The Colling Media market research team conducted a national Snapshot Study to understand how the coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing the way consumers are consuming media and advertising. The survey, conducted March 17, 2020, canvased 500 adults 18+ from throughout the United States. The purpose of the study was to reveal if social distancing, the closing of businesses, and people working from home are modifying how people are watching, listening, and absorbing differing media.
Top-level findings of Colling Media coronavirus COVID-19 Media Consumption Snapshot survey:
- 54.7% of consumers are watching more TV than they were this time last week.
- 16%.6 of consumers are listening to less radio (at home or in the car) than they were this time last week.
- 46% of consumers are looking at more social media (such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn) than they were this time last week.
- 35.4% of consumers are seeing less out-of-home advertising (such as billboards and bus shelter advertising) than they were this time last week
- 40% of consumers are using their desktop or laptop computers more than they were this time last week.
- 53.3% of consumers are consuming websites on their mobile/cell phones more than they were this time last week.
“In many ways, the results of our survey aren’t surprising, because we’ve seen shifts in consumer media consumption before and during unusual times,” says Brian Colling, CEO of Colling Media. “But these results are significantly amplified and different than what we’ve ever seen before. For advertisers, we suggest an immediate audit of where and how their target consumers are consuming media. This may mean immediate dialing back on some media, such as radio and out-of-home, and an increase in social media, TV and OTT spending, especially on mobile devices. That is what we’re doing for our clients—advising them where they should be spending their advertising dollars for optimal results. Brands need to reach customers, even under unusual circumstances, so we must be vigilant in watching and responding immediately.”