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About this report
The 2015 U.S. Mobile App Report leverages several data sources unique to comScore:
 The report is based primarily on behavioral measurement from comScore Media Metrix® Multi-Platform, which provides
deduplicated reporting of digital audiences across desktop computers, smartphones and tablets, and comScore Mobile
Metrix®, which provides deduplicated reporting of mobile web and app audiences across both smartphones and tablets. The
report also includes survey-based data from comScore MobiLens®.
 Custom analytics data derived from the aforementioned products’ data streams is also included.
 The report also incorporates results from a survey of 1,084 smartphone users to understand their habits.
Important Definitions:
o Any reference to “mobile” means the combination of smartphone and tablet. When data is referring specifically smartphones
or tablets, it will be labeled accordingly.
o All mobile data is based on Age 18+ population.
o A “unique visitor” is a person who visits an app or digital media property at least once over the course of a month. This
metric, in app parlance, is equivalent to a “monthly active user/MAU”. A “daily visitor” is similar to a “daily active user/DAU.”
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App Overview PAGE 4
App Audiences PAGE 11
App User Habits PAGE 18
Top & Fast-Growing Apps PAGE 27
Content Categories PAGE 36
Social & Entertainment Apps PAGE 41
App Ads & Monetization PAGE 51
Table of Contents
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App Overview
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Digital media usage time is exploding right now, and it’s
predominantly being driven by mobile apps.
476,553 480,967 550,522
409,847
621,410
778,95477,081
97,440
118,299
0
200,000
400,000
600,000
800,000
1,000,000
1,200,000
1,400,000
1,600,000
Jun-2013 Jun-2014 Jun-2015
TotalMinutes(MM)
Desktop Mobile App Mobile Browser Over the past two
years, total digital
media usage has
grown 49% with
mobile apps having
grown 90% and
contributing to 77%
of the total increase
in time spent.
Mobile browser is
also seeing very
strong growth at
53% and even
desktop is still
rising.
Growth in Digital Media Time Spent
Source: comScore Media Metrix Multi-Platform & Mobile Metrix, U.S., Total Audience
+53%
vs. 2013
+90%
vs. 2013
+16%
vs. 2013
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Smartphone apps are eating up the digital universe and are now
close to being a majority of all digital media time.
Smartphone apps
are rapidly
approaching half of
total digital media
time spent. They
already account for
the vast majority of
total mobile and
mobile app time
spent and are
gaining share
among every
segment of the
market.
Smartphone App Share of Platform Time Spent
Source: comScore Media Metrix Multi-Platform & Mobile Metrix, U.S., Total Audience
30%
40%
50%
60%
70%
80%
90%
Jun-2013 Dec-2013 Jun-2014 Dec-2014 Jun-2015
SmartphoneAppShareofTimeSpent
Smartphone app share of MOBILE
Smartphone app share of MOBILE APP
44%
71%
66%
82%
79%
33%
+3pts
+5pts
+11pts Smartphone app share of TOTAL DIGITAL
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30%
35%
40%
45%
50%
55%
60%
65%
Jun-2013 Dec-2013 Jun-2014 Dec-2014 Jun-2015
%ShareofDigitalMediaTimeSpent
Mobile now represents almost 2 out of 3 digital media minutes, and
mobile apps alone now constitute a majority.
Although desktop is
not declining in total
engagement, it is
losing share to
mobile – which now
accounts for 62% of
digital media time
spent. And mobile
apps on their own
now drive the
majority of digital
media time spent at
54%.
Share of Digital Media Time Spent by Platform
Source: comScore Media Metrix Multi-Platform & Mobile Metrix, U.S., Total Audience
Share of Digital Time Spent on MOBILE APP
Share of Digital Time Spent on MOBILE
38%
54%
42%
62%
51%
49%
Share of Digital Time Spent on DESKTOP
+11pts
+12pts
-11pts
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Smartphone apps have driven most of the growth in digital media
usage in the past 2 years.
Every component is
contributing to the
massive growth in
digital time spent
over the past two
years, but it is the
smartphone app
that has been the
biggest driver by far.
It has accounted for
two-thirds of all
growth in digital
media engagement
during that
timeframe.
Share of Growth in Total Digital Time Spent: June 2015 vs. June 2013
Source: comScore Media Metrix Multi-Platform & Mobile Metrix, U.S., Total Audience
15%
65%
7%
12%
2%
SHARE OF
GROWTH
IN DIGITAL
TIME
(JUNE 2015 vs.
JUNE 2013)
DESKTOPTABLET
SMARTPHONE
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App usage time is being driven heavily by Millennials on
smartphones, while older segments skew on tablet apps.
Millennials spend an
exorbitant amount
of time on their
smartphone apps,
and usage declines
with age. Tablet app
engagement is
much lower on
average, but
generally increases
with age outside of
the 18-24 year-old
segment.
Average Monthly Hours per App Visitor by Age
Source: comScore Mobile Metrix, U.S., Age 18+, June 2015
68.2
90.6
82.5
73.1
57.5
40.7 39.8
29.6
34.7
23.5
26.6
30.8
34.0 32.5
0
20
40
60
80
100
Total Age 18-24 Age 25-34 Age 35-44 Age 45-54 Age 55-64 Age 65+
AverageMonthlyHoursperVisitor
Smartphone Tablet
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87% 88% 83%
13% 12% 17%
0%
20%
40%
60%
80%
100%
Mobile Smartphone Tablet
ShareofMobileTimeSpent
App Browser
Apps dominate mobile web in time spent. But these stats only tell
part of the story, especially when looking at driving audiences…
The lower share of
app time spent on
tablets is likely due
to the device’s
larger screen, which
makes for a better
web browsing
experience, and a
fewer number of
apps available for
tablets vs.
smartphones.
Share of Time Spent on Mobile: App vs. Browser
Source: comScore Mobile Metrix, U.S., Age 18+, June 2015
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App Audiences
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Multi-platform digital audiences are getting much bigger on average,
and it’s all because of mobile.
Over the past year,
average digital
audience size has
grown 22% among
the top 1000
properties. Mobile
audiences have
grown 41% in that
time vs. a 1% gain
on desktop. Mobile
audiences first
passed desktop in
June 2014.
Avg. Monthly Audience for Top 1000 Properties for Total Digital, Mobile, and Desktop
Source: comScore Media Metrix Multi-Platform, U.S., Total Audience
4
6
8
10
12
14
16
UniqueVisitors(MM)
MOBILE
TOTAL DIGITAL
6.8
9.7
6.5
15.0
12.3
6.9
DESKTOP
+22%
y/y
+41%
y/y
+1%
y/y
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And mobile audience growth is being driven more by mobile web
properties, which are actually bigger and growing faster than apps.
A comparison of the
Top 1000 Apps vs.
the Top 1000 Mobile
Web Properties
shows a surprising
result. Not only do
mobile web
properties have
audiences that are
more than 2.5x the
size, but these
audiences are also
growing twice as
fast.
Average Monthly Audience: Top 1000 Mobile Apps vs. Top 1000 Mobile Web Properties
Source: comScore Mobile Metrix, U.S., Age 18+
-
1,000
2,000
3,000
4,000
5,000
6,000
7,000
8,000
9,000
10,000
Jun-2014 Sep-2014 Dec-2014 Mar-2015 Jun-2015
UniqueVisitors(000)
Apps Mobile Web +42%
y/y
+21%
y/y
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But mobile web audiences also tend to be a mile wide and an inch
deep. As audiences increase, average time on mobile web declines.
As average mobile
web audiences climb,
the depth of average
engagement has
steadily declined,
suggesting an
increase in drive-by
traffic. While this
traffic can help
establish larger
audience reach for
mobile media
properties, there may
also be limits to the
advertising
opportunity it creates.
Top 1000 Mobile Web Properties: Average Audience and Time Spent Trend
Source: comScore Mobile Metrix, U.S., Age 18+
0
2
4
6
8
10
12
14
0
1,000
2,000
3,000
4,000
5,000
6,000
7,000
8,000
9,000
10,000
Jun-2014 Sep-2014 Dec-2014 Mar-2015 Jun-2015
AverageMinutesperVisitor
UniqueVisitors(000)
Mobile Web Unique Visitors (000) Mobile Web Average Minutes per Visitor
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Nevertheless, app audiences are growing. And the number of apps
reaching 5/10/20 million monthly visitors has jumped.
51
63
23
33
21
27
0
20
40
60
80
100
120
140
Jun-2014 Jun-2015
NumberofApps
5-10 MM 10-20 MM 20 MM +
+29%
+43%
+24%
There are a growing
number of mobile
apps reaching large
audiences in the
millions, proving
that apps should not
only be viewed in
terms of
engagement metrics
alone.
Number of Mobile Apps That Reached Unique Visitor Milestones
Source: comScore Mobile Metrix, U.S., Age 18+
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But, it’s still much easier to build a large audience on the desktop
and mobile web because of more fluid linking of content.
159
218
63
84
122
33
71
93
27
0
50
100
150
200
250
300
350
400
450
500
Desktop Mobile Web Mobile App
NumberofWebProperties/Apps
5-10 MM 10-20 MM 20 MM + Despite growing
audiences on apps,
the existing digital
infrastructure makes
it harder to build
large audiences on
apps than on the
web. As evidenced,
the mobile web still
has 3.5x more web
properties with 5
million unique
visitors than apps
have.
Number of Web Properties vs. Mobile Apps That Reached Unique Visitor Milestones
Source: comScore Media Metrix Multi-Platform & Mobile Metrix, U.S., Total Audience, June 2015
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Establishing app audiences is harder, but their real value is in their
loyalty. They spend 18x more time on apps than mobile web visitors.
It may be more
challenging to build
a large audience on
apps, but those app
users are a very
loyal bunch. They
spend more than 3
hours per month on
the Top 1000 apps
on average – about
18x greater than
what mobile web
visitors spend on
their Top 1000
properties.
Top 1000 Mobile Apps vs. Top 1000 Mobile Web Properties
Source: comScore Mobile Metrix, U.S., Age 18+, June 2015
3.3
8.9
App Mobile Web
201.8
10.9
App Mobile Web
Monthly Unique Visitors (MM) Average Monthly Minutes per Visitor
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App User Habits
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Smartphone users rely most on the app store for app discovery, and
more Millennials seek out apps across all methods of discovery.
Since Millennials
are heavier app
users, it makes
sense that they also
would be more
inclined to go out
and discover new
apps from a variety
of methods. This
age group is a great
target for app
advertising, and are
likely a big driver of
the growth in app
install ads.
Smartphone App Discovery Method as a % of Users
Source: comScore MobiLens, U.S., Age 13+, 3 Month Average Ending June 2015
27%
19%
20%
13%
11%
10%
11%
9%
18%
14%
11%
8% 9%
8%
7%
5%
12%
11%
7%
3%
6% 6%
3% 3%
0%
5%
10%
15%
20%
25%
30%
Searched app
store
via friend/ family Featured/ Top
List in app store
via comment/
review/ social site
via a website via news/ print
review/ TV show
via Ad on device
browser/ app
via Ad on TV/
print/ billboard
%ofSmartphoneUsers
Age 18-34 Age 35-54 Age 55+
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Smartphone home screen real estate is scarce, and frequency of
usage determines which apps get promoted to this screen.
46%
44%
32%
21%
11%
21%
How often I use the app
Easier access
I often need to access the app quickly
My interest in that app or kind of app
I like how the logo looks on my home screen
None/ I have not purposely moved apps to my home
screen
The desire to
access certain apps
easily and rapidly
are other key
drivers in
determining which
apps get placed on
the home screen.
Only 1 out of 5
smartphone users
made no effort to
customize which
apps appear on
their home screen.
Q: Which factors, if any, influence your decision to move any of your apps to your home screen?
Source: comScore Custom Survey, U.S., Age 18+, August 2015
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3 in 4 smartphone users keep their most used app on the home
screen and fully in view, outside the confines of an app folder.
73%
9%
8%
6%
1%
4% Home Screen - Individual App
Secondary Screen - Individual App
Menu of All Mobile Apps
Home Screen - In Folder
Secondary Screen - In Folder
Other
Nearly 3 out of
every 4 smartphone
users prefer to keep
their most frequently
used app in the
location with the
least amount of
friction on their
phone – one click
away on their home
screen. About 1 in
10 keep their most
used app outside a
folder on a
secondary screen.
Q: Where is the mobile app you use most often located?
Source: comScore Custom Survey, U.S., Age 18+, August 2015
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Half of all time spent on smartphone apps occurs on the individual’s
single most used app. And it’s almost 60% on tablets.
50%
18%
10%
6%
4% 3% 2% 2% 1% 1%
4%
59%
19%
9%
5%
3% 2% 1% 1% 0% 0% 1%
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
60%
70%
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11+
ShareofTimeSpentonApps
Individuals’ Top Ranked App by Usage
Smartphone Tablet Nearly 4 out of 5
smartphone app
minutes are spent
on the individual’s
Top 3 apps, despite
the average
smartphone user
visiting 25 apps per
month. Tablet users
are even more
engaged with their
top apps, with 87%
of their app usage
occurring on their
Top 3.
Share of Time Spent on Apps Across Ranks
Source: comScore Custom Analytics, U.S., Age 18+, June 2015
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Your Dad’s not the only one who operates his smartphone with two
hands – it’s a generational thing.
19%
9%
15%
34%
0%
5%
10%
15%
20%
25%
30%
35%
40%
Total Age 18+ Age 18-34 Age 35-54 Age 55+
%ofSmartphoneUsers
Higher levels of
comfort and
familiarity with the
device, as well as a
greater tendency to
multi-task, are likely
why younger
generations are
more inclined to use
their smartphone
with only one hand
vs. their older
counterparts. Older
demos use their
phones like, well,
your parents do.
% of Smartphone Users by Age Segment Who Only Operate Phone with Two Hands
Source: comScore Custom Analytics, U.S., Age 18+, June 2015
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One-handed smartphone users consciously decide on where apps
are positioned on their phones based on “thumb reach.”
11%
13%
17%
29%
26%
33%
60%
61%
51%
0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100%
Age 18-34
Age 35-54
Age 55+
Disagree No Opinion Agree
The majority of one-
handed smartphone
users of all ages
consider thumb
reach when
positioning apps on
their phone. Those
age 55+ are
somewhat less
likely to practice this
behavior, but overall
it appears that
thumb reach is an
important
consideration
across all age
groups.
Q: Agree/Disagree: The ease with which I’m able to reach an app with my thumb when
operating my phone affects where I have positioned that app on my smartphone?*
Source: comScore Custom Survey, U.S., Age 18+, August 2015
* One-handed smartphone users who responded that they “Strongly Agree” or “Somewhat Agree” with the above statement were combined into a single group labeled “Agree.”
Similarly, the “Disagree” group of respondents consists of one-handed smartphone users who stated that they “Strongly Disagree” or “Somewhat Disagree.”
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Smartphone users are as likely to accept push notifications as
reject, indicating a need to balance utility with intrusiveness.
9% 22% 36% 22% 11%
Push notifications
can often be the
lifeblood of an app –
a crucial method to
keep its users
actively engaged
and from
abandoning it over
time. But it can also
backfire, appear
intrusive and
ultimately annoy
users. Smartphone
users are split as to
whether they get
utility from this
feature.
Q: How often do you agree to an app’s request to allow push notifications?
Source: comScore Custom Survey, U.S., Age 18+, August 2015
Never Rarely Sometimes Often Always
33%31%
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Smartphone users are more comfortable sharing location info than
receiving notifications. Privacy less of a concern than annoyance?
12% 19% 28% 29% 13%
The same
percentage of
smartphone users
who typically reject
push notifications
also cite some
uneasiness in
sharing their
geographic location.
Still, with 4 in 10
users comfortable
enabling these
services, there likely
exists a greater
concern for app
intrusiveness than
app privacy.
Q: Agree/Disagree: I am comfortable with apps accessing my geographic location information.
Source: comScore Custom Survey, U.S., Age 18+, August 2015
Strongly
Disagree
Somewhat
Disagree
Neither Agree
nor Disagree
Somewhat
Agree
Strongly
Agree
42%31%
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Top & Fast-Growing Apps
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The list of Top 25 mobile apps is dominated by the leading digital
media companies and tends to concentrate within a few categories.
The Top 6 – and 8
of the Top 9 – apps
are owned by
Facebook or
Google. The Top 25
apps can all be
broadly classified as
either Utilities (9),
Social (7),
Entertainment (6),
or Retail (3),
highlighting some of
the most critical
needs that apps
fulfill.
Top 25 Mobile Apps by Unique Visitors with Y/Y Growth
Source: comScore Mobile Metrix, U.S., Age 18+, June 2015 / June 2014
9%
18%
144%
16%
7%
19%
8%
13%
35%
22%
17%
10%
65%
19%
66%
17%
29%
15%
18%
N/A
309%
12%
236%
402%
23%
125,727
98,929
95,670
81,090
77,387
76,471
74,221
67,902
63,060
49,701
49,349
46,398
43,688
41,345
40,847
35,841
34,098
33,115
32,778
32,028
29,779
24,957
24,688
22,019
21,650
Facebook
YouTube
Facebook Messenger
Google Search
Google Play
Google Maps
Pandora Radio
Gmail
Instagram
Apple Music*
Apple Maps
Yahoo Stocks
Amazon Mobile
Twitter
Pinterest
The Weather Channel
Snapchat
Google+
Netflix
Weather Channel Widget
Google Drive
eBay
Spotify
Walmart
Yahoo Mail
* “Apple Music,” as it appears above, is the same measured entity as the previously named “iTunes Radio/iCloud.” This entity, now under the new name, is referring to Apple’s
native music app, which captures all music activity within that app, including listening via the streaming service, radio service and users’ personally downloaded music libraries.
Social
Entertainment
Utilities
Retail
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Facebook ranks as the #1 smartphone app by total time spent for
almost half its user base – an astounding number.
48%
22%
9%
6%
4% 2% 2% 1% 1% 1%
4%
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11+
%ofFacebookAppUsers
Rank in Usage
Facebook continues
its impressive reign
as the #1 app
overall in both users
and engagement,
and it’s in the Top 3
for nearly 80% of
users. With
constantly
refreshing social
content and home
screen accessibility
for most users, the
app is made for
habitual usage.
Facebook’s Rank Among its Smartphone App Users
Source: comScore Custom Analytics, U.S., Age 18+, June 2015
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Location, location, location. Apps occupying valuable home screen
real estate tend to have the most visitors.
Facebook
YouTubeFB Messenger
Google Search
Google Maps
Pandora
Instagram
Apple Maps AmazonTwitter
Snapchat
SpotifyShazam
ESPNYelp
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
60%
70%
80%
0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% 45% 50%
%ReachofSmartphoneAppUsers
% of Home Screens on Which App Appears
Apps with easy
access and visibility
on the home screen
unsurprisingly
attract more visitors
than apps that
rarely obtain home
screen real estate.
Of course, apps that
are most often
selected for the
home screen tend
to generally be
more popular,
creating a chicken-
and-egg
phenomenon.
Selected Smartphone Apps: Visitor Penetration vs. % Home Screen Incidence
Source: comScore Custom Survey, U.S., Age 18+, August 2015; comScore Mobile Metrix, U.S., Age 18+, June 2015
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Habits can be powerful drivers of app usage, particularly when daily
behaviors are involved. Like getting your caffeine fix.
Consumers are
reluctant to
download apps for
brands they buy, but
apps pertaining to
their daily habits –
like buying coffee –
have a place on
their mobile
devices. Starbucks
has been a leader in
mobile payments,
which has been a
key driver of app
adoption and usage,
and Dunkin’ has
followed suit.
Starbucks vs. Dunkin’ Donuts App: Unique Visitor Trend
Source: comScore Mobile Metrix, U.S., Age 18+
0
2,000
4,000
6,000
8,000
10,000
12,000
14,000
16,000
18,000
Jun-2013 Dec-2013 Jun-2014 Dec-2014 Jun-2015
UniqueVisitors(000)
+100%
vs. 2013
+456%
vs. 2013
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Some leading retailers have experienced recent app success by
leveraging their customers’ routines of visiting their stores.
Three leading
retailers’ apps have
surged recently by
leveraging in-store
coupons and
savings features to
propel usage. If an
app isn’t likely to be
used frequently for
its mobile content
alone, it can
piggyback on offline
behaviors to help
drive more regular
engagement.
Select Retailer Apps: Unique Visitor Trend
Source: comScore Mobile Metrix, U.S., Age 18+
0
5,000
10,000
15,000
20,000
25,000
30,000
Jun-2014 Dec-2014 Jun-2015
UniqueVisitors(000)
+402% y/y
+85% y/y
+259% y/y
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Tinder, whose 2x growth in the past year is dominated by Millennials
– particularly college kids – is transforming the dating landscape.
Tinder’s popularity
among Millennials is
impressive, as 4 out
of 5 users on the
dating app are 18-
34 years old, and
nearly half its users
are 18-24 years old.
This youngest 18-24
segment is also the
most engaged,
spending 3.5 hours
on the app per
month, accounting
for 60% of Tinder‘s
total time spent.
Tinder: Unique Visitor & Avg. Daily Visitor Trend
Source: comScore Mobile Metrix, U.S., Age 18+
Audience & Share of Time
Spent Breakout by Demo
0
1,000
2,000
3,000
4,000
5,000
6,000
7,000
Jun-2014 Sep-2014 Dec-2014 Mar-2015 Jun-2015
Unique Visitors (000)
Average Daily Visitors (000)
+106% y/y
+128% y/y
48%
60%
32%
29%
16%
9%
4% 2%
% Composition
Unique Visitor
Share of Time
Spent
Age 18-24 Age 25-34
Age 35-54 Age 55+
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Fitness is another daily habit for many Americans, and several apps
have seen big growth with their personal health tracking features.
Fitness apps are
capitalizing on
emerging consumer
desires to track their
daily health habits.
Fitbit leads all with 9
million MAUs, of
which 43% are
DAUs. Sports
apparel retailer
Under Armour,
which acquired
MapMyFitness and
MyFitnessPal, is
clearly focused on
this category.
Fitness Apps on Smartphone: Unique Visitor Trend
Source: comScore Mobile Metrix, U.S., Age 18+
0
2,000
4,000
6,000
8,000
10,000
Jun-2014 Sep-2014 Dec-2014 Mar-2015 Jun-2015
UniqueVisitors(000)
+922% y/y
+60% y/y
+10% y/y
% of App Audience
Visiting Daily
43%
25%
15%
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Accessing on-demand services has also become habitual for many
people, and Uber & Lyft lead the way for on-demand transportation.
Uber and Lyft have
exploded in
popularity over the
past year by
improving upon an
existing offline
behavior (i.e. hailing
a taxi) via the large
online networks that
they’ve built. Both
apps benefit from
users who have a
higher tendency to
be a Millennial and
live in a single-
person household.
Ride Service Apps – Unique Visitor Trend
Source: comScore Mobile Metrix, U.S., Age 18+
0
1,000
2,000
3,000
4,000
5,000
6,000
7,000
8,000
9,000
Jun-2014 Sep-2014 Dec-2014 Mar-2015 Jun-2015
UniqueVisitors(000)
203
137
76
229
148
68
HH Size: 1
Age 18-34
Age 35+
Under-index Over-index +453% y/y
+187% y/y
© comScore, Inc. Proprietary.© comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 36
Content Categories
© comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 37
29%
15%
11%
6%
6%
4%
3%
3%
23%
Social Networking
Radio
Games
Multimedia
Instant Messengers
Music
Retail
News/Information
All Others
Social Networking,
Radio and Games
contribute more
than half of total
time spent on
mobile apps. The
strength of the top
categories
highlights that
mobile devices are
more heavily used
for entertainment
and communication
than their desktop
counterparts.
Share of Mobile App Time Spent
Source: comScore Media Metrix MP and Mobile Metrix, U.S., Total Audience, June 2015
Social media and entertainment account for the six top app
categories and drive two-thirds of total time spent on apps.
© comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 38
Social Networking Games
Portals
IM
Search
General News
Photos
Sports
Maps
Financial News
Weather
NewspapersEntertainment News
Humor
Beauty/Fashion
Food
Tech News
Politics
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
60%
70%
80%
90%
100%
0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100%
Mobileasa%ofDigitalTime
App as a % of Mobile Time
Mobile usage lives and dies by the success of apps. Categories with
strong app usage are more likely to shift from desktop to mobile.
Categories with high
engagement on
apps as a
percentage of all
mobile activity also
tend to see mobile
as a higher
percentage of all
digital activity. It
appears that without
strong apps,
categories are not
navigating overall
transition to mobile
as effectively.
Selected Content Category Share of Time Spent on Mobile & Apps
Source: comScore Media Metrix MP and Mobile Metrix, U.S., Total Audience, June 2015
© comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 39
Certain content categories’ usage is now driven almost exclusively
by apps, with Photos and Instant Messengers leading the way.
Mobile Apps
dominate total time
spent for social and
communication
categories, and for
on-the-go utilities
like Maps and
Weather.
Categories like
News and Sports
are somewhat less
reliant on apps, both
because they skew
towards desktop
and have
substantial mobile
web usage.
Mobile App Share of Total Digital Time Spent for Selected Content Categories
Source: comScore Media Metrix MP and Mobile Metrix, U.S., Total Audience, June 2015
92%
91%
89%
84%
78%
72%
72%
59%
49%
44%
40%
29%
22%
Photos
Instant Messengers
Maps
Online Gaming
Weather
Social Networking
Retail - Food
Personals
Finance - News/Research
Retail
News/Information
Sports
Portals
© comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 40
Younger smartphone users are significantly more likely to use
folders to organize their apps into categories.
The organization of
apps into folders is a
behavior more
commonly practiced
among younger
smartphone users.
Younger skewing
entertainment
categories, such as
Games and Music, as
well as apps serving
utility functions – like
Email and Calendars
– were most likely to
get grouped into a
folder.
% of Smartphone Users Who Use App Folders
Source: comScore Custom Survey, U.S., Age 18+, August 2015
53%
42%
24%
40%
Age 18-34
Age 35-54
Age 55+
Total Audience
Top 5 Most Common…
Categories of Folders on
Home Screen
Games
Email
Music
Calendars
Photos
1
2
3
4
5
© comScore, Inc. Proprietary.© comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 41
Social Media & Entertainment Apps
© comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 42
The average mobile user spends a whopping 26 hours per month on
social apps. For Millennials, it’s 16% higher than the total audience.
Millennials spend an
average of two
hours per day on
social and
entertainment apps.
Social apps have
become the primary
platform for users to
stay informed on
news, culture, and
their family and
friends’ lives. While
entertainment apps
come in handy
during those
pockets of free time
throughout the day.
Average Monthly Time Spent Per Mobile App User on Social & Entertainment Categories
Source: comScore Mobile Metrix, U.S., Age 18+, June 2015
29.6
25.4
18.3
25.6
29.2
17.4
10.0
20.4
0
5
10
15
20
25
30
35
Age 18-34 Age 35-54 Age 55+ Total Audience
AverageMonthlyHoursPerVisitor
Social Entertainment
© comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 43
Facebook still wins the battle for the app attention of Millennials but
other social platforms also drive very high engagement.
Millennials are
social media junkies
and have shown a
diverse appetite on
different social
networking apps.
While Instagram,
Snapchat, Tumblr
and Twitter all boast
both strong
penetration and
outsized
engagement stats,
they are still
dwarfed by
Facebook on both
dimensions.
Average Monthly Hours Spent Among 18-34 Year-Olds on Social Networking Mobile Apps
Source: comScore Mobile Metrix, U.S., Age 18+, June 2015
25.7
7.0
5.9 5.7
3.5
0
5
10
15
20
25
30
Facebook Instagram Snapchat Tumblr Twitter
AverageMonthlyHoursPerVisitor
© comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 44
Millennials’ app usage time is dominated by social, video, music and
communications.
More than half of
Millennials’ app
engagement occurs
in their Top 6 apps,
and every single
app in their Top 10
is a social or
entertainment app,
with the exception
of the ever-present
Google Search.
YouTube, Instagram
and Snapchat are
all notable for
capturing relatively
bigger slices of the
Millennial pie.
Millennials’ Top Apps by Share of Total Mobile App Time Spent
Source: comScore Mobile Metrix, U.S., Age 18+, June 2015
21.2%
14.3%
5.6%
3.9%
3.2%3.1%
2.6%
1.6%
1.5%
1.5%
41.5%
Facebook
Pandora Radio
YouTube
Instagram
Spotify
Facebook Messenger
Snapchat
SoundCloud
Netflix
Google Search
All Other
© comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 45*Based on apps with >1 MM users in that age group
The vast majority of the apps skewing most heavily toward
Millennials are social in nature.
The list of
Millennial-heavy
apps is very telling,
with the vast
majority being
related to social,
chat, and music.
Several social
personalization
apps also indicate
their affinity for
creative expression
and enhanced
communications.
Top 20 Apps* with Highest Concentration of Millennials (Age 18-34)
Source: comScore Mobile Metrix, U.S., Age 18+, June 2015
98%
94%
88%
81%
79%
76%
73%
72%
72%
72%
71%
71%
71%
69%
69%
69%
67%
67%
66%
66%
Yik Yak
Venmo
InstaSize
BuzzFeed
Tinder
Snapchat
MeetMe
Mint.com Personal Finance
SoundCloud
Layout From Instagram
Vine
Poshmark
TwitchTV
PicsArt - Photo Studio
iFunny
Tumblr
Dubsmash
Spotify
Kik Messenger
Photo Grid HD
© comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 46
A strong majority of college kids use Snapchat every month, and the
popular app is picking up traction among older Millennials, too.
Nearly 3 in every 5
18-24 year-old now
uses Snapchat on
their smartphones
each month. Older
Millennials are
gaining ground fast
at 27% penetration,
while those age 35+
are still below 10%
penetration. Is
popularity among
Millennials a
predictor of eventual
mainstream
adoption?
Snapchat Smartphone App Penetration by Age
Source: comScore Mobile Metrix, U.S., Age 18+, April 2013 – June 2015
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
60%
70%
Apr-2013 Oct-2013 Apr-2014 Oct-2014 Apr-2015
%Reach
Age 25-34
Age 18-24
8%
27%
5%
58%
24%
2%
Age 35+
© comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 47
Timehop: Smartphone App User Growth
Source: comScore Mobile Metrix, U.S., Age 18+
0
2,000
4,000
6,000
8,000
10,000
12,000
Jun-2014 Sep-2014 Dec-2014 Mar-2015 Jun-2015
UniqueVisitors(000)
Timehop has recently asserted itself as one of the fastest-growing
and most oft-used apps with a majority of users accessing daily.
Timehop, which
allows users to
explore what they
were doing on the
same date on social
media in previous
years, is one of the
year’s best growth
stories with a y/y
increase of 651%. It
boasts an especially
high DAU/MAU ratio
of 59% by latching
onto users’ daily
habit of engaging
with their favorite
social media sites.
71%
37%
24%
98%
68%
45%
0%
20%
40%
60%
80%
100%
Facebook
(Mobile App)
Instagram
(Mobile App)
Twitter
(Mobile App)
Timehop: Cross-Visiting with Other Social Apps
Source: comScore Mobile Metrix, U.S., Age 18+, June 2015
MONTHLY
DAILY
%allsmartphone
users
%Timehopsmartphone
appusers
+651% y/y
+921% y/y
© comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 48
Facebook’s unbundling of FB Messenger has helped drive massive
growth and kick-started the emergence of messaging in the U.S.
Messaging is a very
hot sector of apps,
but is much more
prevalent
internationally right
now. Facebook
Messenger has
seen huge growth
as it unbundled from
the flagship app,
while FB’s other
messaging service
WhatsApp is also
on the rise. But this
market still feels
relatively early
stage in the U.S.
Facebook Messenger & WhatsApp – Smartphone App Unique Visitor Trends
Source: comScore Mobile Metrix, U.S., Age 18+, June 2013 – June 2015
0
15,000
30,000
45,000
60,000
75,000
90,000
Jun-2013 Sep-2013 Dec-2013 Mar-2014 Jun-2014 Sep-2014 Dec-2014 Mar-2015 Jun-2015
UniqueVisitors(000)
FACEBOOK MESSENGER +332% vs. 2013
WHATSAPP +195% vs. 2013
© comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 49
The YouTube mobile app’s explosion in engagement on
smartphones and tablets highlights the rapid shift to mobile video.
0
2
4
6
8
10
Jun-2014 Sep-2014 Dec-2014 Mar-2015 Jun-2015
AverageHoursperVisitor
Total Mobile Smartphone Tablet
52%
56%
19%
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
60%
Total Mobile Smartphone Tablet
%Reach
The YouTube app
has seen a huge
surge of
engagement on
smartphones and
tablets in the past
12 months. While
penetration is lower
on tablets, those
who watch YouTube
on the devices
spend an inordinate
amount of time –
nearly 9 hours per
month, almost 2x
vs. year ago.
YouTube: Average Hours Per Visitor by Device
Source: comScore Mobile Metrix, U.S., Age 18+
YouTube: Audience Penetration by Device
Source: comScore Mobile Metrix, U.S., Age 18+, June 2015
+90% y/y
+46% y/y
+34% y/y
© comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 50
Podcasting looks poised for lift-off as more than 4 in 10 Millennials
now listen on smartphone apps at least once a month.
6%
10%
6%
2%
12%
16%
14%
6%
11%
15%
12%
7%
0%
5%
10%
15%
20%
25%
30%
35%
40%
45%
Total Age 18+ Age 18-34 Age 35-54 Age 55+
%ofSmartphoneUsers
Daily At least once a week At least once a month While podcasting
has been around for
more than a
decade, it seems to
have finally found a
market. The
popularity of new
content combined
with the power of
the smartphone app
has helped it gain
traction from a
growing number of
users, particularly
Millennials.
Q: How often do you listen to podcasts using your smartphone?
Source: comScore Custom Survey, U.S., Age 18+, August 2015
29%
41%
33%
16%
© comScore, Inc. Proprietary.© comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 51
App Ads & Monetization
© comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 52
Mobile ads not only work, but they work much better than desktop
ads on average – particularly at the bottom of the funnel.
Mobile ads caused
point lifts 2-3x
greater than ads on
desktop across four
key brand metrics
and performed
strongest in bottom-
funnel metrics, such
as intent to buy and
likelihood to
recommend. Less
ad clutter and
proximity to point of
purchase may be
driving better
effectiveness for
mobile ads.
Percentage Point Lift in Brand Metrics for Desktop and Mobile Ads
Source: comScore BSL and mBSL Benchmarks, U.S., 2014
Aided awareness
Favorability
Likelihood to recommend
Purchase Intent
1.2 2.5
1.4 3.0
1.4 4.3
1.3 4.3
Desktop Mobile
© comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 53
Mobile native in-app video ads can be very effective, especially
when adapting ad creative for short-form viewing.
49%
14%
52%
44% 42% 41%
47%
25%
70%
56% 57%
52%
Aided Awareness Mobile Ad Recall Ad Uniqueness Favorability Likelihood to Rec. Purchase Intent
Control Test
Indicates outperformance of
comScore mobile norms
For publishers
looking for ways to
better monetize
their mobile traffic,
native mobile video
is a promising
option. But it’s also
important to help
guide advertisers
towards creative
best practices to
drive the success of
their campaigns.
Brand Lift of Native Mobile Video
Source: Aggregate of four top-performing brands that used all four of below best practices
+11%
pts
+18%
pts +12%
pts
+15%
pts
+11%
pts
© comScore, Inc. Proprietary.© comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 54
Summary & Key Findings
© comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 55
Mobile app usage is exploding as it becomes the #1 means of digital media
consumption. But it’s not coming at the expense of desktop or mobile web.
Confluence of factors is driving the huge uptick in app usage time, and apps are
overtaking other media in importance. However, it’s also important to recognize the
others haven’t gone away and the opportunity lies in multi-platform engagement.
App usage is a reflexive, habitual behavior where those occupying the best
home screen real estate are used most frequently.
Publishers must place more value on this real estate if they don’t want to lose out in
the transition to mobile. A small slice of app users can contribute a lot of usage.
Publishers must look to Millennials’ app habits to win in mobile long-term.
Millennials are the heaviest app users and they spend a lot of time on social media
and other platforms. Publishers must have a well-developed platform strategy to get
mobile traffic and find ways to convert app users.
Key Takeaways
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2
3
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Mobile Apps Drive Majority of Digital Media Time

  • 1. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary.
  • 2. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 2 About this report The 2015 U.S. Mobile App Report leverages several data sources unique to comScore:  The report is based primarily on behavioral measurement from comScore Media Metrix® Multi-Platform, which provides deduplicated reporting of digital audiences across desktop computers, smartphones and tablets, and comScore Mobile Metrix®, which provides deduplicated reporting of mobile web and app audiences across both smartphones and tablets. The report also includes survey-based data from comScore MobiLens®.  Custom analytics data derived from the aforementioned products’ data streams is also included.  The report also incorporates results from a survey of 1,084 smartphone users to understand their habits. Important Definitions: o Any reference to “mobile” means the combination of smartphone and tablet. When data is referring specifically smartphones or tablets, it will be labeled accordingly. o All mobile data is based on Age 18+ population. o A “unique visitor” is a person who visits an app or digital media property at least once over the course of a month. This metric, in app parlance, is equivalent to a “monthly active user/MAU”. A “daily visitor” is similar to a “daily active user/DAU.” For more information about subscribing to comScore services, please contact us at www.comscore.com/learnmore.
  • 3. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 3 App Overview PAGE 4 App Audiences PAGE 11 App User Habits PAGE 18 Top & Fast-Growing Apps PAGE 27 Content Categories PAGE 36 Social & Entertainment Apps PAGE 41 App Ads & Monetization PAGE 51 Table of Contents
  • 4. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary.© comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 4 App Overview
  • 5. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 5 Digital media usage time is exploding right now, and it’s predominantly being driven by mobile apps. 476,553 480,967 550,522 409,847 621,410 778,95477,081 97,440 118,299 0 200,000 400,000 600,000 800,000 1,000,000 1,200,000 1,400,000 1,600,000 Jun-2013 Jun-2014 Jun-2015 TotalMinutes(MM) Desktop Mobile App Mobile Browser Over the past two years, total digital media usage has grown 49% with mobile apps having grown 90% and contributing to 77% of the total increase in time spent. Mobile browser is also seeing very strong growth at 53% and even desktop is still rising. Growth in Digital Media Time Spent Source: comScore Media Metrix Multi-Platform & Mobile Metrix, U.S., Total Audience +53% vs. 2013 +90% vs. 2013 +16% vs. 2013
  • 6. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 6 Smartphone apps are eating up the digital universe and are now close to being a majority of all digital media time. Smartphone apps are rapidly approaching half of total digital media time spent. They already account for the vast majority of total mobile and mobile app time spent and are gaining share among every segment of the market. Smartphone App Share of Platform Time Spent Source: comScore Media Metrix Multi-Platform & Mobile Metrix, U.S., Total Audience 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% Jun-2013 Dec-2013 Jun-2014 Dec-2014 Jun-2015 SmartphoneAppShareofTimeSpent Smartphone app share of MOBILE Smartphone app share of MOBILE APP 44% 71% 66% 82% 79% 33% +3pts +5pts +11pts Smartphone app share of TOTAL DIGITAL
  • 7. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 7 30% 35% 40% 45% 50% 55% 60% 65% Jun-2013 Dec-2013 Jun-2014 Dec-2014 Jun-2015 %ShareofDigitalMediaTimeSpent Mobile now represents almost 2 out of 3 digital media minutes, and mobile apps alone now constitute a majority. Although desktop is not declining in total engagement, it is losing share to mobile – which now accounts for 62% of digital media time spent. And mobile apps on their own now drive the majority of digital media time spent at 54%. Share of Digital Media Time Spent by Platform Source: comScore Media Metrix Multi-Platform & Mobile Metrix, U.S., Total Audience Share of Digital Time Spent on MOBILE APP Share of Digital Time Spent on MOBILE 38% 54% 42% 62% 51% 49% Share of Digital Time Spent on DESKTOP +11pts +12pts -11pts
  • 8. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 8 Smartphone apps have driven most of the growth in digital media usage in the past 2 years. Every component is contributing to the massive growth in digital time spent over the past two years, but it is the smartphone app that has been the biggest driver by far. It has accounted for two-thirds of all growth in digital media engagement during that timeframe. Share of Growth in Total Digital Time Spent: June 2015 vs. June 2013 Source: comScore Media Metrix Multi-Platform & Mobile Metrix, U.S., Total Audience 15% 65% 7% 12% 2% SHARE OF GROWTH IN DIGITAL TIME (JUNE 2015 vs. JUNE 2013) DESKTOPTABLET SMARTPHONE
  • 9. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 9 App usage time is being driven heavily by Millennials on smartphones, while older segments skew on tablet apps. Millennials spend an exorbitant amount of time on their smartphone apps, and usage declines with age. Tablet app engagement is much lower on average, but generally increases with age outside of the 18-24 year-old segment. Average Monthly Hours per App Visitor by Age Source: comScore Mobile Metrix, U.S., Age 18+, June 2015 68.2 90.6 82.5 73.1 57.5 40.7 39.8 29.6 34.7 23.5 26.6 30.8 34.0 32.5 0 20 40 60 80 100 Total Age 18-24 Age 25-34 Age 35-44 Age 45-54 Age 55-64 Age 65+ AverageMonthlyHoursperVisitor Smartphone Tablet
  • 10. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 10 87% 88% 83% 13% 12% 17% 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Mobile Smartphone Tablet ShareofMobileTimeSpent App Browser Apps dominate mobile web in time spent. But these stats only tell part of the story, especially when looking at driving audiences… The lower share of app time spent on tablets is likely due to the device’s larger screen, which makes for a better web browsing experience, and a fewer number of apps available for tablets vs. smartphones. Share of Time Spent on Mobile: App vs. Browser Source: comScore Mobile Metrix, U.S., Age 18+, June 2015
  • 11. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary.© comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 11 App Audiences
  • 12. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 12 Multi-platform digital audiences are getting much bigger on average, and it’s all because of mobile. Over the past year, average digital audience size has grown 22% among the top 1000 properties. Mobile audiences have grown 41% in that time vs. a 1% gain on desktop. Mobile audiences first passed desktop in June 2014. Avg. Monthly Audience for Top 1000 Properties for Total Digital, Mobile, and Desktop Source: comScore Media Metrix Multi-Platform, U.S., Total Audience 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 UniqueVisitors(MM) MOBILE TOTAL DIGITAL 6.8 9.7 6.5 15.0 12.3 6.9 DESKTOP +22% y/y +41% y/y +1% y/y
  • 13. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 13 And mobile audience growth is being driven more by mobile web properties, which are actually bigger and growing faster than apps. A comparison of the Top 1000 Apps vs. the Top 1000 Mobile Web Properties shows a surprising result. Not only do mobile web properties have audiences that are more than 2.5x the size, but these audiences are also growing twice as fast. Average Monthly Audience: Top 1000 Mobile Apps vs. Top 1000 Mobile Web Properties Source: comScore Mobile Metrix, U.S., Age 18+ - 1,000 2,000 3,000 4,000 5,000 6,000 7,000 8,000 9,000 10,000 Jun-2014 Sep-2014 Dec-2014 Mar-2015 Jun-2015 UniqueVisitors(000) Apps Mobile Web +42% y/y +21% y/y
  • 14. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 14 But mobile web audiences also tend to be a mile wide and an inch deep. As audiences increase, average time on mobile web declines. As average mobile web audiences climb, the depth of average engagement has steadily declined, suggesting an increase in drive-by traffic. While this traffic can help establish larger audience reach for mobile media properties, there may also be limits to the advertising opportunity it creates. Top 1000 Mobile Web Properties: Average Audience and Time Spent Trend Source: comScore Mobile Metrix, U.S., Age 18+ 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 0 1,000 2,000 3,000 4,000 5,000 6,000 7,000 8,000 9,000 10,000 Jun-2014 Sep-2014 Dec-2014 Mar-2015 Jun-2015 AverageMinutesperVisitor UniqueVisitors(000) Mobile Web Unique Visitors (000) Mobile Web Average Minutes per Visitor
  • 15. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 15 Nevertheless, app audiences are growing. And the number of apps reaching 5/10/20 million monthly visitors has jumped. 51 63 23 33 21 27 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 140 Jun-2014 Jun-2015 NumberofApps 5-10 MM 10-20 MM 20 MM + +29% +43% +24% There are a growing number of mobile apps reaching large audiences in the millions, proving that apps should not only be viewed in terms of engagement metrics alone. Number of Mobile Apps That Reached Unique Visitor Milestones Source: comScore Mobile Metrix, U.S., Age 18+
  • 16. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 16 But, it’s still much easier to build a large audience on the desktop and mobile web because of more fluid linking of content. 159 218 63 84 122 33 71 93 27 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 350 400 450 500 Desktop Mobile Web Mobile App NumberofWebProperties/Apps 5-10 MM 10-20 MM 20 MM + Despite growing audiences on apps, the existing digital infrastructure makes it harder to build large audiences on apps than on the web. As evidenced, the mobile web still has 3.5x more web properties with 5 million unique visitors than apps have. Number of Web Properties vs. Mobile Apps That Reached Unique Visitor Milestones Source: comScore Media Metrix Multi-Platform & Mobile Metrix, U.S., Total Audience, June 2015
  • 17. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 17 Establishing app audiences is harder, but their real value is in their loyalty. They spend 18x more time on apps than mobile web visitors. It may be more challenging to build a large audience on apps, but those app users are a very loyal bunch. They spend more than 3 hours per month on the Top 1000 apps on average – about 18x greater than what mobile web visitors spend on their Top 1000 properties. Top 1000 Mobile Apps vs. Top 1000 Mobile Web Properties Source: comScore Mobile Metrix, U.S., Age 18+, June 2015 3.3 8.9 App Mobile Web 201.8 10.9 App Mobile Web Monthly Unique Visitors (MM) Average Monthly Minutes per Visitor
  • 18. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary.© comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 18 App User Habits
  • 19. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 19 Smartphone users rely most on the app store for app discovery, and more Millennials seek out apps across all methods of discovery. Since Millennials are heavier app users, it makes sense that they also would be more inclined to go out and discover new apps from a variety of methods. This age group is a great target for app advertising, and are likely a big driver of the growth in app install ads. Smartphone App Discovery Method as a % of Users Source: comScore MobiLens, U.S., Age 13+, 3 Month Average Ending June 2015 27% 19% 20% 13% 11% 10% 11% 9% 18% 14% 11% 8% 9% 8% 7% 5% 12% 11% 7% 3% 6% 6% 3% 3% 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% Searched app store via friend/ family Featured/ Top List in app store via comment/ review/ social site via a website via news/ print review/ TV show via Ad on device browser/ app via Ad on TV/ print/ billboard %ofSmartphoneUsers Age 18-34 Age 35-54 Age 55+
  • 20. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 20 Smartphone home screen real estate is scarce, and frequency of usage determines which apps get promoted to this screen. 46% 44% 32% 21% 11% 21% How often I use the app Easier access I often need to access the app quickly My interest in that app or kind of app I like how the logo looks on my home screen None/ I have not purposely moved apps to my home screen The desire to access certain apps easily and rapidly are other key drivers in determining which apps get placed on the home screen. Only 1 out of 5 smartphone users made no effort to customize which apps appear on their home screen. Q: Which factors, if any, influence your decision to move any of your apps to your home screen? Source: comScore Custom Survey, U.S., Age 18+, August 2015
  • 21. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 21 3 in 4 smartphone users keep their most used app on the home screen and fully in view, outside the confines of an app folder. 73% 9% 8% 6% 1% 4% Home Screen - Individual App Secondary Screen - Individual App Menu of All Mobile Apps Home Screen - In Folder Secondary Screen - In Folder Other Nearly 3 out of every 4 smartphone users prefer to keep their most frequently used app in the location with the least amount of friction on their phone – one click away on their home screen. About 1 in 10 keep their most used app outside a folder on a secondary screen. Q: Where is the mobile app you use most often located? Source: comScore Custom Survey, U.S., Age 18+, August 2015
  • 22. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 22 Half of all time spent on smartphone apps occurs on the individual’s single most used app. And it’s almost 60% on tablets. 50% 18% 10% 6% 4% 3% 2% 2% 1% 1% 4% 59% 19% 9% 5% 3% 2% 1% 1% 0% 0% 1% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11+ ShareofTimeSpentonApps Individuals’ Top Ranked App by Usage Smartphone Tablet Nearly 4 out of 5 smartphone app minutes are spent on the individual’s Top 3 apps, despite the average smartphone user visiting 25 apps per month. Tablet users are even more engaged with their top apps, with 87% of their app usage occurring on their Top 3. Share of Time Spent on Apps Across Ranks Source: comScore Custom Analytics, U.S., Age 18+, June 2015
  • 23. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 23 Your Dad’s not the only one who operates his smartphone with two hands – it’s a generational thing. 19% 9% 15% 34% 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% Total Age 18+ Age 18-34 Age 35-54 Age 55+ %ofSmartphoneUsers Higher levels of comfort and familiarity with the device, as well as a greater tendency to multi-task, are likely why younger generations are more inclined to use their smartphone with only one hand vs. their older counterparts. Older demos use their phones like, well, your parents do. % of Smartphone Users by Age Segment Who Only Operate Phone with Two Hands Source: comScore Custom Analytics, U.S., Age 18+, June 2015
  • 24. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 24 One-handed smartphone users consciously decide on where apps are positioned on their phones based on “thumb reach.” 11% 13% 17% 29% 26% 33% 60% 61% 51% 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Age 18-34 Age 35-54 Age 55+ Disagree No Opinion Agree The majority of one- handed smartphone users of all ages consider thumb reach when positioning apps on their phone. Those age 55+ are somewhat less likely to practice this behavior, but overall it appears that thumb reach is an important consideration across all age groups. Q: Agree/Disagree: The ease with which I’m able to reach an app with my thumb when operating my phone affects where I have positioned that app on my smartphone?* Source: comScore Custom Survey, U.S., Age 18+, August 2015 * One-handed smartphone users who responded that they “Strongly Agree” or “Somewhat Agree” with the above statement were combined into a single group labeled “Agree.” Similarly, the “Disagree” group of respondents consists of one-handed smartphone users who stated that they “Strongly Disagree” or “Somewhat Disagree.”
  • 25. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 25 Smartphone users are as likely to accept push notifications as reject, indicating a need to balance utility with intrusiveness. 9% 22% 36% 22% 11% Push notifications can often be the lifeblood of an app – a crucial method to keep its users actively engaged and from abandoning it over time. But it can also backfire, appear intrusive and ultimately annoy users. Smartphone users are split as to whether they get utility from this feature. Q: How often do you agree to an app’s request to allow push notifications? Source: comScore Custom Survey, U.S., Age 18+, August 2015 Never Rarely Sometimes Often Always 33%31%
  • 26. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 26 Smartphone users are more comfortable sharing location info than receiving notifications. Privacy less of a concern than annoyance? 12% 19% 28% 29% 13% The same percentage of smartphone users who typically reject push notifications also cite some uneasiness in sharing their geographic location. Still, with 4 in 10 users comfortable enabling these services, there likely exists a greater concern for app intrusiveness than app privacy. Q: Agree/Disagree: I am comfortable with apps accessing my geographic location information. Source: comScore Custom Survey, U.S., Age 18+, August 2015 Strongly Disagree Somewhat Disagree Neither Agree nor Disagree Somewhat Agree Strongly Agree 42%31%
  • 27. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary.© comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 27 Top & Fast-Growing Apps
  • 28. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 28 The list of Top 25 mobile apps is dominated by the leading digital media companies and tends to concentrate within a few categories. The Top 6 – and 8 of the Top 9 – apps are owned by Facebook or Google. The Top 25 apps can all be broadly classified as either Utilities (9), Social (7), Entertainment (6), or Retail (3), highlighting some of the most critical needs that apps fulfill. Top 25 Mobile Apps by Unique Visitors with Y/Y Growth Source: comScore Mobile Metrix, U.S., Age 18+, June 2015 / June 2014 9% 18% 144% 16% 7% 19% 8% 13% 35% 22% 17% 10% 65% 19% 66% 17% 29% 15% 18% N/A 309% 12% 236% 402% 23% 125,727 98,929 95,670 81,090 77,387 76,471 74,221 67,902 63,060 49,701 49,349 46,398 43,688 41,345 40,847 35,841 34,098 33,115 32,778 32,028 29,779 24,957 24,688 22,019 21,650 Facebook YouTube Facebook Messenger Google Search Google Play Google Maps Pandora Radio Gmail Instagram Apple Music* Apple Maps Yahoo Stocks Amazon Mobile Twitter Pinterest The Weather Channel Snapchat Google+ Netflix Weather Channel Widget Google Drive eBay Spotify Walmart Yahoo Mail * “Apple Music,” as it appears above, is the same measured entity as the previously named “iTunes Radio/iCloud.” This entity, now under the new name, is referring to Apple’s native music app, which captures all music activity within that app, including listening via the streaming service, radio service and users’ personally downloaded music libraries. Social Entertainment Utilities Retail
  • 29. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 29 Facebook ranks as the #1 smartphone app by total time spent for almost half its user base – an astounding number. 48% 22% 9% 6% 4% 2% 2% 1% 1% 1% 4% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11+ %ofFacebookAppUsers Rank in Usage Facebook continues its impressive reign as the #1 app overall in both users and engagement, and it’s in the Top 3 for nearly 80% of users. With constantly refreshing social content and home screen accessibility for most users, the app is made for habitual usage. Facebook’s Rank Among its Smartphone App Users Source: comScore Custom Analytics, U.S., Age 18+, June 2015
  • 30. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 30 Location, location, location. Apps occupying valuable home screen real estate tend to have the most visitors. Facebook YouTubeFB Messenger Google Search Google Maps Pandora Instagram Apple Maps AmazonTwitter Snapchat SpotifyShazam ESPNYelp 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% 45% 50% %ReachofSmartphoneAppUsers % of Home Screens on Which App Appears Apps with easy access and visibility on the home screen unsurprisingly attract more visitors than apps that rarely obtain home screen real estate. Of course, apps that are most often selected for the home screen tend to generally be more popular, creating a chicken- and-egg phenomenon. Selected Smartphone Apps: Visitor Penetration vs. % Home Screen Incidence Source: comScore Custom Survey, U.S., Age 18+, August 2015; comScore Mobile Metrix, U.S., Age 18+, June 2015
  • 31. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 31 Habits can be powerful drivers of app usage, particularly when daily behaviors are involved. Like getting your caffeine fix. Consumers are reluctant to download apps for brands they buy, but apps pertaining to their daily habits – like buying coffee – have a place on their mobile devices. Starbucks has been a leader in mobile payments, which has been a key driver of app adoption and usage, and Dunkin’ has followed suit. Starbucks vs. Dunkin’ Donuts App: Unique Visitor Trend Source: comScore Mobile Metrix, U.S., Age 18+ 0 2,000 4,000 6,000 8,000 10,000 12,000 14,000 16,000 18,000 Jun-2013 Dec-2013 Jun-2014 Dec-2014 Jun-2015 UniqueVisitors(000) +100% vs. 2013 +456% vs. 2013
  • 32. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 32 Some leading retailers have experienced recent app success by leveraging their customers’ routines of visiting their stores. Three leading retailers’ apps have surged recently by leveraging in-store coupons and savings features to propel usage. If an app isn’t likely to be used frequently for its mobile content alone, it can piggyback on offline behaviors to help drive more regular engagement. Select Retailer Apps: Unique Visitor Trend Source: comScore Mobile Metrix, U.S., Age 18+ 0 5,000 10,000 15,000 20,000 25,000 30,000 Jun-2014 Dec-2014 Jun-2015 UniqueVisitors(000) +402% y/y +85% y/y +259% y/y
  • 33. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 33 Tinder, whose 2x growth in the past year is dominated by Millennials – particularly college kids – is transforming the dating landscape. Tinder’s popularity among Millennials is impressive, as 4 out of 5 users on the dating app are 18- 34 years old, and nearly half its users are 18-24 years old. This youngest 18-24 segment is also the most engaged, spending 3.5 hours on the app per month, accounting for 60% of Tinder‘s total time spent. Tinder: Unique Visitor & Avg. Daily Visitor Trend Source: comScore Mobile Metrix, U.S., Age 18+ Audience & Share of Time Spent Breakout by Demo 0 1,000 2,000 3,000 4,000 5,000 6,000 7,000 Jun-2014 Sep-2014 Dec-2014 Mar-2015 Jun-2015 Unique Visitors (000) Average Daily Visitors (000) +106% y/y +128% y/y 48% 60% 32% 29% 16% 9% 4% 2% % Composition Unique Visitor Share of Time Spent Age 18-24 Age 25-34 Age 35-54 Age 55+
  • 34. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 34 Fitness is another daily habit for many Americans, and several apps have seen big growth with their personal health tracking features. Fitness apps are capitalizing on emerging consumer desires to track their daily health habits. Fitbit leads all with 9 million MAUs, of which 43% are DAUs. Sports apparel retailer Under Armour, which acquired MapMyFitness and MyFitnessPal, is clearly focused on this category. Fitness Apps on Smartphone: Unique Visitor Trend Source: comScore Mobile Metrix, U.S., Age 18+ 0 2,000 4,000 6,000 8,000 10,000 Jun-2014 Sep-2014 Dec-2014 Mar-2015 Jun-2015 UniqueVisitors(000) +922% y/y +60% y/y +10% y/y % of App Audience Visiting Daily 43% 25% 15%
  • 35. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 35 Accessing on-demand services has also become habitual for many people, and Uber & Lyft lead the way for on-demand transportation. Uber and Lyft have exploded in popularity over the past year by improving upon an existing offline behavior (i.e. hailing a taxi) via the large online networks that they’ve built. Both apps benefit from users who have a higher tendency to be a Millennial and live in a single- person household. Ride Service Apps – Unique Visitor Trend Source: comScore Mobile Metrix, U.S., Age 18+ 0 1,000 2,000 3,000 4,000 5,000 6,000 7,000 8,000 9,000 Jun-2014 Sep-2014 Dec-2014 Mar-2015 Jun-2015 UniqueVisitors(000) 203 137 76 229 148 68 HH Size: 1 Age 18-34 Age 35+ Under-index Over-index +453% y/y +187% y/y
  • 36. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary.© comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 36 Content Categories
  • 37. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 37 29% 15% 11% 6% 6% 4% 3% 3% 23% Social Networking Radio Games Multimedia Instant Messengers Music Retail News/Information All Others Social Networking, Radio and Games contribute more than half of total time spent on mobile apps. The strength of the top categories highlights that mobile devices are more heavily used for entertainment and communication than their desktop counterparts. Share of Mobile App Time Spent Source: comScore Media Metrix MP and Mobile Metrix, U.S., Total Audience, June 2015 Social media and entertainment account for the six top app categories and drive two-thirds of total time spent on apps.
  • 38. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 38 Social Networking Games Portals IM Search General News Photos Sports Maps Financial News Weather NewspapersEntertainment News Humor Beauty/Fashion Food Tech News Politics 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% Mobileasa%ofDigitalTime App as a % of Mobile Time Mobile usage lives and dies by the success of apps. Categories with strong app usage are more likely to shift from desktop to mobile. Categories with high engagement on apps as a percentage of all mobile activity also tend to see mobile as a higher percentage of all digital activity. It appears that without strong apps, categories are not navigating overall transition to mobile as effectively. Selected Content Category Share of Time Spent on Mobile & Apps Source: comScore Media Metrix MP and Mobile Metrix, U.S., Total Audience, June 2015
  • 39. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 39 Certain content categories’ usage is now driven almost exclusively by apps, with Photos and Instant Messengers leading the way. Mobile Apps dominate total time spent for social and communication categories, and for on-the-go utilities like Maps and Weather. Categories like News and Sports are somewhat less reliant on apps, both because they skew towards desktop and have substantial mobile web usage. Mobile App Share of Total Digital Time Spent for Selected Content Categories Source: comScore Media Metrix MP and Mobile Metrix, U.S., Total Audience, June 2015 92% 91% 89% 84% 78% 72% 72% 59% 49% 44% 40% 29% 22% Photos Instant Messengers Maps Online Gaming Weather Social Networking Retail - Food Personals Finance - News/Research Retail News/Information Sports Portals
  • 40. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 40 Younger smartphone users are significantly more likely to use folders to organize their apps into categories. The organization of apps into folders is a behavior more commonly practiced among younger smartphone users. Younger skewing entertainment categories, such as Games and Music, as well as apps serving utility functions – like Email and Calendars – were most likely to get grouped into a folder. % of Smartphone Users Who Use App Folders Source: comScore Custom Survey, U.S., Age 18+, August 2015 53% 42% 24% 40% Age 18-34 Age 35-54 Age 55+ Total Audience Top 5 Most Common… Categories of Folders on Home Screen Games Email Music Calendars Photos 1 2 3 4 5
  • 41. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary.© comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 41 Social Media & Entertainment Apps
  • 42. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 42 The average mobile user spends a whopping 26 hours per month on social apps. For Millennials, it’s 16% higher than the total audience. Millennials spend an average of two hours per day on social and entertainment apps. Social apps have become the primary platform for users to stay informed on news, culture, and their family and friends’ lives. While entertainment apps come in handy during those pockets of free time throughout the day. Average Monthly Time Spent Per Mobile App User on Social & Entertainment Categories Source: comScore Mobile Metrix, U.S., Age 18+, June 2015 29.6 25.4 18.3 25.6 29.2 17.4 10.0 20.4 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 Age 18-34 Age 35-54 Age 55+ Total Audience AverageMonthlyHoursPerVisitor Social Entertainment
  • 43. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 43 Facebook still wins the battle for the app attention of Millennials but other social platforms also drive very high engagement. Millennials are social media junkies and have shown a diverse appetite on different social networking apps. While Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr and Twitter all boast both strong penetration and outsized engagement stats, they are still dwarfed by Facebook on both dimensions. Average Monthly Hours Spent Among 18-34 Year-Olds on Social Networking Mobile Apps Source: comScore Mobile Metrix, U.S., Age 18+, June 2015 25.7 7.0 5.9 5.7 3.5 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 Facebook Instagram Snapchat Tumblr Twitter AverageMonthlyHoursPerVisitor
  • 44. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 44 Millennials’ app usage time is dominated by social, video, music and communications. More than half of Millennials’ app engagement occurs in their Top 6 apps, and every single app in their Top 10 is a social or entertainment app, with the exception of the ever-present Google Search. YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat are all notable for capturing relatively bigger slices of the Millennial pie. Millennials’ Top Apps by Share of Total Mobile App Time Spent Source: comScore Mobile Metrix, U.S., Age 18+, June 2015 21.2% 14.3% 5.6% 3.9% 3.2%3.1% 2.6% 1.6% 1.5% 1.5% 41.5% Facebook Pandora Radio YouTube Instagram Spotify Facebook Messenger Snapchat SoundCloud Netflix Google Search All Other
  • 45. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 45*Based on apps with >1 MM users in that age group The vast majority of the apps skewing most heavily toward Millennials are social in nature. The list of Millennial-heavy apps is very telling, with the vast majority being related to social, chat, and music. Several social personalization apps also indicate their affinity for creative expression and enhanced communications. Top 20 Apps* with Highest Concentration of Millennials (Age 18-34) Source: comScore Mobile Metrix, U.S., Age 18+, June 2015 98% 94% 88% 81% 79% 76% 73% 72% 72% 72% 71% 71% 71% 69% 69% 69% 67% 67% 66% 66% Yik Yak Venmo InstaSize BuzzFeed Tinder Snapchat MeetMe Mint.com Personal Finance SoundCloud Layout From Instagram Vine Poshmark TwitchTV PicsArt - Photo Studio iFunny Tumblr Dubsmash Spotify Kik Messenger Photo Grid HD
  • 46. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 46 A strong majority of college kids use Snapchat every month, and the popular app is picking up traction among older Millennials, too. Nearly 3 in every 5 18-24 year-old now uses Snapchat on their smartphones each month. Older Millennials are gaining ground fast at 27% penetration, while those age 35+ are still below 10% penetration. Is popularity among Millennials a predictor of eventual mainstream adoption? Snapchat Smartphone App Penetration by Age Source: comScore Mobile Metrix, U.S., Age 18+, April 2013 – June 2015 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% Apr-2013 Oct-2013 Apr-2014 Oct-2014 Apr-2015 %Reach Age 25-34 Age 18-24 8% 27% 5% 58% 24% 2% Age 35+
  • 47. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 47 Timehop: Smartphone App User Growth Source: comScore Mobile Metrix, U.S., Age 18+ 0 2,000 4,000 6,000 8,000 10,000 12,000 Jun-2014 Sep-2014 Dec-2014 Mar-2015 Jun-2015 UniqueVisitors(000) Timehop has recently asserted itself as one of the fastest-growing and most oft-used apps with a majority of users accessing daily. Timehop, which allows users to explore what they were doing on the same date on social media in previous years, is one of the year’s best growth stories with a y/y increase of 651%. It boasts an especially high DAU/MAU ratio of 59% by latching onto users’ daily habit of engaging with their favorite social media sites. 71% 37% 24% 98% 68% 45% 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Facebook (Mobile App) Instagram (Mobile App) Twitter (Mobile App) Timehop: Cross-Visiting with Other Social Apps Source: comScore Mobile Metrix, U.S., Age 18+, June 2015 MONTHLY DAILY %allsmartphone users %Timehopsmartphone appusers +651% y/y +921% y/y
  • 48. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 48 Facebook’s unbundling of FB Messenger has helped drive massive growth and kick-started the emergence of messaging in the U.S. Messaging is a very hot sector of apps, but is much more prevalent internationally right now. Facebook Messenger has seen huge growth as it unbundled from the flagship app, while FB’s other messaging service WhatsApp is also on the rise. But this market still feels relatively early stage in the U.S. Facebook Messenger & WhatsApp – Smartphone App Unique Visitor Trends Source: comScore Mobile Metrix, U.S., Age 18+, June 2013 – June 2015 0 15,000 30,000 45,000 60,000 75,000 90,000 Jun-2013 Sep-2013 Dec-2013 Mar-2014 Jun-2014 Sep-2014 Dec-2014 Mar-2015 Jun-2015 UniqueVisitors(000) FACEBOOK MESSENGER +332% vs. 2013 WHATSAPP +195% vs. 2013
  • 49. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 49 The YouTube mobile app’s explosion in engagement on smartphones and tablets highlights the rapid shift to mobile video. 0 2 4 6 8 10 Jun-2014 Sep-2014 Dec-2014 Mar-2015 Jun-2015 AverageHoursperVisitor Total Mobile Smartphone Tablet 52% 56% 19% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% Total Mobile Smartphone Tablet %Reach The YouTube app has seen a huge surge of engagement on smartphones and tablets in the past 12 months. While penetration is lower on tablets, those who watch YouTube on the devices spend an inordinate amount of time – nearly 9 hours per month, almost 2x vs. year ago. YouTube: Average Hours Per Visitor by Device Source: comScore Mobile Metrix, U.S., Age 18+ YouTube: Audience Penetration by Device Source: comScore Mobile Metrix, U.S., Age 18+, June 2015 +90% y/y +46% y/y +34% y/y
  • 50. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 50 Podcasting looks poised for lift-off as more than 4 in 10 Millennials now listen on smartphone apps at least once a month. 6% 10% 6% 2% 12% 16% 14% 6% 11% 15% 12% 7% 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% 45% Total Age 18+ Age 18-34 Age 35-54 Age 55+ %ofSmartphoneUsers Daily At least once a week At least once a month While podcasting has been around for more than a decade, it seems to have finally found a market. The popularity of new content combined with the power of the smartphone app has helped it gain traction from a growing number of users, particularly Millennials. Q: How often do you listen to podcasts using your smartphone? Source: comScore Custom Survey, U.S., Age 18+, August 2015 29% 41% 33% 16%
  • 51. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary.© comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 51 App Ads & Monetization
  • 52. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 52 Mobile ads not only work, but they work much better than desktop ads on average – particularly at the bottom of the funnel. Mobile ads caused point lifts 2-3x greater than ads on desktop across four key brand metrics and performed strongest in bottom- funnel metrics, such as intent to buy and likelihood to recommend. Less ad clutter and proximity to point of purchase may be driving better effectiveness for mobile ads. Percentage Point Lift in Brand Metrics for Desktop and Mobile Ads Source: comScore BSL and mBSL Benchmarks, U.S., 2014 Aided awareness Favorability Likelihood to recommend Purchase Intent 1.2 2.5 1.4 3.0 1.4 4.3 1.3 4.3 Desktop Mobile
  • 53. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 53 Mobile native in-app video ads can be very effective, especially when adapting ad creative for short-form viewing. 49% 14% 52% 44% 42% 41% 47% 25% 70% 56% 57% 52% Aided Awareness Mobile Ad Recall Ad Uniqueness Favorability Likelihood to Rec. Purchase Intent Control Test Indicates outperformance of comScore mobile norms For publishers looking for ways to better monetize their mobile traffic, native mobile video is a promising option. But it’s also important to help guide advertisers towards creative best practices to drive the success of their campaigns. Brand Lift of Native Mobile Video Source: Aggregate of four top-performing brands that used all four of below best practices +11% pts +18% pts +12% pts +15% pts +11% pts
  • 54. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary.© comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 54 Summary & Key Findings
  • 55. © comScore, Inc. Proprietary. 55 Mobile app usage is exploding as it becomes the #1 means of digital media consumption. But it’s not coming at the expense of desktop or mobile web. Confluence of factors is driving the huge uptick in app usage time, and apps are overtaking other media in importance. However, it’s also important to recognize the others haven’t gone away and the opportunity lies in multi-platform engagement. App usage is a reflexive, habitual behavior where those occupying the best home screen real estate are used most frequently. Publishers must place more value on this real estate if they don’t want to lose out in the transition to mobile. A small slice of app users can contribute a lot of usage. Publishers must look to Millennials’ app habits to win in mobile long-term. Millennials are the heaviest app users and they spend a lot of time on social media and other platforms. Publishers must have a well-developed platform strategy to get mobile traffic and find ways to convert app users. Key Takeaways 1 2 3
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