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Mobile Marketing Costs Plummet by 37 Percent While App Downloads Soar, Report Fiksu Indexes

Budget-Conscious App Marketers Won Big in January as Post-holiday Weeks Provided Both Growth and Value
Boston, February 29, 2012

Fiksu, Inc., the industry’s first mobile app user acquisition platform spanning the entire mobile ecosystem, reported a dramatic drop in mobile app marketing costs in January – the lowest since July 2011 – following the Christmas advertising rush. iOS app downloads in January reached an all-time high as the proliferation of new devices unwrapped during the holidays drove increased app discovery and usage in the New Year.

The Fiksu Cost per Loyal User Index fell by 37 percent in January to $1.14, from a record high of $1.81 in December.

The Fiksu App Store Competitive Index (which measures the average aggregate daily download volume of the top 200 free U.S. iPhone apps) peaked at 6.79 million daily downloads, up 12 percent from December’s 6.04 million, its previous high.

The Fiksu Indexes reveal that while many advertisers joined the rush to spend over the holiday season to drive up app store rankings and acquire an elevated volume of users, January provided one of the best opportunities for mobile app marketers to-date, as volume reached an all-time high and costs approached an all-time low.

“We've observed many app brands invest heavily in the fourth quarter, seeking extreme growth during the holiday season, then reduce spending in January as they evaluate their marketing programs for the New Year and focus on version upgrades for their apps," said Micah Adler, Fiksu CEO. "However, the latest Indexes show that January is an excellent time for both growth and value – and budget-savvy marketers should take full advantage of this time, instead of slowing down."

Fiksu Indexes measure monthly fluctuations in competition for rank in the app stores, and the cost to acquire loyal users1, helping mobile app marketers benchmark their performance against industry averages.

For Fiksu’s full analysis, visit

Data for the Fiksu Indexes was sourced from more than 13.9 billion mobile app actions – such as app launches, registrations and in-app purchases – and more than 217.4 million downloads recorded by apps marketed via the Fiksu for Mobile Apps user acquisition platform.

1. For the specific purpose of the Fiksu Indexes, a loyal user is defined as someone who opens an app three or more times.

Media Contact:
Jill Newberry
InkHouse (on behalf of Fiksu)
(781) 966-4100

Viki Zabala
Fiksu, Inc.
Director of Marketing
(855) 463-4578

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