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The Great 2014 Milestone: Mobile Internet Use Exceeds Desktop Browsing

By | Jul 9th, 2014 02.02 AM | View all posts in Digital Marketing Marketing Technology & Innovation

This 2014 marks a huge milestone whereby Internet use via mobile devices has finally exceeded desktop browsing. For the past few years, ever since Internet browsing via mobile devices became possible through data services, we finally see the great mobile shift happen.

Time Spent on Internet Desktop vs Mobile

This may not yet be the case for individual countries yet but if you reference to the time spent with the internet by device in the US, the great shift has happened. Many brands are always on a struggle to keep up with the digital move and this recent chart by comScore signals the need to seriously consider integrating all online marketing efforts to address mobile audiences.

A closer look into the figures by Online Publishers Association/Frank N. Magid shows us mobile user behavior:

  • 99.5 percent access content/information
  • 63.1 access the Internet
  • 62.1 percent check email
  • 49.2 percent listen to music
  • 46 percent play games
  • 41.7 percent download and use apps
  • 15 percent make purchases
  • 15 percent read a book

The shift to greater use of mobile devices to surf the Internet also means a change in the way consumers interact with your brand online. While in the past it might have been on desktop computers in the evening or during the weekend, it’s now more during rush hour while commuting, during lunch breaks and late night hours before bed. Perhaps its high time to revisit your mobile marketing strategies for 2015.

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