Report: Mobile app time dominates Australian smartphone usage

Latest IAB and Nielsen report finds smartphones are the most used digital device by Australian consumers

Australian smartphone owners spent almost 35 hours engaging with digital content either via the Web or an installed app during August 2015, a new report has found.

According to the latest IAB Australia and Nielsen Mobile Ratings Report, time spent on smartphone is now higher than any other digital devices, accounting for 43 per cent of total time. Desktop usage by contrast, was 39 per cent, while tablet usage was 18 per cent.

Social networks took up the largest share of time on smartphones (35 per cent of time), followed by entertainment (16 per cent) and gaming (12 per cent) content. Social was also the most commonly accessed content on tablet devices (28 per cent), but gaming was more prevalent than entertainment on tablet devices (23 per cent versus 20 per cent).

Overall, consumers spent close to 33 hours on smartphone apps, and just over four hours on browsers each month. This figure dropped to 3.7m on tablet devices.

Listening to music or music-related content was accessed by 8.2 million Australians on smartphones, making it the second-largest driver of active reach and unique audience within the entertainment category during August.

The report was based on a panel of 2500 Australian mobile users over 18 years of age taken during August and is the second edition of preview data in advance of IAB and Nielsen’s new Digital ratings Monthly report being released in 2016. The report is replacing the pair’s Mobile Ratings Report, and pre-empts plans for a daily Digital Contents Rating digital audience data initiative planned for launch in mid-2016.

Nielsen Media Industry Group head, Monique Perry, said the report provided some clear insights into the behaviours of Australian on their mobiles.

“We are seeing that usage on mobiles is typically characterised by short, frequent sessions,” she said. “The sessions are less than one –third of the length of PC sessions on average, at around nine to 10 minutes per session, but more than three times as frequent.”

The report also looked into the top news and information content on smartphones and found the SMH dominating both smartphone and tablet usage, followed by news.com.au. On smartphones, ABC News came in third, followed by Daily Mail Australia and Yahoo7. In contract, ninemsn was third on tablet devices, followed by Daily Mail Australia and ABC News.

IAB research director, Lisa Walsh, said understanding which devices consumers are using along with the combination of usage across devices was important for marketers looking to design a total consumer experience campaign for their brands.

“This report… is able to quantify the importance of mobile media audiences from a marketing investment perspective,” she said. “We’re already seeing some very compelling data, which the industry can use to better reach their audiences.”

Follow CMO on Twitter: @CMOAustralia, take part in the CMO conversation on LinkedIn: CMO ANZ, join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CMOAustralia, or check us out on Google+: google.com/+CmoAu

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments

Blog Posts

Searching for social and marketing data

Many marketers, agencies - and everyone in between - get caught up on bubble references and data points. They’ll use Facebook best practice as the only best practice for Facebook executions and only consider metrics and responses of the one channel they’re expected to deliver on.

Isaac Lai

Connections strategy lead, VMLY&R Sydney

Why Australia needs more leaders

A few weeks ago, our Prime Minister, Scott Morrison took it upon himself to tell companies and their CEOs where to go when it came to societal issues. It wasn’t an organisation’s place to get involved. Instead, he said it should be left to governments to solve societies challenges.

Dan Banyard

Managing director, Edentify

3 skills you need to drive better collaboration

A study published in The Harvard Business Review found the time spent in collaborative activities at work has increased by over 50 per cent in the past two decades. Larger projects; complicated problems; tighter timeframes: These require bigger teams with specialised skillsets and diverse backgrounds, often dispersed globally.

Jen Jackson

CEO, Everyday Massive

Informative blog. Xero is a well-known revolutionized accounting software, specifically developed to provide best User Experience and mak...

NavkarConsultancyServices

Xero evolves to fit a changing marketplace

Read more

>Writes article about how to show diversity in an authentic way>All featured opinions are from white women

Jennifer Metcalfe

Food for Thought: How can brands show diversity in an authentic way?

Read more

Excellent post, congratulations !!! - Prof Paulo Coelho | https://www.drpaulocoelho.c...

Prof Paulo Coelho

The B2C and B2B marketing transformation helping Invisalign win more smiles

Read more

Great article - but regarding "For a team to achieve their full potential, Edmonson also advises leaders balance psychological safety wi...

Sim

3 skills you need to drive better collaboration - Business leadership - CMO Australia

Read more

I would invest money in machine learning. I think it's important to do that. Don't you agree?

Polly Valentine

Metcash to use AI for promotional planning optimisation in liquor division

Read more

Latest Podcast

More podcasts

Sign in