Twitter activity can provide key insights into TV viewing for brands and broadcasters, complementing existing TV ratings.
A study by Kantar Media – A Year in the Life of TV and Twitter – provides an in-depth look at the relationship between what users say and read about on Twitter and what they watch in the UK.
The independent report finds that Twitter not only has the power to boost TV viewing during broadcast but that smaller channels and shows can boost their share of voice by employing effective Twitter strategies.
Based on detailed examination of a year’s worth of exclusive data from both Twitter and BARB, excluding news and live sports programmes, its key findings include:
There is a ‘Twitter TV Top 30’: In terms of volume of tweets, the top 30 TV series (excluding live sport and news programmes) account for 50 per cent of all measured UK Twitter TV activity and 9 per cent of viewing volume.
Twitter activity has a direct, positive influence on viewing figures during broadcast for 11 per cent of programmes, boosting audiences by an estimated 2 per cent during those shows.
“People have always talked about TV with friends and family, and Twitter extends these conversations outside the living room,” says Andy Brown, Global CEO of Kantar Media. “This extensive study illustrates the positive correlation between Twitter and TV in the UK, but also shows that it is not as straightforward as assuming that a high number of viewers results in a large volume of tweets. ‘Twitter friendly’ shows that encourage tweets during the broadcast or have a younger, evangelical audience for example, can punch above their weight, thereby distorting overall perceptions. This illustrates how proactive encouragement of social TV activity can positively impact programming schedules and advertising campaigns.”
Notable specifics for the 12-month period include:
The X-Factor delivered 9.4 million Tweets over the year, winning the title for highest annual number of Tweets for a series and accounting for 8.6 per cent of all TV related Tweets across the year and 25 per cent of all Tweets in the weeks it was on air.
Joel Lunenfeld, Global Vice President of Sales Strategy at Twitter, comments: “Twitter and TV is a powerful combination for programme makers and advertisers alike. This study by Kantar Media is the first time that we have seen those patterns of consumer behaviour tracked over the course of a year in the UK. It provides a fascinating set of insights that will help the industry better understand and harness the power of social TV.”
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