eMarketer reports the results of research conducted by Nielsen Media Labs in the summer of 2016 to assess the preferences of 1200 American Internet users for ad-supported vs. paid access to premium digital content.
- 54% said they would agree to watch ads in order to access content.
- 29% said they're willing to watch mandatory ads that auto-play before content.
- 16% said they prefer to pay for content so as not to have to see ads.
It's encouraging for many advertisers that so many users (29%) have no problem with having to watch mandatory ads before getting to content. It would be interesting to see a demographic breakdown of the respondents. Are those 29% skewed toward younger users and/or lower-income users?