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A Guide on In-App Advertising for Publishers

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In-App Advertising has become an impactful tool for user acquisition and a great way of monetization from apps for any publisher. With over 7 billion mobile users today, a mobile marketing strategy has become the need of the hour. 

As of 2021, global spending on mobile advertising has crossed over 340 billion US dollars, which is 40% of the total ad expenditure. 

With stats like these, it has become more and more relevant for publishers to consider leveraging mobile In-app advertising as a key element of their entire advertising campaigns.

The problem is that while anyone with a smartphone is somehow familiar with an in-app advertisement, even the most experienced digital marketers aren’t. 

So in this blog, we will talk about the ins and outs of In-app advertising, how to use them effectively, different advertising formats, and certain best practices to follow in in-app advertising, all from a publisher’s perspective. 

In-App Advertising

What is In-App Advertising?

In-app advertising is an effective marketing and monetization strategy for app developers and mobile publishers where advertisers serve ads via their apps for certain compensation. 

This allows publishers to keep their apps free for their users while simultaneously generating scalable revenue and increasing downloads.

App Developers and Publishers work together through programmatic ad buying in order to serve these in-app advertisements using mobile app ad networks.

The main reason why in-app advertising is beneficial is that these apps drive mobile usage and increase global media consumption. That allows mobile app publishers and agencies to use this as an efficient marketing channel. 

Let’s understand how In-app advertising work

  • The app installed on the user’s mobile device sends a request to serve an ad to the ad network. 
  • These ad networks use to take various factors into account and run an algorithm to determine the best and the highest-paying ads from various advertisers and sources, such as user data, device info, etc. 
  • The ad is then delivered and rendered to the app on the user’s smartphone in real-time.

Most of these ads come in multiple types and formats to fit the desired viewable space. This allows developers to choose between ad types and optimize their app monetization process.

Different types of In-App Advertising

What are the Different In-App Advertising Formats

The right In-app advertising format makes all the difference when it comes to delivering the best content and user experience. Here is a quick look at some of the popular ad formats available:

  • Native Ads 

Native ads are non-intrusive, blend in with the design, mimic the appearance of the editorial content present on a website, and can be a video or textual ad in nature.

  • Banner Ads 

Banner Ads are simple static ads that can be either displayed at the top or bottom of an app. They are known for being highly affordable and are universally supported.

  • Interstitial Ads 

Interstitial ad formats are full-screen banner ads that appear between different in-app events or levels of a game.

  • Rich Media 

Rich Media are the type of mobile in-app ads that use HTML, CSS, JS, and other image files to serve in banners and pop-ups.

  • Video Ads 

Native Video Ad is a great way to engage with users. It is served as a mobile video format that is skippable after a few seconds. 

  • Rewarded Video Ads 

Rewarded Video Ads are used to attract users with offers and incentives by making them watch video ads.

  • Playable Ads 

Playable ads are used to provide a small demo and are gamified versions of a gaming app. 

How effective are in-app advertisements?

Well, according to Statista, the most effective ad formats for in-app advertising for user acquisition are Full-screen video ads with a 44% conversion rate. In-feed video ads come second with 30% conversion and playable ads at 29%. What’s interesting is that this data does not include rewarded video ads which are popular among mobile gaming apps.

In-App Advertising Best Practices

Best Practices in Mobile In-app Advertising 

It is important for an app to attract the right audience and that can only be achieved with the right campaign in place. Campaigns can be unique, but there are some practices that can help you stand apart from the competition. Let’s take a look at some of the best practices that publishers can use to give the best experience to their users and maximize their ROI.

  • Right audience

Building the right audience by matching relevant ads to the users is the most vital part of a campaign’s success. Mobile App Publishers and Advertisers need to make sure that their user acquisition efforts and in-app advertisements are attracting the right users. 

  • Relevant ad formats

A publisher must majorly focus on the user experience. It is important to understand which ad format connects with your audience the most and make sure it does not compromise the flow of your app. 

  • Prepare and Test everything

We recommend testing everything from test pricing modes to A/B testing for every creative that you use. This will help you understand the type of ads that are most effective for your app and brings the right audience. 

These testing efforts are an important factor that can influence the success of your campaign and help you to optimize future campaigns. 

  • Do not exaggerate your efforts 

Nobody likes being pestered with ads during a gaming session or even while watching a movie. It completely ruins the user experience and no matter how good your ad may be, it will never be able to get the engagement you expect from it. Try to avoid using such exaggerated tactics and use relevant ads, in the right spaces and for the right audience.

Conclusion: Should You Use In-app Advertising For Your Mobile App?

Mobile App publishers should consider in-app advertising as a vital advertising and revenue-generating strategy.

Although, whether an in-app advertisement is suitable for your mobile app or not, depends on certain factors such as your app developer, your business model and the vertical you are serving in, etc.

However, measurement of your user acquisition efforts via in-app advertising is a must. 

Having an attribution solution for your mobile app will help you measure your ROI and escape from situations where your efforts are going in vain.

Trackier’s Mobile Measurement Partner and iGaming Platform offer industry-leading attribution solutions with real-time analytics and best-in-class Anti-Fraud tool.

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