Smartphone Share: Another Look At Devices Vs. Web Traffic

Chitika mobile web traffic The headline of today's Chitika North American smartphone usage report is that Windows Phone has finally and firmly established itself as the number three operating system. It now has the third-largest share of web traffic among mobile OSs in North America. According to Chitika's examination of "hundreds of millions of US and Canadian smartphone-based online ad impressions" in Q1, Windows Phones are generating about 1 percent of North American mobile web traffic. The moribund BlackBerry now drives less than 1 percent. Windows Phones' share of web traffic is flat however. So while [...]


Nearly 75 Percent Of Female Millennials Enrolled In Retail Loyalty Programs

shopping-featured Among top US retailers, Kohl's enjoys the highest percentage enrollment of Millennials (18 - 33 years old). That's according to survey data from white-label retail loyalty platform provider PunchTab. The firm conducted two separate surveys of more than 1,000 US Millennials in late 2013 and early 2014. Kohl's is one of the largest US retailers by number of stores and sales. That may factor into the finding of its loyalty program popularity. Source: PunchTab The survey also found, as with other groups, that Millennial shoppers tend to trust and rely upon word of mouth and the opi [...]


Mobile Devices Drive 66 Percent Of Email Opens — Report

mobile-email-600 According to Movable Ink's Q1 2014 US Consumer Device Preference Report email opens continue to migrate away from the desktop, which now represents a minority of all email opens. In addition, the tablet share of email opens continues to grow. Movable Ink said that 66 percent of emails were opened on either a smartphone (47.2 percent) or tablet (18.5 percent) in Q1. That's up slightly from the 65 percent in Q4. By contrast PC email opens were down to 34 percent.   Source: Movable Ink (Q1 2014) Most mobile email opens happened on iOS devices. In fact there were more iP [...]


Google+ Breaks Into The Top 15 Mobile Apps — comScore

google-plus-app-mobile-600 Yesterday afternoon comScore released its US smartphone and mobile app rankings for March. Interestingly the company appears to have discontinued its ranking for mobile websites and is now only reporting on the top apps. In terms of smartphone marketshare, the story remains largely unchanged over the past six months, except that Samsung continues to incrementally gain share among Android OEMs. The firm gained almost a point since December. On the operating system front, Apple lost some share in the last quarter while both Android and Microsoft gained share. In October 2013 Android ha [...]


Click-Through Rates On Mobile App Ads Reach New Heights, Lead To Record Downloads

mobile-apps-featured In March, click-through rates on ads for mobile adds on iOS devices reached new heights, increasing fivefold from the previous year. CTRs on Android were nearly three times higher than a year ago, reports mobile app marketer Fiksu in its latest pulse of the app market. All those clicks are driving record downloads. While the report doesn't capture Android downloads, a new high of 7.1 million iOS apps were downloaded daily in March, up 41 percent from a year ago. Fiksu says that in addition to apps themselves becoming more compelling, programmatic solutions, better targeting and ad format [...]


Smartphones To Reach 90 Pct. In US, UK By 2016 — Forecast

smartphone-shutterstock An analysis by The Guardian, relying on Kantar ComTech data, asserts that the UK market will reach 90 percent smartphone penetration in 2016. The publication cites a separate analysis by Horace Dediu arguing something very similar for the US market: smartphone adoption will reach 90 percent by the end of 2016. These now sound like common sense or even bland predictions. But there was a time a few years ago when they would have sounded quite radical. But costs have come way down for smartphones (especially Android devices), and the culture has changed as well. The future of global interne [...]


Report: 70 Percent Of Mobile Ad Revenue Coming From “Interstitials”

Mobile ad breakdown China-based mobile ad network appflood.com has released its first report on the state of global mobile advertising (for Android apps). The data are based on activity gleaned from 400 million unique smartphones globally. While the company does business globally I would caution that AppFlood's data, in addition to reflecting Android only, may skew regionally and not be fully representative of the North American or European trends. AppFlood says that global cost-per-app-install rates declined in Q1 to $0.30 globally. This is a global average. North American and European markets CPI rates are [...]


Report: Apple, Samsung Lose Ground To Chinese Handset Makers In Q1

smartphone-shutterstock New numbers out from Strategy Analytics show that smartphone shipments grew at 33 percent globally in Q1 2014. However market leaders Apple and Samsung lost share to Chinese handset makers Huawei and Lenovo. Strategy Analytics' numbers must be viewed with caution however because they're based on the unreliable "shipments" metric and methodology. Shipments don't equal sales to end users and certainly don't equal usage and traffic in the real world. According to the data, Samsung's shipments-share loss was its first decline since late 2009. The lower end of the market is where competitio [...]


Study: Load Times For 69% Of Responsive Design Mobile Sites Deemed “Unacceptable”

mobile-responsive-design-featured While many brands are using responsive design to create websites that deliver a consistent experience across multiple platforms and devices, mobile web developer Trilibis found that image-heavy responsive design mobile sites are taking an "unacceptable" time to load. Evaluating page weight, images and load times for 155 prominent responsive design websites -- including Starbucks.com, Engadget.com and BoldandNoble.com -- Trilibis found 69 percent took four seconds or more to load on a smartphone. Trilibis revealed only one in five of the sites it analyzed delivered a "good" load time on [...]


Reports: Mobile Traffic Up 50 Percent, M-Commerce Doubles

mobile-devices-featured Mobile web traffic has grown 50 percent over the past year and now represents more than 25 percent of all internet visits according to a study by Wpromote. The company looked at traffic to 35 of its client sites, including e-tailers, B2B industries and consumer services. Consumer services was the category with the highest percentage of mobile traffic at 33 percent. B2B sites had the lowest percentage of mobile traffic at 16 percent. Source: Wpromote With a much larger sample of sites, StatCounter shows a higher aggregate percentage of mobile traffic in the US market: Desktop [...]


Social Media, Mobile And YouTube Changing The Nature Of “TV”

social-media-tv A trio of reports sheds new light and visibility on how TV and digital video viewing habits are changing with social media in the multi-platform era. Viewing habits are shifting dramatically in large part because of on-demand viewing and the availability of programming across screens. According to the Ooyala Global Video Index (for Q4 2013), based on behaviors observed across its network of video publishers, smartphones and tablets are grabbing a larger share of video viewing time. The report looked video consumption on connected TVs, video on PCs, tablets and smartphones. While there [...]


The “App-Churn Window”: 60 Pct. Of Users Might Never Return

smartphone-shutterstock The strategic importance of apps is now self-evident, with roughly 90 percent of mobile internet time being spent there, according to Nielsen. However if companies' apps don't engage users quickly and effectively, they may churn -- never to return. That's according to Localytics, which offers some very useful data and advice about what it calls the "app-churn window." The longer the interval between the initial app use and a second use, the greater the risk of churn the company says. Localytics analyzed app usage patterns of iOS devices and found the following "rules": The "me [...]


Native Mobile Apps May Dominate Now, But The Mobile Web Will Endure

Time spent with apps If you’re lucky enough to be a huge brand marketer with unlimited budgets, what I’m about to say probably doesn’t apply to you. You have the good fortune to focus on providing not only a phenomenal mobile website experience, but a great experience in mobile apps, as well. Not or, but and, as it should be. So, you can feel free to use the contact info below to discuss how to take your campaigns to the next level and stop reading this column. For the other 99% of us, the recent announcement by app analytics provider Flurry that users are still spending more time in apps than the mo [...]


Google Has 49 Pct Of Mobile Ad Revs, Just 18 Pct Of Time Spent

mobile-payment-wallet-featured Google makes more than its "fair share" of mobile ad revenue based on time spent with Google mobile properties, whereas Facebook's revenues are in line with time spent. That's according to data published by Flurry, relying on ad revenue estimates from eMarketer. The chart below contains eMarketer's global revenue projection for mobile advertising. According to these estimates, Google will bring in more than $14.5 billion in mobile revenue in 2014, while Facebook will generate just under half of that or roughly $6.8 billion. Flurry's report found that mobile users spend 86 percent of [...]


Advertisers Keep Spending More On Paid Search In Q1, CTRs Jump 23 Percent YoY

Paid Search Spend Trends Q1 2014 IgnitionOne Paid search in the U.S. saw another quarter of positive growth in Q1, rising 8 percent year-over-year according to IgnitionOne's latest quarterly report, which looks at paid search performance of campaigns across its management platform that's used by major brands and agencies. Paid search clicks rose a modest 5 percent and click-through-rates (CTR) were up 23 percent. Impressions fell again -- dropping 15 percent year-over- year. The drop in impressions, according to the report, is due to the increase in mobile searches where there is less ad real estate per query. However, these mobile se [...]


For Mobile App Monetization, Free(mium) Is Winning

smartphone-shutterstock According to a survey based study, jointly released by App Annie and IDC this week, the "freemium" model is the most popular way for developers and publishers to make money on their mobile apps. In-app advertising is another popular and successful method -- though only 42 percent of developer survey respondents were using in-app ads. The third most popular method (far behind the other two) is paid-app purchases. You can either consider WhatsApp a freemium model (free for the first year) or a paid app model (annual subscription). The same goes for apps such as the New York Times: the app [...]


Among Top 100 Etail Sites Only 9 Pct Using Responsive Design

mobile-responsive-design-featured Despite being a recommended mobile "best practice," only 9 percent of the top 100 e-retail sites are using responsive design. That's according to the latest edition of The Search Agency's Mobile Experience Scorecard. Previously, the agency evaluated and ranked the mobile sites of the Fortune 100 and top 100 traditional retailers. In this ranking exercise, The Search Agency considered a range of criteria, including site/page load time, site format, search box, shopping cart, sign in, social media buttons and app presence. Each category offered a potential score of five points. Those were [...]


Majority Of Shoppers Want Cross-Channel Personalization — Survey

shopping-featured According to a new survey, cross-channel shoppers want personalization on retail/e-commerce websites and in email, less so with display or social ads. The survey was conducted earlier this year by the etailing-group (n=1,004 US adults) for MyBuys, a personalization platform. All of the survey respondents owned smartphones and 61 percent reported owning a tablet. The respondents were equally divided between men and women. Source: MyBuys/e-tailing group Most respondents (83 percent) "saw value" in personalization across mobile devices. However only 23 percent said they thought retai [...]


Survey: Nearly Half Of Americans Interested In Wearable Tech

Pebble smartwatch While Google Glass has not broken into the mainstream, smartwatches and fitness wristbands may be on the cusp of doing so. The CEO of Pebble (smartwatch) told Fortune that it had sold 400,00 watches in 2013 and the company's investors expect revenues to double this year. According to survey data (November 2013) from Nielsen, 70 percent of US consumers are aware of “wearables" and roughly 15 percent currently own and use some form wearable technology. Among that 15 percent here's the breakdown: Fitness wristbands -- 61 percent Smartwatches -- 45 percent Mobile health tracking -- de [...]


Study Confirms Smartphones Now #1 Screen, Beating TV

smartphones-featured A report released this week by Millward Brown takes a quantitative and qualitative look at multiscreen activity from a number of perspectives. The report is based on a global survey (n=12,000 respondents, 30 countries). The US sample was 444 people, with some behavioral monitoring and interviews. I'm going to discuss just a few of the findings. However, there's a great deal of interesting material in the report, which is free. While this has been asserted by others in the past, Millward Brown confirmed that in the US daily smartphone screen time has now surpassed TV. That's also true wor [...]


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