Here’s a quick synopsis of some of things were working on with our clients and some trends we’re seeing continuing in 2014. Hopefully you’ll be able to use it and it’ll help you to get the highest return for your investment in Multilingual Search.
Growth in International Mobile Search
In the US last year the percentage of people using the internet via smartphone was up from 56% at the start of the year to 65% at the end, that’s a growth of 16%. Over half of these people (52%) used Android while 41% used iOS. Great news for Google as 5 of their apps (youtube, gmail, maps, search, play) are all in the top ten and have shown double digit growth for the year (Facebook remains at #1). eMarketer claim that “spending on desktop advertising will increase by just 0.41%, while mobile ad spending will grow a further 56.00% to $14.97 billion”. Mobile advertising will generate more revenue in 2017 for the first year than its desktop counterpart (see chart).
This metric is growing even faster outside of the US. Chinese consumers bought twice as many smart phones in 2013 than the year before. Apple hides its market share data in China but we think its between 15-20%. Android has over 75% making it the clear market leader.
As the world moves away from a traditional desktop model, to one based on an app on a smartphone, the traffic attracted to your own website will mirror this (for the first year our own site now has had more mobile visits than desktop). Your customer acquisition and retention strategies (whatever region you are operating in) will need to change to reflect this. More of your marketing budget needs to be assigned to app development and how your site’s content will look/behave on a mobile device. The roll-out of 4G/5G networks in developing economies is a lot faster than putting cable underground. Read more