Monday, 12 December 2011

51% of X-Factor viewers in the UK use Facebook while they watch on TV

"Social media has come of age. Twitter is now as influential as the X Factor judges when it comes to how people vote on the show. And the micro-blogging service is also 42% more influential than other key news sources in deciding voters’ behaviour, according to a study published by Carat.
The results, which drew on data from 13,000 people, are believed to be the first insight into the influence of social media on actual viewer voting behaviour. They also underline the fact that viewer trust is shifting from traditional media influencers to non-traditional media such as Twitter and Facebook.
Twitter is the most trusted source, with 66% of viewers believing what they read on the site about X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing when deciding how to vote.
It also reveals that multi-screen viewing is now the norm. The majority of X-Factor viewers surveyed said they have used Facebook at the same time as watching the show, at 51%, while 14% used Twitter.
The findings also reveal that commentary is not only generated from the TV shows – advertisers will be pleased to learn that engagement among these viewers is high; 26% of those surveyed had commented on an ad on Facebook during X Factor; 7% said they had tweeted about an advertising campaign.
Key findings summary:
51% of X Factor viewers use Facebook at the same time as watching the programme while 14% use Twitter.
In deciding who to vote for on X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing, Twitter and the judges themselves are equally as influential with 17% of viewers saying that this is what influences them who to vote for ‘a lot’.
Twitter is also seen as the most trustworthy, with 66% of viewers saying that when deciding who to vote for they believe this source.
7% of viewers have tweeted about an ad during the X Factor, whilst 26% have commented on Facebook about it.
Respondents who regularly watch X Factor are significantly more likely to say that they like to comment on a social network/blog when a big live event is on TV. They also view social networking as an easier way to tell lots of people what they think."
Source: Research by Carat UK, reported in a press release, 10th December 2011

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