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Smart insights: Media and Entertainment

The media and entertainment industry is experiencing rapid transformation. This offers significant opportunities for those broadcasters, publishers, content advertising agencies, and content and digital platform owners who can understand the impact of this change.

Today, an audience of many is becoming an audience of one, forcing the media industry to become more data-driven. Media and digital groups need to understand changing patterns of consumption, including what programs and content are viewed across digital and traditional channels, as well as other content sources. 

Our media and entertainment research experts provide insight into what content is being consumed on which channels and devices, and why. We convert big cross-media data into smart, relevant research insights by using our unrivaled analytical, data science and technological expertise to integrate and interpret multiple data sets.

GfK’s own unique data sets include proprietary audience, consumer and retail data (for example Video on Demand (VOD), DVDs, music, books, video games and consoles). This allows us to measure media consumption, advertising efficiency and content appeal. By capturing, analyzing and translating media consumption across channels, platforms and devices, we help you build and execute winning business strategies.

Success Stories
  • Providing comprehensive product information for a hi-fi publication

    Providing comprehensive product information for a hi-fi publication

    16.08.2016

    Our catalog enables our client to offer comprehensive and authoritative product listings through its online publications.

    Situation

    Our client publishes a magazine for buyers and lovers of home audiovisual systems. In its move toward digital publishing, it wanted to keep its website readers engaged by providing technical specifications for most products in its listings. The company also wanted to minimize the costs and resources required to gather and manage the content, preferring that its staff focus on core publishing activities.

    Approach

    We provided the magazine with a subscription to our authoritative product catalog data. This gives the organization detailed, accurate and standardized technical specifications, product images and marketing text covering most audiovisual products in the market. Our product data is updated daily and is built on data drawn directly from manufacturers and distributors.

    Outcome

    The publication now offers its readers up-to-date, accurate and detailed product information alongside its editorial reviews. This adds value for readers and entrenches the publication’s place as the most comprehensive source of information about home entertainment systems.

    Our catalog:

    • allows the client to easily offer product listings without the costs of capturing the data manually
    • enables the publisher to focus on its core business even as it builds out new online services for its readers
    • offers data even for niche brands and manufacturers

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  • Cross-device usage study optimizes campaign planning

    Cross-device usage study optimizes campaign planning

    02.06.2016

    Facebook asked us to explore how consumers use computing devices and how they switch between them for different tasks during the day.

    Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.

    Situation

    Facebook wanted to explore how people use different devices for different tasks during the day and how they switch between them. This information could help its advertisers target customers with greater precision.

    Approach

    We combined a quantitative online survey with qualitative in-depth analysis to understand consumers’ behavior, attitudes and opinions about the devices they use to access online content and services. We used geographical location tracking to analyze which activities they were most likely to do while away from their homes.

    Outcome

    We discovered that almost half of the adults in the UK and the US sometimes begin an activity on one device and finish it on another. This suggests that marketers must reach their audiences across all platforms with a consistent brand experience. With single log-in sites like Facebook, they can avoid sending the same messages to prospective customers on their different devices.

    The research highlighted the most important reasons for people switching from one device to another: comfort and convenience; urgency; the time it takes to complete a task; security and privacy; and the complexity of the information the user needs to input to complete the task. Actions associated with a purchase journey frequently trigger a consumer’s decision to switch devices.

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    GfK DMI team
  • Connecting the dots between digital and traditional media

    Connecting the dots between digital and traditional media

    15.03.2016

    We investigated the role of social media chatter in generating awareness and readership of Vanity Fair’s Caitlyn Jenner issue.

    Vanity Fair is an influential and iconic magazine published by Condé Nast.

    Situation

    Most media planners crave insight and data about how digital and traditional media can work together. The much talked about issue with Caitlyn Jenner on the cover offered us a perfect opportunity to explore this topic. We wanted to investigate what impact, if any, the social media buzz can have on the readership of the July issue in its traditional printed format.

    Approach

    Over a nine-week period, we surveyed 1,798 adults online who said they had read the July issue of Vanity Fair.

    Outcome

    • Four in ten adults who read the magazine first heard about the Jenner cover on social media
    • 40% of adults (ages 18+) who read the July issue had not read Vanity Fair in the previous 12 months
    • Nearly half (47%) of those readers were aged 18 and 34, indicating that the coveted millennials do read print magazines, contrary to the conventional wisdom
    • The big challenge for publishers is generating awareness among these younger readers – and it looks like social media can help with this

    Click here to download the success story

  • Optimizing TV content for a demanding audience

    Optimizing TV content for a demanding audience

    31.01.2016

    Our research helped this TV network shape its new television show featuring a Brazilian icon.

    Situation

    A broadcaster needed information about how viewers would respond to a popular entertainer’s return to the airwaves after a short absence. After the launch of the program, the company wanted to track the audience’s response to its format and content.

    Approach

    We explored social media conversations to determine which elements viewers might value in the show, and how these aligned with the host and the network. A subsequent quantitative study gauged the target audience’s intention of watching the program.

    After the launch, we tracked viewers’ behavior and opinions by integrating social media insights with audience data from the broadcaster and data from our online panel.

    Outcome

    We found that Brazilians were receptive to a new show because television program options during the evening time slot were limited.

    After the launch, we tracked user-generated content on social networks to see what elements of the show were resonating with the audience. This information helped producers strengthen the show’s content.

    Our advice also helped the commercial team to target sponsors with brands that would be a good match for the profile of the program and its audience.

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    • 03/23/17
    • Media and Entertainment
    • Retail
    • Global
    • English

    Majority of international online population regularly reads books

    Over half of the international online population (59%) reads from a book “at least once a week”, according to our recently released report featuring survey results from 17 countries.  Just under a third (30%) of those surveyed read daily, with China leading the way for the percentage of its population who are regular readers. Russia (59%) and Spain (57%) rank behind China (70%) for the percentage of their online population that reads “at least once a week”.  When we combine results for everyday readers, and those who read “every day or most days”, China leads again at 36% with Spain and the UK following closely behind at 32% each.

    Regular readers more likely to come from high income households

    Those living in high income households read books more often than those in low income households, with over a third (35%) saying that they read regularly “every (day) or most days”.  In low income households, a quarter of people (24%) are daily readers, and one out of ten claim that they ‘never’ read books, which is triple the percentage reported for high income households. “The value of these findings for the book industry lies in combining this self-reported data with analysis of actual sales across different markets and insights from our retail and consumer panels”, says Mathias Giloth, Managing Director of GfK Entertainment. “With this multi-layered approach, we help our clients to fine-tune their audience segmentation and identify customer potential, both globally and at country-specific level.”

    Regular readers by gender

    Women are more likely to be avid book readers than men, with 32% reading daily, compared to 27% of men from the international online population.  The gender gap between regular book readers is widest in the Netherlands and Spain, followed by Canada and Germany.

    Leading nations for non-readers

    The Netherlands, along with South Korea, both registered as countries with the highest percentage of their online population who report never reading books, at 16% each.  Belgium (14%) and Canada, France and Japan (11%) have the next highest proportion of non-readers.

    About the study

    We conducted the online survey with over 22,000 consumers aged 15 or older across 17 countries. Fieldwork was completed in summer 2016. Data are weighted to reflect the demographic composition of the online 3 population aged 15+ in each market. Countries covered are Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Russia, South Korea, Spain, UK and USA. hbspt.cta.load(2405078, '85efaed5-bbe3-4229-88b3-080a02a00197', {});
    • 03/23/17
    • Media and Entertainment
    • Market Opportunities and Innovation
    • Trends and Forecasting
    • Global Study
    • Consumer Life
    • Global
    • English

    Majority of internet users read books either daily or at least once a week

    Nearly 60 percent of the online population across 17 countries read books either daily or at least once a week. China has highest percentage of “every day” book readers. Netherlands and South Korea tie for the highest percentage who say they never read books. Women are more likely to be avid book readers than men.
    • 02/28/17
    • Fashion and Lifestyle
    • Financial Services
    • Media and Entertainment
    • Retail
    • Technology
    • Travel and Hospitality
    • Automotive
    • Consumer Goods
    • FMCG
    • Market Opportunities and Innovation
    • Global
    • English

    UK Consumer Confidence drops one point in February to -6

    GfK’s long-running Consumer Confidence Index has decreased one point this month to -6. Three of the five measures saw decreases in February, and two measures saw increases.
    • 02/10/17
    • Media and Entertainment
    • Media Measurement
    • Global
    • English

    ‘The Grand Tour’ drives into pole position for Amazon

    The Grand Tour – Amazon’s biggest visual production to date – was released on 18 November 2016. Essentially, for all those who aren’t aware of what The Grand Tour is, the show is an updated version of BBC’s Top Gear, hosted by the three presenters who really (whether you like them or not) made the show what it is today: Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. Talk about the release and production of this new Amazon Original series has been circulating over the last 18 months, with Jeremy Clarkson even popping up in  Amazon’s advertising to help promote products like the Amazon Fire stick, but also to help keep awareness of the new show alive.

    Reception upon release

    Once the show was released, there were mixed reviews from all corners of the media, with some claiming that the show had exceeded expectations, whilst others felt it was offensive and off-key. Away from the newspaper columns and online comment sections though, our UK SVOD data allows us to understand a bit more about how the show actually performed against other titles on Amazon (they keep this data very close to their chest), and what viewers actually thought about the show. Firstly, even though it was only launched halfway through the month, The Grand Tour (TGT) became the most streamed show on Amazon in November 2016, accounting for 8% of all the streams watched in that month. In the following month, the show was still the most streamed title, and increased its share of streams to 17%, a clear winner and ahead of the second placed title, The Man in the High Castle which attracted 9% of all streams viewed. However, what is perhaps more interesting is that in December, 45% of all active Amazon users watched at least one episode of the program (we define an ‘active user’ as someone who has watched something in the last week). This is the highest proportion of unique viewers that we’ve ever recorded, not just for Amazon, but also across all platforms captured by our tracker in the UK (which includes Netflix and NowTV). This suggests that two things might be happening: existing subscribers are all intrigued by the show and/or lots of new people have signed up especially to watch the program.

    Exclusive original content made by the provider

    One key reason behind Amazon’s investment, was of course, not just to attract publicity and views, but to encourage sign up amongst a different target audience to those already signed up. In December 2016, the top reason for sign up to Amazon Prime was ‘to watch original series made by the provider’ (this excludes those signing up for free shipping and because of a free trial).  The next most popular reason for sign up was ‘to watch exclusive content not available elsewhere’. To underpin the appeal of TGT, over half of those who said that they signed up to Amazon in order to watch a particular show said it was TGT that they wanted to watch, definite signs that TGT was doing the job it was commissioned for. This I believe can be fairly linked with the launch and increased marketing of The Grand Tour (awareness for TGT was high, with 84% of all Amazon users in December having heard of the show).

    Rating the show’s content

    When asked why they started watching this new series, the majority of viewers (68%) said that they are/previously had been fans of the BBC’s version of the show. Furthermore, just over half (52%) also stated that they are fans of the presenting trio (Clarkson, Hammond and May), indicating that many of The Grand Tour’s viewers have migrated from the BBC to Amazon (and more technically, from Linear TV to SVOD). In terms of the program quality, the main question most people are asking is, “is TGT better than the original?’. Amongst those that watched the show, 55% felt that The Grand Tour was ‘much/slightly better’ than the BBC’s Top Gear show with the same presenters, and 45% of viewers also thought that the show exceeded their original expectations. This is backed up with the show’s content rating. When asked to rate the show using a 10 point scale, TGT scores a content rating of 8.6, higher than most other big Amazon Originals such as The Man in the High Castle (8.3), Transparent (8.2) and Bosch (8.5). The show also scores a lot higher when compared to the average content rating for any show watched on Amazon, which currently stands at 7.9, proving that the high production cost may be paying off (as it happens, the viewers of the show also agree that Amazon’s investment has been worth it, with less than 1/6 of viewers saying that they were disappointed with the show, or that Amazon have wasted their money in making it).

    Conclusion

    With Amazon finding success from their investment into TGT, it should be expected that they will continue to spend to produce exclusive content not available elsewhere to bolster users of the service. It is also highly likely that the 2nd season of TGT will be backed by an even bigger marketing budget, given the success the show had in reaching such a wide range of Amazon users, and that all those who watched the show generally thought it was great. The interesting thing will be how Amazon and The Grand Tour production team decide to follow up with season 2. Will they stick to the tried and tested formula (which seems to be working), or will they try even more adventurous journeys and stunts? At the end of the day, given that most people are watching the show because they like cars and the presenters (Clarkson, Hammond and May), Amazon will undoubtedly follow up with a 2nd season that is equally as successful, so long as they keep those two critical elements at the very core of the show, and continue to build excitement by using the iconic trio in the company’s wider marketing campaign in the run up to release.

    See the top reasons viewers started watching The Grand Tour

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