Web Developers at DiscountASP.NET

On January 29, 2014, in Research, by Dr. S. Hadi

Stefanus HadiWhile some website hosting companies may claim that they host many sites for web developers, DiscountASP.NET has always maintained a large majority of developers in our customer base.

This post is based on our customer survey conducted in October 2013 and focuses on our U.S.-based customers. For the survey, we received a total of 644 responses, representing about 5% of total U.S. clients.

In the survey, we asked our customers to best describe their web development skill level and select from five options, including “I’m an advanced web designer/developer,” “I’m an intermediate web designer/developer,” “I’m a beginner web designer/developer,” “I’m the owner of this hosting account and I have others who develop my web site,” and “Other.”

The results showed that of 76% of our customers in the US are intermediate to advanced web designers/developers. Eight percent of our customers described themselves as beginner web developers. The remaining 15% identified themselves as the owner of the hosting account and 1% answered with the “other” option.

Web-development-skill-levelWhen we segment our U.S. customers by their web development skill level and hosting age, we find that a higher percentage of our younger customers tend to be advanced developers. The survey results show that 43% of the  customers who have been with us for five years or more described themselves as advanced developers, compared to 58% of customers who opened an account with us in 2012.

Web-development-skill-level-by-hosting-ageThe study found that the majority of recently acquired customers are advanced web developers. This result also supports some of our previous findings where we observed that our recently acquired customers intend to spend more time focusing on developing mobile applications for example.

It is great to see that all of our efforts to stay on top of new technologies as they are released is attracting developers to DiscountASP.NET.

Stefanus HadiWe started to collect data regarding the social media usage among DiscountASP.NET users in our surveys conducted in March 2012 and continue up to the latest survey in October 2013.

We thought it would be interesting to compare those four surveys from 2012 to 2013 on which social media services our customers are using and see the trends.

In all four surveys, we received a total of 3,007 responses from our U.S. based customers, including 701 responses in the March 2012 survey, 822 responses in the October 2012 survey, 840 responses in the March 2013 survey, and 644 responses in the October 2013 survey.

We asked our users to rate how active they were in using Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook and to select from four options, including “Do Not Use,” “Set up account, but never use,” “Use occasionally,” and “Active User.” Similar to our previous post that was published in December last year, we only show the percentage of the “Active Users” for each of the social media services.

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The results from the four surveys showed that Facebook continues to be the top social media site actively used by our customers in the US. Based on the four surveys, an average of 41% of our clients are active users of Facebook. In the latest survey in October 2013 the percentage was at 37%, or a drop of 4% from the average level. If we compare this with our March 2013 Survey, we see a big drop of 8%.

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LinkedIn continues to hold the second spot averaging 28% of our clients being active users across the four surveys.  We see that LinkedIn usage has continued to increase among our clients from the first survey back in March 2012, hitting the highest level of 35% in March 2013, and then dropping 4% to 31% in the latest survey.

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Twitter captured the third position averaging 21% of our clients being active users across the four surveys. Similar to LinkedIn, Twitter usage continued to increase from 16% to 24% over 2012 and remained at a steady level in March 2013. But once again, we see a 4% drop in our most recent survey.

The data spanning four surveys show some interesting results on how the usage of these social media sites has evolved within the past two years. In summary, the latest survey in October 2013 showed that there has been a drop in active use of social media services like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

While we cannot state the exact reason we are seeing this drop, it is interesting to note that this could be an instance of social media fatigue as social media experts have recently discussed [1, 2]. Another explanation may be in the rise of social media newcomers that are taking away some market share of “attention” from traditional social media services.

In the next survey we may look into other emerging social media providers from different regions and adding those into our survey questions.

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Stefanus HadiMore and more Internet properties rely on mobile traffic. For example, Facebook’s financial results for the third quarter of 2013 showed 49% of advertising revenue was captured from mobile traffic.

Previouslybased on a March 2013 survey, we found that our U.S. and U.K.-based customers projected increased mobile traffic from the previous year. In order to compare those findings after six months, DiscountASP.NET conducted a worldwide survey in October 2013 and received 944 responses. To limit the range of samples for this post, we only look at our U.S.-based customers. We had 644 responses from the U.S.

We asked customers how much of their web site traffic came from mobile devices in 2013 and how much they project their mobile traffic will be in 2014. The October 2013 survey results show that 34% of our customers believed that less than 10% of their web site traffic came from mobile devices in 2013. Comparing with our March 2013 survey, 37% of customers thought the same.

Mobile-web-traffic-March-2013-vs-October-2013-survey-USAWithin the span of 6 months we find that our U.S.-based customers project more mobile traffic to their websites for 2014. Based on the October 2013 survey, 20% of our U.S. customers stated that over 30% of their web site traffic will come from mobile devices, compared to their projection of 16% from the March 2013 survey.

When we looked at the data by segmenting our U.S. customers by the age of their hosting account, we found that our newer customers projected higher levels of mobile traffic to their sites than our older customers. The October 2013 survey results show that 27% of the customers who signed up in 2011 and later believed that over 30% of their web site traffic will come from mobile devices in 2014, compared to 16% of customers who signed up an account with us before 2011. This trend is similar to a previous study where we found our younger customers focusing more time on developing mobile phone apps compared to our older customers.

Mobile-web-traffic-by-hosting-age-October-2013-survey-USAIn general, mobile traffic is on the rise as mobile devices proliferate throughout the globe. Once again, all web site owners will need to put together a mobile strategy for years to come.

 

Stefanus HadiWith the increasing number of technology frameworks and platforms and the increasing variety of form factors, developers need new types of skills to compete in today’s marketplace.

Each year our customers are spending more time learning different skills and we see them splitting their efforts in developing desktop, web, mobile phone, and tablet apps.

The following discussion is based on a DiscountASP.NET world-wide survey which was conducted in March 2013. We received a total of 1,308 responses. We’ll limit the discussion by looking at responses from our U.S.-based and U.K.-based customers. We had 840 responses from the U.S and 102 responses from the U.K.

We asked our customers where the main focus of their app development efforts will be in 2013. When comparing the results between our US and UK customers, 83% of the UK customers will spend time focusing on developing web apps, compared to 78% of our U.S. customers. However, more U.S. customers will spend their app development effort on mobile phone apps in 2013 than U.K. customers, 59% versus 52%, respectively.

Developing-web-mobile-phone-apps-USA-UK-2013When we look a little deeper by segmenting our U.S. customers by their hosting age, we found that our younger customers tend to be developing mobile phone apps more than our older customers. The U.S. customer survey results show that 52% of the 5-years or older customers will spend time focusing on developing mobile phone apps, compared to 70% of customers who signed up an account with us in 2012.

Developing-mobile-phone-apps-hosting-age-USA-2013The study found that our recently acquired customers are focusing more of their time developing mobile phone apps than our older customers. This indicates that our newly acquired customers have, in general, equipped themselves with newer programming skills or are emphasizing modern platforms more.

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How many apps have DiscountASP.NET users developed?

On July 15, 2013, in Research, by Dr. S. Hadi

Stefanus HadiAs we enter a new fiscal year, Microsoft announced that the Windows Store surpassed 100,000 apps. This announcement came on the heels of the Microsoft //BUILD conference in San Francisco and about eight months after the official launch of the Windows 8 operating system.

While competitors including Google Play and Apple App Store are closer to 1 million apps, the latest Microsoft app growth trend is a generally positive one for Microsoft developers.

In our March 2013 survey, we asked our customers if they had experience building mobile applications and we observed that 47% of our U.S.-based customers have experience building mobile applications.

In a subsequent question, we asked how many web and mobile apps have they developed. For this post, I will only look at the 47% of U.S.-based customers with mobile application development experience and see how many apps they have developed.

The chart below shows that 19% of this group developed only one app. But most (49%) of this group developed between 2 to 10 apps and 32% of the group developed over 10 apps.

How many apps have our customers developed

So to recap, we are seeing a large percentage of our customers have experience developing mobile apps and those that make mobile apps are developing multiple apps. That’s great! That is exactly why we chose to develop and launch Snapp, our .NET Platform as a Service.

Curious about Snapp? You can sign up for our free beta.

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Mobile app acquisition and spending trends

On June 25, 2013, in Research, by Dr. S. Hadi

Stefanus HadiThe following analysis is based on DiscountASP.NET’s survey conducted in March 2013. To gain some insight into our customers’ mobile application download behavior, we’ll look into data from our USA-based customers. We had 840 responses from the U.S. which represents about a 6% response rate.

We split our USA-based respondents into two groups, one group who had experience building mobile applications and the other group that did not. We found that 47% of the U.S.-based customers had experience building mobile applications, while 53% did not.

For labeling purposes, we will use the term as “Mobile App Developers” to refer to the 47% of customers that had experience building mobile applications. We will use the term as “ASP.NET Web Developers” to refer to the 53% of customers that did not have experience in building mobile apps.

In the next section, we observe the differences between these two groups in their mobile application download behavior in terms of application acquisition and spending.

(1) Acquisition

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Among all of our USA-based customers, 10% of mobile app developers claimed that they only downloaded free mobile applications, while a higher percentage (17%) of ASP.NET web developers only downloaded free mobile apps.

(2) Spending

In the survey, we asked our customers how much they spent on acquiring mobile applications and the results are displayed in the following two charts. 19% of mobile app developers indicated that they spent less than $10 on acquiring mobile applications, compared to 31% of ASP.NET web developers who spent less than $10.

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In contrast to the chart above, 23% of mobile app developers spent over $50 to acquire mobile applications, while only 12% of ASP.NET web developers who spent over $50.

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In conclusion, the study showed that mobile app developers spent more money to get apps than ASP.NET web developers, and ASP.NET web developers are more likely to go for free apps than mobile app developers.

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Stefanus HadiWe previously published a couple of posts regarding social media usage among our customers. In our latest survey, we asked our customers what they thought was the most effective social media platform to reach their audience.

You can probably guess the two social media networks that stood out – Facebook and Twitter. This result is in line with their popularity in terms of total active users. As of March 2013, Facebook had about 1.11 billion monthly active users and 665 million daily active users. Twitter has over 500 million registered users, but only one-third are active users.

Our March 2013 survey received 1,308 responses from around the world and 54% of our customers told us that Facebook was the most effective social media platform. But what is interesting is that the percentage varies from region to region as broken down in the plot below.

Asia had the highest percentage at 74% while the UK had the lowest with 40%. Users in the US selected Facebook just slightly above the average level at 58%.

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Twitter was the second most chosen social media platform, averaging 20%. Similar to Facebook, the percentage varied from region to region as broken down in the figure below.

Users in the UK had the highest percentage with 35%, while Asia had the lowest with 7%. Only 15% of users in the US selected Twitter which was below the global average level.

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While other social media platforms are playing catch up, Facebook dominates in its mindshare among our customers.

We’ll continue to monitor how social media usage trends change with future surveys. But one takeaway is that if you are trying to reach an audience in a particular geographical region you may want to use different social media platforms.

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Stefanus HadiThe mobile web is increasingly becoming an important part of the overall strategy of acquiring Internet traffic for a web site. Recent studies by pingdom.com found that the mobile share of global Internet traffic is now over 13%.

In addition, a highly cited study by Walker Sands showed that over 23% of the total website visits in the US and Canada in December 2012 were coming from mobile devices. During the WebFest Conference in early February 2013, Oversee.net announced that an average of 18% of all traffic to its network properties in 2012 were from mobile devices. Tech watchers have predicted that mobile traffic could reach over 30% by the end of 2013.

To get some insight into how our customers perceive these new trends, DiscountASP.NET conducted a worldwide survey and asked questions regarding their mobile web traffic. We received 1,308 responses from around the world. Here we’ll limit the range of samples by looking at data from our U.S.-based and U.K.-based customers. We had 840 responses from the U.S and 102 responses from the U.K.

Mobile-web-traffic-USA-2012-2013We asked customers how much traffic to their web site came from mobile devices in 2012 and how much they project their mobile traffic will be in 2013. The U.S.-based customer survey results show that 37% of our customers believed that less than 10% of their web site traffic came from mobile devices in 2012.

But this sentiment drops significantly when we asked them to project their mobile traffic for 2013, as only 6% of our customers in the US believe that less than 10% of their web site traffic will come from mobile devices in 2013. Of all the US respondents, only 4% stated that over 30% of their web site traffic came from mobile devices in 2012, but their projection quadrupled to 16% in 2013.
Mobile-web-traffic-USA-UK-2012-2013When comparing the results of the same mobile traffic questions between the US and UK customers, 27% of the UK of customers believed that less than 10% of their web site traffic came from mobile devices in 2012. In terms of percentage, more UK-based customers project that over 30% of their web site traffic will come from mobile devices in 2013 than the US-based customers, 19% versus 16%, respectively.

It’s interesting to see these differences between regions as they are partly due to regional differences in the adoption of mobile technology. But for all web site owners, it is time to think about putting in place a mobile strategy. As usage of mobile devices grow year after year, more and more users will visit your site from mobile devices.

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