Last month, our indexes showed a massive opportunity: January 2016 was the first time in a year and a half that the cost to secure a loyal user decreased, falling 34 percent from December to $2.78. But in February, there was a reversal, as the price to acquire a loyal user went back up 26 percent to $3.50. The reality is that in an increasingly crowded mobile market, sustained app engagement is progressively more difficult. So January’s data represented a notable break for advertisers, particularly following the historically expensive holiday months....Read more

This month’s app marketing costs, measured by our Cost Per Loyal User Index, broke the September’s record high of $4.14 – hitting $4.23 in December. That’s a 19 percent jump in costs from November, and a 101 percent increase in costs since last year at this time. App download volume also increased– as was expected during the holiday season – as users activated new devices and downloaded new apps. December downloads reached 8.5 million; a 16 percent rise since November....Read more

App downloads and marketing costs fell slightly in November as the app marketing landscape settled slightly. Unprecedented volume and cost growth throughout the year created the environment for this month’s small month-over-month decline. Specifically, the App Store Competitive Index dropped to 7.3 million daily downloads, down eight percent from October. Meanwhile, the Cost Per Loyal User (CPLU) Index dropped 11 percent month-over-month, to $3.55. Loyalty costs maintained strong growth over 2014, however, with CPLU growing 125 percent since November 2014....Read more

The new iPhones had a dramatic impact on app downloads in September—but not in the direction you might think. We saw a sharp decline in app download volume, down 21 percent to 6.4 million daily downloads, the lowest volume since last September. Seems like consumers anticipating an upgrade to one of the new iPhones at the end of the month cut back on their app downloads. It makes sense: why go looking for new apps when you know you're about to upgrade? Similarly, the release of iOS 9 and resulting flurry of app upgrades issued by developers may have contributed to the lack of downloads. Users waiting on their new devices likely didn’t upgrade to iOS 9, and some app upgrades required the latest OS....Read more

The month of August marked a watershed moment for the Fiksu Indexes, as the Cost Per Loyal User (CPLU) index surpassed $4 for the first time. That’s a 36 percent rise since July and a 117 percent increase since last year. ...Read more

As the proverb goes, “April showers bring May flowers,” and the same may be true for marketers in April. While this past month represented another expensive one for mobile, particularly on a year-over-year viewpoint, it also may prove to be very fruitful. As leading brands heightened their focus on strategic mobile spending and higher-value targeting, loyalty rates of app users (and the cost to acquire a loyal user) has improved slightly....Read more

If you haven’t been convinced you need an app by now, maybe last week’s announcement of the Apple Watch will finally do it. If Adobe is right in its estimate that 10% of iPhone and iPad users will have an Apple Watch in the next 18 months, then that’s 25 million people who will only be able to engage with your brand through their smartwatch if you have an app....Read more

The New Year is off to a strong start, as the January 2015 App Store Competitive Index surpassed the 10 million download mark for the first time ever, coming in at 10.3 million daily downloads compared to last month’s previous record high of 9.2 million. This represents a 12 percent growth month-over-month and a marked 61 percent leap since January 2014....Read more

It’s hard to believe, but we’re seeing it again. For the third consecutive month, the Fiksu App Store Competitive Index, which tracks the average aggregate daily download volume of the top 200 free iOS apps, soared again jumping to 9.2 million downloads in December. This marks a 14 percent increase since last month and an astounding 44 percent rise since last year at this time. October and November results (7.8 million and 8.1 million, respectively) had each been new records....Read more

Between courses of turkey and pumpkin pie, iPhone users downloaded apps in droves this Thanksgiving holiday, according to our latest index report. This past month saw an astounding 8.1 million downloads of the top 200 free iOS apps, according to the App Store Competitive Index. Compared to last November, app download volumes have grown by a whopping 42 percent....Read more