Mobile


The recent news that Facebook is in early stages of combining the messaging features of several of its properties, as reported by The New York Times last week, raises many questions about how advertisers and users will be affected. In this eMarketer Analyst Insight, Debra Aho Williamson and Jasmine Enberg explain what it could mean for these two groups.

"Time is money" has never had more meaning than it does today. The attention economy has become another challenge for advertisers—particularly on mobile devices where users have lower tolerances for attention-grabbing ads. But short attention spans may have met their match in playable ads, which embed games or puzzles into ad units.

In the latest episode of "Behind the Numbers," mobile analyst Rahul Chadha breaks down eMarketer's latest estimates for the booming mobile video advertising market, and digs into the underlying drivers.

As new voice tech has emerged, functions normally embedded in phones have begun shifting to smart headphones, aka hearables.

Mobile payments have been thought to be on the cusp of widespread adoption for several years now. But most consumers have responded to the technology with a noncommittal shrug.

Gen Xers’ wearable usage is rising, albeit slower than it has in past years. By the end of 2018, 15.4 million Gen Xers will have used a wearable device at least once per month, up from 14.0 million in 2017.

The multilayered approach that scammers use to siphon money highlights the cat-and-mouse problem of policing ad fraud.

Social behaviors are shifting to stories. Advertisers want to be where users are, but how can they create effective ad campaigns that drive results? We spoke with executives at Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat to get the secrets to story advertising success.

Mobile video advertisers are on the hunt for ways to make their ads more engaging, and not just another commercial consumers have to tolerate. Rewarded video ads—also known as value exchange ads—seem like the answer, but are the benefits worth the cost?

This year, there will be 82.5 million mobile phone P2P payment users in the US, according to eMarketer estimates.

Smart glasses, like Google Glass, failed in the consumer space but are finding success in workplaces.

In the latest episode of eMarketer's "Behind the Numbers," analyst Debra Aho Williamson highlights some of her predictions for social media in 2019. What's in store for Facebook? What pitfalls must Instagram avoid? Will the stories format continue to win over users?

Most people think of gamers as Xbox-obsessed teenagers, but it turns out that mobile is by far the more popular place to play.

No social app since Snapchat has succeeded in capturing significant usage in the US. But the Chinese-owned, short-video app TikTok is enjoying sudden growth in popularity. Can it buck the trend and challenge the existing social networks?

In the latest episode of "Behind the Numbers," eMarketer's Yory Wurmser and Rahul Chadha discuss key trends we see for next year, including the growth of mobile commerce (but the continued consumer reluctance to embrace mobile proximity payments in the US), shifting attitudes about mobile screen time and emerging challenges for advertisers.

This year, 23.8 million US millennials will have used a wearable device at least once per month. That's roughly a third of the millennial population, according to our estimates.

Adoption of wearables among teens is low. Just one in 10 internet users ages 12 to 17 will use a wearable device in 2018.

If you’re still looking for a holiday gift for a parent or grandparent, a wearable device could be well-received. Americans 55 and older are the fastest-growing group of electronic wearable users in the US, according to eMarketer’s latest wearables forecast, largely due to the devices’ enhanced health features.

This year, 115.6 million mobile phone users in the US will bank on mobile at least once per month, according to eMarketer estimates.

This year, mobile commerce sales in the US will account for 39.6% of total retail ecommerce sales—reaching $208.1 billion.