How often do TV viewers discuss brands they see while watching?

by | Nov 22, 2017 | Public Relations

More than 90 percent of Americans ages 13 to 64 watch programming on their TV screens with other people—and more than half (56 percent) of those say they regularly talk about the brands and products they see while viewing, according to new research from the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB).

Moreover, brand-related multitasking behaviors are particularly strong among over-the-top (OTT) co-viewers, including chatting on social media about the brands they see, conducting brand-related searches, and even making purchases online.

Co-viewing—long a staple of linear TV viewing—is similarly popular with viewers of OTT, DVR, and video-on-demand (VOD) programming. And this holds true among viewers across the full range of broadcast and digital video platforms.

How often do TV viewers discuss brands they see while watching?

Co-viewers on OTT typically skew younger (18-to-34-years old), Hispanic, and are more likely to be cord-cutters/nevers. They are also likely to have a larger household, including children. In line with these demographics, co-viewing activity on OTT is often a family experience, with a spouse or partner (59 percent) and kids (41 percent) cited as top viewing companions.

This study makes clear that after linear TV, more U.S. consumers watch video content on OTT than any other platform. Therefore, linear TV and OTT capture the highest co-viewing audience reach.

How often do TV viewers discuss brands they see while watching?

Other key findings include:

  • OTT co-viewers spend more than double the amount of time watching ad-supported content than they do on subscription services with no ads
  • OTT co-viewers watch live programming regularly, representing over a third (36%) of the content they enjoy

“Watching TV has always had an important social component, and this has absolutely continued as OTT platforms become ever-more important parts of people’s viewing rituals,” said Chris Kuist, senior vice president of Research and Impact at IAB, in a news release. “This social aspect of biggest screen in the house is powerful, and is being amplified on OTT platforms in ways that can greatly benefit marketers.”

How often do TV viewers discuss brands they see while watching?

“Insights into OTT co-viewing point to a strong opportunity for brand marketers to take advantage of group dynamics and behaviors that will open doors, as well as wallets,” said Anna Bager, senior vice president and general manager of Mobile and Video at IAB, in the release. “OTT is a powerful platform for reaching younger audiences—especially the hard-to-reach cord-cutters/nevers. Brands launching cross-screen campaigns would be wise to take into account this audience’s affinity for brand-related multitasking across devices.”

Download the full report here.

How often do TV viewers discuss brands they see while watching?

IAB partnered with MARU Matchbox on this quantitative research. An online survey was conducted among MARU/Matchbox’s Springboard America online panel. 1,223 respondents participated in the survey, representing video viewers ages 13-64 in the United States. The survey was fielded between October 2nd and October 9th 2017. In this study, co-viewing is watching video content with others and OTT is video programming (on demand or live) streamed to a TV via the internet, using a streaming device, Blu-ray player, gaming console, or smart TV.

Richard Carufel
Richard Carufel is editor of Bulldog Reporter and the Daily ’Dog, one of the web’s leading sources of PR and marketing communications news and opinions. He has been reporting on the PR and communications industry for over 17 years, and has interviewed hundreds of journalists and PR industry leaders. Reach him at richard.carufel@bulldogreporter.com; @BulldogReporter