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China, Brazil And Singapore Lead Consumption Of Digital Media And The Willingness To Pay For It

Offline, consumers are cutting their expenditures on packaged media, especially CDs, DVDs and console games, with the same proportion of all respondents (23 percent) saying they have spent less on CDs and DVDs in the last 12 months. The big offline winners are those tied to a venue: sporting events, concerts and cinemas.

Rise of the 'digital multi-tasker' —opportunity and threat to advertisers

The 'second screen' experience lets consumers interact with multiple connected devices simultaneously often while also watching TV. Nearly half (48 percent) of all Chinese consumers say they use their smartphone while viewing the TV, while 60 percent say they use their laptop while watching TV, around half (52 percent) read newspapers and around a third (36 percent) are accessing social networks. Half of all North American respondents say they watch TV and access the internet for reasons other than social networking using a laptop or a PC. Forty-four percent of European respondents say they do the same.

Accessing these multiple devices concurrently appears to impact advertising effectiveness — but not everywhere, according to the survey. Urban consumers in Brazil, China and Singapore have the highest receptivity to advertising and accept that it can underwrite the cost of the content they enjoy. Seventy-seven percent of Chinese consumers and 62 percent of Brazilian consumers are happy to receive online ads in return for lower-priced or free services.

The story is a little different in the more developed markets, where the aversion to advertising is greater, with only 46 percent of North Americans and 39 percent Europeans willing to accept such a deal.

"The opportunity exists for media companies to tap into 'second and third screens' via social media channels such as Twitter and Facebook and create an overall experience and effectiveness for advertising," Elms asserted. "At the current time, however, the integration tends to be only partial."

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