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UC News releases content consumption trends for 2016

MUMBAI: Hindi content, Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Reliance Jio and online videos were the hottest content trends of 2016, according to a research by UC News, a content and news distribution platform that is part of Alibaba Mobile Business Group.

Total time spent consuming content on the mobile saw a sharp uptick of 230% in Q4 versus Q3. The total page views on UC News also rose over 290% with content in Hindi seeing maximum traction. Indian users read in Hindi almost five times more than English on the mobile in 2016.

For Indians reading in English, entertainment content followed by technology and then sports are the most popular categories online. Most popular Hindi-language content is from the entertainment category, followed by society and politics. As much as 73% of online content consumers are tagged under the entertainment category with 58% prefer to read social and civil news. 37% of the online content users like to read up on sports, especially cricket.

Commenting on the recent findings, Alibaba Mobile Business Group president, overseas business Jack Huang said, “Content consumption across the globe is increasingly happening in digital formats. Mobile digital consumption has gained major traction over desktop, aiding popularity of different content formats. Not just that, multiple new-age digital media platforms are challenging the traditional mediums. With greater mobile penetration and increasing internet access speed, we expect the Indian market to evolve fast and emulate China when it comes to paradigm shifts in digital content consumption.”

Sharing more insights, Alibaba Mobile Business Group, GM, overseas business Kenny Ye said, “With a fast-growing mobile internet population, Hindi content consumption in India has taken off in a big way in 2016. Hindi content focused on Bollywood news and celebrities clocked in highest page views and readership on the mobile. It was consumed over two times more than politics and technology content and content with Hindi keywords hit over eight times more readership than content with English keywords.”

Uttar Pradesh registered the highest number of news readers, followed by Maharashtra and Delhi.

Rajasthan, Kerala, Gujarat and Bihar are tied up at the fourth place. Increased internet reach and lower prices are pushing users in Tier II and III towns to upgrade from feature phones to smartphones. Many first-time mobile users are now coming straight on the smartphone, making it the single-most important device to meet all their internet, entertainment, content and shopping needs.

Salman Khan remained the undisputed king of Bollywood, retaining the title of ‘Most Viewed Bollywood Actor’. Priyanka Chopra was the most popular female actor among English readers, whereas Kareena Kapoor Khan scored with the Hindi-reading audiences.

When it comes to sports, Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni came out on top with Kohli bagging 108 million page views across Hindi and English content.

Photo and video-related content drew higher engagement and significantly outperforms content without any images. Video content on mobile saw a sharp surge at 30%, whereas content with a photograph or pictorial depiction worked 1.7 times better than its counterpart.

Reliance Jio was the hottest keyword of 2016 with 116 million page views in both Hindi and English content, owing to the group’s launch of multiple free calls and data services in a scenario where telecom companies are struggling to provide faster and deeper connectivity.

Now, more than ever, there is increased readership of content from self-publishers and key opinion leaders. With growth in consumption of information feeds, non-conventional news feeds—including blog posts, independent write-ups, imagery feeds, videologs, short video content, and more have become a huge hit.

“There is huge potential for user-generated content in India. The self-publishing and online content-creating industry is set for a major leap, emulating growth in the China market. There are more than 600 mn mobile users and 20 mn online content creators in China. India currently has 371 mn mobile users with miniscule contribution from self-publishing. UCWeb’s We-Media Program saw an increase of 184% and 348% (MoM) in its page views of English and Hindi We-Media content respectively in the month of November. Humour and offbeat content is most popular among audiences reading in Hindi while entertainment and lifestyle scored with users reading in English. We will continue to invite more key opinion leaders and self-publishers to join We-Media program to offer unique and quality content on UC News,” added Alibaba Mobile Business Group president, overseas business Jack Huang.

Men continue to be the dominant user group of UC News by almost 6 times versus women. Over 87% of UC News users are in the below-30 age bracket with almost 75% users below 25 years of age.