Mobile web trends show smartphones and tablets will take over in 2017

A new Zenith prediction states that 75 percent of usage will occur over mobile devices next year.

Zenith has released a new mobile web trends forecast that showed a notable growth in smartphone based internet use next year. It predicted that three quarters of all 2017 internet use will occur over mobile devices.

This could prove to be important insight for marketers that are deciding on their mobile ad budgets.

Last year, Zenith’s mobile web trends prediction was that 2016 would see 71 percent of internet use from smartphones and tablets. It also estimated that 60 percent of global internet advertising dollars would be spent for mobile ads by 2018. This latest prediction was released in the company’s Mobile Advertising Forecasts report.

Mobile Web Trends - Smartphones and Tablets Online The report stated that in 2018, marketers would spend $138 billion on mobile advertising. That figure “is more than will be spent on newspaper, magazine, cinema and outdoor advertising put together,” stated the report.

The Zenith mobile web trends forecast also predicted this year’s mobile ad spend to be $71 billion.

A growing number of ad dollars are shifting from TV to digital, particularly focused at smaller screens. Google, Facebook and Snapchat are now prime platforms for mobile marketers. According to DDG Inc. consultancy firm managing director of innovation and digital media exec, Scott Singer, “In four years, you’ve gone from 40 per cent to 70 per cent (of total internet use) in mobile.”

This mobile marketing trend is sending ad dollars away from traditional media such as newspapers and television and is directing it to media, entertainment and communications platforms.

Telecommunications companies are bringing digital distribution and content together as mobile data consumption – particularly video – is on the rise. The goal to this mobile web trend is to draw consumers to view digital content on mobile devices while appealing to advertisers. Companies from small businesses to giant corporations. This has been reflected in the recent announcement that AT&T was seeking to purchase Time Warner Inc and that Verizon Communications Inc is interested in Yahoo Inc. In both cases, the goal is to help leverage available user data for targeting ads on behalf of marketers.

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