Tag: nielsen

01/03

Long-Term Trends in Radio Listening Revealed

One of the biggest secrets in radio is what's happening to listening over the long term. Talk to insiders and they will acknowledge that while a huge majority of Americans still listen to the radio the amount of time spent listening continues to decline. Or does it? Well, it depends on how you measure it. And that should add one more reason to the long laundry list of reasons why broadcasters should be irritated at Nielsen, which presumes to produce the accepted unit of measure. Get ready for some pictures you rarely see. These are from a report by the Radio Research Consortium and … [Read more...]

11/07

Radio: There Will Be No More New Music Formats

If you're waiting for a new music format - a knight in shining armor - to save your flagging ratings, then you will be waiting for the rest of your professional career. Because there never will be one ever again. What's the next big new format? Radio has been asking that question forever. Most recently, the answer was Classic Hip Hop. Is it the next big thing? Maybe not (from Radio Ink): If you listened to Radio One CEO Alfred Liggins on his earnings call you might come to the conclusion that he believes the Classic Hip Hop format — or BOOM, as Radio One calls it — has run its … [Read more...]

10/04

When Under-34’s Shrink Their Radio Listening

People under the age of 50 spend more time every week using apps and the web on their smartphone than they spend listening to the radio. Indeed, the biggest users of radio are persons 50-64, while the lightest users are 18-24's, who spend about 50% more time with mobile apps/web than they spend with the radio. That's from Nielsen data, by the way. So you can assume it's as accurate...as Nielsen data (I have left TV usage (live and time-shifted) off this chart - that's actually higher than mobile app/web usage among 18-24's and rockets ever-higher as consumers age). So what do … [Read more...]

09/19

Radio’s Problem After the iPhone 7

Unless you've been hiding under a rock you know that Apple released its latest iPhone last week, and the announcement came with all the usual pomp and publicity. But what does the iPhone 7 mean if you're working in the radio industry? The key thing is the much noted removal of the 3.5mm Earbud jack, an output device that - until now - has been ubiquitous. Sure, Apple will provide a Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter in the box along with some standard Earbuds with a Lightning connector, but anyone who is buying Apple products in part for their design style (which is virtually 100% of their … [Read more...]

08/16

Radio: More Reasons Why It’s Time to Dump Nielsen’s PPM

So last week I penned a strong piece suggesting that the radio industry drop PPM. The argument was stimulated by the discovery that Nielsen households can contain up to 16 meters. For me, this was the straw that broke the proverbial camel's back. The piece sparked a firestorm and almost a thousand Facebook shares, not because my points were so salient (although I hope they were) but because there does not seem to exist a single PPM subscriber who considers themselves satisfied customers. Nielsen is evidently in the business of optimizing unhappiness. Nice work if you can get … [Read more...]

08/08

It’s Time to Drop Nielsen’s PPM

Aren't you tired of PPM yet? From Tom Taylor Now: How many PPMs does Nielsen allow in one household? Answer – up to 16. Does that sound large? One current in-tab household has 13 meters, and nine of them belong to people under the age of 17. Nielsen likes stability on the panel, and this particular household has been in the sample for quite a while. Imagine replacing them when they leave after as much as a two-year tenure. That will require placement into multiple households to achieve 13 new meter-carriers, and it costs Nielsen money. But a couple of stations in Nielsen markets aren’t … [Read more...]

12/14

What if Christmas Music on Radio Isn’t Popular After All?

The routine is familiar: At least one radio station in every market flips to "All Christmas" music around Thanksgiving, thus dominating the Nielsen ratings before and during the holiday period. The interpretation: Everybody wants to hear Christmas tunes during the holiday season. So let's go all in and market the heck out of it! But what if something else is going on here? What if Christmas music is the thing you hear when you're in the right place rather than being the thing you seek out? What if Christmas music on the radio isn't really as popular as we think it is? Some time ago a … [Read more...]

10/12

Why Are You Trusting Your Ratings to Nielsen?

I have largely steered clear of the Voltair/Nielsen discussion (except for this piece) because it's so simple: It's a classic evolutionary dilemma, and in those evolutionary dilemmas the individuals who are most capable of adapting survive and those most finely tuned to their changing environments thrive. In other words, those who spend their hard-earned bucks on Voltair gadgets will have an advantage over those who do not. Now Nielsen announces that it's "improving" its technology so as to provide every participant a level playing field and perhaps eliminate the "need" for Voltair … [Read more...]

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