 2018.  All the stations serve the Gainesville-Ocala, Florida radio market.

Saga’s 2018 4th Quarter and Year End conference call will be on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. EDT.  The dial-in number for the call is 612/288-0329.  A transcript of the call will be posted to the Company’s website as soon as it is available after the call.

The Company requests that all parties that have a question that they would like to submit to the Company to please email the inquiry by 10:00 a.m. EDT on March 12, 2019, to SagaIR@sagacom.com. The Company will discuss, during the limited period of the conference call, those inquiries it deems of general relevance and interest. Only inquiries made in compliance with the foregoing will be discussed during the call.

SOURCE: Saga Communications

www.sagacom.com

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Nielsen Expands Nielsen Media Impact To Include Radio
Posted by:Consultant, November - 29 - 2018

Nielsen Expands Nielsen Media Impact To Include Radio

Enhances Cross-Platform Media Planning Solution

Today, Nielsen (NYSE: NLSN) announced that Nielsen Media Impact (NMI) is expanding to include Radio as a media type available within its leading national cross-media planning and optimization solution. Nielsen Media Impact is a cross-platform planning solution available at a local and national level that allows users to understand cross-media reach, frequency, and duplication using advanced audience segments. This enables agencies, media owners, and advertisers to reach their desired audience with cost-effective media plans.

The Radio data will be derived from Nielsen’s National Regional Database (NRD) comprising Portable People Meter (PPM) and diary data. Nielsen national radio data within Nielsen Media Impact allows buyers and sellers to understand the value of radio as a medium at the national level and the incremental reach achieved by including national radio in the media mix. Along with the ability to compare radio with other national media, radio within Nielsen Media Impact is flexible and includes several market breaks, including Custom Dayparts, Radio Formats, Owner Groups and RADAR Networks.

“Having radio data incorporated into Nielsen Media Impact fills a clear need we have heard from the market,” said Jay Nielsen, VP, Product Leadership, Nielsen. “This enables clients to understand a more complete picture around advertising efficiencies across the media that consumers spend time with the most.”

“As the leading audio company in America with over a quarter of a billion monthly listeners on broadcast radio alone, we believe that including radio in Nielsen’s Media Impact offers a needed resource, enabling true comprehensive, cross-platform and cost-effective media plans for our national clients,” said Brian Kaminsky, President Revenue and Data Operations | iHeartMedia.

One Platform. All Media. Nielsen’s Total Media Fusion, the data fueling Nielsen Media Impact, incorporates the most granular respondent-level data from Nielsen measurement panels along with census calibration for the most comprehensive view of the media landscape in one data set. This means access to the de-duplicated insights necessary to make the most informed cross-platform decisions about where and when to engage your audience with advertising. The Total Media Fusion incorporates the following data: TV, radio, VOD, SVOD, mobile, tablet, desktop, print, cinema and digital place-based media.

Earlier this year, Nielsen launched Local Nielsen Media Impact, a local planning and optimization tool available in the 25 DMAs with Local People Meter (LPM) data, which included radio listening from the PPM’s in those markets. Having radio data in both national and local planning tools will give clients access to more comprehensive data for cross-media planning.

SOURCE Nielsen

http://www.nielsen.com

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Nielsen Examines The Digital Habits And Impact Of Black Consumers
Posted by:Consultant, October - 12 - 2018

More than half of African Americans were born and raised in the digital age, changing the face of brand engagement, content creation, and consumption in the U.S.

African American consumers are enjoying a remarkable period of influence, cultural expression, and entrepreneurship that is manifesting digitally and trending mainstream, according to global researcher Nielsen. With the highest smartphone ownership and usage of any demographic group and an unyielding desire for self-expression and image control, African Americans are leveraging digital platforms and technology to move from consumers to creators–of platforms, products, content, and financial ecosystems.

According to From Consumers to Creators: The Digital Lives of Black Consumers,” the eighth annual report in Nielsen’s Diverse Intelligence Series on African American consumers, Black influence on the economy and pop culture has been intensified by participation in the digital universe and adoption of social media and technology platforms. From video streaming and podcasting to gaming and shopping for food online, African Americans are leaning into digital know-how and open-source innovation—with an unprecedented impact on brands, elections and what the country watches, buys and listens to. Black consumers are boldly galvanizing in the digi-sphere to critique, connect, collaborate and create.

Nielsen’s 2018 Diverse Intelligence Series Report “From Consumers to Creators: The Digital Lives of Black Consumers” (PRNewsfoto/Nielsen)

“African Americans are leveraging innovations in technology and social platforms to level the playing field and get ahead in a marketplace unencumbered by corporate barriers to entry,” said Cheryl Grace, Senior Vice President of U.S. Strategic Community Alliances and Consumer Engagement, Nielsen. “African American influence has long resonated cross-culturally, and now it’s being delivered directly from creator to consumer. Give talented, creative people unobstructed access to the world stage and, inevitably, they will shine.”

African Americans, representing 14% of the U.S. population (47.4 million), are using unfettered access to technology as a means to broaden their reach and express themselves on their own terms. Streaming is a primary source of entertainment for African Americans. They stream videos more frequently on all devices than the total population, especially on phones. Black consumers’ music streaming habits played a key role in R&B/Hip-Hop unseating Rock as the No. 1 music genre in the U.S. in 2017.

African American shopping habits also are shifting in the digital age. According to the report, that is incredibly important to brands because African American buying power is at $1.3 trillion currently and based on gains in population, income, and education, it’s estimated to rise to $1.54 trillion by 2022. More than half (54%) of all African Americans have lived their entire lives in the digital age. These tech-savvy Gen X, Millennial and Gen-Z consumers represent a coveted market segment whose interconnectivity is central to their everyday lives—particularly the product purchase cycle. The report urges smart marketers to recognize this shift from consumer to the creator and offers insights on building new inroads to this culturally conscious and digitally native consumer segment.

One digital creator highlighted in the report is actor, activist, and digital gaming co-creator Jesse Williams. He shared, “as a company, Visibility knows that our strengths are also the market’s weaknesses: Black ownership of Black creativity. Technology is an opportunity to make decisions that no longer divorce people from their power. We set out to empower our culture–to lead and learn without fear.”

The report, launched today at the Congressional Black Caucus 48th Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., examines how African Americans are leveraging digital to bypass traditional barriers to entry in every arena from finding culturally relevant news, entertainment, products and services to content creation and political engagement.

Key findings include:

  • 90% of African Americans live in a household that owns a smartphone and have a higher weekly reach for social networking on a smartphone (75%), as well as watching video on a smartphone (66%) and audio streaming on a smartphone (45%).
  • 19 million (28%) of Twitter’s 67 million users are African American and 9.3 million (or 20% of all African Americans) are on or self-identify using Black Twitter.
  • African Americans 18+ are increasingly tuning into podcasts, with 70% growth in engagement from 2014 to 2017 (from 2.12 million to 3.60 million).
  • African Americans make up a significant portion of U.S. gamers. Seventy-three percent (73%) of African Americans 13 and older identify as gamers compared to 66% of the total population.
  • Sixty-one percent of African Americans agree that they enjoy learning about technology or electronics products from others (14% higher than for non-Hispanic whites), and 54% agree they enjoy reading about new technology products (8% higher).
  • One of the critical ways African Americans spend time online is food shopping. African Americans over-index against the total U.S. for dollars per buyer spent online in most grocery categories.
  • Meal kits are increasingly becoming an option for busy parents. African Americans over-index against non-Hispanic whites by 21% for agreeing they would consider buying meal kits. Some of African Americans’ most common determinants for buying meal kits are to save time on grocery shopping (40% vs. 29% for non-Hispanic whites), on meal prep and cooking (43% vs. 34%) and on meal planning (42% vs. 33%).

“The breadth of Black America’s digital footprint has grown exponentially with the rise of smartphone technology and increased access to new mediums for content exchange,” said Kimberly Bryant, founder of Black Girls Code and a Nielsen External Advisory Council member. “The access to technology among Black consumers is a lightning rod for innovation that’s opening doors of opportunity to creativity, entrepreneurship and financial independence.”

For more details and insights, download From Consumers to Creators: The Digital Lives of Black Consumers at www.nielsen.com/africanamericans. Join the conversation on Facebook (Nielsen Community) and Twitter (@NielsenKnows) using #NielsenKnows #Consumers2Creators.

ABOUT NIELSEN’S DIVERSE INTELLIGENCE SERIES
In 2011, Nielsen launched the Diverse Intelligence Series, a robust portfolio of comprehensive reports that focus solely on diverse consumers’ unique consumption and purchasing habits. The series has become an industry resource to help brands better understand and reach ethnic customers. To learn more about Nielsen’s Diverse Intelligence research series, visit www.nielsen.com.

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Revamped Nielsen Total Audience Report
Posted by:Consultant, August - 02 - 2018

Revamped Nielsen Total Audience Report Packages An Unprecedented Look At Audience Behavior

Today, Nielsen (NYSE: NLSN) released a reimagined Nielsen Total Audience Report. The representative of first-quarter 2018, the industry-leading report offers a comprehensive view into the behaviors and stories developing across the dynamic media landscape. The Nielsen Total Audience Report expands upon its established cross-platform capabilities and provides a complete look at critical media sources and audience behaviors across both traditional and emerging platforms.

The redesigned report includes data on relevant subjects not featured in prior versions, including a detailed look at the usage of streaming content, as well as homes with a virtual multichannel video programming distributor (vMVPD) that provide streaming access to linear television. Additionally, the report features enhanced data from Nielsen’s wide-ranging suite of measurement solutions. This includes Nielsen’s Total Media Fusion, a cross-platform respondent-level dataset that best reflects activity on digital devices like smartphones and tablets, as well as Nielsen’s MediaTech Tender, a quarterly consumer tracking survey launched in first-quarter 2018.

“The way people consume content is vastly different from what it was five years ago, let alone 10 or 20,” said Peter Katsingris, SVP, Audience Insights, Nielsen. “Consumers have the luxury of more options now than ever before. They can watch videos or listen to music on their smartphone and then just as easily engage with completely different content on their television or radio—the opportunities for how marketers can reach them are endless. Understanding the trends of who aisconsuming content, what they’re consuming, and how are the foundations of the industry. Nielsen is uniquely positioned to accurately help the media ecosystem understand these behaviors.”

With the advertising industry shifting and the evolving way, marketers connect to audiences, understanding the evolution of the media and developing consumer habits is vital to marketers and media owners seeking to reach their best consumer. The revamped Nielsen Total Audience Report seeks to not only make sense of the relationship between consumers and the various sources of media but ultimately build the bridges that will empower media companies and advertisers to take full advantage of the growing opportunities to reach audiences.

Nielsen is committed to providing accurate and reliable third-party measurement and insight. The inclusion of these new datasets and capabilities into this updated report helps align it better with the shifting dynamics of consumer media behavior.

KEY NIELSEN TOTAL AUDIENCE REPORT INSIGHTS:

  • 92% of U.S. adults listen to radio each week, the highest reach across platforms.
  • On average, U.S. adults are spending over 11 hours a day connected to linear and digital media and almost six hours a day with video alone.
  • Young adults 18-34 spend the largest percentage of time with TV-connected devices and digital devices compared to other demographics.
  • Black adults are the heaviest users of media overall. Compared to the overall U.S., Hispanics listen to more radio, and Asian Americans spend more time with computers and tablets.
  • Nearly three percent of TV homes subscribe to a vMVPD which includes “skinny bundles.”
  • Almost 20% of consumers say they use a smart speaker in the household.
  • Two-thirds of U.S. TV households have devices capable of streaming content to the TV set.
  • One out of 10 minutes of television use in streaming capable homes is streaming to the TV set.
  • Over 8 in 10 non-television households still view video content.

Download the report here.

SOURCE: Nielsen

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Urban One, Inc. Second Quarter 2018 Results Conference Call
Posted by:Consultant, July - 24 - 2018

Urban One, Inc. Second Quarter 2018 Results Conference Call

Urban One, Inc. (NASDAQ: UONEK; UONE) will be holding a conference call for investors, analysts and other interested parties to discuss its results for the second fiscal quarter of 2018.

The conference call is scheduled for Wednesday, August 08, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. EDT. To participate on this call, U.S. callers may dial toll-free 1-800-230-1085; international callers may dial direct (+1) 612-288-0337.

A replay of the conference call will be available from 12:00 p.m. EDT August 08, 2018 until 11:59 p.m. EDT August 11, 2018. Callers may access the replay by calling 1-800-475-6701; international callers may dial direct (+1) 320-365-3844. The replay Access Code is 452281. Access to live audio and a replay of the conference call will also be available on Urban One’s corporate website at www.urban1.com. The replay will be made available on the website for seven days after the call.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements represent management’s current expectations and are based upon information available to Urban One at the time of this release. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond Urban One’s control, that may cause the actual results to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are described in Urban One’s reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q, 8-K, S-3 and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). Urban One does not undertake any duty to update any forward-looking statements.

Urban One, Inc.

http://www.radio-one.com

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Samsung Becomes Latest…
Posted by:Consultant, January - 09 - 2018

Phone Manufacturer to Unlock the FM Chip

TagStation LLC, the owner of the NextRadio® app, announced today that Samsung, the largest Android handset maker in the world, is the latest device OEM to continue its support for NextRadio by unlocking the FM Chip in upcoming smartphone models in the U.S. and Canada.

Many smartphones in the world are manufactured with hardware capable of receiving free FM radio signals.  Market leaders like Samsung are taking the step of unlocking the FM Chip, which will allow Samsung users to connect directly with the NextRadio app, listen to their favorite local stations, and use less battery and less data than streaming radio apps.

“Samsung should be lauded for taking this important step,” said Paul Brenner, President of NextRadio powered by TagStation. “They are providing their customers a more engaging, immersive radio experience and, as importantly, a means to connect with life-saving information in emergencies.”

When cellular coverage is congested or unavailable, the FM Chip will provide life-saving information from local radio stations. On the heels of widespread natural disasters in Puerto RicoHouston, and the Florida coast, calls have increased for all phone manufacturers to unlock the FM Chip in smartphones as a public safety necessity. Samsung joins LG, Motorola, and Alcatel in taking this step to both meet consumer demand and to provide a lifeline in emergency situations.

SOURCE NextRadio

NextRadio — Live and Local FM Radio Wherever You Go!

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Nielsen Launches New Performance Testing Solution For Mobile Video
Posted by:Consultant, December - 08 - 2017

New offering provides clear understanding of network performance impacting consumer experiences with IP-based video delivery

Today, Nielsen (NYSE: NLSN) announced the launch of Nielsen Mobile Video Performance, the industry’s first and most complete video performance evaluation solution for IP-based video content delivery. Developed for mobile operators, Internet service providers, device manufacturers and content providers, Nielsen Mobile Video Performance evaluates streaming video quality on mobile and WiFi networks, benchmarks data across the industry and rates individual players on the factors which contribute most to positive customer experiences.

According to the first quarter 2017 Nielsen Total Audience Report, monthly U.S. video consumption on smartphones jumped 81.5% year-over-year from 151 minutes in 2016 to 274 minutes in 2017. With mobile video viewing on the rise, the quality of the video experience is more important than ever. Companies that can consistently provide better streaming experiences than competitors have a distinct advantage in the fierce battle for subscriber acquisition and retention.

Nielsen Mobile Video Performance focuses on four key performance indicators that can make – or break – the video experience in the eyes of connected consumers:

  • Video resolution: Percent of viewing time in different viewing resolutions ranging from mobile (Low Definition) to HD (High Definition)
  • Startup time: The number of seconds it takes for video to load and play
  • Rebuffering: The total duration in seconds that the video stalls during playback
  • Video success rate:  Ability to launch and play a video in 60 seconds

Nielsen Mobile Video Performance leverages a panel of 70,000 U.S.-based participants to conduct a combination of active and passive video tests on mobile devices around the country. Nielsen’s passive testing method captures critical data on daily consumer mobile usage including network speeds of popular video platforms. Proprietary active testing techniques focus on the delivery and execution of pre-selected content centering on a resolution, startup-time, and stalls. Combined, these tests provide mobile operators, Internet service providers, device manufacturers and content providers a holistic view of network performance by region, consumer consumption intelligence as well as marketing insights to maximize ROI, inform product development and refine market segmentation.

“With the growth in mobile video usage, operators need to know how well they are meeting consumer demand,” said Mike Greenawald, Senior Vice President of Nielsen Service Quality. “Our initial results point to some wide variances in the ability to deliver high-quality video content consistently. As the industry’s first solution to evaluate video performance using active and passive techniques, mobile operators will now have the advantage of translating the benefits of fast speeds into high-quality consumer experiences.”

According to data gathered by Nielsen, the industry’s most notable mobile operators deliver HD (720p or greater) quality video 69% of the time. By contrast, services at the opposite end of the spectrum deliver HD quality video only 39% of the time. With the industry average at 53%, Nielsen Mobile Video Performance solution identifies which players are over-delivering and those that are heavily under-performing high-quality video experiences.

Diving deeper, Nielsen Mobile Video Performance data, based on 120,000 tests conducted on mobile devices from September through October 2017, reveals the following:

  • Consumers in OrlandoPortland and Seattle enjoy the best video viewing experiences, receiving HD video more often than consumers in New YorkLos Angeles, and San Francisco.
  • Consumers in Salt Lake CityLas Vegas and Houston actually receive HD video less often than the national average.

By providing an understanding of how mobile operators measure up against competitors and industry benchmarks in addition to how well they work in specific locations and on individual devices, Nielsen Mobile Video Performance enables customers to focus network, product and partnership initiatives effectively as well as highlight key benefits in marketing efforts. Using this intelligence, the mobile industry can directly address slow video load times, rebuffering and playback failure, which is a critical step to increasing video consumption and usage.

Nielsen Service Quality has provided network evaluation and insights to the mobile industry for more than 17 years, helping customers identify the key attributes that drive positive consumer experiences and exceed subscriber expectations. Click here for additional information on Nielsen Mobile Video Performance.

 

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