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Australians open to receiving mobile ads – for a price

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Australians open to receiving mobile ads – for a price


37% of Australia’s smartphone users are open to the idea of receiving ads on their phones in exchange for a discount on their bill or extra monthly data, a study by Roy Morgan Research has found.

The concept itself isn’t new – in late 2015, Lebara became the first local provider to offer a similar deal with the app ‘Unlockd.’

After downloading the app, users receive ads every few times they unlock their phone, and in exchange receive a discount on their bill or extra data.

Dodo customers have indicated the most interest in the concept, with nearly half (47%) saying they’d be open to receiving ads.

Customers with Vodafone (44%), Amaysim (43%), Optus (40%) and Boost (39%) also signaled significant interest in the concept.


iiNet users were the least likely to be interested, with only 27% indicating they’d be open to receiving ads.

Customers with TPG (32%), Aldi (32%), Telstra (33%) and Virgin (36%) all registered below average interest levels.


Roy Morgan Research CEO Michele Levine says the combined reach between Optus and Vodafone customers was significant and offered a tremendous opportunity for advertisers.

“There are around 1.1 million smartphone customers at Vodafone and 1.3 million at Optus who could be interested in an ad-supported plan – that’s the sort of reach attained by the weeknight news on commercial television networks,” says Levine.

While the concept has tremendous upside, Levine believes the challenge, and the only way to use the technology effectively, is to understand the audience.

“The future challenge for advertisers and their media agencies using this new, broad-reaching channel will be to achieve accurate and cost-effective targeting – and the only way to do that is to understand the people holding each device,” says Levine.

Roy Morgan Research is an Australian market research and public opinion survey company. It directs questions to each individual from a base survey sample of around 55,000 interviews in Australia and 15,000 interviews in New Zealand annually.








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