Southern Cross Radio hits smart speaker and app news milestone

Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) says it has performed more than one million listens to its ‘information on demand’ clever audio system and app carrier, much less than years after launch, reflecting fast adoption of voice-activated device engagement.

The on-call for, voice-based totally information service is to be had on Google domestic and Amazon Alexa clever audio system and throughout the Hit and Triple M community apps. SCA claims to be the primary industrial media enterprise to provide information on-call for on clever speakers via repurposing live broadcast news announcements into ‘clever news’ announcements to be had thru these devices.

In Australia, smart speaker adoption is hastily rising. In keeping with a recent Statistica.com document, included digital assistants had been observed in internet-related homes of 16% of respondents. The survey was primarily based on 1047 respondents in March 2019.

In addition, the Voice people observe by means of innovative enterprise, The Works, at the side of the University of Sydney, claimed almost 3 million Australians have a smart speaker of their domestic or workplace, making Australians one of the quickest adopters of the technology on a in line with capita foundation.

SCA says its on-demand information updates are up 107 in step with cent 12 months-on-year for its Hit and Triple M networks, consistent with the community’s information AoD record from the week of 21 October 2019. The media outlet is now exploring one-of-a-kind techniques to produce news content material, along with partnering with existing local news publishers to offer testimonies in distinct formats and structures, in addition to educating purchasers about the provision of the information provider.

in accordance SCA CEO, grant Blackley, the network has 900 mins of news according to week developed in particular for smart audio system – devices that will be a key part of its improvement plans – and is “seeking to expand longer form news tales and distinctive interviews for on demand”.

“It also underscores our dedication to a voice-activated digital destiny,” Blackley said.

News isn’t the simplest phase of the media to count on changes as uptake of smart speakers grows. consistent with the Voice people have a look at, which examined how Australians are adopting and the usage of new social technology, 12 per cent of respondents have used this kind of gadgets and it has foremost implications for brand’s search techniques, but privateness worries from users stay a capability risk to extra uptake. The net survey, a representative pattern of more than 2000 human beings elderly 15 years and over, was overlaid with census facts from the Australian Bureau of facts.