Futuri Study Reveals Permanent Changes to Media Perception, Consumption and Revenue Across Traditional, Digital and Social Media

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Futuri, the leading provider of AI-driven audience engagement and sales intelligence solutions for media, Futuri today announced key findings from their Future of Audience and Revenue Study with SmithGeigerwhich revealed tectonic shifts in how Americans perceive, consume and pay for media content, as well as media executives’ predictions for the sector and confidence in their ability to meet emerging challenges.

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“The message is very clear to media executives: now is the time to accelerate innovation to keep pace with media’s evolution, or risk being left behind.”

The study explored five key verticals: TV; social media; digital publishing; radio; and Esports, sports and betting. Some key findings include:

  • America’s Insatiable Appetite For Content: Americans are voracious content consumers, with 41% consuming 10+ hours of content a week, amassing an average monthly cost in streaming bills of $45.
  • Audiences Getting News Outside Of Traditional Channels: 47% of Americans turn to Google every week for their news, flanked by Facebook (42%), YouTube (33%), Instagram and Twitter (both 28%). National newspaper websites (New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, USA Today) capture only 19% of Americans.
  • Trust In Media At All-Time Lows: A majority of Americans do not trust major TV outlets. Of the organizations analyzed (CBS, CNN, NBC, ABC, PBS, FOX, MSNBC and Newsmax), none were trusted by more than half the respondents, with credibility scores ranging from 30 – 47%. This decreased for young Americans to 23 – 34%.
  • Social Leads As A Source For Pandemic-Related News: Similarly, Americans are waning off mainstream TV for pandemic news. When analyzing the same outlets (CBS, CNN, NBC, ABC, PBS, FOX, MSNBC and Newsmax) to gauge where Americans go for COVID-19 updates, the major outlets ranged from 31 – 52%. In contrast, for pandemic news specifically Facebook grabs 64% of Americans, YouTube (61%) and other social platforms (TikTok, Snapchat and Instagram) reach 48%.
  • Journalists Turning To Social: A large majority (88%) of journalists and producers for local TV stations are using social media to source new stories and content for their readers.
  • Esports And Gaming Audiences, Good Targets For Sports Media: With sports betting legalized in more states, nearly two-thirds of Americans (61.5%) plan to bet on regular season, playoff or championship sporting events.
  • Media Execs Nervous About The Future: 88% of media executives agree attracting and retaining talent is a priority, but only 56% feel confident in the industry’s ability to do it. Similarly, 85% agree it’s important to attract younger audiences, but only 47% feel confident in the industry’s ability to do so.
  • Broadcast Radio Remains Resilient: A majority (65%) of HHI $100k+ Americans depend on radio for their pandemic news, demonstrating the medium’s importance for updates on COVID-19.

“This study reveals tectonic shifts in how media is being produced, perceived, consumed and purchased across all levels of society and media, from streaming to TV, social media, digital publishing, radio and more,” said Daniel Anstandig, CEO of Futuri Media. “The message is very clear to media executives: now is the time to accelerate innovation to keep pace with media’s evolution, or risk being left behind.”

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