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December 11, 2013What Production Constraints? Apple's iPhone 5s At 24 Hour Availability And Retina Mini Now At 3-5 Days
Fiksu is able to track iPhones and iPads that use its Software Developers Kit (SDK) on various apps.
What the two graphs below show is the percentage of iPhones or iPads that are using its SDK compared the install base of all iPhones or iPads that have its SDK. One of the key takeaways from the two charts is that there has been a steady increase in the use of its SDK on the iPhone 5c and 5s and the iPad Air and Retina mini (note that the last day on the chart has spiked up but it tends to decrease through the day). I take this to be another indication that the supply of the new models has been consistent and growing.
December 11, 2013Apple hooks new users with free holiday app
"First, this should help with engaging users who are opening new devices on Christmas, to make sure they immediately start using iTunes for all their media needs," said Tom Cummings, manager of client development at Fiksu, Boston, MA.
"Second, for both new and existing users, this promotion seems like an effective way to encourage more cross-category use of iTunes. Active app downloaders who typically get movies through Netflix might try an iTunes movie instead, if it's free, or might download an eBook from Apple instead of Amazon," he said."The upside for Apple is in additional lifetime value per user: driving more iTunes purchases over the life of each device."
December 10, 2013Why it’s significant that iOS 7 is Apple’s fastest growing mobile OS
Although Apple does not make historical information about operating system adoption available, mobile tracking firm Fiksu notes that iOS 6 was only installed on about 70 percent of devices the same number of days after its release, while iOS 5 was only able to make its way onto 65 percent of hardware.
These numbers are even more impressive once you realise that they represent percentages of an ever-growing number of overall hardware devices. Back in September, while announcing that it had sold nine million new iPhones, Apple indicated that some 200 million users – 30 percent of the total – had already updated their existing phones to iOS 7, which means that today’s 74 percent translates to over half a billion devices – and that’s based on an overall figure that doesn’t even consider the devices that Apple has sold in the last three months.
December 6, 2013iPad Air Adoption Continues To Maintain Wide Gap Over iPad 4
The latest data -- updated Friday -- shows a wide gap between iPad Air and iPad 4 adoption, according to Fiksu "Adoption Trackers."
Fiksu samples millions of so-called app events (launches, purchases, and registrations) every hour from applications that use its SDK (software development kit), then charts the percentage of active iOS tablets on each version at a set date after launch.
December 6, 2013Which mobile tactic will make the biggest splash in 2014?
“The combination of the two – programmatic retargeting – is likely going to be the new favorite tool of many app marketers who are struggling with slowing growth rates,” said Chris Shuptrine, senior director of client development at Fiksu, Boston.
“We also may see an expansion of the definition of programmatic beyond today's SSPs and DSPs: We now have automated, programmatic buying on Facebook through their API,” he said. “Other premium publishers like Pandora or The Weather Channel could go the same route as could Twitter.”
December 3, 2013Fiksu continues big hiring as app marketing biz surges
Fiksu is also the only firm that offers all of the pieces needed for a mobile app marketing campaign in a single place, Adler said — including access to advertising inventory, real-time buying, tracking and access to social networking advertising.
Boston-based Fiksu, which offers technologies for marketing mobile apps, expects to add about 100 employees over the next year — and half of the new hires could be in Boston, founder and CEO Micah Adler said in an interview.
December 3, 2013A Bunch Of Dubious Companies Offer To Artificially Inflate Your Ranking In Apple's App Store
Apple's App Store will not reveal how its top charts' ranking system works, but a study from Boston app marketing agency Fiksu found that it is not purely driven by download volume and speed.
Somehow, ratings factor in. And critics think it is ripe for exploitation.
December 2, 2013Apple's iPads Are Doing Well
Fiksu tracks its Software Developers Kit (SDK) being used on individual iPads and iPhones so this can provide one datapoint on what percentage of any given model is being used.
Fiksu’s latest graphs show that apps that use its SDK (Software Development Kit) are using the Air 1.8 times as often 30 days after shipping than the iPad 4 and original mini combined (3.00% divided by adding together 0.95% and 0.73%). While this doesn’t directly translate to sales I believe it does show how well the Air is doing overall.
December 1, 2013Are Apple's App Store Rankings for Sale?
Apple has made a concerted effort to ensure its App Store is a pure meritocracy. But that hasn’t stopped fringe vendors from promising to help developers buy their way to the top of the rankings.
Several mobile insiders praised Apple for helping push some of those practices to the margins, particularly since Apple cracked down on rougue developers offering gamers free lives or game currency in exchange for downloading apps. "Apple did a really nice job cleaning that up," said Craig Palli, chief strategy officer at the app marketing firm Fiksu.
November 27, 2013App economy to get a big boost this holiday season
"What we see is the mobile app economy is very consistent with many consumer-facing economies, like retail," said Craig Palli, chief strategy officer of Fiksu, a mobile app marketing firm. "It has a profound spike during the holidays."
During the fourth calendar quarter, twice as many apps are downloaded than in a typical quarter, Palli said. And most of the action in the fourth quarter comes from downloads happening in December, he said.