How Dating App Company The Meet Group Gets Live-Streaming To Pay Off

In less than two years, The Meet Group managed to diversify its revenue from a near total dependence on programmatic advertising to a healthy mix of ads, in-app purchases and subscriptions. “I’d say 90% of our revenue was ad-driven before we started to shift,” said Geoff Cook, CEO of The Meet Group, which owns aContinue reading »

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AppLift Vet Tim Koschella Has A New Startup To Cut Out Mobile Programmatic Middlemen

Former AppLift CEO Tim Koschella is launching a company called Kayzen to help app marketers bring their programmatic ad buying in-house. Kayzen, which came out of stealth Tuesday after several months in beta, is powered by a bidder that Koschella purchased from AppLift through a management buyout last year. It positions itself as a self-serveContinue reading »

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Location Data Company Gimbal Snaps Up UberMedia’s Managed Media Biz

Some ad tech companies are getting out of the managed media business – and others are jumping in with both feet. On Monday, mobile analytics company UberMedia sold its managed media business to location data platform Gimbal, marking the latter’s second acquisition of a media services unit in less than a year. Gimbal acquired Drawbridge’s managedContinue reading »

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Rewarded Video: The Name Of The Game At King

What does a 13-year-old have in common with a retired woman and a middle-aged man? They all play mobile games. “There’s a misconception that the gaming audience is just kids,” said Brian Ames, president of Activision Blizzard Media (ABM), an advertising division housed within game publishing giant King. “The reality is, though, that gamers areContinue reading »

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AppOnboard Raises Another $15 Million To Bring App Demos Into The Mainstream

AppOnboard is onboarding VC cash hand over fist. On Wednesday, the mobile app demo and analytics startup with a platform allows users to try an application before downloading it, announced its second funding round – $15 million – in less than eight months. AppOnboard’s Series A round in April totaled $15 million. That’s $30 million for theContinue reading »

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Savvy Performance Marketers Make Bank When They Scale Their Ad Partnerships

Mobile performance marketers who work with multiple ad partners spend less to acquire users. A growth marketer who works with five or fewer media sources pays an average of $3.58 per install, according to a report released Wednesday by mobile marketing analytics company Singular. But upping the number of media sources from five to sixContinue reading »

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Ads.Txt For Apps Is Finally (Nearly) Ready For Primetime

After a protracted, year-long alpha period, the IAB Tech Lab has released the specs in beta for the app version of its Ads.txt initiative to reduce counterfeit ad inventory. The App-ads.txt hold-up was caused by app stores dragging their heels on providing support for the Tech Lab’s preferred solution of using metadata tags – essentiallyContinue reading »

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Good Day, Sunshine: WeatherBug Ups Revenue By Moving To A Unified Auction

The waterfall wasn’t working out for WeatherBug. “We had what I call ‘too-many-SDKs syndrome,’” said Olivier Vincent, president and general manager at the GroundTruth-owned weather app, which has 20 million monthly active users. If you had peeked inside WeatherBug’s ad stack last year, you’d have found the code for as many as eight different adContinue reading »

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A Quick Primer On AMP Stories, Google’s Answer To The Stories Trend

Stories. It seems like everybody’s got ‘em, from Snap and LinkedIn to Instagram and Facebook – and now Google. But while AMP Stories might look like a knockoff of the other guys, it’s actually quite a different animal. What’s the story? The main difference: AMP Stories are specifically designed for publishers to create full-screen experiences forContinue reading »

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Snapchat Likes Its Programmatic Revenue In Q3, But Daily Users Dwindle

Snapchat saw promising gains for its advertising platform in earnings reported Thursday. The company reported a record-high $298 million in revenue, with 43% year-over-year growth, and quarterly jumps in average revenue per user (ARPU) from $2.21 to $2.62 in North America and $0.66 to $0.85 in Europe. But Snapchat is still bleeding daily active usersContinue reading »

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