Digital Content in Newspapers Reaches 161 Million Adults

According to NAA VP Jim Conaghan, supported with comScore data, the audience engaging with digital content offered by newspaper media reached a new all-time high, totaling 161 million adult unique visitors in March 2014. The count represents a 19% increase from the 135 million unique visitors measured by comScore in April 2013.

Overall, newspaper digital media reached 78% of online adults in the U.S. last month.

Newspaper Unique Visitors (4/2013-3/2014; Visitors in Millions)

Month/Year

Visitors (MM)

Apr.  2013

135MM

Sep. 

141

Dec.

147

Jan.  2014

146

Feb. 

145

Mar.

161

Source: NAA/comScore, April 2014

Young adults, ages 18-24, who use only mobile devices to access newspaper digital content showed the largest increase, rising by 146% in March 2014 from April last year.

The data show that the increased use of mobile devices among all age groups is expanding the newspaper digital audience in a significant way. While the use of desktop or laptops as the only device for newspaper digital content declined for all age groups except for those 55 or older, all ages using mobile in some form grew substantially.

Percent Change in Unique Visitors Engaged With Newspaper Digital Content (April 2013 through March 2014)

Age Group

Net Change

Desktop/Laptop Only

Mobile & Desktop/Laptop

Mobile Only

18-24

19%

-30%

72%

146%

25-34

22

-24

62

103

35-44

19

-18

52

82

45-54

18

-3

45

59

55+

17

2

42

37

Source: NAA/comScore, April 2014

Audience growth has pushed up the net reach of newspaper digital content. In April 2013, 70% of the online adult audience engaged with newspaper digital content. Following a seasonal drop in May and June, the net reach grew to the new peak of 78% in March 2014.

By age, the net reach was highest among those 25-34, at 84%. Both the 35-44 and 45-54 age groups show the identical net reach of 79%, while the reach of those age 55 or older was 77%. Among the youngest group, age 18-24, net reach was 71%.

Compared with April, 2013, net reach rose for all age groups, including the youngest adults. The reach percentage grew by 12 points for the 25-34 group, to 84%. It increased 10 points to 79% from 69% for the 35-44 group, and 8 points for the 45-54 group. For those 55 and older, reach climbed 7 points to 77% from 70%. The 18-24 age group showed a 5 point gain in net reach.

Net Reach Among Unique Visitors For Newspaper Digital Content

 

Net Reach

Age of Visitor

April 2013

March 2014

55+

70%

77%

45-54

71

79

35-44

69

79

25-34

72

84

18-24

66

71

Source: NAA/comScore, April 2014

comScore’s multiplatform measurements, which show combined mobile and desktop, and mobile-exclusive users, launched early last year, and offer an unduplicated count of the total audience, meaning that a visitor is counted once, even when they access content on multiple computers or devices. 

N.B. The term mobile-only or mobile-exclusive refers to using only a smartphone or tablet, and not a desktop or laptop computer to access newspaper digital content during the month. Usage of the traditional printed newspaper is not captured in the comScore dataset.

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comScore’s multiplatform measurements — which show combined mobile and desktop, and mobile-exclusive users — launched early last year. These measurements offer an unduplicated count of the total audience, meaning that a visitor is counted once, even when they access content on multiple computers or devices. 

Note: The term mobile-only or mobile-exclusive refers to using only a smartphone or tablet, and not a desktop or laptop computer to access newspaper digital content during the month. Usage of the traditional printed newspaper is not captured in the comScore dataset.

First Published: April 28, 2014

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