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‘UKOM Insights’ provides data, analysis and commentary on the behaviour of the UK’s online population, using UKOM-approved comScore data.  This includes quarterly snapshots on the state of the UK digital landscape and regular insight into consumers’ online habits analysed by demographics, categories & devices.


The ‘Mobile Only’ Audience

Latest UKOM approved comScore data shows that in December 2016, three quarters (74%) of online adults are now multi-platform – that is they use both a laptop or desktop AND a mobile device – either a smartphone or tablet – to access the internet.  The remainder access via either desktop only (16%) or mobile only (10%).  The theory that large swathes of Britons are deserting the desktop in favour of mobile devices does not seem to stack up. comScore data over the last 2 years shows that desktop audiences and time online is flat. However, although most of the UK adult online population is not in a rush to abandon the desktop, the 4 million who are currently ‘mobile only’ is not an insignificant number. This month UKOM asks – Who is the ‘mobile only’ audience?

 

 

Read more or download the whole The ‘Mobile Only’ Audience .pdf here.

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UKOM Digital Market Overview - December 2016

  • Share of minutes to mobile devices (smartphones + tablets) continued to increase. They now account for two-thirds of adults’ time online, with smartphones alone generating 50% of all minutes.
  • There is a strong relationship between age and platform usage – 65% of online time among 18-24s is via a smartphone and this decreases with increasing age to only 31% for 55+s.
  • Despite mobile taking the lion’s share of minutes, the desktop still has higher adult online reach (90%) compared to smartphones (70%) and tablets (47%).
  • 74% of adults are multi-platform but this is lower among social class A, who are more likely to only use the desktop and social class E who are more likely to only use a mobile. 1 in 10 adults are now mobile only but this is higher among females (12%) than males (7%).
  • Google’s total audience increased by 5% to 95.9% of the UK online population between September and December.  Google shopping (+1.5m) and Youtube (+2.3m) contributed to this uplift.
  • Snapchat enters the top 10 for total ‘time spent’ among adults – visitors spend on average nearly 6.5 hours per month on the social networking site.
  • Predictably, retail sites dominated the top 10 growth sites in December with Home Retail Group (Argos) being the main beneficiary - up by 4.5 million unique visitors compared to September. Dixons, Tesco, Debenhams and John Lewis also added over 3 million users.

Read more or download the whole UKOM Digital Market Overview - December 2016 .pdf here.

 

 

To find out more about UKOM's Digital Market Overview series, please email insight@ukom.uk.net.


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