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Mobile marketing remains small but booming in Canada

Spending on ads targeting smartphone and tablet users almost doubled last year but still represents a sliver of the total.

Last year in Canada, mobile marketing spending on ads increased at an explosive rate, nearly doubling what it had been the year before, and yet it is still considered to be only a tiny fraction of the overall digital ad marketplace.

That said, if the growth continues at this rate, it won’t take long for this channel to carve a much larger slice.

This mobile marketing data is according to a report that was released by the Interactive Advertising Bureau of Canada. The report indicated that the smartphone ad revenue in 2012 came to $160 million. This was an increase of 97 percent over what it was in 2011. At the same time, revenues from online ads increased by 13 percent, bringing them to $2.9 billion. That still managed to beat the forecasts that had been established by IAB Canada.

This year, both online and mobile marketing ad revenues are expected to rise, but more moderately.

Canada Mobile Marketing ad revenue The digital ad revenues for 2013 are predicted to increase by 9 percent by the close of the year, reaching a total of $3.36 billion. This includes the 50 percent rise that is expected for ads over mobile marketing, which will come to an anticipated $240 million. These forecasts were created based on the advertising budgets that survey respondents provided to IAB Canada. These respondents included ad networks and exchanges, on top of online publishers. Those budgets reflected the first half of the year’s data.

The dollar figures have revealed that while mobile marketing does still have a great deal of potential as a channel over which to advertise, marketers are still only in the earliest stages of figuring out how they will be using the channel to reach their customers over these widespread and yet still quite new devices.

This also reflects a challenge that publishers face in being able to sell adequate advertising over smartphones and tablets in order to be able to recoup sizeable investments into the creation and establishment of their mobile marketing campaigns and smartphone based presence.

Mobile marketing ad revenue from videos not keeping up

FreeWheel has released a report that said that the income isn’t keeping up with the number of views.

The latest mobile marketing data released from FreeWheel, an online video technology firm, has shown that while people are using their smartphones at an increasing rate to watch videos, the ad revenue that is being generated by that trend is not keeping up.

The second quarter online video monetization report showed that there is a considerable disparity.

The mobile marketing report indicated that an estimated 13.2 percent of all video views within the second quarter originated from smartphones and tablets, but only 5.6 percent of the ad views were from those same devices. FreeWheel went on to say that measurement challenges, consumer viewing habits, and the fragmentation of devices all contribute to this lag in ad revenues over this channel.

Mobile marketing ROI from videos is not reflecting the viewership.

Mobile Marketing - slow ad revenueOne of the advisory services team members from FreeWheel, Brian Dutt, has stated that individuals who are viewing videos using a small screen have a tendency to watch for shorter sessions and often choose short form content. This is not the ideal environment for mobile marketing.

Dutt explained that “When we’re talking about mobile, we’re talking about a small-screen, short-form content, so the viewer is on the go,” he said. Add the challenges measuring audience on mobile and the multiple devices and screen sizes to create ads for and “it’s a harder form factor to monetize.”

That said, the viewing of online video has been shown to be maintaining its growth in the double digits. Viewership had increased by 38 percent in the second quarter when compared to the same time a year before. This is being credited to TV everywhere apps as well as original digital content, which is giving people the opportunity to broaden their program viewing to various devices at different screen sizes.

Short form viewing content was by far the video viewing format that saw the most considerable growth over smartphones. As ad loads are notably less within that type of content, mobile marketing opportunities are constricted and therefore aren’t bringing in the same type of revenues that have been achieved over desktops and laptops video viewing.