In an informative Tech Crunch article from Josh Cons-tine on Tuesday, he noted the blistering pace of desktop to mobile-only users that Facebook is experiencing. According to Facebook’s 10-Q SEC document 102MM people accessed Facebook solely from mobile in June (roughly 10% of the 955MM total).
Which constitutes a 23% jump from the 83MM reported in March. The challenges are pretty obvious. A smaller screen equals less display ads and fewer opportunities to compromise value for ad real estate. But isn’t that what this entire ad revolution is about?
Isn’t it about finding better ways to evolve the brand-to-consumer connection that involve more value for the consumer?
Obviously, brands have learned that content is king – and many have developed internal publishing efforts, work directly with external publishers or perhaps even acquire publisher platforms (I believe this will become more prevalent in the future, it’s way too fragmented for long term stability).
But there’s more to this revolution, and I believe we’re just getting started and mobile is forcing the pace of innovation. When apps really started to take off many said ‘apps will replace websites’ – right, just like social replaced email. And thus, rightfully so, many brands started to play in the app space.
I believe there is still a lot of ‘value’ to be discovered between brands and consumers in this space. But, apps aren’t the ‘solve’ here either – just a component. Facebook, in my humble opinion, has the most high-profile and high-stakes incentive to innovate on the mobile revenue challenge now driven by pressure from it’s public offering and ownership.
So perhaps those geniuses will figure something out first and perhaps it lies in gifting or another form of mobile revenue not entirely obvious at the moment – I’m not saying I have the answer, does anyone? This is the next post in my series of Social Media Snapshots.
The purpose of this series is to give you a quick status check of the compelling numbers and data from among the top social communities, as well as to provide a few interesting highlights to help orient your planning and awareness of the changing social landscape. If you missed it, you can view my recent Social Media Snapshot Pinterest post as well to find recent 2012 stats on Pinterest. The Facebook snapshot is provided below.
As previously mentioned, I welcome your comments and suggestions to challenge any data sources or provide any updates to the data – it only serves to help all of us stay up to date. Overview summary: The Facebook juggernaut faces a long-term challenge of avoiding stagnation after years of hyper-growth.
Long term, social and search trends remain directly competitive and place Google and Facebook head to head in terms of mapping out the future of these online actions. Mobile and gratification are both adding layers of complexity to the landscape. The conversation for brands on Facebook has largely evolved from acquisition to engagement.