How has the UK’s media consumption changed since lock-down began?

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. Television 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. Radio From our previous blogs...
5 Reasons Why You Should Advertise on Radio

5 Reasons Why You Should Advertise on Radio

Find out more about advertising on radio. 1. Radio is moving In the past, you probably mostly listened to the radio in the car, or in your kitchen. But with the expansion of smart speakers like Alexa and Google Home, and radio apps, you can listen to radio anywhere. In fact, 50% of all radio listening hours are now through a digital device such as a smart speaker. 2. Online music streaming is becoming more popular Music streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music are increasing their reach, offering music on demand. These account for 8% of all audio listening, and 29% among 15-24 year olds. Advertising through an online platform such as Spotify is a great way to reach a younger audience, you adverts can reach them through mobile devices, tablets and desktop. 3. Podcasts are back Podcasts are gaining in popularity as more content providers seek to offer bespoke content or repackage previously-broadcast content. By advertising via podcasts, you can target your advert to people who are interested in a particular topic, for example an advert for a gym would be played to people who listen to health podcasts. 4. Radio is resilient Despite the increase in competition for audio time, radio continues to maintain its reach of nine in ten adults in the UK. Three-quarters of all audio listening is to live radio, and although this drops to 36% for 15-24 year-olds, it is still the audio source with the highest proportion of listening hours. 5. Get your advert listened to by the right people We can help you ensure your advert is heard by the...
Spotify explores new advertising opportunities

Spotify explores new advertising opportunities

The average customer spends 25 hours a month streaming music on Spotify. Spanning 65 markets, Spotify’s audience has, to date, created two billion playlists from a library of more than 35 million songs. Europe is the company’s largest market with 58 million monthly active users, accounting for 37% of its total audience. Spotify claimed a 42% share of the global streaming market in 2016, boasting a 95% share in Sweden, 59% in the UK and 41% in the US. Creating 3D sound Exploring the possibilities of extending its ad revenue, Spotify is working on different formats including podcast collaborations with publishers like Buzzfeed, sponsored playlists and skippable audio ads. In March, Spotify released its first 3D audiovisual advert in partnership with Lionsgate UK for the release of the horror film, Ghost Stories. Audio from the trailer was repurposed to give a 3D audio effect, creating an immersive experience. The ad received click-through rates up 50% from benchmark level. They also rolled out a self-service Ad Studio to the UK, this allows brands to create their own Spotify adverts. The advertiser can pick its audience based on age, gender, location, activity and musical taste, they can then select mobile, desktop or both, budget and dates. This week, Google announced that DoubleClick Bid Manager, its demand-side platform, will now feature programmatic audio ads that can be placed on Spotify, SoundCloud, TuneIn, Pandora, and Google Play Music.   Are you interested in how Spotify could work for you? Give our team a call on 02921 320 200 or an email at...