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The Smaato Blog

The Smaato Blog

Jay Hinman

Jay Hinman is Smaato's VP of Marketing. He leads Smaato's global marketing team across its key locations in San Francisco, Hamburg, Singapore and New York.
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Case Study: Live Tiles & Smaato Make Windows Phone Revenues Sing

Posted by Jay Hinman on December 11, 2015

Continuing our series of case studies with key publisher partners who are successfully monetizing their app inventory with Smaato's SPX, we now have a new case study available with Live Tiles. They're one of the top app developers in Thailand, with four mobile applications launched to the public and a combined total of more than 30 million downloads. Notable apps include GMaps+, Music+, Ringtones+ and Tube HD Download.

Prior to working with Smaato, Live Tiles were using Windows Phone Ad Mediator, and Smaato happened to be one of the few platforms that supported Windows Phone. Smaato’s professional and informative website interface, coupled with the opportunity to reach out to more than 420 demand sources around the world helped seal the deal. SPX provides Live Tiles with the opportunity to gain full control over the monetization of their inventory and the types of advertisements being displayed in their apps. 

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Case Study: How Ximad Uses SPX Customization To Boost Fill and eCPM

Posted by Jay Hinman on December 2, 2015

We've just published a new case study that looks at how one of our key publisher partners, Ximad, uses our SPX platform to easily customize and manage their inventory.

In 2015 we’ve had enormous success in driving the right advertiser traffic to their popular downloadable games like Magic Jigsaw Puzzles, and the results speak for themselves. 

You’ll read in the case study how Smaato, using both high-touch account management and the extremely low-touch customization tools available within SPX, more than doubled the traffic Ximad was providing due to an increase in both fill rate and eCPM. This resulted in a nearly 2000% increase in revenue month over month. It also touches on the importance of passing the proper parameters to enable advertiser targeting and high eCPM; in this case, Location and Device ID were the two most important data parameters for Ximad. 

The case study is free to download and read here.

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Q&A with Paul Kemp from The App Guy Podcast

Posted by Jay Hinman on November 24, 2015

We’re big fans here at Smaato of Paul Kemp’s The App Guy podcast, and recently had the good fortune to have our own Ajitpal Pannu interviewed on the show about ad blocking, native advertising and mobile app monetization in the modern age.

Given that readers of this blog are also savvy publishers and advertisers attuned to the world of global app development, we thought we’d turn the tables a bit and interview Mr. Kemp ourselves. He’s a guy who lives and breathes this world, publishing multiple episodes each week with leading market-makers and innovative start-ups within the app economy. Our thought was that he’d be able to shed some strong light on the state of mobile app development and mobile advertising in late 2015, and we were right.

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New Report: Smaato’s Global Trends in Mobile Programmatic, Q3 2015

Posted by Jay Hinman on November 11, 2015

Today we are continuing our quarterly release of a new Smaato Global Trends in Mobile Programmatic Report, this time for Q3 2015. It’s a compendium of trends, facts and revenue-impacting findings from across the billions and billions of impressions that traveled across the Smaato Exchange during the third quarter of 2015. We serve up to 6 billion ads each day, across 800 million mobile users around the world each month. Smaato’s Global Trends in Mobile Programmatic is clearly worldwide in scope, and reflects the detailed activity and trends that have developed over Q3 2015  across our wide base of publishers, advertisers and users. In that sense, activity on our Exchange serves as a very strong and very relevant proxy for more “macro” trends happening across the world of mobile.

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New Video: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally

Posted by Jay Hinman on November 10, 2015

In the third and final video in Smaato's thought leadership series with APAC Managing Director Malcolm Wong, we explore the concept of localized apps, and what they mean both for the delivery of relevant content in their home markets, as well as for mobile advertisers looking to reach targeted and engaged audiences all over the world. Malcolm also discusses how Smaato is able to group local app inventory together in packages that are extremely attractive for advertisers, making them greater than the sum of their parts. 

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Native Advertising’s Giant Leap Into Mobile

Posted by Jay Hinman on November 2, 2015

With all the hullabaloo around mobile ad blocking cresting in recent weeks, it’s been interesting to watch fingers pointing and flying in all directions. Consumers don’t understand how content stays free. Publishers need to wake up and stop loading so many tags. Advertisers are to blame for bad creative. It’s a desktop problem, not a mobile one — and so on. The ad blocking storm may even be a key driver in hastening the migration of publishers from their mobile websites to their own contained apps, which the iOS 9 Safari-based ad-blocking extensions generally can’t touch.

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The Smaato SDK - What App Developers Need To Know for Monetization Success

Posted by Jay Hinman on October 28, 2015

App developers looking to monetize their available ad inventory have numerous choices in how to bring revenue (in the form of advertising demand) in the door - from their choice of platform and ad serving partners, to the ad units they wish to display in the app. One particularly relevant question is how to integrate with a chosen mobile advertising platform and ad exchange. Should you integrate via SDK, API or Ad Tag?

  • API: server-to-server; requests to API are done by calling a specific URL with a string of certain parameters; the SOMA (Smaato Open Mobile Advertising integration) server responds with HTML or XML
  • Ad Tag: a piece of javascript code that can be placed directly into your mobile websites or run via a third party ad server; best for mobile web publishers

An SDK is by far the most effective way to create a technical and monetization-friendly link between your mobile app and your chosen platform, and offers numerous advantages over both API and Ad Tag integration.

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New White Paper: Best Practices for Mobile Publishers & App Developers

Posted by Jay Hinman on October 22, 2015

Mobile publishers and app developers are instantly faced with a litany of choices when it comes to monetizing their content within their apps and mobile websites. Even deciding up front how best to configure your ad units for your app or website can be tricky; but don’t worry - at every stage of your post-development journey, from initial ad unit decisions to full optimization and management of your mobile advertising inventory, Smaato is here to help. 

We’ve been helping mobile publishers make money with our mobile-first advertising platform since 2005, and we’ve seen a few things. Download the new Best Practices for Mobile Publishers and App Developers: A 5-Step Process for Monetization Success, and you'll learn some of the best ideas we recommend based on this experience. 

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Case Study: How ASKfm Overcame the "Waterfall" in Their Search for Unified Demand

Posted by Jay Hinman on October 14, 2015

We've just published a new case study that looks at how one of our publisher partners, ASKfm, moved beyond the legacy "waterfall" model of mobile programmatic buying and landed on Smaato as a key engine for monetizing their global social network/Q&A network.

ASKfm had been searching for Smaato's Dynamic Demand technology for a year in an effort to eliminate the problems that come with the typical “waterfall” or “daisy chain” model. They also needed a reliable partner with high quality standards who understood the challenges and value in monetizing mobile traffic from countries around the globe. The results speak for themselves.

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Our SPX Platform Just Added Some Amazing New Features

Posted by Jay Hinman on September 15, 2015

Today we’re announcing a big boost to our SPX platform to provide our publisher partners with some exciting new monetization tools to get them ready for the busy Q4 season.

SPX now includes a super-simple “point and click” native advertising builder, which allows publishers to take advantage of this proven revenue driver, and to deliver native ads where they might have previously delivered banner ads or interstitials. It’s the first fully-functional native ad builder for mobile publishers, and it makes these ads easier to create than ever before. Publishers who use Smaato’s platform are now fully empowered to build native ad campaigns in a variety of formats and sizes that they know will look best in their apps or websites and connect with their audiences best.

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