(I recently shared this 2012 recap and congratulations with my entire team at Fiksu, and thought it'd be worth sharing publicly as well. -- Micah)

As we approach the New Year, I'd like to take this opportunity to look back on the outstanding 2012 that we've had here at Fiksu. It's been a year of amazing growth, innovation, and successes. Each and every one of you contributed to our success, and you deserve recognition and thanks.

Here are a few of our accomplishments over the last year that we should be especially proud of:

Update 2 - 12/25, 9:18 pm: As of around 8:45 pm EST Christmas Day, the App Store rankings are moving once again. Time to put away the turkey and get back to promoting your apps -- everyone who opened a new smartphone today will be loading it up with apps in the days and weeks to come.

  • 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. 

We have some exciting news to share before the holidays: we’ve recently been named the Most Effective Mobile Advertising Platform in Mobile Marketing Magazine’s Effective Mobile Marketing Awards.

  • Mobile app downloads are set to reach 45 billion by the end of 2012, with much more ahead for 2013.
  • With just 8 days left before Christmas, competition is heating up and app developers are wishing for the gift of app downloads.
  • Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices are still the crowd favorite for app developers, but they’re looking to build across both iOS and Android devices.

It’s been a busy few weeks for Fiksu! Last week, in between stops at the Game Monetization Summit, Mobile Gaming Europe, and AppNation, we debuted FreeMyApps for Android. Today, we’re introducing a number of innovative enhancements to our flagship Fiksu Platform that make it the first and only platform to provide comprehensive tracking, centralized media buying access, advanced optimization, and detailed reporting for mobile app marketers.

We have some exciting news to share – after growing more than 1,000 percent since its 

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.

 

Following the iPhone 5 launch in September, October was a month of opportunity for mobile app marketers.

The Fiksu Cost per Loyal User Index was $1.06, down seven cents or 6 percent, from September’s $1.13. Significant increases in organic searches and app discovery – driven by the arrival of the iPhone 5 and users’ natural enthusiasm for downloading apps on new devices – pushed costs down and created a huge opportunity for mobile app marketers to very cost-efficiently acquire loyal users in October.

Meanwhile, the Fiksu App Store Competitive Index soared to 5.40 million daily downloads in October, a 33 percent increase from September. The Index painted a similar picture following the availability of the iPhone 4S in October 2011, when traffic also surged by a proportional 29 percent, and continues the surge we saw developing at the end of September.

Organic searches soared during the month, as users eagerly explored the App Store, enthusiastically searching for new apps to download on their new iPhones. So while cost for conversions were equal or higher during this time, the heighted period of organic, natural discovery drove down the cost to acquire and engage loyal users. Many savvy marketers wisely chose to ride this “organic wave,” improving user acquisition rates without substantially increasing their spending.

From the iPhone 5 launch, we noticed consumers appeared to be less frantic about updating their devices immediately, many choosing instead to wait several weeks to make the upgrade. Similarly, some seem to be taking more time to select and download new apps, instead of downloading many, all at once. This shift may lead to an even steadier, more sustained opportunity for mobile app marketers in the weeks – even months – following a major device launch.

With the 2012 holiday season underway, early data from Black Friday and Cyber Monday suggests that mobile commerce will have a giant impact on holiday sales – and that mobile apps will have a successful season overall. We’ll see how that plays out in our November Indexes.

A big thank you to all the publications for covering our October Indexes: AppNewserBizReportFierceMobileContentInside Mobile AppsMediaPostMobile EntertainmentMobile Marketing MagazineMobile Marketing WatchPocketGamerTechCrunchTelecom LeadTUAWVatorNews and VentureBeat

  • 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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