TikTok use rises by 37% while social adspend nears $8.25bn – Digital 2022

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TikTok’s popularity in the UK continues to soar with user numbers rising by more than a third in the past year, according to the annual Digital 2022 report from We Are Social and hootsuite.

The survey found that each person spends an average of 27.3 hours a month on the short form video app.

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According to Digital 2022, the annual report into online behaviour found that Brits spend more time on TikTok than any other nation – ahead of Russia (26.3hrs) and the US (25.6hrs) compared with a global average of 19.6 hours a month. 

More than 21.8m British adults  – 31.9% of the population – use TikTok, with women outnumbering men on the site 59.7% to 40.3%.

Overall, the value of the UK’s digital advertising market has grown by 22% to £20.06bn ($27.22bn) in the last year, with social media advertising spend growing by nearly 23% to reach £6.08bn ($8.25 bn). Spend on apps and in-app purchases has risen by 24% to reach £3.07bn ($4.16 bn) while annual spend on digital media downloads and subscriptions is up 21% to £11.17bn ($15.16bn)

Elsewhere the number of Brits using social media is still growing, up 8.7% to 4.6m in the past 12 months. 

WhatsApp is the most-used social media in the UK, with Facebook and Facebook Messenger claiming second and third place.

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Digital 2022: TikTok use continues to rise among UK consumers.

The global study, whose findings are reported both at a global level and by individual market, examines every aspect of our digital lives, including the adoption of smart devices, our uptake of online food delivery services, and our various media consumption habits.

Key findings for the UK include:

  • 23.8% of British people now own at least one smart home device, more than in any other nation. Ireland has the second highest rate of uptake, at 22.4%, followed by Canada at 20.7%, compared to a global average of 14.1%.
  • 35.4% of total time spent watching TV is now streamed with 92.6% of internet users streaming TV content over the internet for an average of 1h25 mins a day.
  • Despite the increasing conversation around the development of the metaverse, ownership of VR devices has not changed in the past year, staying the same at 5.1% of the population. However the report also found that 8.3% of the UK’s internet users now own some form of cryptocurrency.
  • Online food delivery is up 34% to £8.36bn ($11.3bn) thanks to the 28.94m people who have ordered food online in the past year – an increase of 5 million.

Jim Coleman, UK CEO at We Are Social said: “The findings in our 2022 report show that social media is still a hugely important part of our lives here in the UK, which is very encouraging for brands wishing to reach a UK audience in this way. 

“That more than a third of people aged 16-64 are now on TikTok shows the phenomenal draw of the platform and is the perfect illustration of social media successfully evolving to meet the ever-changing needs and desires of its users.

“The pandemic undoubtedly changed our relationship with digital media and now we are living in a new-look digital environment. 

“With the metaverse a growing topic of conversation, and connected television now the norm for many people, there are increasing opportunities to reach audiences in a very organic way with powerful creative and messaging.”