The mobile Web is exploding, on average growing twice as fast as traffic to apps, according to comScore’s latest mobile report. Monthly visitors to the top 1,000 mobile Web properties rose to 9 million people on average, from fewer than 6 million a year ago, the report shows.
“Total digital audiences have grown 22 percent year-over-year, which is crazy if you think about it, because desktop has flattened out and it’s driven all by mobile,” said Andrew Lipsman, comScore’s head of marketing and insights. “And really, it’s more about the mobile Web than apps.”
The average traffic of the top 1,000 mobile websites grew 42 percent, while the average traffic of the top 1,000 apps grew 21 percent.
That part of the report looked at broad trends in how traffic is distributed across mobile, outside top apps like Facebook and YouTube.
The rise in mobile traffic on smartphones is viewed as a recruiting path for digital publishers to turn visitors into more engaged app users, who are even more loyal readers, more like the people who frequent the most powerful social and entertainment apps.
“It’s all about the power of habit,” Lipsman said.
The mobile report looked at things like how often people clicked on their favorite apps and how many apps they put on their homescreens, just a quick click away.
Here is a look at what else the annual U.S. mobile app report revealed:
The average monthly audience of the top 1,000 apps and 1,000 mobile Web publishers rose 21 percent and 42 percent, respectively, year-over-year.
Brand apps can draw a big audience if they provide some habit-forming utility. In the past two years, Starbucks doubled its app audience to about 15 million people. Dunkin’ Donuts’ users rose 453 percent over that time to almost 6 million visitors a month.
Real-world retailers are gaining ground on sites like Amazon. Walmart cracked the top 25 of all U.S. mobile Web properties, and app visitors rose 400 percent year-over-year to more than 20 million people. Target and Kohl’s showed similar strength.
Here’s how Millennials spend their time on their phones: Facebook gets more than 20 percent of Millennial attention, and Pandora and YouTube are the only other two apps with more than 5 percent of time spent. Snapchat’s piece amounts to about 3 percent of time spent.