In North America, 60% of online consumers will own a tablet by 2017, predicts the research firm. The penetration rate in Europe is slightly lower, at 42% and is expected to be below 25% in developing nations by 2017. In contrast, tablets are on their way to reaching a majority status in rapidly growing Asian markets like Singapore and South Korea.
“Tablets, we find, will play an increasingly critical role at work,” Gownder notes in a blog post. “Both company-issued and bring-your-own tablets will become pervasive in workplaces in developed countries or dynamic regions of developing countries, for example, urban China.”
From an advertising perspective, tablets are driving more revenue than smartphones. By the end of this year, tablets will generate $4.9 billion in ad revenue compared to nearly $3.4 billion for smartphones, predicts Deloitte. Advertising on tablets is forecast to grow 50 to 55% in 2014, compared to 30 to 35% for smartphones, according to the consulting firm.
In addition to the different screen sizes, advertisers will also have to respond to the different screen uses. More US consumers, for example, do product searches on a smartphone but are more likely to make purchases on a tablet. Nearly 71 million consumers will make purchases via their tablet this year, compared with 53 million buyers using smartphones, according to eMarketer. In addition, a 2012 survey from the Interactive Advertising Bureau found tablet owners were more likely than smartphones owners to click on ads and purchase a product after seeing an ad.