captive audience

captive audience

1. An audience (of a speech, performance, lecture, etc.) that is prevented from leaving and is therefore obligated to listen. Our boss made attendance at the panel discussion mandatory, thus ensuring a captive audience.
2. An audience that is enraptured by and gives the entirety of its attention to a speaker or performance. The key to maintaining a captive audience is to make sure your speech appeals to everyone present.

captive audience

Listeners or onlookers who have no choice but to attend. For example, It's a required course and, knowing he has a captive audience, the professor rambles on endlessly . This expression, first recorded in 1902, uses captive in the sense of "unable to escape."
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Because of its captive audience this store benefits from higher margins, lower labor cost, no discounts or coupons.
Set against the backdrop of the growing dependence on information and communication technologies, Captive Audience offers a critical examination of regulatory issues facing the U.
The student body of a public school is presumably very diverse with a mix of Christians, Jews, Muslims, atheists, and agnostics, many of whom would resent being required to attend a ceremony in which Christ and His love was being shared with those present in the captive audience.
That old slogan 'it pays to advertise' sprang to mind when Captive Audience made a successful first appearance for rising star Rebecca Curtis in the maiden hurdle and impressed Geraghty to such an extent that he suggested a challenge at the Punchestown festival.
Cruise liners have a captive audience and they play on this in two ways.
based Captive Audience, LLC, which provides digital media services in the deli departments of ShopRite and Big Y stores in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey.
The ordinance also prohibits people from trying to sell things to people waiting in lines or seated in public areas where they would be considered a captive audience.
Brian Banaszynski, vice president of Advance Realty Group, added, "Through the program, retailers have multiple sales opportunities before, during and after stadium events to a captive audience coming through and departing from Harrison MetroCentre and Red Bull Park.
But, then, why should they have been expected to be capable writers when the Department of Education, which had these same folks as a captive audience for more than 2,400 days of schooling when they were students, had never considered that subject-verb agreement or use of the comma might have been squeezed in among the "activities" as essential requirements?
Companies desperately want to get into high schools because they know they are getting a captive audience with disposable income," says David Carter of Sports Marketing Group, a California company.
With a captive audience of millions of youngsters he might at least have told them the downside of his doped up days.
The content is near real-time television news, weather and entertainment which is broadcast to a captive audience of rail passengers via the 360 Onboard System, using satellite and wireless technologies,' the company said in a statement.
With a captive audience of many teaching faculty, the librarians showed how to get information about planning good library assignments and also how to contact the library to set up library instruction sessions for their classes.
They know they have a captive audience, so they really take advantage," says travel expert Michael Bennett.
CAPTIVE AUDIENCE Pop star Rick Parfitt of rockers Status Quo was in Cardiff in 1976 - behind bars for the second time in three weeks.