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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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, 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.
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: