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Posted by: Kelsey HeaveyAugust 14, 2013
With over 152,000 active titles in the App Store, not only are games the largest category - they also appeal to a unique and valuable audience. Game consumers can be fiercely loyal to the favorites, as well as excited about new games, actively seeking out the next game to master. To share their excitement and find the next hot game, many join communities where they can discover new games, read and write game reviews, get tips on beating the next level, or brag, trash-talk, and chat with other players. This community emphasis is a big opportunity for game app marketers to find new players.
Gamers and publishers building connections
You can see the difference in the App Store reviews for games. The current number one paid games app, Minecraft, is full of comments like “In the next up date please add roller coaster tracks” to “When will the red stone update come out?” as well as tips, tactics, and general enthusiasm.
Outside of App Store reviews, a dominant hub for many of these conversations and communities is social media. Publishers have learned that social media followers are dedicated and interested gamers, and so many have found success in making their own Twitter accounts and founding communities. Angry Birds, for example, has nearly 600K followers, and interacts with them with questions such as “What’s your favorite Angry Birds game?” and tweets about game updates. Angry Birds has successfully created a community that fosters engagement and delivers rewards for their followers.
The opportunity for game app marketers
You don't have to be Angry Birds to take advantage of the social nature of gamers. These days, popular incentivized networks can offer an integrated social play that is incredibly beneficial for game marketers. On our own network, FreeMyApps, there are over 300K dedicated followers who have entrusted their social media network as a source for finding new games. We see the excitement in comments on our social channels all the time, like “I just got that one today! When’s the next sponsor app coming?” as well as all the likes, retweets, and favorites that roll in.
Incentivized ad networks are a proven, common component of game app marketing – but not all of them include the social promotion that can give you an extra boost of active players. Loyal followers of app discovery sources like FreeMyApps come to actively seek out games, share their favorites, and comment on them with other users. An app marketing campaign with a strong social component offers game developers the ability to connect with the most engaged, high-quality users. For more factors to be looking for when choosing an app discovery incent network, download our eBook: Top 10 Tips to Identify High-Performance App Discovery Incent Networks.
Posted by: Craig PalliJune 25, 2013
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. In fact, in 2012, more than $1 billion was spent on mobile marketing, and that number is expected to double in 2013 and continue to grow in the years to come.
For marketers trying to figure out how much of their advertising strategy and media dollars should be devoted to mobile app advertising, it’s natural to turn to “traditional” metrics like CPM and CPC. So we decided to research how mobile CPCs and CPMs stacked up against desktop PPC and other advertising mediums. We analyzed more than 2.4 billion app marketing data points from the campaigns of global app brands and, with the exception of social media, it’s very clear that mobile is significantly cheaper than traditional channels like online, outdoor, or broadcast. And mobile display advertising clearly trumps desktop pay-per-click advertising for cost-efficiency. You can access the full study and our findings, titled, “Brand building on mobile devices: measuring the value of consumer engagement” here.
But the bigger story here is the huge engagement potential that mobile app advertising offers and the reality that, today, there is no effective means of measuring it. Even the IAB agrees that mobile app measurement needs improvement. The reality is that CPM and CPC metrics aren’t able to capture the uniquely value of mobile app engagement.
Today this changes.
Today, Fiksu introduces CPEm (cost per mobile engagement), a new metric to help marketers strategically evaluate and measure the ROI of mobile app advertising. Defined as the cost of an app launch, an in-app purchase, or a registration, CPEm captures the extended relationship that mobile apps create as consumers launch and relaunch apps, spend time in sessions, make in-app purchases, and register with the brand. And according to our research, the average CPEm for mobile app advertising is 1/10th the cost of a desktop click.
All in all, it’s a far more meaningful tool for brands to use for planning and decision-making for mobile app advertising strategy and planning and, according to our discussions with industry players, CPEm is very much welcomed.
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Posted by: Viki ZabalaJanuary 18, 2013
- 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.
A new report from MoPub reveals a surge in mobile ad prices for the past quarter, up 50 percent since last year. “Advertisers really looked to mobile during the holidays, which validates the channel and the overall marketing trend,” said Elain Szu, MoPub director of product marketing, to Samantha Murphy of Mashable. The largest spike in effective cost per thousand impressions (eCPMs) was tracked on iOS, with 66 percent higher prices than the beginning of Q4. Apple’s larger screens also proved more valuable, as iPad overtook iPhone as the most popular device among advertising sources.
On Tuesday, Facebook shared its big announcement about its newest addition called Graph Search, according to The Verge. Intended to round out Facebook’s other pillars of information, such as News Feed and Timeline, the beta social search engine is integrated with Microsoft Bing as part of an ongoing competition with Google. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg highlighted four use cases in the search launch – people, photos, places and interests – demonstrating the search feature through items, such as “My college friends from San Francisco” and “Friends who like Star Wars and Harry Potter.” According to Zuckerberg, “This is a new way for people to see information.” The Graph Search is far from complete, but mobile implementation is on the horizon, Tomio Geron of Forbes reports.
Today’s consumers rely on mobile devices loaded with apps that make everyday life more fun, memorable, and productive, and smartphones have opened a whole new world of opportunities for brand marketers. Mashable’s Ryan Matzner explores seven ways mobile apps are driving revenue for businesses.
Posted by: Viki ZabalaJanuary 4, 2013
- 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.
- Will Apple unveil a new iPhone in 2013? This is just one of many predictions industry experts are making for the new year.
TheNextWeb reports that Christmas Day 2012 saw a record 17.4 million iOS and Android device activations – or 2.5x more than Christmas Day 2011 – according to Flurry. And new stats from Distimo indicate that daily downloads in the Apple App Store increased by 87 percent on Christmas Day, while revenues increased by 70 percent. This data “supports the common idea that developers should make a point to take advantage of the holiday season by updating and tweaking their apps in the weeks leading up to the 25th of December,” writes TheNextWeb’s Emil Protalinski. The 2012 holidays also marked a turning point in the history of mobile marketing, with more campaigns and shopping conducted on smartphones and tablets than in years past. If you’re interested in learning which holiday mobile marketing strategies worked well this year (and which ones didn’t), we invite you to join our free Mobile Marketer webinar on Jan. 24 – register here.
TechCrunch reports on the latest findings from ABI Research which show that mobile apps hit 43.6 billion downloads worldwide between September 2011 and September 2012, with Apple’s App Store leading the pack. In fact, all the app stores felt the boom of the mobile economy during 2012. Daily revenue in the Apple App Store grew 21 percent in 2012, while Google Play’s app revenue increased 43 percent, reported Steve Smith of MediaPost. Android’s operating system also realized remarkable gains in the latter half of 2012 with its improved user experience and scale of penetration. Device-wise, international growth also surged – the iPhone in Japan, China, and Russia; and Android devices in Korea, Japan, and France.
While pundits have been proclaiming "the year of mobile" for a few years, now, 2012 actually lived up to those expectations in several ways. But what will be shaking the industry in 2013? Greg Sterling of Marketing Land predicts that a year from now, we’ll look back on 2013 as “the year of the tablet.” According to a recent Nielsen survey, the gadget children and adults desired most this holiday season was the iPad, and many unwrapped Apple’s tablet Christmas morning. In fact, of the 17.4 million devices activated Dec. 25, 51 percent were tablets.
And what will make headlines in 2013? Will it be a new iPhone from Apple? A new flavor version from Android? Will Motorola make its first official flagship device for Google? Dan Rowinski of ReadWrite makes some bold predictions on what’s to come for mobile in 2013, especially after a year of tremendous industry growth.
Posted by: Viki ZabalaDecember 4, 2012
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.
The holiday season screams opportunity for mobile app marketers. It may indeed be “the most wonderful time of the year,” but it’s also the most competitive time of the year. So we’ve teamed with Localytics to help marketers weigh the best strategies for sprucing up their apps for the holidays, cost-efficiently promoting them, and securing large amounts of engaged, loyal users – during the holidays as well as into the first few months of the new year.
You can also catch our joint on-demand webinar – How to Market Your App During the Holiday Season – for additional details and tips.
Thanks to ADOTAS for helping to spread the word.
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Posted by: Viki ZabalaNovember 21, 2012
- 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.
Beginning as early as tomorrow, 28 percent of smartphone or tablet-owning adults plan to holiday shop via their mobile devices, reported Mobile Marketer. The trend of “couch commerce,” coined by eBay and PayPal for when consumers go from the Thanksgiving dinner table to the couch to start holiday shopping, will continue exploding. Both companies saw a 511 percent increase in global mobile payment activities on Thanksgiving 2011 from Thanksgiving 2010. On Cyber Monday, 83 percent of consumers are expected to shop from home, further increasing the use of mobile to purchase gifts.
Aside from carrying bags in their hands on Black Friday, shoppers will also carry a powerful shopping assistant in their pockets – their smartphones. As a result, many big brands have rolled out new apps or updates just in time for the shopping frenzy. Google is now promoting inside floor plans of major retailers, while Wal-Mart is highlighting locations of major Black Friday markdowns. Target’s app is helping busy parents by scanning QR codes next to popular toys, paying via phones and shipping purchases for free. Amazon’s Price Check is expected to see heavy mobile traffic as shoppers search for discounted deals from the online retailer. To help arm smartphone users for the holiday shopping season, WIRED has listed its picks of top retail apps.
Atop wish lists this year are tablets, which are expected to surge this holiday season, according to Fox Business. The catalyst: new slimmer and smaller tablets such as Apple’s iPad Mini and Microsoft’s Surface that recently hit shelves. The iPad Mini will likely draw lots of purchasers because of its smaller price tag, and the Surface will potentially generate big sales because of its positive industry reviews. But consumers will ultimately have the final say in the success of the tablet PC market – and how many units will be sold this holiday season.
Posted by: Viki ZabalaNovember 16, 2012
We have some exciting news to share – our founder and CEO Micah Adler has been named a 2012 Tech Luminary by the Boston Business Journal and Mass High Tech. One of 30 recipients, Micah this week was commended as one of the drivers and influential leaders of New England’s thriving innovation economy.
This prestigious honor recognizes Micah’s achievements in bringing positive change to the mobile ecosystem and building a sustainable, growing business in New England. In the past year, Micah’s vision helped us successfully develop the Fiksu for Mobile Apps platform, which solves the many challenges mobile app marketers face as they strive to achieve app store discoverability and secure high volumes of loyal users.
As Micah was overseas at the Smartphone & Tablet Games Summit in London this week, I accepted the honor on his behalf at an awards reception and networking event at the House of Blues in Boston. At the event, Mass High Tech bestowed 15 Tech Luminaries, and the Boston Business Journal spotlighted 15 Rising Stars under age 30 in Massachusetts business.
In addition to Micah’s personal award, we as a company were recently named one of the Boston Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work” and one of The Boston Globe’s “Top Places to Work” in Massachusetts. These accolades were made possible because of Micah’s strategic guidance, continuous innovation, and unwavering leadership in pushing our business forward in this dynamic and ever-changing mobile sector.
Congratulations, Micah, on all your successes. We couldn’t be prouder, we share your passion, and we look forward to many more accomplishments. And congratulations to all the Tech Luminary and Rising Star recipients – it’s an honor to be transforming the New England-area technology landscape with some of the best and brightest minds in the industry.
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Posted by: Viki ZabalaNovember 14, 2012
- Even though Thanksgiving and Black Friday are next week, the holiday shopping frenzy is already in full force – and there’s no doubt consumers will turn to their tablets and mobile phones to shop.
- Speaking of tablets, one analyst believes the iPad Mini will generate “more demand than it cannibalizes.”
- While the iPhone 5 has been on the shelves for just two short months, Apple is reportedly already starting production for its next generation of the smartphone – the iPhone 5S.
‘Tis the season to use tablets and smartphones to shop. According to a survey of 550 consumers about their expected shopping channels this holiday season, 44 percent of online shoppers anticipate making a purchase on a tablet, and 41 percent say they would use mobile for shopping. Thirty-two percent of mobile and tablet users believe they will make a “big-ticket” purchase on these channels this holiday. “Overall, mobile platforms are the fastest-growing channels for making purchases,” writes Steve Smith for MediaPost.
Apple’s new “iPad Mini creates more demand than it cannibalizes,” says Cowen and Co. analyst Matthew Hoffman, because it will most likely attract entry-level tablet buyers, reported AllThingsD. The analyst firm recently conducted a study of 1,225 U.S. adults about their tablet-buying preferences and found that 12 percent said they would buy an iPad Mini in the next 18 months. Most interesting is that more than 50 percent of those who plan to purchase the iPad Mini are first-time buyers – something app developers and marketers should keep in mind.
While Apple only debuted the iPhone 5 in September, the technology powerhouse is already speculated to start trial productions for its next iPhone – the iPhone 5S – in December. According to Business Insider, which sources a Chinese business newspaper, the iPhone 5S is expected to hit full production in the first quarter of 2013, hinting at a possible spring release. There are also reports that Apple is developing a new iPad – also for the first quarter – that could be the iPad Mini featuring a retina screen. As with all Apple products, time will tell.
Posted by: Viki ZabalaSeptember 11, 2012
Tomorrow is a big day for app marketers, and it’s not just because Apple is announcing the much-rumored and anticipated iPhone 5.
It’s because the arrival of the iPhone 5 heralds a fantastic mobile app marketing opportunity for brands – an opportunity that starts with tomorrow’s launch event, picks up steam as the hottest new mobile device hits the shelves mid-month and extends throughout the rest of September well into October and November. Here at Fiksu, we are calling it “Christmas in September!”
To help mobile app marketers and developers understand how to make the most of this rich and timely opportunity, we analyzed data from the last big iPhone 4S launch in October 2011 to help portray what to expect on September 21, 2012.
This infographic spells it all out. If your app is looking to ride the iPhone 5 marketing wave, now’s the time to get in on the action.
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Posted by: Viki ZabalaAugust 17, 2012
According to industry data, mobile now trumps every other channel for media consumption. And a new study presents evidence that encourages app developers to increasingly incorporate custom ad experiences into in-app ads to bolster engagement. On the tablet front, Samsung has pulled out the big guns, unveiling its 2012 “hero product.” And two app brands in the jam-packed games category have found a way to crack the monetization mystery – and are reaping the benefits.
According to the latest InMobi data, mobile media consumption is through the roof, reports Mobile Marketing Watch. A new U.S. Q2 Mobile Media Consumption Report reveals that mobile now ranks first in overall daily media consumption, at 2.4 hours per day, outranking TV (2.35 hours) and PCs (1.6 hours).
A telling new report shows how advertisers can boost in-app engagement and click-through rates. MediaBrix has released results from its survey about what consumers like – and don’t like – about in-app advertising. The good news: Consumers like ads – 61 percent of smartphone users want free apps with ads – and they like the right ads, at the right time. “In-app advertising needs to acknowledge, embrace, and respect the user experience,” said MediaBriz CEO Ari Brandt in a VentureBeat report. The bottom line is that app developers must design custom ad experiences that are both innovative and integrated, and marketers must ensure their messages positively resonate with consumers.
In tablet news, Samsung began retailing the U.S. version of its tablet Galaxy Note 10.1. Although the company announced the device several months ago, it’s now “an entirely new beast,” according to VentureBeat. “The Galaxy Note 10.1 is being referred to as Samsung’s ‘hero product’ for 2012, and it’s evident from the constant retooling that the company was desperate to get this tablet right,” wrote reporter Devindra Hardawar.
Over the past few years, games have become the dominant category for mobile apps. Today, more than ever before, gaming app marketers are challenged to find ways to achieve monetization, the “Holy Grail” of gaming app marketing. This week, VentureBeat reported two mobile app companies that seem to have cracked the code. NaturalMotion’s iOS racing game, CSR Racing, generated a whopping $12 million in its first month of availability. And the Japanese gaming company Gree unveiled its North American revenue numbers for the first time, revealing the company grew 38 percent in the second quarter alone.