It will take many days to fully digest all of the findings released yesterday by Arbitron, Edison Research and NPD Group, but one thing is already obvious.
Thinking about many research reports one at a time won't give you the full picture of broadcast radio's place in media usage.
As yesterday's post proposed on an entirely different set of info, before you make use of any research findings you didn't pay for, it's important to understand who did pay for each study and what their motivations are.
For example, this chart from NPD's “Music Acquisition Monitor:"
Tom Taylor notes in his report of the study: "That headline needs a bunch of qualifiers – like the age of those
“younger Americans” (13 to 35) and the fact that the 23% figure relates
to music listening, not total listening to radio and/or other audio
Arbitron's Bill Rose and Edison's Tom Webster were quick today with insightful recommendations in their recaps of Infinite Dial 2013, so I simply want to share the following chart from it through which I think we need to view the NPD data:
The strength of "radio" is that it's available to use while you're doing other things.
Simultaneous media usage is our future. It's no longer a zero-sum game. You need to look at as many data points as possible to get the full story.
Heck, even the word triangulation has more than one meaning.
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