August 12, 2012
For Facebook, Wi-Fi is a growing barrier to the success of mobile ads
Out of its over 900 million monthly active users, more than half ó 488 million ó already use Facebook on mobile, and that number is steadily growing. All ThingsD reports.
Its mobile ad strategy is already showing significant engagement, with click-through rates 14 times higher on mobile than desktop ads. But Facebook is still new to the mobile game, and has more to offer. With the right strategy, it could even save the entire mobile advertising industry.
Whatís the problem with mobile advertising?
An increasing number of mobile users are connecting to the Internet via Wi-Fi, which makes it impossible to use important targeting information, like wireless carrier, to send more relevant ads to mobile users. Compared to ads served to users connecting via wireless network, those served to users connecting via Wi-Fi perform noticeably worse.
A mobile userís carrier reveals a lot about who they are and how they might interact with an ad ó information thatís essential for an ad to reach its target audience and to ultimately be profitable.
Wi-Fi is a growing barrier to the success of mobile ads, and will become a bigger point of discussion as the amount of Wi-Fi traffic picks up ó itís expected to be 51 percent of all Web traffic by 2016.
And Wi-Fi isnít the only issue: third-party browsers also hide the device type, and since they use proxy IPs, they often conceal the country location of the user as well ó which makes it impossible to accurately target relevant ads, and results in massive losses for mobile advertisers.
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