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Audience Economics: Media Institutions and the Audience Marketplace

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Overview

Focusing on the electronic media -- television, radio, and the Internet -- Audience Economics bridges a substantial gap in the literature by providing an integrated framework for understanding the various businesses involved in generating and selling audiences to advertisers. Philip M. Napoli presents original research in order to answer several key questions:

• How are audiences manufactured, valued, and sold?

• How do advertisers and media firms predict the behavior of audiences?

• How has the process of measuring audiences evolved over time?

• How and why do advertisers assign different values to segments of the media audience?

• How does audience economics shape media content?

Examining the relationship between the four principal actors in the audience marketplace -- advertisers, media firms, consumers, and audience measurement firms -- Napoli explains the ways in which they interact with and mutually depend on each other. He also analyzes recent developments, such as the introduction of local people meters by Nielsen Media Research and the establishment and evolution of audience measurement systems for the Internet. A valuable resource for academics, students, policymakers, and media professionals, Audience Economics keeps pace with the rapid changes in media and audience-measurement technologies in order to provide a thorough understanding of the unique dynamics of the audience marketplace today.

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Educational Book Review

The book sheds new lights on the operation and likely future of media in the twenty-first century.

Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics

Crisply written and aimed at nonspecialists...

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231126526
  • Publisher: Perseus (for Columbia University Press)
  • Publication date: 9/18/2003
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip M. Napoli is an assistant professor of communications and media management in the graduate school of business at Fordham University. He is the author of Foundations of Communications Policy: Principles and Process in the Regulation of Electronic Media.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 The Audience Marketplace 15
2 The Predicted Audience-Measured Audience Relationship 36
3 The Measured Audience-Actual Audience Relationship 65
4 Audience Valuation 96
5 New Technologies and the Audience Product 134
6 The Future of the Audience Marketplace 171
Notes 185
References 199
Index 229
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