Sixty-one percent of adults under 30 who read newspapers read it online. Compared to just 39% who read a printed version. Additionally the average income for those who read it online is 20% higher than those who read the printed version. More astonishing is that adults under 30 who earn more than $100,000 annually are 82% more likely to read digital news content than print.
According to a survey of 5,034 households conducted by Pulse Research, online readers of newspapers are younger, more affluent and better educated. The survey showed the average age of print readers is 51 compared to digital readers at 44.
Digital readers are 22% more likely to have a college education. Additionally 48% of the digital readers have children at home compared to 32% of print readers.
While circulation of daily newspapers continues to decline, the print and online audience is substantial and desirable. To penetrate the younger, more affluent, better-educated audience with print we must adopt an online strategy.
The chief problem with this for healthcare marketers is the options online are not nearly as attractive as those provided by newspaper print versions. Traditional print offers good real estate, which can create impact and allow a brand to develop and tell a story. Online options provide very little more than name recognition and a brand statement. Until newspapers decide to offer significant space in their online content, newspaper advertising will continue to be less and less attractive.
Many marketers are shifting money away from newspapers because a significant portion of their audience is going online for the content, but offer limited advertising options for digital marketing. Newspapers will have to address this issue as they provide little more than billboard advertising but with a much smaller reach and frequency.