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TiVo Study: Multitasking Viewers Rarely Engage in TV-Related Side Activities

Tivo-logo-widescreenTiVo last week released results from its second annual ‘Multitasking and Social TV Survey.’ The company surveyed 856 people who watched at least seven hours of TV per week. 51% of respondents said that they multitask every time or almost every time they watch TV; this is compared to 36% who said they multitask in last year’s survey.

While multitasking is on the rise, more viewers are primarily paying attention to the show they’re watching. 47% of respondents’ total TV time is spent with their primary attention on the TV show while multitasking, compared to 39% in last year’s survey.

“Even given the proliferation of multitasking, viewers remain primarily focused on the television shows they are watching,” said TiVo Chief Research Officer Jonathan Steuer. “To paraphrase the Bard, the program’s the thing!”

TiVo’s study also confirms the findings of Deloitte’s latest Digital Democracy Survey, which was released in March: while multitasking is on the rise, viewers are not engaging much in second-screen activities related to the program.

Only 5% of respondents report TV-related multitasking every time or almost every time they watch TV, while 50% report never or almost never engaging in TV-related multitasking. Top TV-time activities include browsing the Internet (74%), reading or sending email (73%) and text messaging (71%).

Still, social TV marketers should note that 61% of the respondents said that they search the web for information about the shows that they watch and 47% said that they have ‘liked’ a show’s Facebook page.

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Below, more findings from the study:

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Infographic: Fans React to Homer and Peter Sharing the Small Screen Together

Family-Guy-and-The-SImpsons-Crossover‘The Simpsons Guy’ crossover episode aired last Sunday, and fans were at once taken aback and delighted.

According to our analytics partner Canvs, which measures Twitter sentiment, 10% of the emotional reactions included the word “worst” and 7% included “weird.” Still, the overwhelming majority of fans were excited for the Peter and Homer meet-up: 37% of reactions included “amazing” while 22% included “funny.” For such devoted fan bases it is surprising that only 36% of the 77,944 total tweets about the episode contained sentiment.

Below, some more insights from Canvs on what drove the Twitter conversation, followed by an infographic:

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Live-Tweeting TV Shows Lifts Conversation Volume and Follower Growth Rate

twitter-tv-500x306In a post last week for the Twitter’s Media Blog, Anjali Midha, the company’s Head of Global Media & Agency Research, unveiled the findings from a look into the short-term and long-term benefits of shows, stars, and brands live-Tweeting. The study stemmed from a May survey in partnership with FOX, the Advertising Research Foundation (ARF), and db5, which showed that 66% of Twitter users like to see Tweets from official show accounts (61% from actor/cast; 35% from the official show account; 24% from judges/host).

The most current study, according to Midha, “looked at two groups of like programs (for example, top dramas or reality shows) from the U.S. 2013-14 season: one that implemented regular live-Tweeting and one that did not. We then looked within each program to understand how episodes with live-Tweeting compared to their ‘baseline’ conversation levels on Twitter during episodes that did not feature live Tweeting.”

Below, the findings from the study, followed by an infographic of follower growth due to live-tweeting across different genres: Read more

Viacom Study: The 5 Steps to Series Fandom in the TV Everywhere Era

viacom-logo1Viacom today released the results of “Getting With the Program: TV’s Funnels, Paths and Hurdles,” a study the company conducted to explore how audiences discover, watch and become fans of TV shows.

The study, which surveyed more than 1,500 U.S. Viacom viewers ages 13-44, showed that people who use multiple devices to consume content prefer live TV and have stronger network loyalty than those watching shows on a single screen. 79% of the study participants say having more ways of accessing shows helps them try more programs and 78% wouldn’t have become fans of some shows if they couldn’t watch in multiple ways.

The most interesting part of the research is what Viacom calls the “Funnels to Fandom” – the process of becoming a fan, Viacom has found, takes place in five steps: Discovery, Research, Selection, Fandom, and Sharing. Read more

Twitter Users ‘Love’ the Suits Midseason Finale

SUITS -- "No Way Out" Episode 316 -- Pictured: Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter -- (Photo by: Ian Watson/USA Network)The Suits midseason finale aired on Wednesday, and fans went wild. According to our analytics partner, Canvs, which measures Twitter sentiment for shows, the emotions “love,” “good,” “crazy,” “upset,” and “intense” all peaked during the five minutes following the show’s last scene (10:00-10:05). A big cliffhanger still has fans talking, and a plot-line involving Louis Litt, Pearson Specter’s most obnoxiously brilliant lawyer, will keep fans engaged on social during the hiatus.

Here are some other insights from Canvs followed by an infographic:

  • Louis had the most reactions of any character on the show. He was mentioned in 10.2% of all reactions. He was mentioned even more than the shows title, “Suits,” which was only mentioned in 9.8% of reactions.
  • The show’s cliffhanger got fans tweeting up a storm. There were 492 reactions out of 1,617 tweets in the five minutes after the show ended (10:00-10:05). This was higher by far than any peak during the show’s airtime.

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Study: Advertisers Can’t Spend on TV Alone Anymore

wywyCollective, a cross-platform advertising company, and Viggle, the social TV check-in and rewards company, have been trying to convince advertisers that they cannot rely solely on linear TV advertising to reach consumers. Now, a recent study released by wywy (another cross-platform advertising company) and TNS Infratet finds that while second screen usage generally erodes TV advertising effectiveness, cross-platform advertising solutions used in conjunction with a traditional linear spend can actually improve ad awareness among second screen users who are also watching TV.

According to the study (conducted bt TNS Infratest, commissioned by wywy), among viewers who used a second screen device while watching TV, the TV ad awareness dropped 58 percent compared to TV-only viewers participating in the study.

The study also found that when cross-media ad technology synching the delivery of TV and online ads onto the second screen was used, TV ad awareness increased by more than 40 percent, creating an uplift among the mobile and tablet users. Read more

Seevibes Brand Affinity Index Connects Marketers with Social TV Audiences

Screenshot_5_28_14__11_08_AMSeevibes, a leading social TV analytics company in Canada, recently released a white paper showing the connection between consumers, advertisers, and brands.

The study measured 1,200 TV shows and 600 brands in Canada. In the first quarter of 2014, two out of three Twitter users participated in the social conversation around TV shows in Canada, and the study found that 53% of these profiles showed an interest in a brand or a product category on Twitter. Read more

Nielsen Study: Significant Overlap Between People Tweeting About TV and Brands

A recently Nielsen study measures the overlap between people who tweet about TV and people who tweet about brands that advertise on TV.

According to the report, 17 million people sent 361 million tweets about TV through April.  In the same time period, “17 million people sent 215 million tweets about the approximately 700 brands that Nielsen Social captures.” The purpose of measuring the overlap was to better understand the value of social TV audiences to brands.

Here are the four key findings from the report: Read more

Prosthetic Leg Incident Drives Conversation During ‘Real Housewives of New York’ Finale

1356928988Season 6 of ‘The Real Housewives of New York’ concluded this week with a bang. Literally. Aviva Drescher threw her prosthetic leg across a table at LeCirque and Twitter went wild. According to our analytics partner, Canvs, which measures Twitter sentiment for shows, the most reacted-to moment of the finale occurred directly in the aftermath of the leg incident when viewers commented on how “funny” the situation was. The second biggest moment, both in terms of overall volume and reaction volume, happened during the throwing incident itself when viewers called Aviva “crazy.”

Here are some other insights from Canvs followed by an infographic:

-35% of all reactions about the show happened in the ten minutes surrounding the leg incident.

- Other top moments didn’t drive nearly the same emotional intensity as the leg throwing.

-“Who cares?” spiked at 9:25 when Harry left with LuAnn instead of Sonja.

-“Love” spiked about Heather’s son as well.

- Total Emotional Reactions: 7,804

- Total Tweets: 23,891 Read more

Social TV Fans ‘Love’ Season 2 Premiere of Showtime’s ‘Masters of Sex’

The second season of Showtime’s critically-acclaimed “Masters of Sex” premiered this week and although the social audience was on the smaller side, they were highly engaged and extremely excited for the show’s return. According to our analytics partner, Canvs, which measures Twitter sentiment for shows, the most reacted-to moment of Episode 1 was viewers calling Bill a “jerk” when he ignored his crying baby and yelled at his mother. Still, most of the conversation surrounding the season premiere was about the return itself. Of the tweets that featured an emotional reaction, 38% used the word “love,” 23% used the word “excited,” and 12% used the word “good.”

Here are some other insights from Canvs followed by an infographic: Read more

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