APPS TRAFFIC INCREASES MORE THAN 40% IN MARCH 2014

1ST QUARTER OF 2014 - WEB TRENDS

APPS TRAFFIC INCREASES MORE THAN 40% IN MARCH 2014

Published on the 29/04/2014 – The trend established in 2012 and 2013 has carried through to the beginning of this year: average traffic for websites in France continues to decrease although traffic for Mobile apps continues to grow.

 

Perimeter and methodology

  • Study carried out from April 1st, 2012 to March 31st, 2014
  • Cross-section of 2,751 websites and 314 applications

 

We are interested in visits recorded by a certain cross-section of websites and applications audited by AT Internet. In order to establish the cross-section of websites and applications to be used as part of a study, a website is only used if the selection criteria, which have been established previously, are respected. These criteria are very strict and their aim is to remove any websites and applications which have an anecdotal audience, or a chaotic audience, or whose collected data underlines a dysfunction in the measurement. Only websites whose traffic has been mainly generated within France are considered. In addition to this, only visits to these websites and applications which have been generated within the country itself are considered.

 

Website traffic in France: an average of -10.5% in March 2014

At the beginning of 2014 website traffic continued to experience a downtrend The following graph shows the average evolution of web traffic recorded on websites in France in January, February and March 2014, compared to the same months in 2013. Website traffic declined during each of the 3 months of the beginning of the year, in March in particular:

  • January 2014: -5.4% vs January 2013 (January 2013: -1.1% vs January 2012)
  • February 2014: -6.5% vs February 2013 (February 2013: -5.3% vs February 2012)
  • March 2014: -10.5% vs March 2013 (March 2013: +1.3% vs March 2012, the only month of the year 2013 when traffic increased)

 

France Website traffic 2014

 

As for 2013, Mobile apps traffic increased

 

Applications Traffic

 

March 2014: +44.4% on average for Apps traffic vs. -10.5% for websites

 

France - Traffic on Websites vs Applications

 

In France, more than 6 out of 10 Apps saw an increase on their traffic in March 2014

 

The following graph shows the cumulative proportion for applications according to traffic evolution recorded in France in March 2014 vs March 2013. Traffic for almost 1 out of every 5 apps more than doubled in a year

  • Traffic for half of applications increased by more than 19%
  • 25% of Apps increased by more than 80%
  • 25% of Apps decreased by at least 20%

 

Cumulated proportion of applications according to traffic evolution

 

Whilst traffic for almost 7 out of 10 websites decreased

The following graph shows the cumulative proportion for websites according to traffic evolution recorded in France in March 2014 vs March 2013. In March 2014, half of websites experienced a traffic decrease of at least 12.4%

  • Traffic for 25% of websites decreased by at least 30%
  • Traffic for 25% of websites increased by more than 5%

 

Cumulated proportion of websites according to traffic evolution

 
After a decrease of 3.7% in 2013, website traffic continued to decrease at the beginning of 2014 and dropped by more than 10% in March. At the same time, Mobile apps traffic is still experiencing an upward trend: in March 2014, traffic for half of applications increased by more than 19% and traffic for almost 1 out of every 5 apps increased by more than 100%. Mobile apps benefitted from the boom of smartphone and tablet sales in recent years. According to IDC, this sales growth should slow down in 2014 and in upcoming years. Annual smartphone volume in 2013 surpassed 1 billion units, accounting for 39.2% growth over 2012. 2014 growth is expected to be “only” 19.3% year-over-year. The same trend is anticipated for tablets: a growth rate of 51.6% in 2013 and a 2014 forecast of 19.4% to reach 260.9 million units worldwide.

 

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