When Facebook launched its mobile app install ads in October 2012, it soon became clear that there was massive – and untapped – potential in app install ads.

It’s been a busy week for our Chief Strategy Officer Craig Palli: with all the recent news around the changing mobile advertising landscape, his expertise has been in high demand. Last Thursday, Craig spoke with Mike Shields of the Wall Street Journal’s CMO Today about the importance of app install ads, on the heels of Facebook’s earnings announcement.

Last week, Fiksu attended the HasOffers client and partner Postback conference in Seattle. It was the first-of-its-kind event from HasOffers and provided a great opportunity to learn about the rapid changes that are taking place in the mobile app ecosystem and connect with other industry experts.  

Today, half of the entire U.S. population uses smartphones. As a nation, we are addicted to our devices and our apps. In fact, according to Mary Meeker’s latest report, most smartphone users now check their phones 150 times a day! So it’s no wonder that marketers are waking up to the fact that apps present an incredible canvas for marketing and engaging with consumers.

  • A new report shows mobile advertising prices rose dramatically in the fourth quarter of 2012, underscoring the role of mobile as a key marketing strategy during the recent holiday season.
  • After much industry speculation, Facebook debuted its beta Graph Search, a social search engine powered by Microsoft Bing.
  • Check out seven ways mobile apps are driving revenue for major brands this year.
  • The Apple App Store hits a new record – 40 billion downloads!
  • Recent reports indicate that Apple’s iOS tops 50 percent of U.S. smartphone sales, up nearly 36 percent from last year, achieving the highest percentage of sales in the American market to date.
  • Expect to see many more tablets in the workplace this year as the BYOD (bring your own device) trend adds more personal tabets to the business environment and companies seek to purchase these devices over computers.
  • Christmas 2012 saw record iOS and Android device activations, while industry reports show App Store downloads soared by 87 percent.
  • Both the Apple App Store and Google Play saw healthy revenue gains in 2012, with more monetization and potential for global growth ahead in 2013.
  • 2012 was (finally!) the year of mobile – from the launch of the iPhone 5 to Android device supremacy. But some say we’ll look back on 2013 as the year of the tablet.
  • Industry estimates from eMarketer indicate that total mobile ad spend in the U.S. will end 2012 better than expected – at 180 percent total growth from 2011. 
  • A recent comScore report revealed that smartphone penetration has reached 55 percent amongst Europe’s five largest markets collectively, with device manufacturers competing in a close race.
  • New statistics showed increased optimism about the future of mobile in commerce and advertising, which have both demonstrated rapid growth. 

Is a new smartphone at the top of your Christmas wish list? If so, you're not alone. Last year, 6.8 million new iOS and Android mobile devices were unwrapped and activated on Christmas Day. And more than 1.2 billion apps were downloaded in between Christmas Day and New Year's Eve.

  • After the turkey is carved tomorrow, the 2012 holiday shopping season will officially begin – and mobile will have a giant impact on holiday sales.
  • Many big-name brands such as Google, Wal-Mart, Target, and Amazon have unleashed new or updated apps to assist smartphone-wielding holiday shoppers.
  • After 66 million tablets were sold during the 2011 holiday season, industry pundits predict that tablets will continue to dominate wish lists this holiday season, thanks largely to to new product releases.

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