Advertisers Flock to Pre-Roll Ads, Mobile Devices, Finds Ooyala

Ad spots on mobile devices showed big traction in the last quarter. Ooyala has released its Q4 2016 Global Video Index, finding that pre-roll mobile impressions for broadcasters grew to 47 percent, up from 44 percent in Q3. Both smartphone and tablet percentages increased, taking share from computers, which dropped to 39 percent from 44 percent in Q3. For publishers, mobile pre-rolls showed a slight decline, falling from 39.7 percent in Q3 to 38.4 percent in Q4. Desktop computer pre-rolls are far more popular for publishers than broadcasters.

Ooyala programmaticPublishers saw a big rise in mid-roll impressions on mobile, however, rising to just slightly over 50 percent from 32 percent in Q3. Ooyala expects the shift to mobile advertising to continue as viewers watch more video on their phones and tablets.

The highest completion rates in Q4 came from broadcaster mid-roll ads followed by broadcaster pre-rolls. Broadcasters averaged a 96 percent completion rate for mid-rolls across all devices.

Turning to content views, mobile devices counted for 56 percent of all video starts globally, notes Ooyala. That breaks down to 45 percent for phones, 44 percent for desktops, and 11 percent for tablets.

Mobile viewing is dominant in Asia-Pacific, Europe-Middle East, and Latin America. The only region computers are preferred is North America, where mobile counts for 49.9 percent of video starts. In North America, phones make up 39 percent of views and tablets 10 percent. Young people drive the trend in mobile viewing as 97 percent of U.S. millennials have a smartphone, far higher than any other age group.

“If you’re not offering all of your content on mobile devices, you’re likely missing the lion’s share of the market,” Ooyala advises. “As more operators offer unlimited data and more consumers acquire smartphones and tablets—even older consumers—users will look first to mobile devices.”

The trend in mobile viewing is actually accelerating. Ooyala finds 56 percent of global video starts were on mobile in November, with 58 percent in December. That suggests even bigger mobile growth coming in 2017, the report says. While previous mobile growth came from both phones and tablets, nearly all of mobile’s Q4 growth came from phones.

Connected TVs are mostly used for long-form video, with 95.88 percent of TV views going to long-form. However, mobile devices are used for long-form, as well, with 47 percent of phone viewing time going to long-form content.

Download the Q4 2016 Global Video Index for more (registration required).


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