Wednesday, 24 November 2021 11:49

App tourism booms in Australia and New Zealand: report

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The State of App Marketing in Australia & New Zealand, a report released by data and analytics company App Annie and marketing measurement and experience platform AppsFlyer, explores the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the local mobile industry, and offers guidance how companies and brands can better analyse market opportunities.

During lockdowns, consumers in Australia and New Zealand have adopted mobile apps en masse, which led to a sustained year-on-year increase in consumer in-app spending across the majority of categories measured from Q1 2020 to Q2 2021.

However, mobile install fraud continues to lurk in shopping and finance apps where fraudulent installs can account for more than 50% of total downloads.

Overall, the report estimates that ANZ apps had a financial fraud exposure of over $21.3 million (USD $15.7 million) in the first half of 2021 alone.

With consumers increasingly trialling apps to find which ones spark joy and enable them to better navigate this new normal, Australia and New Zealand have seen a significant rise in ‘app tourism’.

In fact, shopping, gaming and health and fitness—categories that enjoyed a surge in interest during the height of the pandemic—saw consecutive year-over-year dips from 2019 to 2021.

However, the introduction of Apple’s privacy-centric iOS 14 and the App Tracking Transparency (ATT) framework earlier this year has made remarketing more challenging, as reliance on user-level data becomes a thing of the past.

“In many ways, the mobile app market in ANZ has never been healthier, and spending has never been higher as consumers double down on new mobile-first habits. But if the pandemic created ‘app tourism’, the challenge for marketers moving into 2022 will be how to get consumers to settle down more permanently,” comments App Annie managing director Asia Pacific Cindy Deng.

“App Annie helps act as that bridge between brands and their consumers to understand fluctuations in mobile preferences and values, and how to therefore fuel winning mobile experiences.”

“Six months into the enforcement of Apple’s ATT, marketers in the ANZ region are still struggling to understand the material impact of these privacy measures in their mobile marketing strategies,” comments AppsFlyer director of growth Australia and New Zealand Antony Wilcox.

“With ANZ being an iOS dominant region with a whopping 80% user penetration, we encourage all advertisers to find that balance between consumer privacy, while providing personalisation through a smart approach to data insights. Our mission at AppsFlyer in this region is to empower app marketers and technology partners to create better and more meaningful customer relationships,” Wilcox says.

Other key insights and statistics from the report include:
• Finance app downloads in Australia and New Zealand grew 35% and 25% year-on-year between H1 2020 and H1 2021 as the pandemic accelerated the trend away from cash
• Entertainment and lifestyle (primarily dating) apps have been identified as standout areas of consumer spending growth, registering a 75% and 45% year-on-year increase respectively in Australia in Q1 2021, and a 45% increase all around in New Zealand
• Shopping apps have almost doubled in-app purchases year-on-year across both markets
• Food and drink saw a 66% increase in remarketing conversations in Q2 2021 as residents turned to food delivery services to ride-out the stay-at-home orders
• There was a quick and sustained bump in iOS budgets and install spend post-ATT enforcement, averaging at 66%

The State of App Marketing in Australia & New Zealand report leveraged App Annie’s mobile estimates used by over 1 million registered users, measuring downloads among 3,250 apps across ANZ between Q1 2020 and Q2 2021 that have AppsFlyer’s SDK installed.

This covered 237 million app installs, including 136 million non-organic app installs, across gaming, shopping, finance, food and drink, health and fitness and social apps.

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