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.
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.
Mobile video has reached a new level of maturity and it’s gaining real traction; as a result, the Smaato team has been working on expanding our exchange's video capabilities. Today, we are happy to announce two substantial additions to our available ad formats: Outstream and Rewarded video.
Mobile video ad spend is projected to hit $5 billion in 2017 and will continue to grow by nearly $1 billion annually through 2020, according to eMarketer. Add in the larger mobile video viewing audiences and the rapid advancement of smartphone technology—such as faster processors, larger screens, improved mobile data/connections—and publishers have plenty of reasons to evaluate the potential of running mobile video ads that monetize their apps effectively.
About six months ago, Google decided to open up the Dynamic Allocation feature inside DoubleClick for Publishers (DFP) to third party exchanges allowing them to compete for ad impressions. It’s fair to say the advertising industry sat up and took notice, since this announcement carried real implications for both supply and demand (not to mention the fully intentional impact on header bidding solutions).
Since then, Google has seen strong growth in its Exchange Bidding product. Given such positive early results, the company has decided to double-down on this success by expanding the program. Jonathan Bellack, Google’s Director of Product Management, unveiled several new exchange partners at the Programmatic I/O conference in New York last month. Smaato is pleased to be listed as one of Google’s key selected mobile exchange partners.
Apple recently released the new iPhone 7 and the iOS 10 operating system. With greatly enhanced lock screen and messenger capabilities, opening Siri to third-party applications and laying a foundation for smart home connectivity, iOS 10 boasts some impressive additions to the iPhone user experience. At first glance, there aren't any game-changers for iOS app publishers.
However, when it comes to in-app advertising, publishers should pay close attention to the following changes introduced by iOS 10: Limit Ad Tracking (LAT) and App Transport Security (ATS).
If you’ve been following Smaato's product team recently, you might have noticed that we’ve been shipping copious demand-side releases -- most notably around the launch of our new Smaato Demand Platform (SDX).
However, we're also expanding our Smaato Publisher Platform (SPX) and we'd like to showcase the latest SPX additions here.
ONE by AOL: Mobile Connections
We've updated our connection to AOL's mobile publisher solution, ONE by AOL: Mobile, which includes offerings from Millennial Media and Nexage. The Millennial Media client-side connection (via SDK) and the Nexage exchange are now unified under ONE by AOL: Mobile within the SPX interface. This update allows publishers to mediate ad requests to AOL either client- or server-side.
Only a few short years ago, the best advertisers could hope to do was target a broad demographic. Today, as ad tech quickly advances in its efficiency and precision, the mobile app world is opening up new opportunities for ad relevance. And when it comes to choosing publishers for advertisements, the app category is perhaps the most important factor. After all, it significantly impacts who the users are and what type of content they find valuable.
Not all app categories are created equal – as far as advertising is concerned, at least. Smaato's latest Global Trends in Mobile Advertising report shows that the Arts & Entertainment category is the definitive winner: it accounts for over half (52%) of total mobile ad spending. In the Americas alone, ad spend in this category has grown by 364% from Q1 2015 to Q1 2016. We predict that this upward trend will continue.
In January 2015, we proudly launched the Smaato Publisher Platform (SPX) to help publishers and app developers maximize ad revenue. SPX is a free, full-featured publisher ad server connected to Smaato’s mobile advertising exchange (SMX). As part of our core mission here at Smaato is to help our publisher partners make more money, the launch and widespread adoption of SPX has definitely exceeded our expectations.
However, there are two very important sides to this mobile marketplace equation. While we have tons of supply (ad inventory from thousands of connected publishers) in the Smaato exchange, without the right demand (buyers, advertisers and those systems that enable them to buy programmatically) also connected to Smaato, we may as well all pack up and go home.
Native ads are attractive to publishers because they boast higher eCPMs and deliver better revenues than standard ad placements. Sounds compelling, right? There is one drawback, however - the technical realization of native ads is more complex than other ad formats.
Whereas image ads simply require single image creative plus a beacon that is called and displayed, native ads usually contain multiple creative pieces that need to fit the requirements of the native ad property. This means that larger-scale integration of native ads has been quite cumbersome for app developers…until now! Smaato set out to make this process a lot easier for you - enter our Native Ad Templates!
With our newest iOS SDK (8.0.4) & Android SDK (5.0.2) updates, you're now able to integrate six pre-defined native ad layouts (as outlined by the IAB, and represented in our SPX Platform) as templates into your app, saving you approximately 80% of setup time!
Calling all Windows & Windows Phone developers. Continuing Smaato's strong commitment to Microsoft's cross-device OS, we've released a brand new Windows 10 SDK to support the most recent version.
Yes, you read it correctly - our newest SDK supports Windows 10 across all devices. As Microsoft has designed Windows 10 to be a single operating system to run across phones, "phablets", tablets, laptops, desktops, and even their Xbox One gaming console, our SDK is in turn not constrained to one device - and with Microsoft having announced a goal of enabling Windows 10 on one billion devices (over the next 2/3 years), your potential audience just broadened by quite a bit.