I’m just throwing this here as it came up when I was looking at something else.
Here are some others.
So it’s not all bad, but overall the trend is generally downward, and at a rate that seems to match the trend for searches of the word ‘theatre’.
I’ve no conclusions to end on. Sorry about that. Although if you wanted evidence that traffic to event-focussed websites is going to be massively affected/determined by artistic programming decisions, then this points in that direction. Not that that should be any surprise.
Are there any other observations or conclusions that could be drawn from this?
A fair point here:
@ChrisUnitt Google Trends has a 'decay rate' for many English words- so the question is, are theatres decaying more than other institutions.
— DStuart (@DrStu2012) August 19, 2015
The thing about Google Trends is it’s not exactly clear how amazing the data is (especially because I’m using topics, rather than straight search terms) and it’s entirely possible there’s some sort of decay rate, or inconsistency or something so really don’t go betting the house on the data above. Like-for-like comparisons are probably fair enough though. Probably.