Research Shows Tablets And Smartphones Generate Strong Ad Engagement

Gail Chiasson, North American Editor

The Interactive Advertising Bureau and its Mobile Marketing Center of Excellence has released Mobile’s Role in the Consumer’s Media Day, an in-depth research report that reveals how receptiveness to advertising and media consumption varies by device, time of day, and location.

According to the report:

  • There is a strong degree of ad interaction among tablet users, with nearly half (47%) saying that they engage with ads on that device more than once a week;
  • One in four (25%) smartphone users also said that they interact with ads also more than once a week;
  • Once these mobile device users engage with an ad, they are extremely likely to take action (80% smartphone users, 89% tablet users).

“Both tablet and smartphone users show an impressive interest in mobile advertising,” says Anna Bager, vice-president and general manager, Mobile Marketing Center of Excellence, IAB. “The key for marketers is looking at how consumers use these devices in different ways, and tailoring brand messages and strategies accordingly.”

In regard to behaviors, smartphone users consider that device to be mission-critical for their day-to-day lives, with 70% saying that they ‘never leave home without it’. In comparison, 70% of those surveyed said that their tablets served as entertainment and media hubs.

Those that have both devices echo this sentiment, with 60% preferring a smartphone to ‘look up info on-the-go’, in contrast to 22% who would choose a tablet for that activity. However, when asked how they preferred to consume traditional media like print and video on mobile devices, consumers overwhelming choose tablets (69% print, 68% video) over a smartphone (9% print, 8% video).

Time of day also has a direct impact on how consumers use their mobile devices. For smartphone users, the three most impactful media moments of the day are:

  • Early Morning – When they first wake up, nearly 20% access social media;
  • Midday – Almost a third (28%) cite ‘free time’ windows during this time period that allow them to access media;
  • Primetime Evening – Both general media and social media consumption spike during primetime TV viewing hours.

It is harder to generalize with tablet users, but waking up stands out as a key social media time, with 28% engaging social media on their tablets first thing in the morning.

Nearly one-third of mobile device owners (30% smartphone users, 32% tablet users) said that they were likely to respond to ads that related to their current location. It is important to note, however, that ‘current location’ often refers to home rather than somewhere on the go. In fact, 48% of smartphone users and 59% of tablet users say that they regularly conduct local searches on their mobile devices while at home in front of the television set.

Mobile’s Role in the Consumer’s Media Day was released at IAB Mobile Marketplace, ‘Make Sense of the New First Screen’, held at the Crowne Plaza Times Square in New York City.

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