In a “Content Everywhere” World, Golfers’ Media Preferences Show Specialization

Mar 5, 2013   //   by Mike   //   Latest News  //  Comments Off on In a “Content Everywhere” World, Golfers’ Media Preferences Show Specialization

Core Golfers’ Preference of Media Type Shows Differences Driven by Subject Matter

Content is king.  But today’s world could easily be viewed as one with too much content.  Prior to the smart phone era, we might have actually had to do some research to find information on a particular subject, even an obscure one.  With the instant gratification at our fingertips in 2013, Google might present you with more than 1,000,000 options for the same information item.  This creates a different dynamic altogether.  Our challenge today is sifting through all the available data and perspectives to find the source and the article that we feel will be the most accurate, insightful, entertaining, well written or cleanly designed… or perhaps some other personal criteria that drives your media choices.

The delivery format of the content is entirely another matter.  Even though the screens in your life are getting more and more prominent, is print really dead?  It doesn’t appear so, as recent research with NGF’s proprietary Core golfer research panel supports a broad array of choices, including magazines.

Media research within the golf industry has historically focused on the amount of time the golfer spends viewing or reading certain media types.  This is certainly useful, but perhaps not as actionable as golfer preference.  The research we conducted was not a comprehensive media study, but an attempt to get a quick read on media preferences, by delivery format, and we discovered that some of the consumption decisions differ based on what type of golf-specific content the golfer is seeking.

We asked our over 600 Core golfers to indicate their preference for reading or looking into specific golf subjects using a selection of media types.  The data suggests the existence of some clear “subject matter” preferences.


With respect to “golf-related instruction,” Core golfers prefer turning to Golf Channel more than other media types surveyed (See Chart Below).  On a preference scale of 0 to 10 with 10 indicating strongest preference, Golf Channel received mean ratings of 6.6 and half of Core golfers surveyed gave a rating of 8, 9 or 10 (Top 3 Box%).  Golf-related magazines came a close second, with websites, other TV outlets and mobile apps behind.

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