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TikTok Makes History: Surpasses $10 Billion in In-App Spending, Leading 2023’s App Revenue Surge
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TikTok Makes History: Surpasses $10 Billion in In-App Spending, Leading 2023’s App Revenue Surge

by Aiman MaulanaJanuary 16, 2024
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In a recent analysis by Bloomberg on app spending for 2023, a fascinating trend emerged, showcasing an 11% surge in revenue. The driving force behind this growth? Increased demand for video platforms, with TikTok emerging as the trailblazer by crossing the monumental $10 billion mark in in-app spending.

TikTok’s Milestone: A New Era in Monetization

TikTok Makes History: Surpasses $10 Billion in In-App Spending, Leading 2023's App Revenue Surge

TikTok’s achievement of surpassing $10 billion in in-app spending is nothing short of historic. The app accomplished this feat through an innovative system that enables users to tip their favorite creators and live streamers. Market researchers lauded ByteDance-owned TikTok for seemingly “unlocking the secret to monetization on mobile.”

Contrary to previous years, app spending in 2023 saw a notable shift. While spending on games experienced a 2% decline on a yearly basis, spending within apps witnessed a significant uptick. Users were willing to pay more for streaming services, user-generated content platforms, and dating apps. However, the primary revenue driver in the mobile landscape remained advertising, constituting two-thirds of mobile sales and reaching an impressive $362 billion, an 8% increase from 2022.

TikTok Makes History: Surpasses $10 Billion in In-App Spending, Leading 2023's App Revenue Surge

The analysis also shed light on changing user behavior, with consumers spending more time on their smartphones. Indonesia emerged as the leader in this aspect, boasting an average of over 6 hours of daily app usage per person. Among the top 10 markets, the daily app usage average hit 5 hours, accompanied by a 3% increase in spending.

Shein and Temu took the lead as the most downloaded apps, with Temu claiming the top spot in 125 markets. Interestingly, the travel and ticketing sectors experienced a rebound in popularity and spending. Notably, generative AI apps also made waves, surpassing $10 billion in monthly consumer spending by late 2023.

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Pokdepinion: As the app landscape continues to evolve, TikTok’s remarkable financial milestone signals a new era in mobile monetization. With spending habits shifting and user engagement on the rise, the dynamics of the app economy are poised for exciting transformations in the coming years.

About The Author
Aiman Maulana
Jack of all trades, master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one. YouTuber, video editor, tech head, and a wizard of gaming. What's up? :)