Nearly one-half of mobile apps users (47%) say when using apps, they click or tap on ads more often by mistake than on purpose, suggesting that click rates may not be the best measurement of mobile ad effectiveness, according to a survey from Pontiflex.
Younger adults are most likely to click by accident: 61% of mobile apps users age 18-34 click on mobile app ads by mistake more often than on purpose.
People don't want to be disturbed when using apps: 71% of adult mobile apps users say they prefer ads that keep them within the app they're using, instead of ads that take them out of the app to a mobile Web browser.
Younger women are the least tolerant of mobile ad disruptions: 78% of female mobile apps users age 18-34 say they prefer ads that keep them within the app they're using.
Free Apps Most Popular
Though 41% of adult mobile apps users use paid apps, most (95%) use free apps as well.
The trend is also prevalent among more affluent demographics: 96% of mobile apps users with annual household incomes of $75,000+ say they use free apps, signaling the importance of mobile ads, which serve as a revenue stream for publishers and developers to help keep apps free.
Coupons Preferred, Video Ads Less So
Most (63%) mobile apps users say they prefer ads that contain coupons, deals, and newsletters as their preferred in-app mobile ad type, and far fewer are open to receiving updates from apps developers (38%), or video ads (15%).
Adults age 35-44 are more likely to prefer coupons and deals (80%), and even less open to updates from apps developers (28%), while men age 35-44 are the most open to video ads.
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Mobile App Store Revenue Forecast to Surpass $15 Billion in 2011
Free downloads are expected to account for 81% of total mobile app store downloads in 2011.
By the end of 2014, more than 185 billion apps will have been downloaded from mobile app stores, since the launch of the first one in July 2008.
Meanwhile, mobile app store revenues are projected to reach $15.1 billion in 2011, both from end-users buying apps, and associated ad revenues for apps developers. That's a 190% increase from the estimated $5.2 billion generated in 2010.