Advertising technology has been all over the mainstream news lately. Whether it’s pre-obituaries lamenting the death of on-line display ads or spotlights on how tech is making it possible for brands to target individual consumers, rather than the aggregate audiences that publisher sites promise to deliver, it’s pretty obvious there’s lots of anxiety about publishers’ future ability to profit from digital media.
Mobile is expanding reach and frequency with multi-platform news consumption. According to a new Pew research study, 64% of tablet owners and 62% of smartphone owners use their devices for news at least weekly, and a third of U.S. adults get news on a mobile device at least once a week. Findings also indicate that half of mobile news users sometimes or often notice ads when they’re browsing news on mobile devices.
Online video had another record-breaking month. According to comScore, 188 million U.S. Internet users watched 37.7 billion online content videos in August, while video ad views totaled 9.5 billion. Overall, video ads reached 54% of the total U.S. population an average of 58 times during the month.
A new Google study identifies two primary ways people use multi-screens: 1) Sequential – moving from one device to another to complete a single goal 2) Simultaneous – using multiple devices at the same time. These types of usage modes offer key insights to marketers. For example, the study found that nine out of ten people use multiple screens sequentially and smartphones are by far the most common starting point for completing a task (e.g., booking an online flight).
The digital space has changed considerably over the last 10 years bringing tremendous opportunity. Mashable recently published an infograph highlighting the staggering growth, including internet users, usage, web sites, social networks, and more. We’ve come a long way. What can we expect in the next 3-5 years?