‘Digital Omnivores’ consume digital content via several touchpoints

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Today people want to plug in more than just earphones when out and about. They want to plug in to social networks, a video, make phone calls, find nearby stores, text friends, call up various entertainment media, play games or go… geocaching.

They want apps that inform and engage or that are useful to a task in hand. They want to use vouchers and coupons, enter competitions, browse products, scan barcodes, check reviews, compare prices and even make purchases.

And that’s why smartphones and tablets have become such an integral part of users’ day to day lives, unchaining them from desks and kiosks, and why mobile devices are driving digital traffic around the world.

Today, 116 million Americans – half the total US mobile population – uses mobile media such as apps and downloads and the mobile Internet. That’s a 19% increase on last year, according to comScore.

Nearly 7% of all American Internet traffic now comes from mobile device users, both smartphones and tablets, according to comScore’s latest findings. Consumers have become ‘digital omnivores’ grazing on different digital touchpoints during the course of their day.

“In order to meet the needs of these consumers, advertisers and publishers must learn to navigate this new landscape so they develop cross-platform strategies to effectively engage their audiences,” said Mark Donovan, comScore’s senior vice president of mobile, said in a statement.

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Kristina Knight is a freelance writer with more than 15 years of experience writing on varied topics. Kristina’s focus for the past 10 years has been the small business, online marketing, and banking sectors, however, she keeps things interesting by writing about her experiences as an adoptive mom, parenting, and education issues. Kristina’s work has appeared with BizReport.com, NBC News, Soaps.com, DisasterNewsNetwork, and many more publications.