Supply Of Time Spent With Media Expands, Continues To Fragment: Digital Boosts Share

The amount of time people spend consuming media continues to expand, raising serious questions about opportunities and consequences for brands competing for consumer attention in an increasingly fragmented media marketplace. Per capita consumption of media is projected to rise 1.4% this year, to an average of 492 minutes daily, according to estimates released this morning by Publicis’ ZenithOptimedia unit.

That’s up seven minutes daily from the worldwide per capita average of 485 minutes in 2014, and the media shop’s analysts attribute it to greater access to the Internet, especially mobile connectivity. Per capita Internet usage will rise 11.8% this year, the agency estimates.

The data, which comes from the latest edition of ZenithOptimedia’s Media Consumption Forecasts, projects Internet consumption will expand at an average annual rate of 10% between 2014 and 2017, the period being analyzed in the report.



Since 2010, the agency estimates per capita usage of the Internet has doubled worldwide from 59.6 minutes to 109.5 minutes daily in 2014.

But like Newton’s laws of physical gravity, when things go up, some things also come down in the media universe. The amount of time the average global consumer allocated to “traditional media” -- things like TV, newspapers, radio, magazines and out-of-home media -- declined to 375.8 minutes daily in 2014 from 402.2 minutes in 2010.

“Mobile technology in particular has created new opportunities to consume media, by allowing people to access the internet while out and about – shopping, commuting to work, waiting to meet friends, and so on,” says the report.

Currently, ZenithOptimedia estimates the Internet has 22.6% share of time spent with media daily, and will expand to 28.6% in 2017.
“The average person already spends half their waking life consuming media,” states the report's author, Jonathan Barnard, ZenithOptimedia’s head of forecasting. “But people around the world are clearly hungry for even more opportunities to discover information, enjoy entertainment and communicate with each other, and new technology is supplying these opportunities. Technology also enables brands to communicate with and learn from consumers in new ways. We expect media consumption to continue to grow for the foreseeable future, multiplying the opportunities for brands to develop relationships with consumers.” 
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  1. Chris Conderino from CC Media and Marketing, June 3, 2015 at 11:58 a.m.

    Without divulging our sexual distractions, I think we know enough about media consumption to gauge the relative attention levels of the audience.  There is media we consume for leisure, entertainment and information and media we consume as we are doing something else.  The former is likely to enjoy more attention than the latter and in each case, content is designed accordingly.   Digital with 25% media consumption is multi-purpose and utilizes smaller doses of content to serve its user base.  Traditional media, primarily TV/Video, can be ubiqitous but has the advantage of longer time spent and the singular attention that goes with leisure time. 
    I think the important takeaway in this article is that consumers are absorbing more, not less media and that the challenge continues to be how to orchestrate all of these instruments to play to the audience.

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