Mobile attribution is the process of tracking and measuring the effectiveness of mobile marketing campaigns across different channels and platforms. On a practical level, mobile attribution statistics help marketers understand how users discover, engage, and convert on their mobile apps or websites viewed on mobile devices and optimize their strategies accordingly.
For any business that wants to succeed in the mobile-first world where consumers spend more time on their smartphones than on any other device, accurate mobile attribution is crucial. According to Statista, there are currently over 5 billion smartphone users worldwide, and this number is expected to reach 6.1 billion by 2028. Moreover, the average person spends 3 hours and 15 minutes on their phones.
Smartphones are a huge part of our lives, so it’s important for marketers to understand how they are used. The following article provides data on the most interesting mobile attribution statistics that should help marketers plan and run their marketing campaigns in the most optimal way.
Mobile Attribution Statistics
Below, we share some of the most important mobile attribution statistics in 2023…
These will help you understand the current state and future trends of mobile marketing and attribution.
We cover global and US markets, as well as different aspects of mobile attribution, such as:
- challenges, and
- best practices.
Mobile Ads Market
The mobile ad industry is booming, as more advertisers are shifting their budgets from traditional media to digital media, especially mobile. According to eMarketer, global mobile ad spending reached $327 billion in 2022 and is projected to grow to $400 billion in 2024.
The US is the largest mobile ad market in the world. The mobile advertising spend in 2022 reached $170 billion and is estimated to reach $235 billion by 2025.
China is the second-largest market with $125 billion, followed by Japan.
It is worth noting that the growth of mobile ad spend is expected to slow down.
Overall, mobile ads make up a bigger portion of the total spend on digital advertising, and this share is expected to reach 68% by 2027. This coincides with smartphones being the main way of accessing the Internet; in 2022, almost 60% of web traffic was coming from mobile devices.
Data shows that 90% of the time spent on a mobile device is spent within apps, with the remaining part being spent in mobile browsers.
The most popular app globally is TikTok. It is also the most popular app in the US and UK; while Instagram is at the top in India and WeChat in China. It is worth noting that all these apps are ‘walled gardens’ – online sandboxes that are separated from the rest of the Internet. For many users, such apps represent their whole Internet experience – something to have in mind when planning an advertising strategy.
Costs and Prices
It is difficult to compare costs and prices between desktop and mobile since both device types appeal to slightly different users and are leveraged differently by marketers.
The average CPM on mobile devices is reported to be around $2 on Android and $5 on iOS. This range is in stark contrast to the wide range of $3.5 to $15 on desktop.
It’s important to note that the overall costs of advertising are shaped by a variety of factors, not just device type. A marketer’s goals may differ. Or advertising budgets and the number of given device types in an outlined audience.
It is reported that conversion rates are lower on mobile devices, which could explain lower prices for CPM. However, considering the scale of proliferation of mobile devices, a marketer can leverage scale and generate more income on mobile just because there are more mobile users.
This also doesn’t tell the whole story. Most users research a product on their smartphone while being in store. Seeing a brand name in a mobile ad while in store may push a user toward this brand, so even if the ad didn’t result in an immediate conversion, it doesn’t mean it didn’t work.
The most recent data shows that Apple has the biggest piece of the mobile pie, with 3 out of 10 smartphones being iPhones. A close second (and often trading the first place with Apple) is Samsung, with Xiaomi in third place.
While it is tempting to target iPhone users only, as they are stereotypically more willing to spend money and have the numerical advantage, a problem may arise from Apple’s approach to privacy and data tracking. In short, iPhone users may choose to opt out from tracking, which may leave you with less accurate data or broken attribution.
The Voluum ad tracker, when paired with a mobile measurement partner such as AppsFlyer, may accept conversions without click-identifying data and attribute them to the whole campaign instead of a concrete visit. This gives marketers the best fighting chance to still make decent profits even with restrictions put by Apple.
Tracking Mobile Attribution
The mobile world requires a slightly different approach to tracking and measurement than the more traditional desktop world. To track in-app events, you need to implement a special piece of software called an SDK, supplied by your mobile measurement partner or mobile attribution software. This SDK will report app installs and in-app activities, such as achieving a certain milestone in a game.
However, most advertisers don’t focus solely on mobile devices. Even app developers advertise them on desktop. The best approach is a mixed one, with multiple channels used to reach audiences on various stages of a conversion funnel.
The best way to handle this is to have an ad tracker such as Voluum that can connect all data from multiple channels and sources, including in-app data, and enable in-depth analysis of gathered data.
Once you connect all data to Voluum, you will know:
- Which channels or sources are driving the most installs, conversions, or revenue for my mobile app or website?
- How are users interacting with my app or website after installing or visiting it?
- Which campaigns or creatives are generating the highest engagement, retention, or loyalty among my users?
- How can I optimize my budget allocation and bid strategy across different channels or platforms?
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