Television remains king in receptiveness, with 33% favorability among viewers and nearly identical daily usage to mobile (147 minutes to 151 minutes, respectively). Favorability to ads on mobile lagged behind at 17% in the U.S. and 23% globally — unchanged since the agency’s 2012 AdReaction report.
Joline McGoldrick, director of research at Millward Brown, said the numbers mean advertisers need to leverage the effectiveness of TV for mobile campaigns.
“Audiences are much more likely to want to interact with content than brands,” she said, citing Pepsi’s "Get Hyped for Halftime" campaign leading up to the Super Bowl. The mobile ads led users to branded pregame content in the lead up to the Pepsi-sponsored halftime show.
Outside North America and Europe, mobile usage and receptiveness to ads tended to be much higher. In India, for example, the TV/mobile usage split was 96 minutes to 162 minutes, with favorability to mobile ads at 27%.
McGoldtrick said the higher favorability for mobile outside the United States and Europe can be explained by fewer screen choices and higher usage. “They’re using [smartphones] for everything. ... It’s their primary communication, their primary entertainment,” she said. “Because they’re more reliant on it, they’re also more tolerant to what comes across the screen.”
In the United States, she added, “we have multiple choices of screens we can interact with daily, so our tolerance [to mobile ads] is also lower because of that."