On Thursday we attended the Berlin edition of the App Promotion Summit, organized jointly by mobyaffiliates and all amber. This event took place roughly 5 months after the inaugural edition in London and aimed to address, discuss and provide insights on the main current challenges of the mobile marketing industry in the fields of discovery and distribution. (more…)
Looking back on two interesting (yet slightly confusing) years of iOS app discovery
With now over 1 million apps available for download on the Apple App Store, app discovery remains a tremendous challenge for developers and publishers, especially for those on a budget.
Over the past two years, much speculation has been surrounding Apple’s true stance on app discovery, especially in regard to third party players getting involved in one way or another. Opinions differ greatly, but it does appear that three main ideas stand out: (more…)
With much anticipation and extensive coverage, Google released Android 4.4 nicknamed “KitKat” last week, along with its new phone, the Nexus 5. Google not being per se a hardware company, it produced its latest phone jointly with LG Electronics (Google has indeed always teamed up with various device manufacturers - including Samsung – for the production of its Nexus phones). (more…)
Mobile Game Publishers face tough decisions regarding the distribution of their games on a daily basis: localization, app store roll-out, user acquisition spend…
They need solid data to understand their markets and their users in order to back these important choices.
To help mobile game publishers get a better picture of the global mobile games market, we have teamed up with our friends at the Dutch global game market research Newzoo to assess the appeal of six global regions. (more…)
We are pleased to announce that we received an additional investment of $7 million (€5 million) from Prime Ventures, shortly after our original series A funding round of $13 million. We’re also announcing the hire of former Rocket Internet MDs Hendrik Harren and Stephen Chung as MD and COO and MD Asia, respectively.
The funds will be used to hire further talent and focus on developing our Customer Lifetime Value optimization technology. (more…)
Along with the colorful release of iOS 7 and its unprecedented adoption rate, Apple watchers realized that the Cupertino company has doubled the limit on the size of apps and content that users can download when they’re not connected to a wifi network on their device; increasing it to 100 MB from the former cap of 50 MB. This does not come as much of a surprise as it has continuously been upgrading this limit; first from 10 to 20 MB, and then from 20 to 50 MB in March 2012.
Let’s take a quick look at the consequences of this update and place it back into its broader context. (more…)
Two households, both alike in dignity…
In the current raging game of phones, it has until now been rather easy for everyone to pick a side between Apple and Google, depending on design, philosophical affinities, love of customizability or simply need for monetization. (more…)
In-app purchases and display advertising are often perceived as two competing business models for freemium apps. However, if implemented the right way, they can be used in conjunction with each other. How should you manage the balance between them in order to optimize your in-app monetization strategy? Eric Seufert offers his insights. (more…)
A couple of days after the big WWDC announcement, iOS7 seems to have left very few people indifferent. Whether it’s the apparent lack of innovation or the fact that the new operating system seems to be a jolly mash up of the whole industry, a lot has been said and written about the new design and functionalities of Apple’s latest iOS vintage. Comments and reactions are often critical (however usually justified), a few are actually good, and some are also, by Internet tradition, funny. (more…)
On Sunday, we announced a series A funding round of $13 million (€10 million) by Dutch venture capital and growth equity fund Prime Ventures. (more…)
It’s no secret that in the past couple of years, Free-to-Play has asserted itself as the main and most successful revenue model for mobile games. (more…)
Yet another vintage of MWC comes to an end. After nearly a week of action packed, whirlwind days of mobile enthusiasm from: meetings, holding down the fort at the exhibitor booth, every excuse under the sun to attend a networking event or party, we are going to trim away the conference madness to extract the key points for attending MWC, for the mobile apps industry and more specifically, mobile gaming.
Hello and welcome to the first part of our series on the user lifecycle!
User Acquisition is certainly the hottest and most debated issue in the mobile marketing space right now. With almost 800,000 apps on the Apple AppStore, and as many on Google Play, discoverability in particular remains a major issue for app publishers.
On the side of the gaming conference and trade fair Casual Connect Europe in Hamburg (meet us there!), AppLift co-founder and managing director Tim Koschella was interviewed by mobilbranche.de, a German website dedicated to mobile industry news. We thought the interview offered a good summary of AppLift’s vision and positioning in the mobile gaming space. For those of you who are lucky enough to speak German , you can find the original article here. Otherwise, no worries, here’s a translation: (more…)
The fast growth of the freemium model over the past couple of years has made it obvious that mobile game developers and publishers need to draw a thick line between user acquisition and monetization. Getting people to download your app is merely the first step. What follows is the need to engage, retain and finally convert those people into paying users. In other words, from player to payer. This distinction requires you to think ahead and plan the various steps that will lead to the efficient monetization of your user base. We can think of this series of steps as AVREM:
AppStore marketing is a challenging sport.
In our last article we highlighted the importance of having all your AppStore visual assets ready as early as possible. This requisite has just been made all the more stringent by Apple who announced that, as of January 10 2013, screenshots will be locked once the app has been approved. This change in policy seems justified by their efforts to thwart a common scamming tactic employed by fake apps, which resides in swapping out approved screenshots with new ones stolen from popular iOS titles, in order to lure users in.
First things first: we’re wishing you a happy, successful and (let’s make it) fun year ahead!
A couple of days ago we announced that we were going to increase the online presence of AppLift in 2013. Beyond regular company and industry news, we’d like to use our position as the first CPA network dedicated to mobile games to bring you informative and insightful content to help you acquire and efficiently monetize your users. Let’s grow the mobile space together!
It’s been some time since our last post, when we announced the launch of HitFox Game Ventures (now HitFox Group). A lot has happened in 6 months. Since the creation of AppLift in August 2012, we’ve been working hard to build the first and the best performance CPA network exclusively dedicated to mobile games.
The successful Berlin-based start-up HitFox leaps into the next phase. Serial entrepreneurs Jan Beckers, Tim Koschella, Ruben Haas and Hanno Fichtner founded HitFox Game Ventures, the world’s first vertical incubator for game distribution business models. HitFox Game Ventures has its sights on start-ups and acquisitions in the field of sales and marketing of games. Specializing in one sector is a pioneering achievement. To date the market is still dominated by generalized incubators. (more…)