Mobile Video Use Grows, Advertisers Miss Opportunities to Connect

July 12, 2007

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Media & Entertainment | Out-of-Home

Four in five consumers who watch mobile video say they are willing to view mobile advertising if the reward is free content, but less than 30% say that mobile ads are relevant to them, according to a new Knowledge Networks/SRI report.

“How People Use Mobile Video 2007” details mobile video usage and interest among those with video iPods, video-capable cell phones, and laptop computers.

Some findings from the Knowledge Networks/SRI report:

  • The proportion of users paying for mobile video dropped notably in the past year among video iPod users (from 81% to 61%) and video cell phone users (from 64% to 50%).
  • The average viewing session for video cell phones (46% of users report an average session of 5 minutes or less) is different from that of video iPods or laptops (53% report an average session of 30 minutes or more)
  • Viewing of movies has risen dramatically among those use who use the video functions on iPods (from 1% to 54%) and laptops (2% to 34%).
  • Less than 30% of users see mobile ads as relevant to their interests or needs: They see little or no difference between mobile video advertising and ads on regular television.
  • Not surprisingly, then, most of these consumers say that mobile video ads are no more influential for them than those on traditional TV.

“Advertisers wisely have entered the mobile video space in a big way; but so far many seem to have missed the chance to leverage the unique qualities of mobile video, such as intimacy and immediacy,” said David Tice, vice-president and managing director of Knowledge Networks/SRI.

“While mobile can indeed be part of larger campaigns, we need to recognize its differences, as well as the ways that different target groups use the medium.”


Additional data from the Knowledge Networks study (via MediaPost):

  • The percentage of those who view mobile video has doubled among those using cell phones- from 3% in 2006 to 6% in 2007.
  • The proportion of those watching mobile video on iPods has increased from 3% in 2006 to 8% in 2007.
  • The percentage of those watching video on laptops has increased to 26%, from 18% in 2006.

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