More than half (53%) of UK smartphone owners say they have never received adverts while using their device, which either suggests that it is an underused marketing channel or consumers find it easy to ignore mobile advertising.
The findings come from Nielsen’s Mobile Consumer Report, which found that 97% of the UK population owns a mobile phone, with smartphone ownership now at 61%.
And according to the IAB, mobile advertising grew by 132% to £181.5m in the first half of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011 and now accounts for 7% of all digital ad spend.
Therefore it appears to be a fairly worrying situation for mobile advertisers if 53% of smartphone owners claim they haven’t been exposed to mobile advertising, though it does need to be noted that the survey didn’t ask about mobile search.
It’s likely that a proportion of the users surveyed by Nielsen are simply unaware that they have seen mobile ads, so advertisers need to find new ways of ensuring their messages don’t go unnoticed.