Multi-screen activities while watching TV are very common with many viewers also on their computers, tablets and mobiles.
According to the Econsultancy/ IAB report, The Multi-Screen Marketer, the way viewers engage with their other screens changes depending on what program they are watching.
We've broken down the percentage of commerce and non-commerce activities for seven major program areas as well as highlighted the top activities for specific programmes and put them in a handy infographic.
We may argue that we didn’t need studies to tell us that tablets are taking attention away from TV screens. In fact, before tablets and smartphones even existed, laptops were already gaining ground in the living room.
Today, the question is not whether we live in a multiscreen world or not, but which screen is the most valuable, the the bigger one or one getting the most attention from consumers? Is it possible that the data from those studies needs to be reinterpreted?
Econsultancy has just finished a new report, The Multi-Screen Marketer, written on behalf of the Interactive Advertising Bureau and based on a survey to over 1,800 consumers.
The goal was to find out how they use a second screen while watching television and to help us understand the impact of these behaviors on advertising and marketing.
There's no shortage of research on the topic, so we focused on areas that believe to be the least examined (and most useful), including how different types of content correlate with multi-tasking, how the distraction of the second screen affects advertiser awareness and what consumers expect from their TV experience in the future.
The number of screens we interact with depends on who you ask. While we, as marketers, would like to think tablets have already replaced couch laptops, the reality is that consumers today are more likely to be looking at their smartphones while watching TV.
Mobile devices may very well be the third or fourth screen, but that is assuming TV is the first one, and that assumption may be more wrong than right as screens converge and content follows.
In that context, it is difficult to develop proper multiscreen strategies, when ordinal numbering doesn't necessarily help us identify which specific device is being used by consumers and, most importantly, what is their current state of mind.
Almost three quarters (73%) of smartphone owners use a social networking app on a daily basis and a further 19% at least weekly, according to a survey by Lightspeed Research.
In contrast, tablet owners tend to use business apps (63%) or finance/banking apps (56%) daily rather than social networking apps (32%).
This highlights the fact that marketers should not have a one-size fits all approach to mobile devices.
When mobile or tablet design is executed well, the device feels like the extension of our bodies. Because interfaces respond even before we consciously give them a command.
Often, the interface “dissolves in behavior” and we feel empowered, as though the device we hold in our hand is the equivalent of Iron Man’s suit of cybernetic armor, or Batman’s utility belt.
I call this empowering experience a “Magic Moment”.
Most importantly, these “Magic Moments” make people fall in love with your app, show it to their friends, telling, nay, insisting they download the app and experience the magic for themselves. These are the moments we designers live for.
And mobile and tablet devices are more suited to creating and fostering “magic moments” than any other device.
Only 10% of the brands in IMRG/Hitwise's list of top 100 online retailers has built a website specifically for tablet browsing, according to analysis by mobile marketing agency Somo.
The research also shows that while just over a quarter (26%) have an iPad app, less than 20% have created Android tablet apps.
Video plays on tablets, mobile devices and connected TVs nearly doubled in Q4 2011 compared to Q4 2010, according to digital video analyst Ooyala.
Google TV also registered impressive growth, achieving a 91% increase in video plays from Q3.
Amazon is said to be launching a Kindle smartphone in 2012, according to reports.
Citigroup analyst Mark Mahaney is quoted on AllThingsDigital saying that the device is set for launch in Q4 next year.
Apple may have disappointed Wall Street with its fourth quarter
earnings, but make no mistake about it: most companies would kill for a
quarter like it.
The company issued a strong guidance for the first
quarter of fiscal year 2012, and Apple's CEO Tim Cook is confident.
Case in point: when it comes to the nascent tablet market, Cook isn't at
all worried about possible competition from new devices like Amazon's