Data presented by Burga indicates that consumers globally spent $3.23 billion in social applications during the first half of 2021, a 50 percent increase compared to the same period last year. This is an indication that consumers are increasingly spending more in social apps as they utilize some of the innovative features introduced by players in the industry.
Between the period Burga presented, Q1 2021 represented the highest spending at $1.62 billion. During Q1 2020, the spending was at $0.98 billion, growing to $1.17 billion in Q2 2020. The data on spending is a combination of apps both on the iOS and Google Play platforms entailing social, social networking and communication categories.
Elsewhere, during Q2 2021, consumers worldwide cumulatively spent $22.19 billion on social apps. The figure represents a growth of 7.8% from the $20.58 billion spent as of Q1 2021. Overall, the spending has steadily grown by a staggering 44,280% between Q1 2011 and Q2 2021. Q1 2011 also registered the lowest spending at $0.05 billion.
Meanwhile, the report highlighted some of the factors contributing to the increase in social apps spending, stressing that the creator economy spurs social app spending.
According to the research report: “Notably, the spending reflects the app economy that skyrocketed from last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. With countries imposing lockdowns, most people leveraged social apps as an alternative form of entertainment. During the period, social apps like Tinder have been one of the largest drivers of growth in consumer spending during the pandemic.”
Although spending is likely to surge in the coming years, social platforms must remain innovative to keep users engaged and willing to spend more money.