If Marketers Are Worried About Ad Blockers, They Should Throw More Cash at Mobile

ad-blockers-mobile-hed-2015Genesis Media, which surveyed more than 11,500 US adults in late May and early June, found that while 24 percent of respondents installed ad blockers on either their home or work computers, just 3 percent did so on their smartphones or tablets.

Two things immediately jump out from those statistics:

First, marketers already had plenty of reasons to focus on mobile, since that’s where consumers are increasingly directing their attention. If brands believe that more of their ads won’t be blocked on smartphones and tablets, their incentive to throw more money at mobile platforms only builds.

Secondly, nearly a quarter of the respondents have used ad-blocking systems like Adblock Plus, AdGuard and uBlock. If you are a glass-half-full type of person, you could also say that more than 75 percent of people haven’t downloaded the no-promos software.

The numbers are noteworthy because ad blockers have and other marketers in recent months.

Here are a few other highlights from the research, which ran across Genesis Media’s partner sites including Bauer, AMI, The Boston Globe and the Los Angeles Times:

  • 29 percent of men said they’ve used ad-blocking software, compared with 19 percent of women.
  • 44 percent of males who’ve used ad-blocking software said they’d permit ads that are less intrusive or higher quality, compared with 26 percent of females.
  • 11 percent of men revealed that they haven’t installed ad-blocking software because they enjoy watching ads, compared with 4 percent of females.

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