Majority of Mobile Phone Video Usage Occurs At Home
The Interactive Advertising Bureau released The IAB Mobile Phone Video Diaries, research that shows that 63 percent of digital video screening on mobile phones does not happen on-the-go, but rather at home. Over a third (36%) of these home-based digital video activities happen in a room where a second screen - a TV, desktop computer or tablet - is also available for viewing purposes. These findings combine to point to significant cross-media opportunities for brand marketers, whether tying mobile digital video to live television programming or linking magazine ads to relevant mobile clips.
On Device Research conducted the IAB Mobile study, gathering smartphone and feature phone users to keep detailed day-in the-life diaries of their mobile phone video usage behavior for two weeks, along with participation in detailed pre- and post-diary surveys.
The research also unveiled that an overwhelming majority (92%) of viewers share mobile video they have watched on their phone with others. With mobile videos being ranked third on the list of high-time-spent (one hour or more weekly) activities conducted on mobile phones, behind playing games and social media, the propensity for sharing video provides a strong vehicle for taking video ads viral.
In addition, the research refutes the idea that mobile video is something consumers use haphazardly at odd times of the day when they have nothing else going on and no other screen available. In fact, mobile video usage grows steadily throughout the day, peaking in evening prime time TV hours. Twenty-two percent of video interactions were to access content viewers planned to watch, while 18 percent were out of boredom, and only 3 percent because no other screen was available.
According to the study, the most frequently viewed genres in mobile video are:
- Music videos (45%)
- Movie trailers (42%)
- Tutorials/How-To's (41%)
- Funny short video clips (37%)
Humorous short clips (66%) and music videos (52%) are the most likely to be shared.
When asked about their feelings towards mobile video advertising, respondents provided informative insights:
- 53 percent said that they are positive or neutrally receptive towards mobile video advertising
- Nearly half (48%) said that they would prefer seeing video ads that are related to the content of the video clips being watched
- A significant number (44%) recalled seeing an ad while watching mobile video, with short 10-15 second spots being the most recalled format.