Podtrac Issues Listening Outlook for the Holidays
|RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, October 22, 2020|
Wondering what this holiday season may look like for podcast listeners? Here's some data which may shed some light on what the holidays have in store. Based on an iHeart survey of podcast listeners conducted between August 31 and September 7 of this year, 6 in 10 expect to spend the same or more time than last year traveling by car over the holidays, and 8 in 10 plan to spend more time than last year with family.
Will more time in the car lead to more podcast listening? Or does more family time mean less podcast listening? iHeart Executive VP Hetal Patel thinks that podcast listeners actively looking forward to the holidays can only be good for podcast listening.
"Our survey indicates that three-quarters of podcast listeners are looking for experiences that improve their mood this holiday season," said Patel. "Podcast listening has continued to grow during the pandemic and given the early indicators we are seeing; we expect people to continue listening to podcasts as it provides the enjoyment they crave."
Podtrac's historical data shows some interesting patterns. Wednesdays are consistently the highest podcast listening day of the week with traffic dipping on the weekends and Sunday being the lowest listening day of the week as illustrated by the Q4 2019 data below. This pattern has continued through the pandemic to date.
Podtrac data also shows that October tends to be the highest podcast listening month of the year, with downloads dipping during November and December but not as low as levels earlier in the year.
Podcast listening tends to drop over Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's holidays per data from Podtrac, but is above average before and after those holidays, with strongest listening for the season in early January.
While overall podcast listening is down slightly in November and December from October levels, two categories - Music and Leisure - showed increased listening during this time frame in 2019, per data from Podtrac.
Given the surprises that 2020 has held for us so far, we can't be certain what podcast listening will look like during the holidays this year, but signs point to continued growth.
"It will certainly be interesting to track the data to determine if the pandemic does have an influence on podcast listening over this holiday season," commented Podtrac CEO Mark McCrery.
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