We are saying good-bye to the Internet and welcoming the smartphone era in a huge way!
A new report from ZenithOptimedia predicts that 66.5 percent of individuals in key digital markets will have a smartphone by the end of 2018. In the meantime, Internet user growth is calming down.
The New Media Forecasts report from ZenithOptimedia reveals that smartphone penetration rose from 41.6 percent in 2013 to 49.5 percent in 2014 in the 47 leading countries. Data suggests it will reach 55.7 percent this year.
This fourth edition of ZenithOptimedia’s annual forecast report analyzes the current state of digital marketing in 47 countries, “covering topics such as internet access, media consumption and online behaviour, and forecasts the rise of internet connections and smartphone and tablet technology,” according to the firm.
Some intriguing highlights in the report include the fact that smartphone adoption is highest in Asia Pacific and Western Europe. Singapore has the highest level of smartphone penetration, at 89.0 percent at the end of 2014, projected to rise to 97.0% by 2018 (aided by the government’s intent to push ahead with its plan for universal Wi-Fi access). Tablets are also growing in popularity.
“Across our 47 countries, penetration rose from 5.3 percent in 2012 to 14.8 percent in 2014, and we forecast it to reach 19.8 percent in 2018,” noted ZenithOptimedia. “Hong Kong tops the ranking of highest-penetration markets for tablets, with 77 percent penetration in 2015, which we expect to increase to 91 percent in 2018.”
“The rapid spread of mobile technologyis transforming media consumption and marketing communication across the world,” said Jonathan Barnard, ZenithOptimedia’s Head of Forecasting. “For more and more people, their smartphone or tablet is the first place they look for information or entertainment. Marketers need a mobile-first approach to communicate with these people effectively.”