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How to Develop a Mobile Content Strategy

We present a guide to different mobile content strategy approaches. The content consumption trends help us to understand mobile users’ needs and interests.

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Fraud in the mobile industry is a bigger problem than ever

App marketers stand to lose $100m to mobile app install and engagement advertising fraud in 2016. That’s according to new research from mobile attribution and marketing analytics firm, AppsFlyer. The State of Mobile App Install & Engagement Fraud study also revealed the countries with the highest rates of advertising fraud.

Mobile app install and engagement fraud carries a cost of $350m for advertisers globally. $100m of this sum are verified fraud, whilst another $250m are suspected.

The research also found that the US may be the most targeted region in terms of advertising fraud. However, Germany, Australia, China, Canada and the UK are also experiencing high rates of app-install and engagement fraud. According to Geenapp’s Head of Quality and Fraud, Carles Cervera, that’s because generally fraudsters try to target countries where potential payout is greater. “The pirate’s effort is the same for a small payout and a big payout, that’s why pirates concentrate on the countries with higher payouts like US, Germany or Canada.” Cervera’s said. Higher cost-per-install and cost-per-action campaigns also come with greater fraud rates. Regions where there’s a low payout, such as Indonesia, Brazil, Vietnam and Thailand were found to exhibit less fraud.

Android devices are more prone (up to 50%) to advertising fraud than iOS devices, according to AppsFlyer. The exception is China, where iOS devices exhibit higher advertising fraud due to having greater ad payout rates. The main reason is because is easier to do a fake installation in android thanks to softwares that mimic the Google OS.

Fraud in different global markets

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Android devices experiencing higher fraud rates

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7 Steps to Improve Mobile User Experience

To improve the user experience you need to put yourself in the heads and shoes of your customers and provide an experience which is compelling enough so the users will be willing to come back.

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Burst Campaigns

Burst campaigns, also known as boost or hype campaigns, are a great way to release an app and make the world aware of it. Not to mention they are also the quickest, most impressive and coolest way to do it. These campaigns create a lot of expectation and incentivate users to download and try your app.
Users often uninstall apps coming from burst campaigns after a short while, but there is nothing to worry about it since all those previous downloads will make your app rank pretty high on the stores and drive lots of organic and high qualified installs.

There is a lot of controversy on whether this is a good user acquisition method or not, and if advertisers around the world get long lasting benefits from promoting with these types of campaigns.

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This is how your user acquisition campaign is going to look like

When

The best time to release a burst campaign is the App Launch: This will allow your app to rank shortly, as well as to boost its performance (CTR + CVR). In my opinion, holiday periods are a great time to launch an app, since users spend more time on their devices browsing for new content and new tools. Based on our experience, organic traffic and installs increase drastically during these holiday periods and time lag decreases. However, be aware that your competitors adapt their strategy and therefore install costs tent to go up.

Finally, if your app it’s heading down and you need fresh new users… you shouldn’t hesitate to push things a bit with one of this highly effective campaigns.

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“I wish I found an addictive app to not think about life these holidays”

Where

Boost campaigns are highly effective for iTunes Store, but not as much for Google Play. This has to do a lot with Google’s algorithm to position apps in the rankings, making it very hard to do an appearance based only in numbers.

Burst campaigns for your iOS app, if done right, can boost your rank up to #1 in the general store, within hours. This, because the store considers only the number of installations and the frequency they’re made. Google Play is a little bit more complicated. Their algorithm contains various elements, such as number and frequency of installations, actual usage, quality of the app, performance issues, SEO status (Google’s general web search), reviews, ratio of uninstalls, quality of all the apps by the same publisher and so forth. The conclusion is: for Android campaigns, you need to do more than a burst.

Once you have reached the top, you can expect to stay there for the rest of the day, even two. But keep in mind that you’re now on a downward path. Try and do some other activities to maintain yourself in there.

Why

Your main goal is climbing the store’s ranks. These campaigns will (if made right) boost your app all the way to the top, in order for it to be discovered by the whole world (which will get us juicy, great organic installations).

Why won’t you get great quality users? Well, because these types of promotions are made with an incentivized technique. The ad-network you hire for this job will allow all their users to give rewards in exchange for the installations. Say: if your app ends up being promoted in-app, it will be worth 2 lives on Gardenscapes or Candy Crush. If it is promoted by social media, it will probably be worth a followback or a shout-out. If it ends up on a content locker, it will be worth 30 minutes of free wi-fi, etc.

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For whom

Burst campaigns make your app available for everybody. Make no mistake, don’t believe when a certain ad-network tells you you’ll only get female users or kids under 10. All ages, demographics and interests will be able to see and download you app. It can be good for you if your app is relevant or appealing for all kinds of users, but if your app is targeting a niche you may want to stop and think again about spending your budget on burst campaigns.

Bottom Line

Burst campaigns have turned out to be very useful for advertisers worldwide, to acquire visibility, to complete their ASO strategy and in the pursuit of organic and quality users. However, these types of campaign have to be carefully created and executed in order to achieve the desired results instead of a big chaos. Interested in learning more about how you can boost your app store rankings using burst campaigns? Find here tips for having a successful boost campaign, or contact us and ask all your questions!

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Quality Anti-Fraud, all the process

El fraude en el sector de la promoción de Apps es algo que se lleva comentando y hablando desde hace tiempo, algo en lo que Geenapp ponemos gran parte de nuestros esfuerzos en innovación. Y es que intentar bloquear a los tramposos no es una tarea sencilla pero sí factible.

Hay dos momentos a analizar cuando hablamos de anti-fraude en la atribución: el clic y la atribución en sí.

En la parte del clic hay varios sistemas sencillos a analizar. El primero de ellos es evidente: que la IP del usuario no sea de una máquina y sea realmente de un operador que ofrezca servicios de Internet a usuarios finales. Teniendo en cuenta que hay 2.500 millones de IP, es fácil, pero no tanto. Además hay que tener presentes las VPN, proxies, etc. Por otro lado tenemos otros elementos obvios, como dispositivos y versiones de sistemas operativos “que no cuadran”. Con esto eliminas muchos piratas, pero no todos, principalmente si no tienes un SDK en el que analizar realmente el dispositivo y su fiabilidad, momento en el que cambia el sistema.

Otro elemento básico en los clics es que siempre recibamos al menos dos datos: el identificador único del clic y la fuente de tráfico. Si me mandas la fuente de tráfico, Geenapp te podrá analizar la calidad y podré decirte que esa fuente está haciendo trampas, algo que al final te va a generar “scrubs” o conversiones inválidas que van a afectar a tu cuenta de resultados de forma negativa. Nadie quiere tener tramposos en su casa.

Por otro lado está la atribución. En general para realizar la atribución tenemos a los “trackers”, empresas que se dedican exclusivamente a ello. Aunque precisamente por esto, como su trabajo es realizar atribuciones (y cobran por ello) eliminar las que no son reales no parece entrar en el negocio de todos, al menos no de forma extensa.

En nuestro caso, cuando recibimos los S2S de la atribución solicitamos la mayor cantidad de información posible: IP, user-agent, identificadores de dispositivo… ¿Por qué? Básicamente porque si el sistema de atribución me manda toda la información voy a ser capaz de analizarla y de decidir no realizar la atribución a los tramposos. En estos casos realizamos una tarea de prevención para que aquellos que se creen que pueden mandar mucho tráfico fraudulento y esperan conseguir conversiones, tengan un sistema disuasorio para que no lo hagan, al menos no con Geenapp.

Si eres una ad-network y trabajas con trackers y otras ad-networks, por favor, solicita recibir toda la información que puedas para mejorar la calidad del cruce de información a todos los niveles. Cuanta más información tengamos, más posibilidades de combatir a los tramposos tenemos todos.

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Guide to Mobile App Monetization

 

We can find several models of app monetization out there, since most of the apps in Google Play and App Store are free they need to be more creative when it comes to monetization strategy and get the best offer from the point of user experience.
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Mobile App Analytics Explained

To get the best out of app promotion it is essential to understand all the key parameters of app analytics and the process of mobile app attribution.

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Discarded Clicks

If you are already promoting our campaigns, you most probably have received a short e-mail informing you about this issue. If you are not, this article will be very useful for you for to understand more about our daily tasks to fight fraud in the mobile industry and increase the quality of the traffic we get for our advertisers.

Geenapp is a very smart-app platform that will detect where a user is coming from and what device he’s using. Also, it will analyze and detect other things, and depending on the sum of these characteristics, it will decide if the user is allowed or not to be redirected to the store.

Who are we dispatching?

The most common of all, country and device. Our campaigns are designed for specific countries and devices, so when a user who’s not a good fit for a certain offer clicks, the platform will discard and not take this users into account.

  • Click Dumping

This is our own term to describe the repeated human or non-human clicks on a particular link or ad, with the intention of inflating click counts, and the decreasing of conversion rates. According to some new research with GigaOM, around 40% of clicks are essentially worthless, creating a conversion rate to install an app from an app store of less than 0.1 percent. Trademob found that 22 percent of clicks are accidental, while 18 percent are fraudulent. We block all this garbage from traffic sources, so you get to see the real data.

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*Typical click dumper on our collective imagination.

 

  • Blocked sources

Our quality and anti fraud team analyzes several parameters for all our platform’s incoming traffic. Among all the elements that are constantly verified, are IP addresses and its reputation, hosting and service providers, Proxy and VPN connections. We get alerted when we see suspicious activity, and after carefully investigating the specific origin of it, we will block it definitely from our platform. We can add to this list the device’s reputation, which is also carefully analyzed for all our promotions.

We use our constant learning and advertiser’s feedback to blacklist these sources with irregular promotions. Each campaign running in our platform is a field that allows us to optimize our sources and improve the quality of our traffic.

  • Legacy or Robot traffic

Other things that we block are all clicks coming from a legacy device or search engine robot. A legacy device is an equipment that is outdated, obsolete or no longer in production. This includes all devices that are unsupported or no longer commonly used by most devices and software applications.

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*You won’t be making any profit with these.

 

  • Device

There is no device information. Or in other words, user is spoofing on our offers. Spoofing is, in general, a fraudulent practice in which communication is sent from an unknown source disguised as a source known to the receiver. For example, a user with a desktop software that allows him to disguise as an iPhone. This technique is commonly used to produce and simulate traffic for offers that in a normal situation would not be available for its device.

  • Desktop traffic

Not under a fraud classification, users who click on the ad from a desktop will not be redirected to the store. These users will be shown a QR code that will allow them to scan with a mobile device and continue with the download and open process.

  • Wall

Also not under a fraud classification, if you are promoting one of our apps and there is no active offer for it at the moment, we will apply you post-settings configuration and discard the click.
We are working hard to make our platform the safest choice for all parties: we help advertisers acquire real users, get higher conversion rates and receive the highest benefit from their investment. Our networks can get their traffic sorted out and cleansed via our platform, as well as knowing better their sources with real-non-inflated statistics, allowing them to redirect or eliminate non profitable users.

If you want to review all your Discarded Traffic, you can check the detailed report we created for you. It’s in your panel, under: Reports -> Discarded menu.
If you have any other doubt about our discarded clicks, contact us and we will gladly answer all your questions.