What do people do while traveling?
In October 2015, Médiamétrie conducted a survey among 2043 Internet users from the Paris region (Ile-de-France). The access panel was representative of the area's population (quotas: age, geography, sex and profession). The survey was sponsored by MediaTransports and the University of Paris Dauphine (the chair of digital economy).
The Paris region is particularly interesting as it is well-known for offering all transportation solutions: buses, commuter trains, tramways and subway system (an exceptionally dense network of train lines, with 300 stations). The RATP (Paris public transport company) carries 3 billion passengers a year (mostly "franciliens" and tourists). On average, passengers spend one and a half hours every day in transportation (source: IXXI / RATP). This travel time is a major opportunity for media, especially digital media. How do passengers take advantage of this (almost) free time?
- Which media do passengers use while mobile? Their mobile as a medium of the media (media mediorum)!
37% read papers or magazines (paper) N.B. Free newspapers are distributed in the subway stations
35% read books (paper)
The results of the survey show little difference in media behavior between men and women, although women are more prone to read books and men are more likely to use tablets or laptops. Everybody is multitasking.
- What do passengers do with their screens?
49% write / read mail
45% visit social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.)
39% make phone calls
38% use online services (weather, banking)
27.3% use maps
27% read online papers or magazines
The laptop is mostly used for work or off-line video and mail. The tablet is used for games or off-line videos. Depending on the connection quality people are off- or online (music, video, games).
Most often offline for the time being:
Music: offline 38.7% online 18.5%
Video games : offline 38.4% online 22.2%
Video : offline 14.2% online 18.2%
- What if...
Four out of ten people declare they would most likely interact with posters or DOOH screens in the subway corridors and on platforms or in train stations. What for? To take advantage of promotions, reductions, coupons, and to buy theater or concert tickets. But can they imagine what they would do if there were a broadband connection?
All in all, what can we conclude from this survey?
Digital media are already changing the time spent in transportation; passengers do not kill time, they use it. And better connections would improve the quality of this time, both leisure and work (productivity apps). Transportation is becoming a personalized mass media. People find themselves is different positions in public transportation: standing, sitting, crushed and packed together, walking - allowing or not allowing different activities: reading, using phones, listening with headphones. They maximize under constraint.
With one and half hours spent daily (and a strong prime time), transportation is becoming a real medium, digital and multi-platform: it is still mostly an opportunity for "wait marketing" ("économie de l'ennui") but it is bound to become something more than that. Screens and posters with supervised LED could easily become interactive, opening opportunities for e-commerce and, furthermore, for the development of a "smart city".
MediaTransports, the advertising sales rep, should be able to orchestrate this complete set of advertising tools with data (leaving room for an efficient DMP).