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.

  • 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. 

Coffee lovers, rejoice! Smartphone users can now pay for their cups of joe at Dunkin’ Donuts via a new mobile app. A new study reveals that tablet sales will balloon in the next four years, while other industry research suggests that mobile ads are viewed most favorably on iPhones. And, in advance of the fast-approaching Sept. 12 iPhone 5 announcement, Apple fans are voicing their “wish lists” for the new device.

Following months of rumors, a date has reportedly been set for the launch of the iPhone 5. In other welcome news, two industry reports chart the significant growth of mobile ad spending and app revenues. Meanwhile, Android developers received word of important policy changes for the Google Play app store.

It’s no surprise that mobile apps have played a role in U.S. job creation and economic growth over the past few years – consumers everywhere have an insatiable appetite for buying the newest smartphones and downloading the hottest new apps. Now, new industry research reveals just how large the mobile app industry has become here in America. We’ll explore this, along with some important new updates from the Mobile Marketing Association and the latest round of Apple rumors, in this week’s Fiksu Feed.

I recently stumbled upon this quote by designer Robin Mathew, "Design is where science and art break even" and it struck a chord. In the world of mobile app marketing, never has this been truer. As you battle to ensure your app stands apart from the hundreds of thousands of other apps competing for downloads and loyal usage, some slight tweaks to your design can improve your results significantly.