SAN FRANCISCO and FRAMINGHAM, Mass., March 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- App Annie and IDC today released their second annual joint report titled: Mobile App Advertising and Monetization Trends 2013-2018: Freemium and In-App Ads Expand Their Lead. This year's report focuses on the main growth drivers in mobile, and the business models enabling publishers to monetize successfully off of that growth. The report also highlights mobile app revenues beginning to displace other forms of monetization, including mobile browser and PC-based advertising, and freemium and in-app advertising models driving the majority of growth among various business models.
"App Annie has tracked the growth of the mobile economy since its infancy, and we're really starting to see publishers hit their stride with mobile in-app revenue growing 1.7x last year," said Bertrand Schmitt, CEO and co-founder, App Annie. "The continued innovation in mobile apps, monetization models and mobile advertising have driven significant growth in freemium and in-app advertising revenues. The space has matured significantly and publishers have the required 'know-how' to monetize off the significant app usage they're generating."
The Mobile Advertising and Monetization Spotlight 2013-2018: Freemium and In-App Ads Expand Their Lead explores a variety of trends and helps publishers and others in the app ecosystem understand the consequences they may have on tomorrow's business decisions. Some key takeaways from the report include:
- Freemium drives mobile app revenue growth: Freemium app revenues grew by over 70 percent, while paid and paidmium app revenues declined by 19 percent and 24 percent, respectively. The maturity and general success of the freemium model are clearly evident in freemium's dominance of direct app revenue models. Mobile app revenue per device (including advertising) is projected to grow 2.5x by 2018.
- Mobile in-app advertising set to overtake online search advertising: Mobile in-app advertising revenue also grew by 70 percent, outpacing both mobile and PC browser-based ads. By 2018, spending on mobile in-app advertising alone (in the 10 key countries measured*) will be greater than spending on online search advertising, today's digital advertising juggernaut.
- Geography matters and it's not one-size-fits-all across countries: Revenue generated through app stores versus in-app ads widely varies across countries—India brings in 70 percent of its app revenues via in-app ads while Japan makes more money via app stores (81 percent). The US and Japan are the largest markets for mobile app revenue, but emerging markets such as Brazil, India and Russia are projected to quickly grow through 2018.
"Both freemium and in-app advertising will continue to be great opportunities for developers to make money out of their apps," said Karsten Weide, IDC's Vice President of Media & Entertainment. "In the ten key markets we looked at, in-app ads will grow by a factor of 3x by 2018, and app store sales by a factor of 2x."
For more information and to download the Mobile Advertising and Monetization Trends 2013-2018 please visit: http://blog.appannie.com/mobile-app-advertising-and-monetization-trends-2013-2018/.
International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. With more than 1,100 analysts worldwide, IDC offers global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries. IDC's analysis and insight helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community to make fact-based technology decisions and to achieve their key business objectives. Founded in 1964, IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company. To learn more about IDC, please visit www.idc.com. Follow IDC on Twitter at @IDC.
About App Annie
App Annie is the largest decision-making platform for the mobile app economy. The company provides developers and publishers with a full 360-view of what they need to know to build, market and invest in their apps, including data about their own apps as well as a granular understanding of their competition and relevant industries. Today, more than 90 percent of the top 100 publishers and over 400,000 mobile app professionals at 100,000 companies rely on App Annie, including Electronic Arts, Google, LinkedIn, Line, Microsoft, Nexon, Nestle, Samsung, Tencent, Bandai Namco, Universal Studios and Dow Jones. App Annie is a privately held global company headquartered in San Francisco. For more information, please visit: www.appannie.com or follow App Annie on Twitter: @appannie.
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