Thursday, March 12th, 2015

In Melbourne, new combined website, app and hardcopy print audience figures show News Corp is clearly winning the listings war—but in the scorching Sydney property market, Fairfax’s Domain is now within striking distance, a new cross-platform audience measurement report from Roy Morgan Research shows. 

In an average week last year, 819,000 Melbourne property-hunters visited by website or app and/or read the Herald Sun’s weekday or weekend real estate section, up 7% from 763,000 in 2013. Domain’s total audience, again comprising both digital visitors and readers of the print sections in The Age, rose 4% to 486,000.

But in Sydney, Fairfax’s Domain has narrowed the gap from 68,000 to just 8,000. Domain’s total digital and Sydney Morning Herald print reach grew 10% year-on-year, while the number accessing and/or the Daily Telegraph real estate section was virtually unchanged.

Domain’s website, app and print now reaches a combined 675,000 Sydneysiders per average week, compared with 683,000 who visit by web or app and/or read the Daily Telegraph’s property section. 

Total audience of News Corp and Fairfax property content per average week:

Source: Roy Morgan Single Source, January 2013 – December 2014. Average annual samples: Melbourne = 8,018 and Sydney = 10,079 Australians 14+

Tim Martin, General Manager - Media, Roy Morgan Research, says:

“Property ownership and investment is a hot topic, particularly In Melbourne and Sydney, so we decided to take a look at how the biggest players in real estate classifieds media are faring in their bids to be number one in these battlegrounds for the digital ‘rivers of gold’.

“By further examining the combined audiences of digital and print for News Ltd’s and Fairfax Media’s listings brands, we can clearly see that although dominates nationally, including in Melbourne, Domain has made solid gains in Sydney and the two are now neck-and-neck.

“Domain has recently launched a new outdoor marketing campaign to attract visitors. Throughout 2015, we’ll be monitoring the effectiveness of this advertising on boosting audience numbers across web, app and print.

“Our continuous survey uses a methodology that combines data collected from face-to-face interviews, self-completion questionnaires, and an online panel—not a phone survey, as Fairfax has publicly claimed—in order to find out cross-platform audience sizes. 

 “Our media research gives publishers and advertisers a true, usable measure of the actual number of people visiting websites, using apps, or reading sections of newspapers. Our population-based measures quantify and profile audiences. As such, we don’t focus on the sort of headline-grabbing website traffic figures in the tens of millions of visits, which is what you get when you put figures from Nielsen and Google Analytics side by side.

“That’s why Roy Morgan’s media consumption data across print, TV, radio, out-of-home, cinema, catalogue, mobile, web and app is the preferred planning currency of Australian media agencies.”

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Roy Morgan Research

Roy Morgan Research is Australia’s best known and longest established market research and public opinion survey company. Roy Morgan Single Source is thorough, accurate, and provides comprehensive, directly applicable information about current and future customers. It is unique in that it directs all the questions to each individual from a base survey sample of around 55,000 interviews in Australia and 15,000 interviews in New Zealand annually - the largest Single Source databases in the world. The questions asked relate to lifestyle and attitudes, media consumption habits (including TV, radio, newspapers, magazines, cinema, catalogues, pay TV and the Internet), brand and product usage, purchase intentions, retail visitations, service provider preferences, financial information and recreation and leisure activities. This lead product is supported by a nationally networked, consultancy-orientated market research capability.
Shaun Ellis
P: 03 9224 5332


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