Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Study: Smart Speaker Penetration Gains Traction

NuVoodoo Media Services  announces that the latest NuVoodoo Ratings Prospects Study of 3,084 respondents, ages 14-54, across all PPM markets revealed that Smart Speaker penetration is up to 43% among Persons 14-54.

The NuVoodoo Ratings Prospects Study is conducted twice a year to learn more about those who are most likely to say “yes” to the opportunity to wear a meter or fill out a diary in order to provide NuVoodoo clients with competitive insights and advantages that they can exploit to capture higher ratings. This is the 13th Ratings Prospects Study that NuVoodoo has completed since 2011. The company shares the top-level findings of its studies with its radio broadcasting clients to develop winning next-generation marketing and programming strategies for stations of all formats in PPM markets.

Not shown here is that penetration is even deeper among those likely to end up in a Nielsen sample. Additionally, a prime placement for Smart Speakers is turning out to be the bedroom. The bedroom used to be home turf for radio once upon a time because of the ubiquity of the clock radio, but clock radios are now about as common as rotary phones.

While listening to a favorite local FM station is a pretty common thing for Smart Speaker owners to try, the NuVoodoo Ratings Prospects Study shows that listening to digital pureplays on Smart Speakers is gaining traction.

Leigh Jacobs, Executive Vice President, Research Insights, NuVoodoo Media Services, said: “Spurred by verbatim comments picked up in client studies in the past year, we asked Smart Speakers owners to agree or disagree with this statement: “I've had problems when asking smart speakers to play one of my favorite AM or FM stations” – and 46% of Smart Speaker owners agree. That’s a lot of potential occasions snubbed out because the Alexa couldn’t find what they were asking for or played the wrong thing.”

NuVoodoo will dive deeper into Smart Speaker penetration in the first installment of its Spring 2019 Webinar Series starting on Tuesday, February 19 at Noon Eastern (with four more opportunities to participate through Monday, March 4th). Register at

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