Last week, the very influential Mary Meeker released her 2014 Internet Trend Report at the Code Conference in California.
If you don’t have time to wade through the 160+ page report – here is my summary of some of the most interesting insights for marketers with an Australian take on it (where possible).
1) From social broadcasting to selective messaging
Tech acquisitions often shed a lot of light into where things like social media are heading, so when Facebook attempted to acquire SnapChat and went on to purchase WhatsApp it became pretty clear that people were beginning to favour private communications over public social networks. In the past 12 – 18 months, we have seen the popularity of messaging apps soar as consumers seek more control over who sees a message or photograph – demonstrating a shift from broadcast type social messaging to communicating to a select few. This consumer shift will change the way brands use social media with these direct messaging services providing brands with new tools to find and build relationships with individual customers.
With recent statistics demonstrating apps like Snapchat are growing in popularity down under – with approx 10% of the online population already using the Snapchat service, it’s one Australian marketers need to watch closely and consider relevance – particularly brands operating in the youth brand space.
2. Content generation growing but becoming unfindable
As consumers shift some of their focus and attention to communicating via messaging apps – there is a growing amount of unfindable content being generated which limits marketers’ ability to capture brand perceptions and sentiment as well as glean data from social on individual consumers.
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3. Mobile growth unabated but mobile advertising still flat
Mobile internet usage continues to grow, with mobile data rising 81% year over year and now making up 25% of total web usage. Despite the significant growth, globally mobile advertising represents just 11% of internet advertising demonstrating lots of room for growth in the years ahead.
In Australia, mobile internet usage trumps usage on any other device making up 33% of all minutes spent accessing the internet. In line with global trends there is significant upside and growth opportunity in mobile advertising down under with mobile internet advertising currently attracting just over $1 in every $5 spent in display, and 17% of all search advertising spend according to the IABs recent statistics.
4. Single purpose apps all the rage
Part of the success of apps like Instagram, WhatsApp and others has been attributed to their single minded purpose. We are seeing tech giants globally begin to invest in single purpose apps i.e. Facebook Messenger to ensure important features that drive usage and interaction are not buried under a mound of functionality.
5. Rapid growth in sensors drives innovation & big data
The rising growth in mobile handsets shipped with sensors will pave the way for the next generation of mobile experiences – as the increasing number of sensors embedded into mobile devices provides an opportunity to create new / more engaging experiences. Equally the growth in sensors is also anticipated to create troves of additional data to mine, contributing to the big data mind-field.
6. Tablet continues to power ahead
The growth of table, seems to continue to roll on growing 52% in 2013, and uptake has grown faster than PCs ever did however penetration globally remains low. The low levels of penetration and high levels of growth indicate there is still significant upside for tablet growth in the years ahead. Locally however it is quite a different story. According to Telstye, sales of tablets in Australia reached 4.8 million in 2013, and it is now estimated that tablet penetration stands at 40%. Telsyte estimates that 29 per cent of units sold in 2013 were Low (<$200) or Medium ($200 – $450) cost, and anticipates these segments to grow to over 50 per cent of sales by 2018, given current trends – which demonstrates Apple share will soften in the coming years in Australia.
7. The evolution of TV a key space to watch
A solid portion of the report focussed on the evolution of TV – which demonstrates the significant amount of change occurring in the space.
Some of the key trends include;
• Traditional TV is being replaced with mobile apps as broadcasters seek to provide consumers with new ways to consume content on the go
• Millennial’s are leading the charge in online TV consumption shunning traditional TV viewing.
• The growth of new premium channels on YouTube can’t be ignored providing consumers with more choice – much of which is being consumed via mobile (approx 40%)
8. Instant gratification drives same day delivery
As free shipping moves towards the norm globally, with approx 47% of online transactions coming from free shipping – the next big horizon is same day delivery to satisfy consumers need for instant gratification. As geographical constraints have led to slower adoption of free delivery by retailers in Australia (due to cost), it is anticipated that same day local delivery will fail to become the norm locally for quite a number of years yet as logistics prove too difficult for most retailers to master.
To view the full report click here
Watch: Takeaways from Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends report 2014