“Ad Receptivity, Deconstructed” Explores What Factors Drive Ad Receptivity and Ad Attention for Digital Audio Listeners vs. Digital Video Watchers”

NEW YORK – June 4, 2019 – Mood, needs state and situation are key indicators of ad receptivity (willingness to see an ad before exposure to it) and ad attention (the active behavior of noticing an ad) for both digital video and digital audio consumers, according to “Ad Receptivity, Deconstructed,” a new media trial study by MAGNA and IPG Media Lab in conjunction with Pandora Media, LLC, a subsidiary of SiriusXM, that launched today.

The study surveyed over 2,000 respondents who kept an online diary of their digital audio and video consumption over 24 hours. While audio listeners and video viewers are similar in that they are most receptive to ads when in a state of excitement and when spending time with family, they exhibit distinct differences as well. Listeners are generally 35% more open to ads and specifically receptive when relaxed and focused, for viewers it’s when they’re stressed. Ultimately, the more receptive consumers are, the more likely they are paying attention.

“This study validates that digital audio and video have infinite moments to reach people willing to be exposed to advertising. Marketers who understand the when, the where and the what to meet people’s state of mind and needs state will win their attention.” Keri Degroote, SVP Research & Analytics, Pandora.

The study revealed a number of other important insights, including:

  • Mood Matters: Ad receptivity is dependent on a person’s emotional state. Good moods (excited, relaxed, focused, happy) means more willing to see advertising for audio, whereas an excited mood translates to better ad receptivity for video viewers. When people are tired, they’re least receptive to ads on both audio and video.
  • Generational Divide: Gen Z’s are an elusive audience that are least receptive to video + audio advertising. Looking across generations, Millennials are receptive to both audio and video ads, although video reported a 4% higher receptivity to video, whereas GenX are 32% more receptive to digital audio than digital video advertising.
  • Situational Sensitivity: Digital Video viewers are highly receptive to ads when spending time with family and dramatically less so when pursuing interests and hobbies. Audio listeners, however, stayed relatively situation-agnostic with receptivity levels remaining fairly even across different scenarios.
  • Parents Are Dramatically More Receptive to Ads: Gen Z, Millennial and Gen X parents are dramatically more open to ads than their childless counterparts by dramatic margins. For instance, Millennial parents are 27% more receptive to video ads and 15% more receptive to audio ads than those without children.
  • Content Connection: Audio is audio when it comes to ad receptivity with content format (music, podcast, audiobook) does not matter, unlike Video where content length impacts ad receptivity. Video Viewers were most receptive to mid-length content like TV shows.

“Digital audio and video provide significant opportunities for advertisers to target audiences at the most opportune moments, but it requires really understanding what they are feeling and thinking when consuming different media,” said Kara Manatt, SVP, Intelligence Solutions & Strategy, MAGNA Global. “People are focused when listening to rock music, excited when watching action movies…their mood states vary wildly throughout the course of a day and so does their openness to receiving an ad. Brands that understand the mood behind the action are dramatically more likely to grab the attention of listeners and viewers.”

The report includes an “Audio Receptivity Influence Index” as well as a “Video Receptivity Index” that details how sensitive audio listeners and video viewers are to changes within each indicator (i.e. Mood, Needs state, device, time of day, etc.).


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