CHICAGO, IL (March 1, 2016) – Retale (, a location-based mobile platform that helps shoppers save on purchases from their favorite retailers and brands, today announced the results of a commissioned study examining ad blocker adoption on PC and mobile devices. 500 adults across the U.S. were polled for this study between January 18-25, 2016.

63% of Millennials Using Ad Blockers

57% of those surveyed said that they use an ad blocker to prevent viewing display ads while on a PC. Alternatively, 43% said that they don’t currently have an ad blocker installed. The numbers differ by age groups, however.

Among millennials (18-34 years of age), 63% say they use ad blockers while on a PC. For those 35-54, 57% use ad blockers, while only 44% of those 55 and up use them.

“Millennials are more technologically savvy,” said Pat Dermody, President of Retale. “Not only are they seemingly more inclined to tune out display and banner ads while on a PC, they’re proactive in blocking them. Only 37% aren’t using some sort of ad blocker today. To more effectively connect with this group, advertisers need to focus on building relevant & engaging campaigns that reach Millenials when they are ready to interact. ”

20% Using Ad Blockers on Mobile

When asked if they use an ad blocker while on a smartphone or a tablet, 20% of all respondents said that they do, while the overwhelming majority (64%) said that they don’t. For those 18-54, the numbers were basically identical, with 21-22% saying they do use ad blockers on mobile devices. For those 55 and older, only 13% are using mobile ad blockers today.

Interestingly, when asked if they were using an ad blocker on mobile, an additional 16% said that “they want to” but don’t think they can with their current device.

The results of this study have showed that agencies can’t just keep using banner ads or pop ups to grow their business, they need to think smarted. By looking into new techniques, such as Rank and Rent for Babies, they will be able to grow their visiability online much more than they were able to when using adverts on websites. People find these types of ads annoying now and they will usually do more harm than good.

“Advertisers can’t afford to ignore mobile ad blocking,” added Dermody. “As adoption expands, brands will need to factor these potential obstacles into their digital marketing strategy. In a separate study, we found that 60% of those who’ve clicked on mobile banner ads say they did so accidentally, with nearly 70% calling the clicks were annoying. People want to block mobile banner ads just as they’ve done with desktop ads, but the awareness around mobile ad blocking solutions and the technology itself isn’t quite there yet.”

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