Edison Research survey finds potential podcast listeners don’t know where to start

If you weren’t able to attend Podcast Movement in Philadelphia, you can still catch up on a few of the top takeaways from the keynote by Edison Research SVP Tom Webster. The talk, titled The Next Frontier in Podcasting: 100 Million Listeners, explored the gap between the high rates of people who are familiar with the term podcasting and the lower rates of people who have actually listened to a show. Continue Reading


Smart Audio Report teasers and webinar info

The Spring 2018 edition of The Smart Audio Report, produced by NPR and Edison Research, will be released tomorrow (Wednesday July 18) in a 1pm webinar. It is a key research report about the adoption and use of smart speakers, arguably the most important new distribution platform since smartphones. In a teaser release, NPR and Edison have revealed a few key findings. Continue Reading


Infinite Dial Australia 2018: Online audio and podcasting on the rise

Edison Research and Triton Digital have released the 2018 edition of the Infinite Dial Australia study, It is the second investigation from the pair detailing the latest trends and habits for listeners down under. The results are pulled from a national telephone survey of more than 1,000 Australians aged 12 and up during the first quarter of 2018. Continue Reading


Podcast Consumer 2018: Share of ear doubles, smartphone dominance, and smart speaker success

Podcasting has come a long way in attracting a dedicated, passionate audience with several unique traits, but there is still progress to be made in reaching the mainstream American listener. That’s the narrative laid out today in the Podcast Consumer 2018 report from Edison Research and Triton Digital. Ever the congenial host, Edison VP Tom Webster presided over the presentation. Continue Reading


Infinite Dial 2018: Smart speaker ownership nearly tripled in the past year

The Infinite Dial kicked off with a look at ownership trends in technology and media. Most telling, the research from Edison and Triton focused on the growth in smart speakers. Awareness of the device segment was 71% for Amazon Alexa, up from 57% last year, while Google Home awareness rose from 45% in 2017 to 56% in 2018. Considering the recent ad blitzes for the segment, John Rosso joked that those who haven’t heard of them are “probably living in caves and staring at their tablets.” Continue Reading


Infinite Dial 2018: Monthly and weekly online audio listening reach new highs

The Infinite Dial 2018 shows steady growth in online audio. The latest installment of the research project found that 64% of survey respondents, or an estimated 180 million people, listened to online audio in the past month. Weekly online audio listening has risen at an even more dramatic clip. Continue Reading


Infinite Dial 2018: Pandora tops the audio brand charts

Pandora continues to top the awareness of audio brands in the Infinite Dial 2018. The audio company had 85% awareness among the respondents. iHeartRadio rated second in awareness at 67%, followed by Spotify at 65%. Both Apple Music and Amazon Music clocked in with 60%. Continue Reading


The Infinite Dial study will now have a report focused on Canada’s digital media trends

Triton Digital and Edison Research announced that they will expand their Infinite Dial study to cover Canada. The research will offer a comprehensive view of Canadian digital media consumption, covering topics including digital audio, podcasts, and smart speakers. The inaugural Infinite Dial Canada study results will be unveiled on April 4. Continue Reading


16% of Americans own a smart speaker: post-holiday results of groundbreaking NPR/Edison research

NPR has updated its Smart Audio Report with a post-holiday survey conducted by Edison Research. The headline result is that 16% of American adults (about 39-million people) now own a smart speaker. Smart speaker adoption is growing at the pace of smartphones several years ago. AM/FM radio listening is being replaced at a greater rate than any other activity. Continue Reading


Edison Research expands staff, doubles office, promotes executive team

Edison Research, the leading consumer research organization for understanding how Americans listen to audio, has greeted the new year with three growth announcements. A slew of promotions creates a larger executive team. Newly hired staff is on board to accommodate Edison’s growing research clientele. And the company has purchased office space which doubles its square footage. Continue Reading


Edison Research and Knight Foundation survey podcasting’s super listeners

Edison Research and the Knight Foundation collaborated for a study investigating the podcast audience, with interviews of nearly 29,000 podcast listeners. All of the participants are age 18 or older and listen to at least one audio podcast from NPR, WNYC, American Public Media, WBUR, PRX, or Gimlet Media. A comparison of these results with the more general habits detailed in The Infinite Dial surveys show some marked distinctions between casual and serious podcast listeners. Continue Reading