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Expect a Seismic Shift in Video Consumption

By Mitch Barns, CEO, Nielsen When asked about the future recently, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said, “Television will change more in the next five years than in the last 50.” We agree. Based on 70 years of watching what consumers experience, and how they buy, how they act and what they do based...

Millennials: Technology = Social Connection

Where’s the strangest place you’ve ever used your smartphone or tablet PC? For Millennials, the real question is where haven’t they used their devices. While the Millennial generation indeed founded the social media movement, having been born directly into a new era of technology between 1977...

U.S. Book Industry Year-End Review

While the book industry is no stranger to change, the written word remains popular. In 2013, physical book sales stayed strong, with print book consumption only declining slightly from the year before. And while e-book growth slowed and the market has now matured, the innovation is far from over.

U.S. Home Entertainment Industry Year-End Review

2013 was a solid year for the home entertainment industry, as consumer spending across all home entertainment platforms increased by nearly 1 percent—the second straight year of growth in consumer spending on home entertainment.

Country Music’s Young Blood is Driving its Growing Popularity

Country is America’s No. 1 radio format, thanks to the genre’s banner performance in 2013. In fact, according to Nielsen’s State of the Media: Audio Today report, the Country music format set all-time highs last year for share of the listening audience in both portable people meter (PPM)...

Shopping Lists: How Mobile Helps Consumers Tick All The Boxes

Mobile shopping is gaining momentum among U.S. consumers, as more than four in five (87%) smartphone and tablet owners say they use these devices for shopping activities, up 8 percentage points from 2012. With smartphones already in almost two-thirds of American’s hands and tablets continuing to...

Tunes Over Time: Seasonal Shifts In Music

By David Bakula, SVP Client Development, Nielsen Entertainment To everything there is a season, and the music industry is no different. From holiday hits to summer jams, music trends vary with the weather. And understanding such trends can be crucial to success for artists, retailers and labels. So...

New Year, New Listening Patterns

The start of a new year inevitably brings new resolutions and, for many, attempts to counter the effects from the holidays. It’s the same for many audio formats, which feel the impact of holiday programming on ratings from Thanksgiving until New Year’s. Radio programmers are now seeing those...

Millennials: Much Deeper Than Their Facebook Pages

It takes a lot to define a generation, and no two generations are alike. As much of the world is watching the young adults in the second-youngest generation develop and become full-fledged consumers, marketers are placing more and more emphasis on how to engage with them. Most are children of Baby...