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For Radio Listeners, Liking is Literal

by MarketingCharts staff
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Listeners Make Frequent Visitors

Data from Jacobs Media’s “All-Format Techsurvey8″ indicates that of the US and Canadian radio listeners who have liked the page of the radio station that sent them the survey (170 stations participated), 57.4% visit the page at least weekly, including slightly more than 1 in 10 who do so every day. Comparing this to the total sample size, this equates to 27.2% of all radio listeners surveyed who visit the Facebook page of their radio station on at least a weekly basis.

Facebook Most Popular SocNet; Pinterest Users Share Most

Facebook (79%) is easily the most popular social network among radio listeners, with LinkedIn (29.7%) and Twitter (22.1%) trailing distantly. MySpace still sees some usage (13.3%) among this group, and Pinterest (8.4% – 13.3% among female respondents) also sees significant usage. Overall, 85% of the respondents said they are members of at least one social networking site.

Pinterest users appear to be the most likely to share, click like, or re-tweet things they see on any websites, Facebook, or Twitter, with 28.3% saying they frequently do so. By comparison, 25.2% of Twitter users, 24.4% of Google+ users, and 16.5% of Facebook users say they are serial sharers.

Most Listeners Use Variety of Tech

Radio listeners aren’t just avid social networking users and sharers, they’re also frequent users of a wide variety of media. For example, more than 9 in 10 use the internet (93%), TV (92%) and AM/FM radio (92%) for at least one hour a day. 58% stream video at least weekly, while 38% listen to internet radio and 30% to public radio at that frequency. It bears noting that the poll was conducted online, so these figures may not translate to all radio listeners.

Additionally, technology appears to have wide penetration among this demographic: 60% own an MP3 player, 52% a smartphone, and 24% a tablet.

Other Findings:

  • Among radio listeners who have liked the Facebook page of the station that sent them the survey, those aged 18-34 are more likely than the average to visit the page at least weekly (61.7% vs. 57.4%). Women are also more likely to do so than men (58.5% vs. 55.4%).
  • Female radio listeners are far more likely than males to regularly share, click like, or re-tweet things they see on websites, Facebook, or Twitter (16% vs. 9.4%). Similarly, the 18-34 set is much more likely than the 55 and over group (19.9% vs. 8.2%) to do so.
  • Female respondents are almost 9% more likely than male respondents to have a social networking profile (88% vs. 81%) and almost 40% more likely to be Groupon subscribers (54% vs. 39%).
  • Male respondents, though, are far more likely to stream video at least weekly (67% vs. 52%) and to listen to internet radio at least weekly (42% vs. 36%).

About the Data: The Jacobs Media survey was fielded from January 31 to February 15, 2012. 170 commercial stations from the US and Canada, plus a syndicated show and 2 internet stations, participated. Most respondents are members of station email databases. Some responses were gathered via the station’s website or social networking pages. No station contributed more than 4% to the sample. The total respondent sample is 57,358. As a web poll, it cannot replicate all radio listeners nor even each station’s audience.