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The Smaato Blog

The Smaato Blog

Video Scores Big as Fastest-Growing Mobile Ad Format

Posted by Courtney Reich on September 18, 2017

Video is winning the mobile advertising game. Unique in its ability to score big with advertisers and publishers alike, video was the fastest-growing mobile ad format on the Smaato platform in Q2 2017 as publishers doubled-down on mobile video ad spending. Rewarded video took home the prize as the fastest-growing video ad format.

To uncover the latest mobile video advertising trends, we analyzed the over 1.5 trillion ad impressions served on the Smaato platform in Q2 2017 in our latest Global Trends in Mobile Advertising report. This report provides insights into the mobile programmatic landscape on the Smaato platform last quarter and closely examines the growth of mobile video ad spending and eCPMs, which video ad sizes attracted the most ad dollars and the rapid rise of rewarded video ads.

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In-App Ad Viewability: The Current State & Publisher Best Practices

Posted by Sebastian Bär on September 6, 2017

Advertising can only be effective when it is seen by real people. As mobile ad spending continues to increase, higher measurement standards are vital for securing a healthy, thriving mobile eco-system.

The current debate revolves around what should constitute an impression. Not all ad impressions are created equal — just because an ad server has delivered an ad to an app or mobile website does not necessarily mean that the user has indeed had a reasonable opportunity to see it. Therein lies the difference between an ad impression that is viewable and one that is only served.

Both advertisers and publishers have a crucial role in ensuring mobile advertising viewability. Advertisers can help by supporting the development of clear mobile advertising viewability standards and holding all of their partners accountable to them. To avoid losing out on valuable advertising dollars, publishers and developers need to be proactive in understanding advertisers’ needs and concerns. To help publishers, we have compiled some mobile viewability best practices.

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In-App Advertising Trends: Music Rocks Ad Spending, Weather Heats Up Ad Values

Posted by Courtney Reich on August 2, 2017

Apps have transformed our lives, enabling mobile devices to replace both mp3 players and the TV weatherman. We now spend more time using apps than ever before, and the recent shift of ad spending towards in-app reflects this fact. As uncovered in our recently-released Q1 2017 Global Trends in Mobile Advertising report, in-app ad spending reached a record high on the Smaato platform in Q1 2017 with a 91% share of total mobile ad spending (versus mobile web).

We analyzed over one trillion ad requests on the Smaato platform in Q1 2017 and saw that, of this amped-up mobile ad spending, a higher share went to in-app than ever before. But this rising tide did not lift all boats equally — certain app categories fared better than others.

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Smaato & adsquare Partnership: Premium Audience Targeting in SDX

Posted by Jesse Modoono on July 18, 2017

Today, we’re pleased to announce “Phase One” of our new adsquare integration. This first-ever exchange-side integration gives Smaato’s 450+ DSPs and ad networks access to historical and real-time global audience data targeting. Through a combination of Smaato’s premium in-app inventory and adsquare’s vast data portfolio, demand partners will now be able to target unique audiences at scale. Smaato publishers will also, in turn, see an increase in the quality and value of their inventory by serving contextual audiences to advertisers in real-time.

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Appy Birthday: What a Difference a Decade Makes

Posted by Courtney Reich on June 29, 2017

When Apple released the first iPhone ten years ago today, a revolution was born that would change our lives and create multiple billion-dollar industries. To commemorate the 10th anniversary of this monumental mobile moment, we are taking a look at how much the iPhone has changed our lives, impacted advertising and defined a new generation.

It's not that the iPhone was the first mobile phone nor even the first smartphone. The invention of the Smartphone dates back to the 1970s, and in the later part of the 1990s, many mobile phone users began carrying PDAs (personal digital assistants) that ran on various systems such as Blackberry OS and Palm OS. Nonetheless, everything changed when Steve Jobs pulled the iPhone out of his pocket in early 2007.

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New Report: China Surges as Advertisers Amp Up Mobile Ad Spending

Posted by Courtney Reich on June 14, 2017

2017 started off with a bang for the mobile advertising world with both mobile ad spending and ad space values growing globally. For our recently released Q1 2017 Global Trends in Mobile Advertising, we analyzed over one trillion global mobile ad requests on the Smaato platform to gain insight into the latest mobile advertising trends. While the world's largest mobile advertising market (the US) continued to see healthy growth, China was the world's growth driver among the Top 10 global mobile advertising markets.

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Microsoft Sees 20% Increase in Windows 10 App Monetization

Posted by Smaato Inc. on March 30, 2017

 

What really matters to app developers? High on the list is monetization strategy, one of the most important challenges for any app developer today. An effective mobile monetization solution must offer developers high yields with consistency, transparency and reliability.

Today we would like to share with you the impressive success story of one of our large customer partners – Microsoft.

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Smaato Releases New Inventory Discovery Feature for Demand Partners

Posted by Nabil Chouaieb on March 8, 2017

In 2016, we released the Smaato Demand Platform (SDX), which gave our demand partners the ability to specify the type of mobile inventory they would like to receive from Smaato.

SDX offers granular, self-service controls designed to make mobile advertising spend as targeted and efficient as possible for our buyers.

Today we’re pleased to announce a new SDX feature called Inventory Discovery, which delivers more powerful and refined controls for Smaato's demand partners. We have added a new Discovery tab to SDX that allows buyers to see and then filter their view of all available mobile inventory flowing through the Smaato Platform.

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How we use Groovy at Smaato

Posted by Pavlo Fedyna on February 8, 2017


Smaato operates one of the world’s largest mobile advertising marketplaces.  Our platform handles up to 10 billion mobile ads every day around the world. One of the challenges we, as Smaato developers, face daily is successfully integrating and communicating with the vast variety of technical interfaces used by our many partners who transact on our marketplace platform.

In this blog post, we wanted to give the technically inclined among you a glimpse into the challenges and successes we face in solving issues, in this case, related to monolithic applications by implementing extensible components using the Groovy language and also discuss why our developers chose Groovy over other available options.

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Smaato’s Global Trends in Mobile Advertising - Q3 2016

Posted by Smaato Inc. on January 12, 2017

We recently released our new Global Trends in Mobile Advertising Report for Q3 2016 with insights drawn from in-depth analysis of up to 300 billion ad impressions generated across over one billion unique mobile devices every month on the Smaato platform. This report provides key facts, mobile trends and ad spending insights from both in-app and mobile web ad inventory over the third quarter of 2016.

 

Our latest report highlights five key findings across the global mobile landscape:

Strong Mobile Ad Spending Growth Continued in Q3 2016

Worldwide mobile ad spending continued to post robust growth (+64%) in Q3 versus the same quarter last year on the Smaato platform. The America’s region grew most (+77%), while APAC and EMEA followed with healthy gains of +64% and +22% respectively.

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