Vietnam in three charts: Installs, sessions, and retention rates
Vietnam's mobile app industry has experienced a meteoric rise, generating an impressive US$865 million in revenue in 2022. With rapid smartphone adoption and internet usage, apps have become a staple for the Vietnamese population. What makes Vietnam's mobile app landscape so exciting is its young and tech-savvy user base, with over 60% of individuals under 30 eager to adopt new technology.
As of 2022, the number of mobile internet users in Vietnam was 72.5 million and is expected to reach 83 million by 2028. Vietnam also had the second-highest app downloads in Southeast Asia last year, with a remarkable 3.5 billion downloads. The growth shows no signs of slowing down in 2023, as mobile app downloads in Vietnam reached 280 million in March, a 13% increase from the previous month. However, it's not just about downloads - Vietnamese users are also spending more time on mobile apps, with 82.7 billion combined hours and an average of four hours a day.
According to Adjust data, Vietnam's app performance has been more or less in-line with global trends, and the first quarter of 2023 has been a game changer. After declining by 13% from 2021 to 2022, installs surged by 14% in Q1 2023 compared to Q4 2022. Meanwhile, app sessions increased by 20% year-over-year (YoY) in 2022. This momentum has continued into 2023, with a 10% increase in sessions during Q1 compared to the same period last year. In this article, we take a closer look at the top app verticals dominating Vietnam, highlighting those with the highest downloads and most user engagement.
Mobile gaming takes the lead in Vietnam
Mobile gaming is leading the pack in Vietnam with over 2.3 billion downloads, making it the most popular app category in the country. Utility apps came in second place, with over 260 million downloads, followed by entertainment, photo and video, and social networking apps. On iOS, photo and video apps were the second most popular category, followed by social networking, entertainment, and utility apps.
Seizing the opportunity: Mobile marketing in Vietnam
Vietnam is a promising market for mobile app marketers, with continued growth expected. However, with so many apps vying for attention, standing out from the crowd can take time and effort. Here are some tips to help you succeed as a mobile app marketer in Vietnam:
- Localize your app: Vietnamese users prefer apps tailored to their language and culture. To appeal to Vietnamese audiences, make sure your app is translated into Vietnamese and customize your marketing messages accordingly.
- Leverage social media: Vietnamese users are highly active on social media platforms like Facebook and Zalo. Utilize these platforms to promote your app, run ads, and engage with users.
- Utilize mobile app analytics: By tracking metrics such as user engagement, retention, and conversion rates, you can gain valuable insights into how users interact with your app and identify areas for improvement. Use this information to optimize your app's user experience and marketing strategy, and stay ahead of the competition.
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