This Game Developer Cut Its CPI In Half By Testing Ad Creative Before Launch

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Creative often gets neglected by app publishers gunning for installs – but it’s one of the most important aspects of any app-install campaign, said Artur Grigorjan, head of growth marketing at Russian game studio Playrix. “By this point, most advertisers have enough expertise when it comes to buying,” Grigorjan said. “Now they’re transitioning to the nextContinue reading »

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Wattpad: ‘Campaigns Work When They Feel As Native As Possible’

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That teens have no attention span is a fallacy. Just ask Wattpad, a platform where people can write and share stories that they’ve written and solicit feedback from their community. The storytelling platform boasts a community of 60 million monthly active users, mainly teens, young adults and millennials under 30, who spend more than 15Continue reading »

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Blis Releases Location-Based Analytics Tool That Shows How People Interact With Their Environments

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Unlikely insights into consumer behavior can help move the needle, and location data is a rich source of unlikely insights. On Tuesday, UK-based location data company Blis released an analytics tool in beta called Smart Trends that blends point-of-interest (POI) data and offline movement data to draw conclusions about how people interact with physical locationsContinue reading »

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Mobile Commerce: Grown-Up And Still Growing

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The Thanksgiving holiday shopping weekend showed how mobile has grown from a retail investment-and-innovation channel to a true pillar of US commerce. On Cyber Monday, mobile commerce crossed a new threshold with $2 billion in sales, according to data from Adobe. Black Friday of 2016 was the first time US shoppers spent more than $1Continue reading »

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ProYo Scoops Up Market Share With Location Data-Infused Marketing Strategy

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“The frozen dessert area is one of the most cutthroat spots in the whole store,” according to Mike Fransz, ProYo’s VP of marketing. ProYo, a challenger brand that sells high-protein ice cream, faces three primary marketing challenges: generating awareness in a crowded market, driving foot traffic to the aisle and standing out from a growingContinue reading »

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Why Getting Acquired By China Isn’t As Easy At It Looks (Just Ask AppLovin)

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It looks like China is not the ultimate exit for ad tech. Late Tuesday evening, app marketing platform AppLovin said that company will no longer be acquired by a Chinese private equity firm for $1.42 billion as planned. The deal, now scrapped, was first announced in September 2016. The duo will still do a deal,Continue reading »

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What The DOJ Lawsuit Against AT&T And Time Warner Is All About – And How It Might Affect Future M&A

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The US Justice Department’s antitrust lawsuit against AT&T has thrown a wrench into the $108 billion planned merger between the telco and Time Warner. The complaint, filed late Monday, alleged the merger could “hinder [AT&T’s] rivals by forcing them to pay hundreds of millions of dollars more per year for Time Warner’s networks.” The filingContinue reading »

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Google Shares Play Store Data To Stamp Out Mobile Click Injection Fraud

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Google is opening up an API to stop fraudsters from stealing credit for app installs, and mobile measurement and attribution platform Tune is an early adopter. The API, which was fully integrated into Tune’s platform Monday, enables Google to share data with partners about the exact time an app install is initiated in the PlayContinue reading »

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Facebook Launches Dynamic Ads For Auto As Mobile Starts To ‘Replace The Showroom’

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Facebook is gearing up to grab automotive advertising budget with dynamic and lead ads for auto brands, both released on Thursday. Dynamic ads for auto, like Facebook’s other dynamic ad products for ecommerce and travel, allow advertisers –auto manufacturers and car dealerships, in this case – to retarget auto intenders and create lookalike audiences forContinue reading »

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Audience Suppression Helps SeatGeek Make More Efficient Snapchat Buys

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There’s no point in targeting people with app-install ads if they’ve already downloaded the app. But that’s exactly what SeatGeek found itself doing. In the mobile app world, audience suppression often requires extensive manual work. Although Facebook – a huge beneficiary of mobile media dollars – makes audience suppression easy, newer platforms like Snapchat don’tContinue reading »

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