Consumer mobile usage and adoption. Use our mobile marketing statistics compilation to inform your digital marketing strategy and mobile user experience
"Mobile to overtake fixed Internet access by 2014" was the huge headline summarizing this bold 2008 mobile marketing prediction by Mary Meeker, an analyst at Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers when reviewing technology trends. That same year, Eric Schmidt of Google exhorted businesses to take a 'Mobile First' approach to designing web experiences, informed by customer-focused smartphone analytics. Our mobile marketing statistics compilation contains
15 years later, in 2023 understanding mobile engagement of online users is more vital than ever so digital markers can engage and influence their mobile audience. Today, the latest research from Statista shows that more than half of all web traffic is mobile.
In this compilation, we'll share the best quality statistics on how consumers interact with brands via mobile responsive websites, mobile apps or the key digital channels like search, email or social media.
Mobile marketing statistics compilation - what you need to know
The mobile statistics that the team at Smart Insights curate in the regular updates to this article are grouped under these headings for key questions marketers need to answer about mobile to help them compete:
- Q1. Time spent using mobile media
- Q2. Percentage of consumers using mobile devices
- Q3. How many website visits are on mobile vs desktop devices?
- Q4. Mobile conversion rates vs desktop and visit share for e-commerce sites?
- Q5. Mobile media time and app usage
- Q6. How important are mobile ads?
- Q7. What percentage of Google Searches are on mobile?
So that's the introduction showing the importance of mobile, let's dig into the details to prove it.
Q1. How much time do consumers spend using mobile media?
Mobile media use varies throughout the day. This is important to understand for dayparting, i.e. buying AdWords and display media. This daypart media use from comScore Global Digital Future in Focus shows how desktop is still important for daytime at work audiences, but Tablet and smartphone dominate in the evening.
The implications are increasingly clear - if you're not able to reach your audience through mobile search or display, or you're not providing a satisfactory mobile experience, you will miss out compared to competitors who are.
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Q2. Percentage of consumers using mobile devices?
Device ownership data from the latest Datareportal Global Overview shows that virtually everyone who uses the web now has a smartphone.
We recommend you understand this multichannel switching behavior for your own brand. It's important to keep track of the split between users of mobile and desktop devices visiting your site (s0, using segments in Google Analytics is the best way to do this.
Q3. How many website visits are on mobile vs desktop devices?
This insight from Statcounter shows the varying proportion of desktop vs mobile visitors through time. It shows that although mobile visits are increasing, the rate of growth is slower than previously. It shows that desktop experiences remain important.
Statcounter is useful for showing detailed insights about mobile usage such as specific mobile handsets, operating systems and device resolutions.
The growth in mobile usage prompted, Eric Schmidt, then Chairman of Google, to recommend a Mobile-First design approach. The reality is that while smartphone use is overwhelmingly popular for some activities such as social media, messaging, and catching up with news and gossip, many consumers in western markets also have desktop (and tablet) devices which they tend to use for more detailed review and purchasing.
So we need to think about strategies to engage the multichannel majority not simply 'mobile first' or 'smartphone adoption'. Audience measurement platform comScore has broken down the % of the total digital audience who access content as mobile-only by category. The top categories for mobile access are coupons/incentives, dating, social media, and weather - all with above 80% mobile-only users.
But with many high-value site visits still on desktop, it's important when designing using a responsive web design that the desktop experience isn't degraded and this has led to many larger businesses using an adaptive web design where layout and content are tailored for desktop, tablet, and smartphone screen dimensions.
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Q4. Mobile device conversion rates and visit share for e-commerce sites?
We have a separate compilation of e-commerce conversion stats if you're creating a business case for mobile-optimized sites as explained in our mobile marketing strategy guide. This data is also valuable since it shows the variation in conversion rate by mobile type. This is the latest data from Kibo Monetate for their retail clients showing conversion rates.
Smartphone conversion on mobile has increased dramatically over the last 4 quarters. The latest quarterly update from 2020 shows, particularly in the States, there is now only a very small difference between desktop and mobile conversion rates. Interestingly, global tablet conversion rates are even higher than desktop!
If you're planning responsive web optimization, this data is very valuable since it shows the average order value on mobile, tablet, and desktop.
Q5. Mobile media time and app usage
Consumer preference for mobile apps vs mobile sites should also be thought through as part of mobile strategy.
Data.ai provides one of the best sources for understanding mobile app usage. Their State of Mobile 2023 report reveals that despite nearly everyone owning a smartphone, new app downloads and total hours spent continue to increase.
4 trillion hours a day is difficult to fathom, but this average out to 3 or more hours per person per day.
Q6. Mobile advertising stats
So, how have advertisers responded to the change in mobile media time? The next chart from Warc shows that mobile ad spend dominates desktop spend.
The best mobile marketing statistics compilation sources ?
This update to this post features some of the latest updates on mobile statistics and we will continue to update them through the year. But more recent data can be sourced. To conclude we highlight some of the best sources to make the business case for investment in mobile marketing in your presentations and business cases to colleagues or clients.
- 1. Datareportal publishes a bi-annual Global Digital Overview, covering global snapshots of internet usage, social media, mobile phone usage and e-commerce. The report, a collaboration of We Are Social and Hubspot marketing data analysis, comes with key headline figures and takeaways.
- 2. Ofcom Internet usage report. Ofcom’s most recent International Communications Market Report was published last December, this examines take-up, availability, price and use of broadband, landlines, mobiles, TV, radio and post across 17 major countries.
We hope this compilation of statistics about mobile usage and effectiveness continues to be useful - please share if it is and we'll continue to update it.