With the rate of smartphone ownership in the U.S. continuing to climb, mobile has become a force to be reckoned within the world of digital advertising. While this boom is providing exciting opportunities for brands to reach many Americans, the mobile ad market’s rapid growth has raised questions as well, particularly around reaching the right consumers.

Some say talk is cheap, but data overages sure aren’t. Exceeding the limit on a smartphone data plan is a monthly headache for many Americans. However, that doesn’t stop consumers from using their phones round-the-clock to stream their favorite TV shows, download music and hail cars. Data has now become a huge, often costly, obstacle for consumers to overcome.

Many kids become internet users before they learn how to walk. But even as the age at which kids get a smartphone creeps downward, most lack one of their own, as explored in a new eMarketer report, “US Kids and Digital: Gauging How Digital These Digital Natives Really Are”.

When engaging consumers via mobile, the most personal of devices, marketers are advancing their strategies, says a new report from the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA). The report reveals a significant increase in spend and use of more data-centric approaches that impact ad delivery and creative.

Time and again, industry experts assert that mobile is a critical component of the marketing mix. Yet for all of the years it’s been “the year of mobile,” only 3% of brands’ marketing mix was spent on mobile advertising last year. Yes, marketers are increasing their mobile ad spend, but there is still a lot of ground to gain to catch up to consumer adopt

The Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) together with Kantar Millward Brown, released its 2016 Global Mobile Trends Report, the second annual and largest review of mobile campaigns.

Nearly one in five internet users around the world block ads, according to September 2016 research. That doesn’t necessarily mean they are averse to brand messaging, however.

With all the different types of social platforms out there, it can be challenging for brand marketers to decide when is the optimal time and day to post. According to H1 2016 research, on Facebook and Twitter, the best-performing posts were made in the evenings, and later in the work week.

When it comes to the elements that would make a “perfect” mobile ad, US teen and millennial internet users say they care more about whether they can save and access it later and less about the ad’s relevance to them.

Young Hispanics, who are digitally savvy and culturally connected, are a particularly important audience. To help marketers gain a greater understanding of their interests and perceptions, we partnered with market research firm Ipsos and research partner Audience Theory to survey Hispanics in the U.S., with a specific focus on the third generation.

Hispanic consumers are significantly more likely to engage with mobile to manage their finances, with 78 percent using a mobile banking app, compared to approximately half (51 percent) of non-Hispanics.

Understanding consumers’ behavior as they switch between devices remains one of the toughest challenges facing marketers today. According to recent research investigating marketers’ digital capabilities, the problem doesn’t seem to be getting any easier.

Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. (“SBS”) announced the addition of a full video channel line-up to its LaMusica music streaming app.

The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) released the “What Works & Why: IAB Global Insights Report 2016,” showcasing case studies exploring two dozen award-winning campaigns from around the world, and featuring perspectives from 28 leaders across the international digital marketing and media landscape.

Global data reveals that mobile continues to ingrain into consumers’ daily lives. Smartphone and tablet penetration are all increasing with wearables experiencing the highest growth rate. Our latest global consumer trends report highlights changing user habits, daily usage details, and consumer preferences. Find out which applications are consumer favorites and who checks their phones more than 100 times a day.

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