Apple's iOS devices are bigger and more user-friendly, making mobile advertising on iOS more successful than on other operating systems, according to a report released today by Opera Software.
This seems like a no-brainer when it comes to advertising -- bigger screens equal more real estate for ads, which equals more engaging ads with more info, and more clicks. Trying to hit that sweet spot between portability and screen size may be a challenge for some device makers, but it's working for Apple, judging from the report's numbers, anyway.
Advertising on iOS sees more traffic and a higher percentage of revenue -- a 46.5 percent share of traffic and a 61.4 percent share of revenue, according to the report's findings. When broken down, the
According to the report, the operating systems also need to allow for features that encourage interaction between the user and ads -- i.e., the ability for click to call, expanding ads, and video playback. This is why iOS and Android do well for advertisers.
In addition to a solid user base, Apple has users who tend to spend more time on engaging advertisements usually featured on iOS. The study said advertising should be thinking about engaging advertisements in general because they do well. For example, 66 percent of users who click through to a video will watch the whole video, and on average will stay about 52 seconds.
Correction, July 20 at 5:45 p.m. PT: The original article had an incorrect percentage of traffic share for the iPad.