Mobile media is growing more important to consumers
Mobile media is becoming more important to consumers on a seemingly daily basis. Mobile video, websites, games, and social media services have become integral parts of a society that is becoming more reliant on technology. New analysis from Strategy Analytics suggests that mobile media will reach a new milestone in the near future. The growing popularity of mobile games, mobile commerce, and entertainment applications will contribute greatly to the growth of mobile media.
Firm predicts growth of global mobile media sector
According to the firm’s analysis, spending on consumer mobile media will reach $200 billion worldwide by 2017. The growing number of media-centric mobile devices will contribute to this growth as well as the more flexible data pricing plans coming from telecommunications companies. Various forms of mobile media will also contribute to this growth, with entertainment mediums likely to see the majority of consumer spending.
Smartphone and tablet penetration will power growth
The mobile sector will see some major challenges in the future, according to the analysis, as companies begin bringing mobile-centric services to markets where smartphones and tablets have not yet become popular. In these markets, feature phones are the dominating force, and these mobile devices have limited access to media of any kind. The challenge that companies will face in these markets is encouraging consumers to embrace smartphones and tablets, but many people may not be inclined to do so because of the cost of such devices and the cost of the data plans they are associated with.
New mobile marketing opportunities to emerge in future
The firm predicts that mobile advertising will become more important as mobile media itself grows. New advertising opportunities are expected to emerge as more consumers embrace mobile technology. The first estimates that mobile advertising will account for 18% of total media expenditure by 2017, reaching $42 billion. This growth is expected to continue into the future, especially as more consumers become involved in mobile technology.