Ad Age reporting:
Daily time spent on mobile devices is now outpacing TV in the U.S. for the first time, according a newly-released 2014 AdReaction study from Millward Brown.
Americans now spend 151 minutes per day on smartphones, next to 147
in front of TVs. But the numbers are even greater elsewhere. In China,
consumers spend a whopping 170 minutes a day buried in smartphones,
nearly double their TV watching time.
Users in Indonesia, the Philippines, Brazil and Vietnam also spend
more total screen minutes on average than the U.S., predominately on
The firm surveyed more than 12,000 mobile users, between the ages of
16 and 44, in 30 different countries, polling consumption of ads over
TVs, laptops, smartphones and tablets.
According to the findings, the smartphone has emerged as the primary
screen worldwide, but the firm also found users are watching multiple
screens simultaneously, a global trend that is most-pronounced in China.
The agency classifies simultaneous screen time into two key buckets:
"stacking," when the consumed content is unrelated (mindlessly surfacing
Facebook during a favorite show); and "meshing," when the content
synchs up (searching for an actress in the show).
Across the globe, particularly in Asia, consumers prove much more
willing to "mesh" than they do in the US. Only 30% of American screen
time is spent soaking in related content. The rates in China, Japan,
Indonesia and South Korea are all higher. Sixty percent of Thai users
spend their screen time "meshing."
Ads not catching up
Outside the US, consumers are also much more amenable to ads on their
devices. Asian smartphone owners responded far more favorably to ads
than counterparts in the US; and they were more attentive to ads
splashing across their phones...
...Advertisers in the U.S., Ms. McGoldrick added, haven't just fallen short
in spending---they've proven unable to produce consistent, relevant
video content for phones, particularly content that exploits multiscreen
use. "As a result," she said of video advertising in the U.S., "it
feels more like an interruption."