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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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Programmatic Ads Gobble Up 75% of Mobile Ad Spending

Posted by Eric Arline on October 28, 2016

With the release of eMarketer’s US Programmatic Ad Spend Forecast report came the news that three out of every four mobile ad dollars spent will be automated or “programmatic” by the end of 2016. 

Programmatic advertising involves the use of software to predict and purchase digital advertising inventory automatically, via a real-time auction process that only takes milliseconds. As opposed to traditional ads, the benefit of programmatic advertising is increased efficiency at audience-targeting and the ability to scale large ad campaigns. The use of real-time buying data allows marketers to reach the right customer, at the right time and even in the right place.

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Getting Ahead of Header Bidding

Posted by Eric Arline on June 29, 2016

Inventive advertising technology continues to surface as the mobile tidal wave builds momentum. Programmatic, private marketplace, native and real-time bidding are all important AdTech innovations that are here to stay.

One of the more topical innovations, header bidding, which aims to eliminate the price tiers & inefficiencies associated with the traditional ad server “waterfall,” is far from taking a bow, but it also doesn’t deserve a standing ovation.

Header bidding is a programmatic technique where publishers offer inventory to multiple ad exchanges simultaneously before making calls to their ad servers. Its main goals are to eradicate the dreaded advertising waterfall and solve the thorny issue of automating digital advertising. While header bidding succeeded in opening the floodgates to all of a publisher’s bidding partners, some experts still consider it waterfalling by a different name.

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Will Data Transform Mobile Advertising?

Posted by Brian Finnerty on June 8, 2016

William Edwards Deming once said In God we trust; all others bring data”1 and how true that statement rings in the world of mobile advertising. Data underpins many decisions that app developers make when figuring out how to monetize their apps while sustaining a stellar user experience.

What’s all the fuss about data anyway, you might ask? For starters, advertisers pay significantly more money to app developers who can provide accurate data about their users. Looking at the Smaato platform, the eCPM for mobile ad impressions without data rose 42% year-over-year from 2014 to 2015. During the same time period, however, ad impressions that passed data saw eCPM rise by 120%. Without hiring a mathematician, we can conclude that apps with data deliver almost 3 times higher eCPM growth. Not too shabby.

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Where to Spend Your Ad Dollars? There’s an App for That

Posted by Eric Arline on May 25, 2016

When planned right, ad dollars follow consumer eyeballs, and these days people only have eyes for their mobile devices. According to eMarketer, the mobile advertising market will pass a major milestone in 2016, topping $100 billion and accounting for more than 50% of all digital ad spend for the first time.1

But enough about the statistics - how does this shift to mobile play out in people’s daily lives? Let’s say you’ve invited friends over for a barbecue, and you need to find inspired recipes for the grill in a hurry. Most of us would pull out our phones to run a quick web search for the perfect recipe. A few clicks later, you’re in your trusty weather app making sure your plans won’t be a washout. After a stroll through your social apps (5 more friends confirmed!), you’re putting together the playlist for tonight on your favorite music app. Where would we be without apps? 

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Mobile App Publishers Take Notice as Android eCPMs Surge

Posted by Brian Finnerty on April 28, 2016

Who’s winning the mobile platform war: Apple’s iOS or Google’s Android? In terms of sheer volume, Android phones outsell iOS phones globally, but historically iOS users have been considered more valuable by advertisers. That dynamic is now changing as Android makes fast inroads to take the top spot on both fronts.

With 80% market share,[1] it’s no secret that Android is the dominant global smartphone operating system. Even in a traditional Apple iOS stronghold like the United States, a majority of subscribers (52.6%) used Android devices to access their apps in Q3 2015. Apple’s iOS runs a close second at 42.7%, while smaller players like Windows and BlackBerry account for less than 5% of U.S. market share, according to Nielsen.[2] 

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Smaato’s Global Trends in Mobile Advertising - Q4 2015

Posted by Smaato Inc. on March 23, 2016

Smaato recently unveiled our new Global Trends in Mobile Advertising Report for Q4 2015. This report  provides key facts, mobile trends and ad spending  insights drawn from the analysis of over 300 billion ad impressions across one billion unique mobile devices each month on the Smaato platform.

In Q4 2015, we highlighted six global trends across the mobile landscape: 

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The Adoption of Programmatic Buying in China

Posted by Mandy Ang on January 6, 2016

The development of programmatic media buying in China has become very visible in the last few years. Programmatic buying promises Chinese advertisers dramatic improvements in both efficiency and targeting.

In our first installment of our Bite-Sized Mobile Insights, I spoke with Smaato’s APAC Supply Senior Director, Delynn Ho, regarding the state of programmatic buying as well as the related opportunities and challenges in China.

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What NOT to Expect in 2016

Posted by Ajitpal Pannu on January 4, 2016

I was asked to write a piece on what we could expect in 2016 from mobile advertising. Naturally before even starting, I had already read many predictive pieces from some really smart people in the mobile, advertising or ad tech space. Instead I decided to focus on what not to expect.

The unicorns and anything ad tech related have been attracting more negative than positive attention throughout most of 2015. So the obvious question becomes what do we forecast for 2016 that will have a positive impact on Smaato’s team, company and direction? How do these predictions impact sales, product or overall strategy? To approach these questions, I am going to share what I think we will not do in 2016 and what I think will have a positive impact on our industry.

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2016: The Year Mobile Advertising Graduates

Posted by Garrett McGrath on December 10, 2015

In the world of online advertising, 2012 could probably have been called the “year of mobile.” It had been about to happen, we’d been told, for several years. Sure, mobile advertising existed before this, but in this period something palpable changed. It could no doubt have been measured in spend and in budgets allocated to mobile, yet there was also an underlying attitude change. Mobile was real. It was suddenly a true market, with the big players starting to realize that mobile was not just a matter of shrunken processes and different ad units.

Fast forwarding to the present time…mobile is obviously real. As it moves much faster than online did, it’s so real that there seems to be a low-level nervousness about knowing “What’s Next.” The industry, if it were a team, is about ready to switch from Norming to Performing. Not as many obvious innovations, not as many left or right turns, and not as many bold claims. A lot of refining, with a lot of growth. Moreover, it’s the point in time where mobile ad tech completely divorces itself from its display origins and stands independent.

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