Reaching New Zealand’s Rural Consumers

Nielsen today released data from the latest Nielsen CMI Rural Survey which explores over 46,000 New Zealand rural consumers, incorporating beef, sheep, dairy and other livestock farmers, as well as horticulture and cropping growers.

Nielsen’s results reveal that rural New Zealand consumers remain heavily engaged with traditional media to keep them informed. In fact, 9-in-10 tune in to watch TV channels, compared to close to 8-in-10 of the general population.

Close to 7-in-10 rural respondents read a daily newspaper in the past week compared with 5-in-10 New Zealanders and more than 4-in-5 listened to radio stations or visited websites in a typical week.

Data from the 2020 Nielsen’s CMI Rural Survey revealed that rural newspapers and magazines play an important role as it is considered most trustworthy compared to other types of media.

“The results of this survey highlight the differences between rural consumers and the general New Zealand population. This information is critical for marketers and advertisers to accurately reach and engage their rural consumer demographic," said Nielsen’s Head of Media Tony Boyte.

Nielsen’s data also revealed that the rural sector is looking to invest in products and services in the next 12 months. Key areas include farm supplies, maintenance, farm machinery & equipment (including purchase of tractors), IT/Technology (including internet connection, and M2M technology), Infrastructure under $200K, vehicles (cars/utes), and banking/financial services.


Tony Boyte, Head of Media, Nielsen.