Nielsen study shows travel usage trends for mobile devices [INFOGRAPHIC]

Travel companies are being forced to answer the phone. A new survey suggests that what motivates a traveler when using smartphones or tablets is not necessarily the same thing as when using a desktop or laptop. The implications for advertising are important.

The Nielsen study, commissioned by call-tracking provider Telmetrics and advertising network xAd, was a mix of a survey of 1,500 U.S. smartphone and tablet users and observations of actual behavior by 6,000 Apple and Android users.

Here are the key points:

      • Smartphones are used more to find and contact businesses, while tablets are used more for research, price comparisons, and reviews. In travel, tablet users went directly to familiar sites and apps (46%) or apps and sites they had previously used (49 percent) more often than they used search engines (merely 15%).
      • Two out of three mobile users notice ads. Local businesses and local promotions seemed the most relevant and received the most clicks.

The survey reports corroborate what has been reported in a separate study of mobile usage by Keynote Systems.

It also dovetails with a report by research firm eMarketer that mobile internet use accounts for 10 percent of use but attracts only 1 percent of overall advertising spending.

Here’s the infographic:

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Sean O’Neill had roles as a reporter and editor-in-chief at Tnooz between July 2012 and January 2017.



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  1. Deri Jones


    that ‘1 in 2’ is less surprising, as the source article doesn’t say they purchase online, just that they purchase.

    And the kind of searches being made are obviously for things you want on holiday right there.

    Eg A restaurant meal:

    > Mobile searchers looking for restaurants showed immediate transaction intent, with 87 percent indicating they were looking to purchase within the day.

    • Sean O'Neill

      Sean O'Neill

      Great point that the purchase may not be an online purchase.

      Thanks for your comment!

  2. Brandon Dennis

    An impressive amount of data in one handy graphic–kudos Telmetrics!

    The shocking stat, to me, is that one out of every two travel queries results in a purchase. Is this indicative of the “last minute” nature of mobile travel queries? Are they hurried to make a booking which is why they go to their mobile device, which means that computer queries are more leisurely, less serious queries?

    Very compelling data.

    • Sean O'Neill

      Sean O'Neill

      I agree, Brandon.

      I was wowed by the stat that “one out of every two travel queries results in a purchase.”

      Thanks for your comment!


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