Mobile measurement firm, Adjust, has indexed mobile app growth, retention and other key metrics in its inaugural Mobile Growth Map. The report – which draws on data from nearly 3,500 apps – breaks data down across 31 countries and four industry verticals (E-commerce, Entertainment, Gaming and Utilities) and applies a Growth Score (app installs per month divided by the number of monthly active users relative to the MAU base).
Key findings include:
- APAC leads the way with robust growth and is primed to rise. Vietnam, Thailand and Myanmar are three of the fastest-growing nations. LATAM comes in second place, with Brazil and Colombia rounding out the top five.
- Demand for gaming apps and E-commerce apps is strongest in LATAM. Four of the top five fastest-growing countries for Gaming apps are located in LATAM. Overall, Games dominate the number of installs (33%), time users spend in apps (10%) and the amount of ad spend (74%). Significantly, LATAM also dominates the demand for E-commerce apps, with Mexico, Chile and Colombia enjoying the highest growth in this industry.
- Entertainment apps are quickly gaining traction. Vietnam, Russia and Thailand take the top three spots on the Growth Score. This growth is likely fuelled by the demand for video streaming services, which are expected to continue gaining steam as industry giants such as Disney jockey for audience eyeballs.
- Utilities among the fast-growing verticals in Indonesia. Indonesia is a powerhouse market fuelled by the popularity of video apps and streaming services. This dovetails with the findings in the Adjust Global App Trends 2019 report released in May, which names Indonesia the “fastest-growing market.” Along with Entertainment and Gaming, Utilities is a fast-growing vertical in this country. Notably, the performance of Utilities is driven by the active use of weather apps.
The Retention Factor
In addition to the Growth Score, Adjust developed its own metric to measure the impact of retention, called the “Retention Factor.” Retention Factor is calculated by dividing organic retention by paid retention, providing readers with the real divide between the two types of user.
With the highest retention of any vertical, Gaming averages 34% on Day 1, and 15% on Day 7. However, games drop 19% of their total user base between Day 1 and Day 7 — the steepest decline of any vertical. While this drop appears to be dramatic, it may also be linked with the impact of hyper-casual games. This high-flying sub-category accounts for a significant share of downloads but so far fails to drive lasting loyalty among players.
Interestingly, North American gamers retain best, showing the highest Day 1 retention of all countries surveyed.
Growing your app user base is a critical part of the growth equation, but in a market where most apps are history just 24 hours after the install, marketers need to focus more on engaging and retaining those users. To boost engagement, and extend the lifespan of the app, marketers must build data-driven capabilities to target users looking to churn and target them at critical points long before retention rates begin their inevitable decline.
Paul H. Müller, co-founder and CTO of Adjust
For additional insights on growth and retention across industries and regions, as well as APAC spotlights on Singapore and India, download the full report here.