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.

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.

Everywhere you turn someone is on a mobile device. Whether they’re in their living room, riding a subway, or even walking down the street, all eyes are laser focused on the smartphone in their hands that can connect them to the rest of the world.

And that means with each and every passing second, as more and more actions are taken on those mobile devices, more and more mobile data is being collected. Data which, thanks to the mobile ID, is more reliable, and more personal than ever before.

Thus we have the mobile advantage.

Audioboom, a London-based podcast network, allows users to listen to, record and share sound files via desktop and mobile app. The company has more than 4 million registered users worldwide.

By 2017 mobile is predicted to account for nearly three quarters of US digital ad spend, making it one of the most far-reaching and effective platforms to target consumers.

But mobile advertising didn’t arrive overnight. It’s the culmination of years of marketer trial and error, combining advancements in four key areas:

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.

It may not be surprising that 86% of senior-level marketers say it’s absolutely critical or very important to create a cohesive customer journey.

But in 2015, that isn’t quite as easy as it may have once been. As our new ebook describes, the customer journey in general, and more specifically how marketers track it, has gotten significantly more complicated.

Consumer media habits are shifting, and they’re shifting toward mobile and away from television. In fact, for the first time ever, Americans spent more time on their mobile devices than watching TV.

Yet, for more traditional marketers, in many cases TV still remains the dominant advertising medium. And while mobile budgets have grown over the last several years, they’re still not on par with the amount of time spent on mobile.  

If you’re wondering who to invite to a conference to guarantee a lively discussion, I suggest bringing ambitious, like-minded, mobile-obsessed women together. This Tuesday, I had the privilege of attending the Mobile Women to Watch summit in New York City as a 2015 honoree. Finalists accompanying me on this year’s list came from several recognized brands such as Walgreens, GM, Starwood and executives from leading ad agencies and mobile companies.

Today marks an important milestone in Fiksu’s history. This morning we announced that we secured  $10 million in debt funding from Silicon Valley Bank, which means more support to fuel our global expansion and ongoing product development. With this new financing we have the room to build out even more innovation in the world of programmatic ad tech for mobile and serve a broader audience of clients around the world.