Smaato, the leading global real-time advertising platform for mobile publishers and app developers, released its Q1 2017 Global Trends in Mobile Advertising Report. Smaato analyzed data from 300 billion mobile ad impressions served on its exchange each month and found that mobile ad space is more valuable than ever before as global eCPMs grew almost 50 percent year-over-year.
Fueled by explosive growth in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, mobile ad spending on the Smaato platform overall climbed 14 percent over the last year. China – the world’s second biggest mobile advertising market – was the strongest Top 10 market performer on the Smaato platform and saw its first quarter ad spending nearly double (+90 percent) since the same quarter last year. China’s ad spending growth was also more than twice that of the next fastest-growing Top 10 market, Australia (+37 percent).
While China continues to be a mobile ad juggernaut, some of APAC’s impressive Q1 growth can be attributed to Chinese/Lunar New Year, which fell on January 28. Celebrated by more than 20 percent of the world’s population, countries in the region that celebrate the holiday experienced 18 percent higher ad revenue on average than neighboring non-celebrating countries. The number of unique devices on the Smaato platform from celebrating countries also spiked on January 28.
According to eMarketer, mobile users in the US now spend 89 percent (more than 2 hours daily) of their total smartphone time in-app, and advertisers are taking note in their spending. In-app ad spending continues to eat mobile web and now owns 91 percent of all global ad spending on the Smaato platform, which represents a 41 percent overall increase since Q1 2016. In-app eCPMs have also increased 54 percent in Q1 year-over-year.
“The data across our global platform indicate that advertisers are catching on to how consumers increasingly spend their time in apps. When advertisers understand the value of the long-term tracking capabilities of in-app advertising, combined with rich audience data, we expect to see the eCPMs of in-app advertising to increase by 50 to 100 percent until 2019,” said Ragnar Kruse, co-founder and CEO of Smaato.
The report offers additional insights into global mobile advertising, including:
- Mobile ‘prime time’ differs from country to country. In the US and the UK, mobile ad views and spending peak on weekdays from 7-11 p.m. and 3-9 p.m., respectively. However, in Japan, ‘prime time’ on weekdays is much later, occurring between 7 p.m.-1 a.m. In China, mobile usage is consistent throughout the day.
- Music Apps Rock Ad Spending, While eCPM Shines in Weather Apps. The Music app category is the clear leader for total ad spending share on the Smaato platform (16 percent vs 10 percent for the next highest category). The Weather app category commands the highest eCPMs — more than 2.5x higher than any other category.
- Geography Drives Mobile Weather App Seasonality. From summer in South Korea to autumn in Australia, changes in weather patterns and types (e.g. rain, wind, sun) drive significant variation in peak weather app usage over the course of a year.
- Major Sports Events Spike Mobile Ad Value in the US. Within the Sports app category, eCPMs on Super Bowl Sunday jumped +25% versus other days in the same month, while the NBA Finals and Copa America spiked Sports app eCPMs in late June over 40 percent.
Smaato delivers billions of ad impressions each month, which are auctioned through a network of more than 450 demand partners. The Global Trends in Mobile Advertising Report reflects the activity and trends that have developed over the first quarter of 2017 across Smaato’s global base of publishers, advertisers and mobile device users, and analyzes trends in 2017 across quarters and against the previous year.
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