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Phablet Users Big on Social, Engage Most With Ads in the Evening

Opera Mediaworks Study Reveals Phablet Users' Media Consumption Habits, Receptivity to Mobile Ads

SAN MATEO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/19/14 -- Opera Mediaworks today released a study on phablet users that identifies how their media consumption habits differ from those of smartphone and tablet users, as well as how their receptivity to mobile ads changes throughout the course of a day.

Phablet users skew closer to smartphone users than tablet users in the types of media they consume. Yet their behavior is distinct enough to warrant its own profile, the company found.

  • Social networking is the top category (constituting 53.8% of impressions), just as it is on smartphones. But, it is much higher than the Q1 global average of all mobile devices (27.2% of impressions).
  • Unlike smartphone users, who use their device to consume Sports and News & Information content, phablet users' consumption in these categories is fairly low.
  • Despite the bigger screen size, phablets are not replacing tablets when it comes to Games or Music, Video & Media -- tablets still far outpace phablets in these categories.

Opera Mediaworks also examined the volume (ad impressions) and engagement levels (click-through rate) on traffic in the United States over a 24-hour period.

Among the findings:

  • Phablet traffic volume is highest in the morning (9 am-12 pm), but receptivity to ads is very low. Traffic then dips for the rest of the day, but engagement lifts significantly, peaking during the evening hours (8 pm -10 pm).
  • As expected, tablet use is highest in the evening, as users are away from work and in "lean back" mode at home. However, engagement levels on ads in the evening cannot match those on phablets.
  • Engagement on both phablets and tablets is low in the early evening hours (5 pm -7 pm).

How the study was conducted: The study utilized data from Opera's mobile ad platform that serves 64 billion impressions a month, reaching 500 million users through 14,000 mobile sites and apps.

The 13 mobile devices in the targeted group all had screens measuring diagonally between five and seven inches, such as the various versions of the Samsung Galaxy Note, the LG Optimus Pro and the Sony Xperia Z mobile devices.

This story first appeared in Re/Code. For the complete report, see http://operamediaworks.com/insights/phablet.html.

About Opera Mediaworks

Opera Mediaworks powers the mobile ad economy through technology innovation, transparency and trust, to create vibrant marketplaces for publishers and advertisers across the globe. This enables advertisers to efficiently reach their target audience and publishers to improve their monetization. Opera Mediaworks operates the world's biggest brand-focused mobile ad network, serving 23 of the 25 top global brands. We also deliver the world's leading mobile ad server and monetization tools to 17 of the top 25 media companies worldwide. Our mission is to deliver relevance in the medium where it matters most -- on mobile devices.

Headquartered in Silicon Valley, California, Opera Mediaworks has offices in New York, United Kingdom, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, India, Indonesia, Russia, Ukraine and Norway. Opera Mediaworks is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Opera Software ASA, which is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol OPERA. Learn more about Opera Mediaworks at www.operamediaworks.com

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