MWC 2019 in Barcelona is at an end, but the hottest topics from the show will be talked about for a long time to come. Our team was on the ground in Barcelona to meet with partners, as well as discuss the future of mobile advertising with visitors to our booth. The conversations we had varied, but there were a few common topics that we heard repeated throughout the four-day event. Here’s what some of our team members had to say:
Mobile advertising has never been more popular than it is today. Global mobile ad spending will hit $230 billion this year with a growth rate of more than 20%.1 But as brands continue to shift their spending to mobile, fraudsters are trying to take advantage of this ecosystem. At Smaato, our top priority is to protect both mobile users and mobile investments, but we also want to help educate the market on the various types of fraud and how to fight it.
Mobile ad fraud is a scam committed by criminals that affects the entire supply chain: publishers, advertisers, and everyone in between. The methods used by fraudsters are increasingly sophisticated, as mobile ad fraud is conducted with the goal of evading detection to steal as much money as possible. The cost of ad fraud across all types of digital advertising totaled an estimated $19 billion in 2018.2
The mobile advertising industry is constantly evolving. For advertisers and publishers, it's important to stay aware of the latest trends and topics that are affecting the industry. To help keep you updated, we've compiled insights from our team of in-app experts on a variety of important topics in the world of mobile advertising.
In-app advertising has never been more popular. Advertisers appreciate the targeted traffic that makes their campaigns effective, while app publishers value the fact that they can grow an audience and monetize without charging a premium price. But there is a downside to the massive growth of in-app advertising. Fraudsters are incentivized to try gaming the system with invalid traffic.
When it comes to targeting, everyone in the mobile advertising business knows the benefits of location targeting. The ability to reach people in specific areas, whether it's as broad as a state or as specific as a sports stadium, is crucial to the success of many campaigns. A much less utilized, but also an invaluable form of targeting, is language targeting.
2018 was a landmark year for digital advertising, as it was the first time that digital ad spending exceeded TV ad spending. Video advertising was a significant reason why the industry achieved this milestone. With users spending more time streaming content on mobile devices, brands are shifting their advertising dollars away from TV to reach users on their mobile phones. It's looking like 2019 will be another big year for video advertising. With that in mind, here are a few major trends to look out for this year.
Out of all the fast-growing countries, none have the advantages that China does when it comes to mobile advertising or increasing app monetization. Advertisers and app publishers from around the world are looking to China to unlock new levels of growth.
It's for good reason that China has become so desirable in the mobile world, as no country offers such favorable numbers in this category.
It's expected that China will become the world's largest economy in less than 15 years.1 Today, however, China is already the world's largest app economy. The opportunities within China are enormous for both app publishers and advertisers. However, with these opportunities come challenges unique to the Chinese market.
Our new whitepaper, "Inside China: Key Insights for Unlocking This Mobile-First Market," takes a deep-dive in what's needed to find success in China. Download it today.
Music apps are one of the most popular categories on smartphones, as users around the world are looking for a way to listen to music while on the go. Another strength of music apps is that user retention rates are among the highest of all app categories. With those advantages, music apps offer publishers strong opportunities for monetization. Let us show you how to leverage the power of your music app and make your revenues really rock.
News apps are an advertiser's dream. They have high reach, engaged readers with above-average salaries, and most importantly they offer a brand-safe environment. Because of this, advertisers are willing to pay a premium to reach this audience.
How much exactly are advertisers willing to pay? On the Smaato platform, the average eCPM for news apps is 44% higher than the overall average. With such high rates, building a strong monetization plan around an app is a big opportunity for news companies of all sizes. Here are our four tips to help maximize news app revenue: