This week marks Internet Week NY, an annual celebration of technology's impact on business and culture—including of course, the impact of mobile.

A billion is a not a number that is thrown around all too often, so it’s a milestone worth noting. Fiksu recently surpassed the 1,000,000,000 mark in loyal app users we have helped our clients acquire over the past several years.

Seeing as how the average daily time spent on mobile in 2013 was 2 hours and 21 minutes (an almost 500% increase since 2010) it’s not surprising then that nearly half those 1 billion users were acquired in 2013 alone.

Today, Ernst & Young announced the finalists for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 award in the New England Region, and we’re proud to say that our very own Micah Adler has made the list for the third year running!

It’s no surprise that a recent Millward Brown study revealed that American’s daily time spent on mobile devices now outpaces TV. With that in mind, MITX’s recent Mobile Summit highlighted “the change from mobile as a device to mobile as a behavior.”

Today, the American Business Awards named Fiksu’s Quizup campaign a finalist for the Mobile Marketing Campaign of the Year.

Known as the “Stevies,” the awards recognize “exemplary organizations and individuals” and are determined by a committee of more than 200 executives nationwide.

A complete list of the nominees can be found here, and the winners will be announced June 13 in a ceremony in Chicago.

Think your game is ready for market? How do you know? Have you tested it? If not, you should consider doing a soft launch prior to fully releasing your app. A soft launch -- a controlled release of your game in a test market outside your primary market -- can produce valuable feedback about your game's market readiness before you invest in a broader, more expensive launch.

March was the month of market maturity for our Indexes, as app developers continue to improve the quality of offerings, advertisers adopt more powerful programmatic and optimization techniques, and device usage continues to skyrocket.

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.

In the day-to-day excitement and chaos of running a fast-growing technology business, it's sometimes hard to get perspective on where we really fit in the larger community. Because of that, outside perspectives like today's Boston Magazine article on the state of ad tech in Boston are incredibly valuable. 

As marketers, we're often looking for some attention-getting device to get people to notice our message. 

Sometimes you have a great story, but there's no one individual, dramatic point to make. Thus, there's a temptation to resort to headlines like "long lost secrets of app marketing" and that sort of thing.  We've all seen these kind of headlines, and we've all probably clicked on a few of them.

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