University Study on Podcasting
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Alan talks about how he has been an avid listener of podcasts and heard podcasters talk about how they thought people listened to their shows without any data to support their claims. So he decided to conduct a study on how people consume podcasts and ended up getting over 1000 respondents.
Here is a summary of the results:
- 76% of respondents listen most often to podcasts on an iPod or other MP3 player.
- 70% of respondents download their podcasts via the iTunes store.
- 28% listen most often while in the car, and 28% at home during the week.
- Median preferred length of podcast episode: 46 minutes.
- Podcast categories (from iTunes) listened to most often in the preceding month: Technology,
Comedy, News & Politics, Society & Culture, Arts & Literature.
- “Favorite” podcast comes from this category: Technology, Arts & Literature, Kids & Family,
Comedy, Games & Hobbies.
- In the last year, 68% have participated in a podcast in some way, and 50% have responded to a
podcast’s revenue model.
- Preferred revenue model: Advertisement or sponsorship message at the beginning or end of an
- Most common way of discovering a new podcast: podcast mentioned on another podcast.
- Other new media used most often by podcast listeners: Facebook (56%), blogs (45%), Twitter
We talked about how the prevalence of tablets could change the results now and what the future of podcast consumption may be. Alan believes that apps are the future. Apps like the Twit app or the No Agenda App that enable you to get their content.
We talk about whether niche or hobbyist podcasters can survive and grow their audience when the big radio and television networks are moving into iTunes and other platforms with their repurposed content.
We also discussed how podcasters typically don’t see each other as competitors but rather colleagues!
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