How has the UK’s media consumption changed since lock-down began?
It’s been almost two months since our first blog about how the coronavirus has affected the UK advertising industry, so we thought it was a good moment to take a look at how things stand in May 2020.
Across the major channels, television viewing has grown massively since lock-down was introduced in the UK. Sky viewing has increased by 24%, taking the average time spent watching TV per day to 3 hours 40 minutes, that’s an increase of 5 hours per week since lockdown began.
Younger audiences have seen the biggest increases in television viewing, 16-24 year olds were watching 57% more TV now than they were this time last year.
Unsurprisingly, as more of us are at home, daytime viewing has increased by 39%.
Viewers are tuning into the news and light entertainment more than any other genre. Gordon, Gino and Fred: American Road Trip concluded with 4.0m viewers, which was up 1.4 million viewers compared to the slot last year.
Video on Demand
ITV Hub has seen viewing hours increase by 82%, with catch-up viewing across drama up 26% year on year. Sky On Demand was also up by 52%.
Likewise, All 4 achieved its highest number of quarterly views ever across Q1 of 2020. This record breaking period includes All 4’s biggest ever month, week and day of viewing in March, with viewing up 37% year on year.
Video on demand platforms also remain popular with a younger audience, viewing was up 30% among 16-34 year olds, with almost 80% of all 16-34s registered with All 4 in the UK.
From our previous blogs it should come as no surprise that radio continues to perform well.
Commercial radio industry body Radiocentre found that 38% of commercial radio listeners are tuning in for an extra hour and 45 minutes each day, hitting an average of 26 hours a week compared with 14 hours a week prior.
Bauer’s radio network’s average reach also up a quarter and listening hours up by almost a fifth, as was Global’s.
Streaming on platforms like Spotify have seen subscribers increase, in Q1 of 2020 Spotify saw a rise of 31% year on year.
While usage in cars, wearables (e.g. smart watches) and web platforms dropped last quarter, Spotify said that its TV and game console audience has grown in excess of 50% over the same period.
Outdoor and transport
Unsurprisingly, outdoor and transport advertising continue to see low levels of reach and footfall as people stay indoors and avoid public transport.
Looking to the future, it may take some time for reach and footfall figures to reach pre-lock-down levels as capacity restrictions are introduced and commuters are encouraged to cycle or walk to work.
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UK Adspend looking positive despite Brexit gloom
Adspend in the UK is forecast to grow for the eighth successive year in 2017, with predicted growth up from 5.8% to 7.2%, according to the latest figures from the WPP media agency group.
Upgraded growth forecasted for Group M this year – up from 6.3% to 7.2% for 2016.
Traditional media advertising spend is predicted to fall from -1.1% to -2.6% for 2016 and from +0.5% to -1.4% in 2017
TV ad spend is expected to be down 0.1% this year and up 1.0% in 2017.
A growth in cinema advertising is expected by 1% in 2016 and by 3.4% in 2017 following a huge increase of 21.5% in 2015.
Pure-play digital ad market share has risen to 52% this year and is predicted to grow up to 55% next year.
A 15% rise in digital display demand is likely for next year, with paid search accelerating and remaining the largest driver of growth.
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Cinema Advertising Spend Increases
Cinema advertising spend appears to be increasing due to its audience targeting, technology investments and blockbuster hits.
· 2015 saw 20.8% growth in advertising revenue to 238 million driven by blockbusters including Star wars and James Bond.
· 2016 predicts further 4% growth.
· 1st quarter 2016 saw 26% increase yr on yr.
Cinema recommends advertisers build brands to provide a long term value and a sustainable growth in return. By utilising the 90-second slot with cinema specific creatives and understanding cinema audiences provides the first step to brand building where advertisers can tell a great story around the brand, entertaining the audience who have come to watch a storytelling film.
For example, Airbnb launched a split-screen experience in the, UK for its ‘Don’t go there. Live there’ campaign. It gave cinema audiences the ability to see two alternative travel experiences simultaneously by using specialised bifocal glasses that employ adapted 3D technology. http://www.sawa.com/
Cinematic innovation also allows advertisers to use 4D screenings that use mechanics in seats to move viewers, pump smells and spray water to reflect the action on the screen, it’s all about the audience experiencing things together socially and then sharing this o social media.
The English National Opera (ENO) found that targeting also increases effectiveness of cinema. They focused it’s cinema activity on one region enabling it to run activity for 11 weeks in premium releases, it showcased it’s Madam Butterfly opera highlighting the visual appeal of the production and increased it’s sales targets by 6% . By appearing in cinema it positions itself as a blockbuster production whilst allowing it to showcase the visually appealing aspects of the opera.
As this year sees many sequels to Blockbuster films such as Star Wars, Fifty Shades Darker, Pitch Perfect 3 and Bridget Jones Baby alongside new releases cinema ad spend is expected to continue to grow.
The effort put into the cinema experience, into using technology to create great content and as filmmakers continue to appeal to film fans means the value of cinema for advertisers should continue to grow.
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TV advertising reach remains high
According to the latest figures collated by Thinkbox and the BARB, television advertising remains one of the most sure fire ways to get your message in front of large audiences.
Figures for this May found that around 68% of TV viewing was commercial, with this accounting for 67% of all TV viewing on a television set. People are also watching commercial television for slightly longer compared with last year, demonstrating that the medium remains a strong and perpetual part of popular culture.
The weekly reach of television continues to be extremely high at 94% with this latest update in figures. The report also found women to be the target audience most connected with television advertising messages, with commercial channels reaching on average 95% of women each week.
There has never been a better time to advertise on television and reach these impressive audience figures. Get in touch with The Media Angel for more information about how to take advantage of the power of television advertising. Advertising on television doesn’t always require huge investment and can be far more cost effective than you might think.
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Despite a digital shift, TV ad revenue sees little, if any decline
Industry researchers have predicted that more than half of the nation’s advertising budget is likely to be spent on digital media this year. Perhaps surprisingly, certain traditional media platforms continue to thrive, despite a digital shift.
Even with this rise in digital media, TV is expected to see its advertising revenue rise by 3% to £3.bn seeing little, if any decline. A spokesperson from the Strategy Analytic’s Report describes the future of television advertising as “simply experiencing a shift in the source of revenue from linear TV ads to online video”.
The UK’s weekly population reach for TV remains stable at 94.2% and the traditional TV set remains the screen of choice for 98.4% of the population. Viewing on other devices such as tablets, laptops and smart phones has grown year on year by 17% but has yet to overtake the traditional television set as the preferred way to watch content.
For advertisers, the steadily growing popularity of on-demand services and online platforms is great news particularly for small businesses. These services provide opportunities for reaching audiences on a far more manageable budget. Where national TV advertising is renowned for being massively expensive, the rates for ITV Player and 4oD for example are significantly less and will still reach a majority audience.
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