SYDNEY, Dec. 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- App Annie, the leading mobile data and analytics company, and AppsFlyer, the marketing measurement and experience platform, have released a report on the State of App Marketing in Australia & New Zealand, exploring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the local mobile industry, and guidance around how companies and brands can better analyse market opportunities.
In the face of widespread social distancing measures and lockdowns, consumers throughout Australia and New Zealand explored digital alternatives, adopting mobile apps en masse. Consumers are spending an average 4.1 hours on mobile every day - 90% of which is spent in apps. This has led to a 30% year-on-year increase in consumer in-app spending across the majority of categories measured from Q1 2020 to Q2 2021. Overall, ANZ has risen through the ranks to enter the world's top 10 markets in terms of consumer spend on apps, presenting a huge mobile opportunity for brands.
However, though the pandemic triggered a flurry of app downloads, the verdict is in - lockdowns are bad for retention. With consumers increasingly trialing apps to find out which ones spark joy and enable them to better navigate this new normal, Australia and New Zealand have seen a significant rise in 'app tourism'. In fact, Shopping, Gaming and Health & Fitness - categories that enjoyed a surge in interest during the height of the pandemic - saw consecutive year-over-year dips from 2019 to 2021.
"In many ways, the mobile app market in ANZ has never been healthier, and consumer spending has never been higher as Australians and New Zealanders double-down on new mobile-first habits. But if the pandemic created 'app tourism', the challenge for marketers moving into 2022 will be how to get consumers to settle down more permanently," said Cindy Deng, Managing Director, Asia Pacific at App Annie. "App Annie helps act as that bridge between brands and their consumers to understand fluctuations in mobile preferences and values, and how to therefore fuel winning mobile experiences."
"Six months into the enforcement of Apple's ATT, marketers in the ANZ region are still struggling to understand the material impact of these privacy measures in their mobile marketing strategies," said Antony Wilcox, Director of Growth, Australia & New Zealand at AppsFlyer. "With ANZ being an iOS dominant region with a whopping 80% user penetration, we encourage all advertisers to find that balance between consumer privacy, while providing personalisation through a smart approach to data insights. Our mission at AppsFlyer in this region is to empower app marketers and technology partners to create better and more meaningful customer relationships."
"Apps help to promote stickiness and loyalty - they're easy to navigate, easy to use and far more intuitive," said Ryan Gracie, Chief Marketing Officer at MyDeal.com.au. "True enough, what MyDeal has witnessed in the past 18 months of lockdown is that online shopping is only going up and consumers' habits have been formed. People who haven't shopped online before were essentially forced to do so - and once they got over the barriers, the friction was broken down. Online shopping became a habit."
Other key insights and statistics from the report include:
- Finance app downloads in Australia and New Zealand grew 35% and 25% respectively year-on-year between H1 2020 and H1 2021 as the pandemic accelerated the trend away from cash
- Entertainment and Lifestyle (primarily dating) apps have been identified as standout areas of consumer spending growth, registering a 75% and 45% year-on-year increase respectively in Australia in Q1 2021, and a 45% increase all around in New Zealand
- Shopping apps have almost doubled in-app purchases year-on-year across both markets
- Food & Drink saw a 66% increase in remarketing conversations in Q2 2021 as residents turned to food delivery services to ride-out the stay-at-home orders
- There was a quick and sustained bump in iOS budgets and install spend post-ATT enforcement, averaging at 66%
- The introduction of Apple's privacy-centric iOS 14 and the App Tracking Transparency (ATT) framework earlier this year has made remarketing more challenging, as reliance on user-level data becomes a thing of the past
- Fraud remains a challenge for ANZ, especially for Shopping apps, where apps had a financial fraud exposure of over AUD $21.3 million (USD $15.7 million) in the first half of 2021 alone
The State of App Marketing in Australia & New Zealand report leveraged App Annie's mobile estimates used by over 1 million registered users, measuring downloads among 3,250 apps across ANZ between Q1 2020 and Q2 2021 that have AppsFlyer's SDK installed. This covered 237 million app installs, including 136 million non-organic app installs, across Gaming, Shopping, Finance, Food & Drink, Health & Fitness and Social apps. To learn more, download the report here.
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