Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics
Today's Marketing Week and much of the national press have covered a story based on some research by DDB London. The research showed that only 12% of the Great British...
Today’s Marketing Week and much of the national press have covered a story based on some research by DDB London. The research showed that only 12% of the Great British public had heard of podcasting, whilst only 28% knew the meaning of blogging. On this basis, argue Marketing Week, there is ‘a total lack of interest in blogging and podcasting outside the media industry’. Quite a statement considering just how ubiquitous both blogs and podcasting seem to be becoming.
However, on closer inspection the report begins to make some sense. The panel used by DDB London consists of taxi drivers, pub landlords, beauticians and hairdressers – ‘people who through their jobs are casually, or sometimes intimately, plugged into peoples’ conversations every day’. Yes these people do interact with others regularly but clearly activities which are inherently solitary (although not virtually) and involve sitting at a computer are not likely to be on their radar screens. How often do you actually mention the medium you received information from when passing comment (unless it is to provide authenticity) and especially if you believe that the other party will not have heard of it?