Internet users are multitasking more than ever by incorporating various media into an interconnected media experience. And watching television while online (58.3% of respondents) is the most common offline activity connected with internet consumption, a recent online survey by Burst Media found.
Over four-fifths (82.4%) of respondents are involved with another medium, activity or device while online, according to Burst, and among those multitaskers nearly one-quarter (23.6%) are “super-taskers” juggling four or more tasks while online. And it’s not only the young who media-multitask, nor is one gender significantly more likely to do so:
Television viewing is followed by job-related activities (33.0%), reading a book (31.1%), reading a magazine or newspaper (29.7%), talking on a cell phone (23.6%), listening to the radio (21.6%), school work (17.9%), sending text messages by cell phone or other device (17.8%) and playing videogames (15.5%).
In such a hectic, multitasking environment, consumers’ attention span is fragmented – and the implication for marketers is that they need to simultaneously direct ad dollars into an array of media choices to capture this fragmented attention, Burst said.
Among the findings on how consumers’ online habits are changing television viewing:
“The shortening attention span of consumers poses a challenge to marketers,” said Jarvis Coffin, CEO and cofounder of Burst Media. “But, expanding media diversity can solve the problem for advertisers. It provides them with countless combinations to deliver coordinated messages across different platforms and get consumers attention.”
“This is particularly true between television and the internet – it’s a tactic that has been used by many marketers to great success, and is a cost-effective way to reach target audiences,” Jarvis said.
About the survey: In October 2007, Burst Media conducted an online study of 2,700 web users 18 and older about activities they engage in while online. The survey also examined how media fragmentation impacts the ability to market to people online.
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