2024 State of Digital Programs

These Are Exciting Times for The Performing Arts Industry

In the ever-evolving landscape of digital experiences, it’s a thrilling time for performing arts organizations leveraging Audience Access for their digital program books. Throughout 2023, our esteemed clients have witnessed remarkable trends and transformations in how audiences engage with their performances. Let’s delve into the 2024 State of Digital Program Books and explore the exciting insights derived from the data of our performing arts clients, spanning from January 1 to December 31, 2023.

Unlocking New Dimensions of Audience Engagement

Much like email newsletters, digital program books are now a cornerstone for performing arts organizations, providing an immersive channel for audiences to connect with performances. The 2023 data reveals unprecedented growth and dynamic trends, setting the stage for an even more impressive 2024.

Key Highlights:

  1. Audience Growth: A surge in Audience Access users, signaling a growing appetite for digital program books. The momentum from 2023 propels us toward an even more impressive 2024 projection.
  2. Interactive Experiences: A shift towards interactive content, where users actively participate, enhancing their connection with performances and arts organizations.
  3. Customization is Key: Personalized experiences take center stage. Tailored content allows audiences to focus on what matters, creating a deeper connection with performances.

Empowering Performing Arts Organizations

Just as newsletters play a crucial role in arts organizations’ marketing efforts, digital programs are emerging as equally indispensable.

  1. Enhanced Visibility: Organizations gain heightened visibility, reaching wider audiences digitally and expanding their impact.
  2. Revenue Streams: Diversify revenue streams with a significant increase observed in advertisers and sponsors through digital programs.
  3. Real-Time Analytics: Access invaluable real-time analytics for data-driven decisions, understanding audience preferences, and refining digital strategies continually.

Diving into the Numbers:

  • Average Engagement Time: 3 minutes and 30 seconds in 2023, maintaining consistency from 2022, striking a harmonious balance between depth and brevity.
  • Engaged Sessions per User: Users averaged 1.5 sessions, showcasing the platform’s ability to maintain interest across multiple interactions.
  • Average Engagement Time per Session: Sessions remained impactful, with an average duration of 1 minute and 31 seconds.

Audience Interaction Metrics:

  • Views: 5.3 million views in 2023, a substantial leap from 2.7 million in 2022, signaling widespread adoption and increased popularity.
  • Event Count: 14 million events in 2023 reflect intensified interactivity and a profound connection between artists and audiences.
  • User Engagement: An impressive 3.5 million instances of user engagement in 2023 denote a thriving relationship between audiences and rich content.
  • Scroll and Click Metrics: 2 million scrolls in 2023 and 315,000 clicks emphasize an active and immersive audience.

User Stickiness:

  • DAU (Daily Active Users): A robust 2.5% daily engagement in 2023 fosters a consistent and dedicated audience.
  • WAU (Weekly Active Users): A significant 13.3% weekly engagement showcases sustained interest and broad appeal.

Comparative Analysis with 2022

Heightened adoption and widespread acceptance in 2023, evidenced by increased views, event count, and user engagement metrics.

Looking Forward

As we step into 2024, the landscape of digital program books promises innovation. Our unwavering commitment to cutting-edge solutions sets the stage for another year of pushing boundaries and enhancing the performing arts experience.

The 2024 State of Digital Program Books is a testament to the transformative power of Audience Access in the performing arts realm. We’re proud to be part of an industry that continually embraces digital evolution, and we look forward to another year of pushing boundaries, fostering engagement, and enhancing the performing arts experience for audiences worldwide.

If you’re interested in learning how to transition your organization from print to digital in a seamless way, we’re here to help. Here’s to a year filled with creativity, connection, and unforgettable performances!

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