Apps have transformed our lives, enabling mobile devices to replace both mp3 players and the TV weatherman. We now spend more time using apps than ever before, and the recent shift of ad spending towards in-app reflects this fact. As uncovered in our recently-released Q1 2017 Global Trends in Mobile Advertising report, in-app ad spending reached a record high on the Smaato platform in Q1 2017 with a 91% share of total mobile ad spending (versus mobile web).
We analyzed over one trillion ad requests on the Smaato platform in Q1 2017 and saw that, of this amped-up mobile ad spending, a higher share went to in-app than ever before. But this rising tide did not lift all boats equally — certain app categories fared better than others.