Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Australia’s 11.4 million smartphone owners (14+) sometimes do lift their heads. They are more likely to notice all forms of out-of-home advertising than those without a smartphone, the latest research from Roy Morgan shows. 

58% of smartphone owners have seen advertising in shopping centres in the last four weeks, compared with 50% of others.

Only 42% of people without a smartphone have noticed ads on the sides of buses—but 52% of smartphone owners have. Just 35% of non-smartphone owners have noticed a big billboard recently; it’s 46% of smartphone owners.

Smartphone Owners and Non-Smartphone Owners who have seen Outdoor Advertising

Source: Roy Morgan Single Source (Australia), January 2013 – June 2013.  Smartphone Owners n=5151, Non-Smartphone owners n=4861.

Michele Levine, CEO, Roy Morgan Research, says:

“It turns out smartphone owners aren’t just walking around with their heads down, peering at screens. Smartphone owners notice more outdoor advertising than others, suggesting that the integration of Outdoor and Digital in marketing campaigns could indeed provide a promising advantage for marketers. New ‘geo-tagging’ or location-specific targeted campaigns are examples of these.

“Outdoor advertising continues to grow, with some media companies thinking outside the box, with new innovations such as digital billboards that change with the weather.”

“On-train advertising is coming soon to Sydney, in line with Queensland Rail and Metro Trains Melbourne. This new site has the potential to reach over a million Sydneysiders per day.”

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