The State of Social Media
Males Showed 3x Higher Engagement with Online Content Videos than Females
LONDON, UK, 7 March 2012 - Comscore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released UK data from the Comscore Video Metrix service, showing online video consumption in January 2012. Online video reached 34 million UK internet users, representing 80 percent of the total UK internet audience, with Google Sites ranking as the leading video destination with nearly 30 million unique viewers. An analysis of online content video and video ad viewers showed that 64.1 percent of the online video audience was exposed to a video ad, with the 15-24 age group representing the largest video ad audience in terms of both unique viewers and engagement.
YouTube Helps Propel Google Sites as Top Online Video Destination 34.2 million UK internet users saw a total of nearly 8.4 billion videos for 58.8 billion minutes in January. While the size of the UK online video audience has not grown in the past six months, the number of videos viewed has grown 28 percent while the total time users spent engaging with online video grew 42 percent, suggesting that online video viewers continue to become more engaged over time.
For online video content, Google Sites ranked as the top property with 29.9 million unique viewers who watched nearly 3.7 billion videos for more than 15.9 billion minutes. YouTube videos accounted for 99.5 percent of all videos watched on Google Sites. Online music video destination VEVO ranked second on the list with 11.7 million unique viewers watching 177 million videos for 820 million total minutes. Rounding up the top three was social network Facebook, which attracted 8.3 million unique viewers who viewed 45.0 million videos for a total of 162 million minutes.
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Males Three Times More Engaged With Online Video Content than Females 21.9 million UK internet users were exposed to a video ad stream and 33.3 million UK internet users watched a content video in January. A demographic analysis revealed that males were far more engaged with content videos, accounting for 74.7 percent of all time spent watching them compared to just females who only accounted for 25.3 percent. When it came to video ads, the gender split was more even with males accounting for 56.4 percent of all time exposed to ad videos compared to 43.6 percent for females.
15-24 year olds represented the largest age segment for content videos with 6.3 million viewers, while 4.6 million 15-24 year olds were exposed to video ads. People in this age bracket also spent the greatest amount of time engaging with content and ad videos, accounting for more than a quarter of time spent in both cases. As younger age demographics become more difficult to reach via traditional media channels, online video represents an important channel for reaching and engaging this particular audience.
* Percent of Total Time Spent: % of Time Spent Watching Content or Ad Videos by Demo Segment / % of Total Internet Population from the Demo Segment x 100
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