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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

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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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.

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