App discovery increases coming in 2021
Thursday, January 7, 2021 by Freeman Lightner
COVID-19 has rewritten the rules of user acquisition campaigns for app developers, favoring specific categories of apps, and driving massive boosts in mobile usage and install volume. App marketers have had to pivot in a heartbeat, optimizing their marketing mix, and responding to volatility with very little to guide them. This volatility will not go away in 2021 and ap...
How to get user engagement in 2020
Thursday, January 2, 2020 by Scott Tomkins
The most difficult challenge for every app developer to overcome is: How do I get my app in front of a customer so that they can engage with it? UA campaigns are notoriously expensive and invariably suffer from diminishing returns. ROAS at the start of a campaign falls somewhere between 200% and 300%, but soon enough it peters out. I can’t tell you how many times ...
In game advertising extends beyond casual games
Tuesday, December 31, 2019 by Freeman Lightner
The fifth annual In-Game Advertising Study by deep-data analytics and player management company, deltaDNA, finds that 94% of Free-to-Play (F2P) games now feature some form of in-game advertising (up from 87% in 2018). While the number of developers making between 40-100% of their revenue from ads has increased by 21% year on year.
The study, which is based...
Playable gaming ads lands from Luna Labs
Friday, August 2, 2019 by Richard Harris
Luna Labs has officially launched the Luna toolkit, which allows developers building in Unity to streamline the development process, and easily create lightweight experiences for HTML5 game platforms and the next generation of playable ad creation.
“Luna was born in a gaming studio, where we saw first hand that there was an increasing need for HTML5 conte...
Female gamers are an untapped market for developers
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 by Richard Harris
Here are some fun facts. Women gamers make up 65% of all active gamers and they also play mobile games at a higher rate than men. What's even better for app developers and publishers, is that 79% of those females are more likely to make in-app purchases.
Brands want to reach this highly engaged audience, and yet, a large part of the gaming app industry's outp...
Instant playable ads coming to Google Play
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 by Richard Harris
CrossInstall, a company creating interactive mobile ads, has announced a partnership with Google to bring their Instant Playables to Google Play. Instant Playables, available for free as a value-added service for CrossInstall’s Creatives as a Service (CaaS) clients, allow users to try out apps and games directly on Google Play without a download, via Google Play I...
WordPress MarfeelPress plugin gives power to the publisher
Thursday, November 29, 2018 by Christian Hargrave
Marfeel announced that it has launched MarfeelPress, their first all-in-one plugin that enables publishers of all sizes using the WordPress content management system (CMS) to enhance the mobile version of their content while boosting engagement and ad revenue. In the first stage of its official launch, Marfeel will be releasing the plugin to select publishers by invitat...
Mobile app advertising trends in 2018
Thursday, November 15, 2018 by Richard Harris
PubMatic has released its third Quarterly Mobile Index (QMI) of 2018. The report includes key insights around the growth in mobile app advertising, highlighting trends in mobile video, header bidding and the expansion of cross-channel monetization. The newly released findings will guide publishers and buyers toward smarter programmatic strategy and projected future mobi...
Game developers get new matchmaking platform called Open Match
Monday, September 10, 2018 by Richard Harris
Google Cloud and Unity are jointly announcing the availability of Open Match, an open source matchmaking solution offering game creators a common matchmaker framework.
Designed to allow game creators to reuse a common matchmaker framework, Open Match includes three core components:
A frontend API for game clients;
A backend API for game servers; and
Mobile game spending is dominated by women says Liftoff
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 by Christian Hargrave
Liftoff released a data report exploring the booming world of mobile gaming. Since last year, Liftoff has detected a golden age of mobile game marketing with acquisition costs at all stages of the funnel decreasing and post-install conversion rates increasing. And as multi-platform gaming sensations like Fortnite bring high-quality play experiences to smartphones, more ...
Mobile game developers get another playable ads platform choice
Thursday, August 16, 2018 by Richard Harris
A playable ads solution has been launched by Synative, which is now available to all game developers. The Synative playable ad platform allows users to design and create their own ads, eliminating the expensive and time-intensive process of working with outside designers and web coders.
“Synative is reinventing the way mobile game developers design and create p...
Better programmatic ads and fraud protection come from YouAppi upgrade
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by Richard Harris
YouAppi, a growth marketing platform for premium mobile brands, just announced upgrades to its 360 Platform, initially launched last year. The 360 Platform hopes to address five critical needs for today’s marketers: user acquisition, brand video, rewarded video, re-engagement and social media.
Moshe Vaknin, CEO of Youappi had this to say; &ldquo...
Mobile gaming and header bidding
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by David Pokress
When ad mediation first began - as a direct solution to the problem of too many demand sources / SDKs – one of the promises it delivered for publishers was a way to manage how to allocate their ad inventory among various mobile ad networks.
This was key because it gave them the ability to maximize yield by working with multiple ad networks, prioritizing network...
Facebook playable ads now supported by Bidalgo
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 by Richard Harris
Bidalgo announced the launch of a new suite of products and services to support Facebook playable ads as well as other ad platforms. The announcement comes as Facebook makes playable ads available on its platform to allow users to sample a game or app before installing it, helping drive higher quality installs. One of the first Facebook Marketing Partners (FMP’s) to sup...
Facebook starts testing for playable ads
Monday, April 23, 2018 by Christian Hargrave
Facebook has recently announce that they have begun testing playable ads to let users get a better feel for the app they are about to download. Video ads are constantly growing and will continue to grow with 79% of consumers preferring to watch a video to learn about a product than read text on a page. On mobile, the momentum with video is predicted to by some to increa...
Adikteev mobile marketing platform raises $12M
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 by Christian Hargrave
Adikteev has secured $12 million in its Series B round for further international growth outside of its home base in France, as well as research and development efforts. “In just five years, Adikteev has reached an unprecedented level of strategic growth from seizing new opportunities in the marketplace,” said Xavier Mariani, CEO of Adikteev. “This new round of funding w...
AR mobile ads for games launched by ironSource
Monday, November 20, 2017 by Richard Harris
ironSource has recently launched AR ads for their advertising network. As the first network offering AR ads, ironSource is developing a format that showcases the same experience of the game in an ad environment. The AR ads use 3D assets from the original game, and can run on both iOS and Android in-app traffic, within rewarded, video, and display placements. The ads are...
Glispa acquires justAd to provide a better ad experience
Thursday, September 14, 2017 by Christian Hargrave
Glispa Global Group has announced that it has acquired justAd, a creative tech platform that enables brands and agencies to easily create, serve and analyze interactive ad units. justAd boosts ad results by allowing the creation of dynamic, interactive creatives at scale. These more engaging ads types enable brands and agencies to reach past “banner blindness syndrome,”...
Reward videos for mobile ads payoff the best says Tapjoy
Thursday, June 15, 2017 by Richard Harris
Consumers want their apps free and their ads rewarded. A new study by Tapjoy, a mobile advertising platform, found that mobile gamers in the US prefer opt-in, rewarded advertisements over mandatory ads such as pre-roll videos by a 4-to-1 margin. The study also found that videos are far and away consumers’ favorite type of rewarded ads on mobile - preferred by at l...
Cross channel game advertising and the holistic approach
Thursday, December 1, 2016 by Richard Harris
Surprisingly for a mobile-centric world and an industry dominated by mobile games, game marketers are still spending a hefty amount of marketing dollars on television ads. TV isn’t dead yet, but ‘cord-cutting’ is a phenomenon among the millennial generation that can’t be denied. For those still tuned in to TV programming, their attention is increasingly divided bet...
5 app monetization strategies to remember in 2016
Monday, October 31, 2016 by Dickey Singh
Thanks to advances in artificial intelligence, deep learning and user interfaces, our mobile devices are more accessible and user-friendly than ever before. People are downloading more apps and spending more time in those apps. There are now over four million apps in the Apple and Google app stores – Apple received 75,000-80,000 app submissions per month in last few mon...
AdTrial: The new playable ad format from Playdigious
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 by Richard Harris
Playdigious, has announced “AdTrial,” a new mobile ad platform that allows gamers to play short game demos, directly in mobile advertisements, without the need to download a game. The content delivered via AdTrial provides a true gaming experience that allows gamers to have a new level of “pre-download” interaction never experienced before at this scale. Equally, ...
How to attract more premium brands to inapp programmatic advertising
Thursday, October 6, 2016 by Maggie Mesa
Marketers are finding great success with in-app programmatic advertising - most notably, those pushing app installs - yet many brands are hesitant to invest in the data-driven buys. A lack of education on the incremental value (or even concerns over brand safety) is holding brands back from investing fully in one of the most engaging environments available in advertisin...
Programmatic and Mobile: Whats to come in 2017
Thursday, October 6, 2016 by Richard Harris
Programmatic and mobile is an ever growing hot topic, Tim Koschella (CEO and Co - Founder of AppLift), has been at the helm of this industry since it began and has seen the state of the mobile industry rapidly transform into rich opportunities for today’s marketers. Tim believes that with more than 2 billion smartphones and nearly $400 billion in-mobile-triggered transa...
How revenue recycling can help you improve capital and fund growth
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 by Martin Macmillan
Almost all app developers face a common financial challenge: Keeping cash flowing during the time between launch of a new app and payout of revenue by the app stores and platform holders.This period of time is referred to in the app economy as the “funding gap.” It’s common in many different industries, especially among manufacturers that have to shell out capital to pa...
Apple developer patents, hacks, and iOS 10 oh my! October issue lands
Saturday, October 1, 2016 by Richard Harris
It’s hard to believe - but fall is upon us and 2017 is right around the corner. October always ushers in the feeling of campfires, fall-festivals, and what the flip and I going to do with my apps for the holiday season coming up!
Not to worry everyone - our October issue is here, and it’s over 90 pages of industry news, tips, and articles ...
CrossInstall Chats With Us About Playable Ads for Mobile Apps
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 by Richard Harris
We recently had a conversation with Jeff Marshall at CrossInstall to talk about how the company provides a unique approach to mobile advertising. CrossInstall’s distinct approach combines the playable mobile ads it creates with a programmatic, performance based bidder to ensure the ads hit the right audience. With clients such as SGN, PuzzleSocial, Big Fish Games, among...
CEO of Manage Mike Ng Discusses the Evolution of Mobile Advertising
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 by Richard Harris
We recently chatted with Mike Ng, CEO of Manage, to discuss the mobile advertising marketplace and the changes undergoing the industry.ADM: I understand Manage has been around for about 5 years as a mobile DSP. How has the company evolved over the years? Ng: When Manage was founded 5 years ago, we decided to focus primarily on mobile in-app marketing. We were one o...
Playable Mobile Ads with Rewards Platform Launched By mNectar
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 by Richard Harris
App monetization provider mNectar has launched a rewarded playable mobile ad platform that encourages users to sample mobile games and apps without a download in exchange for perks. The rewarded playable ads compensate users for mobile ad engagement, allowing users the opportunity to opt-in and ‘test drive’ another game or app, and in the process, earn perks that l...
InMobi Launches New In App Ad Formats for Mobile Game Monetization
Thursday, July 24, 2014 by Stuart Parkerson
InMobi has announced its new “Monetization Solution for Gamers,” including a playable ad format offered at global scale. This solution allows developers to optimize their monetization strategies based on the emotional state of players as they move through different stages of the game. The solution’s ad formats include:- Playable Ads: Developed in partnership with a...