Performance marketers of mobile non-gaming apps typically have mixed feelings when it comes to affiliate marketing.  The channel is based on the relationships between the advertiser and a publisher/affiliate. At times, this relationship is compromised with low quality, high volume traffic, but in other cases, there is a mutually beneficial exchange of quality users for revenue that allows both parties to grow with one another. (more…)

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Users who love your app are of course the most powerful marketing agents. That’s why all product marketers aim for clear product-market fit, high NPS and the word of mouth organic lift that those two can produce.

Glowing app store reviews are the next best thing to strong word of mouth. Just about every viewer of an app store listing glances at the user rating and some reviews before tapping ‘Install’. At volume, positive reviews also can enhance your organic search results on the App Store and Play Store. (more…)

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As companies make strides in their growth investments, it is important to prioritize reporting needs and resources to measure success. For growing mobile-first companies like Ibotta, accessing actionable, consistent and granular data is often challenging due to inconsistencies in acquisition source data or internal resource limitations. These challenges may lead to reporting trade offs for companies getting started, but it is possible to still drive growth.

In this post, we’ll address how the ultimate acquisition attribution solution may not be realistic for early mobile-first startups, and tips on how to achieve growth as you build for the future. (more…)

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Acquiring new mobile users is great, but to really grow your mobile app – especially if it’s free-to-use – optimizing for user retention is priority number one. This is especially true with my company, CBS Sports Digital. The world of sports is action-packed, even when there aren’t any games on, and my job is to bring in users who regularly open the CBS Sports app to check scores, read news, and watch videos about the teams and sports they love.

The CBS Sports app has seen very positive growth since launched, but we still work obsessively to improve user retention rates. This post shares my top 3 tips for optimizing your user acquisition channels to increase user retention. (more…)

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Every day, consumers are turning to their mobile devices to do their shopping. In 2015, shoppers spent nearly $75 billion shopping on their phones, up from $56.6 billion in 2014. For retailers and eCommerce companies, this shift in buying habits opens up new opportunities to grow revenues.

At Boxed, our focus is on acquiring new shoppers who will install our app, browse our products and make a purchase. In order to continually improve our UA campaigns and acquire more shoppers, we regularly A/B test our ad creative to learn what works best. (more…)

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As the Director of Marketing at Smule, I invest a lot of money into user acquisition for our Smule apps. Acquiring new users is an important part of continuing our growth. But to make the most of our investment in user acquisition, we need users who actively engage and spend in the app.

One of our most popular apps is Sing! Karaoke. Sing! is a social entertainment app allowing users to engage in Sing performances with people all over the world. (more…)

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When you think about mobile marketing, does your product team come to mind? For me, constant collaboration with the product team at LifeLock is critical to marketing our app. Regular communication with the product team is beneficial for three big reasons:

  • The marketing team better understands our product
  • The product team helps us improve our message and consistency
  • Reviewing performance data helps both teams perform better in the future

You probably do not want to add yet another meeting to your weekly calendar, but if you’re not already meeting regularly with your product team, these are some compelling reasons to start. (more…)

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App install campaigns are one of the most effective ways to drive new users to a mobile service, but they’re far from being the only effective method. At RetailMeNot, we are always on the hunt for creative ways to reach our target audience and help them save money on their favorite products and brands.

This post looks at three user acquisition channels we use to generate a significant number of new mobile users, beyond app install ads, including: (1) the RetailMeNot website, (2) search engines, and (3) physical signage. (more…)

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If there is one thing that differentiates performance marketers of games and non-gaming apps, it’s the channel considerations they make when allocating their ad spend. A majority of mobile performance marketing is dominated by casual gaming advertisers with the benefit of a wide ranging audience. Casual gamers are made up of nearly any demographic and can be found anywhere.

However, non-gaming app marketers require more granular targeting capabilities when spending on new user acquisition channels. For instance, dating apps typically want to acquire users who are mature and single and must be more careful when buying users from publishers with a wide demographic range, such as gaming apps. (more…)

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Marketing an app means growing and fostering an amazing business. In an industry that is still so young, it also means that we will make mistakes along the way to success. Two of the most important lessons I’ve learned as a mobile marketer are:

  • Mistakes are okay as long as you learn from them
  • Always optimize your user acquisition campaigns for revenue or engagement

Below is the story of how I learned lesson #2 at MileIQ. (more…)

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