Nielsen results: Magazine engagement up

More Kiwis are buying magazines and engaging more deeply with their magazines, according to a new Nielsen results and a retail distribution report.

While overall magazine readership numbers were flat in the Nielsen Consumer and Media Insights survey (down 0.6 percent compared with a year ago), the valuable primary readership – those who subscribed or purchased their own magazines, and who are traditionally considered most important to advertisers – was up 11 percent year-on-year.

The Nielsen results (Q1 2020 – Q4 2020), released today, tally with early results from Ovato Retail – NZ’s sole distributor of magazines to retail outlets – which show a 5.5 percent increase in sales during the last quarter of 2020, compared to the same period last year (Ovato Retail data, Q4 2020).  

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Kiwis are also spending much longer with their magazines – losing themselves in them for 130 minutes on average, compared with 99 minutes a year ago, according to the Nielsen results.

Magazine Publishers Association Executive Director Sally Duggan describes the results as pleasing, but not surprising.

“New Zealand has a rich and vibrant magazine industry, and Kiwis are enthusiastic consumers of magazine content. As well as these strong print sales, publishers are seeing excellent traffic to their websites, and social platforms,” she says.

The survey also delves into the demographics of the primary magazine reader. There are many reasons why this remains an appealing audience for advertisers:

  • Primary magazine readers have an average household income of well over $100,000, and one in four readers have a household income of $120,000 or more.
  • They have a strong influence on purchasing, being19 per cent more likely to be the main household shopper.
  • They are 10 percent more likely to be senior professionals or to own their own business

The Nielsen Consumer and Media Insights Survey measured magazine readership in the 12 months to the end of last year, including the months when magazine supply was disrupted by lockdowns and a publishing ban.  They do not include results for some titles which did not publish for a period over this time.

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