Spoken word audio report (NPR / Edison Research): Record high consumption; podcast share growing; AM/FM unbeatable in the car

The fifth annual iteration of The Spoken Word Audio Report has been released by Edison Research and NPR. While the research continues to measure basic trend lines of listening to spoken word content, such as reach and time-of-day metrics, this year the two companies bring a special emphasis on listening locations. This post takes a fairly deep dive and provides a download link. Continue Reading

Top ten popular podcasts consumed in affluent households (Edison Research)

In an interesting data slice, Edison Research has published a top-10 list of podcasts that index highest in households whose incomes exceed $100k. Among the audio data gathering ecosystem Edison is uniquely able to create such a list, via its thorough survey work in which 40,000 podcast listeners are interviewed in detail. Click for the graphic result. Continue Reading

Gen Z: Voracious and experienced podcast listeners, friendly to ads. (Edison Research / SXM Media)

Edison Research interviews 1,003 Gen Z respondents (13-24) in the U.S. to field the Gen Z Podcast Report 2023. The effort is sponsored by SXM Media, and we covered the teaser report from SXM a couple of weeks ago (here). Now, Edison releases the full detail — 45 pages of Z-specific metrics around podcast listening, discovery, acceptance of advertising, and more. Continue Reading

Edison’s unique Podcast Metrics product will expand to UK in Q3

Edison Research announced the launch of Edison Podcast Metrics UK, today at the Podcast Show 2023 taking place in London. There are many podcast rankers. But Edison Podcast Metrics claims uniqueness based on its survey model. Click through for the details about that, and a leak of leading podcasts in the UK at this point in the survey. Continue Reading

Moms: Avid online audio users (Edison Research)

Edison Research released its fifth Moms and Media survey. The fieldwork is a spinoff of The Infinite Dial, in which 1,500 12+ people are queried about their online preferences and habits. In this cut, “Mom” is defined as a woman having at least one child under 18 living in her household. Click for results, graphic charts, and the download link. Continue Reading

Boomers are a tough podcast demo, but worth winning (Edison Research / NPR)

In nearly every listening metric, the Boomer generation lags younger groups when it comes to involvement in online audio generally, and podcasting specifically. That’s the conclusion of an interesting and revealing collection of data from Edison Research and NPR. Boomers act differently from younger groups in key audio-related behaviors, making older listeners clearly identifiable and attractive. Click for takeaways and a link to the study. Continue Reading

Streaming audio share drops in-car compared to radio, especially when ad-supported: Edison Research

It is well established that in-car listening is a stronghold for American radio’s reach. A recent edition of Edison Research’s Weekly Insights series puts numbers to the comparative strength of AM/FM in the car, and compares them with out-of-car listening. Click for details and charts. Continue Reading