The study, "Internet 8: Advertising vs. Subscription - Which Streaming Model Will Win?" reports that the proportion of those who have clicked on a banner ad in the last month dropped from 31 percent in January 2000 to 14 percent in January 2002. Moreover, many respondents to the survey said that banner ads are more annoying than both on-line audio or video ads.
In Ireland, advertisers spent in excess of EUR1.5 million on the Web in the third quarter of 2001, according to the most recent data from the Interactive Advertising Bureau of Ireland (IAB Ireland), accounting for less than one percent of total media spend in this country.
In February of 2002, The Interactive Advertising Bureau in the US said it would release new standards for on-line ads in an attempt to jumpstart the flagging industry. Internet advertising in the United States declined 4.1 percent in the third quarter of 2001, totalling USD1.792 billion from USD1.868 billion in Q2. For the first nine months of 2001 revenue came to USD5.55 billion, compared to USD6.06 billion for the first three quarters of 2000, down 8.4 percent according to IAB figures.
The Arbitron research found that approximately nine million consumers who have listened to Internet audio said they would be willing to pay a small fee to listen to the one audio channel they listen to most on-line. The study also revealed that four in 10 audio "streamies" -- those who have listened to Internet audio -- would be willing to pay a small fee for commercial-free content, high-quality audio or content they can not find anywhere else.
"This study presents important evidence about the consumer's willingness to pay a subscription fee for streaming content," said Bill Rose, vice president and general manager, Arbitron Webcast Services. "For streaming subscription models to be successful, however, content providers must follow the time-tested model of offering something extra to the consumer: no commercials and great, exclusive content."
The study also shows significant growth in the regular use of on-line audio and video with many respondents citing unique content as the main draw. Overall, approximately 80 million Americans age 12 and older reported having ever accessed streaming audio or video on-line. Interestingly the age composition of those who listen or watch on-line in the past month has become remarkably balanced among all age groups from 12 to 54 years old.
"The streaming media business sector has experienced growing pains in recent months, and it is facing new controversies regarding digital rights fees," said Larry Rosin, president of Edison Media Research. "Despite these issues, consumers continue to use streaming media in record numbers."
Other findings the report highlighted include the number of Americans who have purchased on-line has tripled in three years, increasing from 13 percent in January 1999 to 40 percent in January 2002. Furthermore, more than one in five Americans have made on-line buying a regular habit.
The survey was conducted in January 2002 and consisted of 2,508 telephone interviews with a randomly selected national sample of Arbitron's Fall 2001 radio diary keepers. Since 1998, Arbitron and Edison Media Research have conducted bi-annual studies of the Internet and streaming media.