Different devices dominate certain sectors reveals study

New research reveals which sectors are most dominated by the different devices in terms of the time people spend visiting them. The research measuring the cross- device behaviour of nearly 5,000 UK adults.

Smartphone Device Usage –

Health / Fitness sector – (Fitbit & NHS) – Is the most dominated by smartphone usage. Smartphones account for 82% of the time people spend visiting health/fitness sites and apps.

People / Family / Lifestyle – (Netmus & BBC Good Food – The second most dominated by smartphones 69%.

Sports Sites – (Sky Sports & BBC Sport) – 63%

Tablet Device Usage –

Property Sites – (Rightmove & Hoopla) – Is the only sector dominated by tablet usage. Tablets account for 67% of the time people spend on property sites.

PC Device Usage –

Technology Sites – (Telecom brands Virgin & BT) – 84%

Government / Law Sites – 83%

“Media owners and advertisers must adapt their offering or behaviour to more accurately reflect how people are most likely to be visiting them,” said Dr. Hannu Verkasalo, CEO, Verto Analytics’.

“Is the rush to embrace mobile, for example, right for you? Clearly it is for the likes of health, lifestyle and sports – while property seems absolutely made for tablets – but certainly not for government, law and telecoms sites. People still prefer to use PCs for these as it remains dominant for functional, practical type behaviour.”

Verkasalo said that the news/weather sector in particular “should take heed” of how users access their content and not necessarily rush to target mobile.

“Publishers shouldn’t overlook that desktop still accounts for 65% of the time people spend here, while mobile accounts for just 19%,” he said.

Entertainment sector – (including the likes of YouTube, Netflix and Spotify) –  The least dominated by any one device type, having the most even split in how people spend their time across the different devices: smartphones account for 39% of entertainment time, not too far ahead of tablets (32%) and PCs (29%).

Alongside entertainment, the shopping and books sectors are the most likely to have a fairly even split between the time spent on different devices, which Verkasalo says means these sectors are the most likely to “have their work cut out in perfecting their output across all devices, as opposed to those who can more afford to put their eggs in one basket.”

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