The money in mobile marketing
•$264 million in mobile advertising in Europe. This is being led by the UK, Spain, Italy, Germany and France, according to UK-based research firm mobileSquared, and ahead of earlier projections due to increasing smartphone adoption.
•$1 billion in mobile app advertising. With worldwide mobile app downloads soaring, in-app advertising revenue will reach $1 billion, says Berg Insight. (App Store revenue last year was almost $2 billion.)
•$1.2 billion mobile ad revenue. For the U.S., eMarketers pegs the year-end number at $1.23 billion. UK-based mobileSquared has it at $1.42, while Gartner sees worldwide ad revenue at $3.3 billion. No matter how you measure it, mobile ad revenue is going up.
•$1.9 billion in iOS and Android game revenue. Gaming activity has been moving from dedicated game consoles to iPhone and Android devices, and the app analytics firm Flurry sees the revenue following.
•$2.2 billion on ringtones and ringbacks. Yes, people still are spending on personalized services like ringtones and ringbacks and will have spent more than $2 billion on them this year, says research firm Gartner.
•$2.5 billion in mobile revenue to Google. The mobile run rate at Google has gone from $1 billion last year to $2.5 billion this year, according to Google CEO Larry Page. It may help that Android Market jumped to more than 500,000 apps, according to the research firm Research2Guidance.
• $3.7 billion revenue from premium mobile app downloads. With more than 18 billion apps being downloaded this year, they can’t all be free. Aanalyst firm Ovum pegs the paid-for apps market at almost $4 billion, double last year.
•$5.4 billion in mobile coupons. That’s the value of the mobile coupons redeemed by customers globally, according to Juniper Research. Future coupon projections are stratospheric.
•$6 billion in mobile commerce. While still a small base of overall transaction volume and a small percent of all sales, it continues to grow, says Forrester Research.
•$10 billion on mobile retail campaigns. There is some overlap in the Juniper Research numbers here because the overall mobile spend by marketers also includes mobile coupons, but still not an insignificant number.
For overall context, the amount of total global mobile payments for digital and physical goods this year is $240 billion, says Juniper Research. This includes the total value of mobile payments for digital and physical goods, money transfers and NFC (near field communications).