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New Research: Facebook and Twitter Have Minimal Impact on a TV shows Live Audience


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New study from Hub Entertainment Research shows that social media has less influence on show discovery than traditional TV advertising and even channel surfing.

Boston, MA (PRWEB) August 28, 2014

Much has been made of the potential influence of social mediaespecially Facebook and Twitteron TV show viewership and ratings. However, in spite of widespread use (and near ubiquity among 18-34 year olds), social media doesnt show up as a top driver of TV show discovery and engagement.

Some key findings from Figuring out Fans, a new study from Hub Entertainment Research on the role of social media when it comes to consumers TV decisions:

  •     Social media ranks far behind other sources when it comes to show discovery. Only 24% say that in the past 6 months, theyve discovered a show through something they saw on Facebook or Twittervs. 58% who found a new show through advertising, 41% via word of mouth, and 34% through old-fashioned channel surfing.
  •      Most say social media plays little or no role when it comes to finding new shows to watch. On a scale of 0-10, 62% give low ratings (0-5) to social medias role in discovery. And 27% ranked it at zero - saying it plays no role whatsoever.
  •      Facebook and Twitter are used much more often to listen than to advocate.    75% of Facebook users and 65% of Twitter users say they read much more often than post. In fact, 53% of Twitter users say theyve tweeted no more than once or twice during the ENTIRE TIME theyve had an account.
  •      Facebook and Twitter have a negligible impact on a shows overall linear audience. Among consumers who do NOT engage at all with Facebook or Twitter about their favorite show, 24% say they watch every episode of that show live. Those who do engage with their favorite shows through Facebook or Twitter are more likely to watch livebut there are so few of them that the impact on overall live viewing is negligible (just a 3-point bump, to 27%).
The research also uncovered key differences between Facebook and Twitter as tools for TV marketers:

  •     Facebook has far greater reach, both overall and as a tool to communicate about TV content. 76% of social media consumers use Facebook daily, and 39% have used Facebook in some way related to a favorite TV showcompared to just 47% and 17% for Twitter.
  •     Twitter is more associated with show engagement. 67% who engage in Twitter activities related to a show say that activity makes them care more about the show. Only 58% say the same about TV-related activities on Facebook.

The good news regarding social media is that Facebook activity related to TV shows is fairly common, and that Twitter activity related to TV shows leads to greater engagement, said Peter Fondulas, Principal at Hub. But very few do either one, and even among those who do the increase in engagement is not dramatic. So the net impact on a shows live audience barely registers.

Social media represents a valuable tool when it comes to promoting TV contentbut its just that, one tool, added Hubs Jon Giegengack. Word of mouth has always been an effective way to promote TV shows, but social media doesnt appear to automatically amplify the advocacy of TV shows in particular. Most of the influence on which shows consumers choose appears to come from other sources.

The 2014 Figuring Out Fans study was conducted in July 2014 among 1331 TV consumers between 16 and 64, who have broadband and use social media at least once a month.

Excerpts from both Whats TV Worth studies, along with information on how to subscribe to Hubs syndicated research, are available from Hubs website,

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