I have been following Fiksu’s data on the iPad Air and Retina mini to see how often they are showing up in app usage to get an indication on how well they are selling. I have also been tracking their lead-times to get a feeling for how much demand there is.
Fiksu’s latest graphs show that apps that use its SDK (Software Development Kit) are using the Air 2.4 times as often 18 days after shipping than the iPad 4 and original mini combined (2.09% divided by adding together 0.44% and 0.43%). While this doesn’t directly translate to sales I believe it does show how well the Air is doing overall. Note that I am using the 18th day as the percentages for the current 19th day can change during the day.
Fiksu provides a Software Development Kit (SDK) that is used by a wide range of companies including 7 Eleven, Coca-Cola KO +1.46%, Disney, Samsung and Zynga that helps them grow their user base.
Fiksu has been monitoring the usage of its SDK on the iPads that have it installed since the initial availability of the iPad 4, iPad Mini, iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retina display.
Fiksu has been monitoring the usage of its SDK on the iPhone 5c’s and 5s‘ that have it installed since their initial availability on September 20, 58 days ago.
To estimate how the 5c and 5s may be tracking compared to the 5 you can take the percentage that Fiksu’s SDK is showing up on the 5c and 5s (9.31%) and divide it by the 5’s (5.54%) to get a ratio of 1.68x or 68% higher.
Fiksu, a fast growing specialist in helping app makers place ads and analyse app performance, believes Twitter will succeed.
Steve Bagdasarian, VP of strategy and biz dev at Fiksu, Inc told ME there are two key factors Twitter has at its disposal – real time location and intent.
He said: "Twitter is a sleeping giant. Its ability to feed real time data back to advertisers about where users are and what's on their minds at any one time – that's going to be very very powerful. I see Twitter making a huge impact in 2Q 2014."
“As an app marketing platform, the only major change we’ve had to accommodate is the shift away from UDIDs and MAC addresses that iOS 7 makes final, which has been underway for more than a year.” said Craig Palli, chief strategy officer at Fiksu.
“Our SDK is fully integrated with the IDFA (Identifier For Advertising) and the Limit Ad Tracking feature and it is already up and running on iOS 7. In fact, slightly more than 1 percent of our traffic is already on the new operating system.”
A Fiksu executive at Mobile Marketer’s Mobile Marketing Summit: Holiday Focus 2013 said smart marketers should roll out updates before the holidays since iOS 7 will automatically update mobile applications.
The “Fiksu: Tapping the hidden power of app marketing for the holidays and year-round” keynote lunch session gave attendees ideas to prepare their mobile app strategies for the holidays. Additionally, marketers should focus on the post-holiday season to increase loyal app users.
App marketers get ready! New iPhones and iOS updates historically lead to short-term surges in downloads as enthusiastic users load up their new devices. The upcoming releases continue that trend.
The two devices being launched today provide marketers with new opportunities to target two distinct types of users with new creative and tactics: the more value-conscious (iPhone 5C) and high-end buyers (iPhone 5S). In addition, the changes to iOS 7 offer some intriguing new possibilities for app marketers: in time, iTunes Radio will present a whole new advertising channel and Popular Near Me could provide high value users to apps with a local profile.” – Craig Palli, chief strategy officer, Fiksu.
It's also wise from a budgeting standpoint. According to a study last year from Fiksu, there was a surge in volume of organic searches for iPhone 5-compatible apps when the device was first announced almost exactly a year ago.
That meant the cost of acquiring a loyal user based on various mobile advertising channels went down. Two months later, however, Fiksu's data showed the cost of acquiring iOS users jumped 30 percent. It's possible developers will see the same thing happen if Apple launches a new iPhone on Sept. 10.
A week ago, mobile ad network Fiksu reported that Apple was running tests to incorporate star ratings in its App Store ranking algorithm.
This sparked a healthy debate in mobile and tech circles about the potential implications of the decision, assuming it comes to fruition. How would it change the rankings of existing apps? Who would it benefit most? And could the solution be gamed?
Apple’s App Store algorithms used to take into account download volumes and velocity as the two largest factors that determined an app’s rank. Ratings, however, started to impact rankings sometime in July, according to Fiksu’s earlier findings.
Developers can release updates for bug fixes and performance problems for a chance to start fresh – the new version’s ratings are featured more prominently in the App Store, and are those consumers see first when deciding to buy.