It’s easy to think of the freemium business model as merely a pricing strategy: by setting a product’s price point at $0, a developer ensures that as large an audience as possible is exposed to it by removing the most significant barrier to adoption – disposable income. But this line of thought is flawed. Disposable […]
On August 13th, Millennial Media, the mobile advertising platform operator, announced that it had acquired Jumptap, another advertising platform operating a specialized real-time bidding exchange for mobile. The transaction was an all-stock deal in which Millennial Media took control of Jumptap in exchange for 24.6MM new shares – or 22.5% of the combined, post-transaction company, […]
Last week, King, the developer behind Candy Crush Saga, announced that it would remove all in-app advertising from its games, across all platforms. The change represents a strategic about-face from its position in November 2012, when Candy Crush Saga launched on mobile. At that time, Alex Dale, King’s Chief Marketing Officer, told Inside Social Apps: […]
Yield management is a pertinent topic within the context of freemium mobile app distribution, monetization, and user acquisition, as it corresponds closely with the fundamental components of freemium success: demand management; scale; insight; and monetization. Sheryl Kines, one of the most prominent academics conducting research in the field of yield management defines the concept as […]
MoPub recently published its quarterly Mobile Advertising Marketplace Report for Q1 2013, which, combined with other such reports from mobile advertising operators, reveals three interesting, emerging trends in mobile advertising. Advertising placements are getting bigger The performance of larger ad sizes (480×320, 769×1024, and 1024×768) experienced a marked increase in Q1 2013, creating a wide […]
It should be obvious to anyone operating in the mobile space that app discovery is ripe for disruption: slide four from MoPub’s recent 4th Quarter Mobile Advertising Marketplace Report illustrates how rapidly eCPMs are rising on both iOS and Android (the entire report is worth reading).
Whenever a recruiter reaches out to me about a job opening that I’ll decline, I encourage them to use me as a resource in the future if they need information about the nascent fields of analytics, big data, and quantitative marketing for games. As a result, I am asked — infrequently, but often enough to […]
The mobile advertising landscape is caught in a strange, dynamic, transitionary stage. Information — about everything: mobile ad networks, platforms, advertising identifiers — becomes irrelevant so quickly that the only true expert on mobile acquisition is the person launching an app right now. No one else has accurate information about the state of the market; […]