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The 5 Best Mobile Advertising Platforms for Digital Marketing

Inspire Visual By Inspire Visual
Updated November 2021
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In-app marketing is growing in tandem with the success of mobile phones and in just 10 years the mobile advertising platform spending has grown from 729 million dollars in 2010 to almost 200 billion dollars in 2020.

There’s no doubt digital marketing is a big industry, and to get your brand featured on the best mobile advertising platform, we have researched and analyzed the 5 best mobile advertising platforms to help you make an informed choice and make the most of your marketing budget.

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What the mobile advertising platforms offer

The most helpful mobile advertising platforms offer a customized client portal with an easy-to-use dashboard where you can create and manage campaigns, target demographics, set campaign budgets, and analyze their performance.

Each platform will give you multiple mobile ad-formats to choose from. The four categories mostly available are banner ads, native ads, interstitial ads and video ads. Some of those are then sub-categorized, for example video with playable video, interactive video and more. We talk a bit more about these in chapter 2 of “How to Launch an App – The Definitive Guide”.

Every ad revenue based app we build for our clients is carefully analyzed before we can suggest the best type of mobile ad type to integrate for that particular app type.

The ad type is selected based on parameters such as app demographic, UI design, and client preference.

Once the type of ad has been selected, our app development team is able to suggest the optimal advertising platform, as each has their strengths and weaknesses depending on the ad type.

Have a look below to see the 4 most common mobile ad types.

The four main types of mobile ads

A banner is another way to display mobile ads.
Native advertising is part of the UI.
Interstitial advertising cover the entire page.
Video based advertising catches the eye and has higher click-through rate.
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AdMob is able to provide advertiser demand in more than 200 countries.

Google AdMob

Google bought AdMob in 2009 and it has since grown into one of the largest mobile advertising platforms on the market. Currently over 1 million apps are using AdMob with 97% of AdAge’s 100 world’s largest advertisers buying ads on the platform.

It has a complex analytics dashboard for obtaining detailed insights in how users are interacting with your app’s ads and to help you focus on the ads that generate revenue and which ads are non-performing.

You can also integrate the dashboard with Google Analytics for a deeper understanding of your customers behavior.

It’s the mobile app ad-service our app clients are most comfortable with up front as it’s provided by Google. However, it’s not the best for every purpose (e.g. video ads) so depending on the app we develop, we suggest the best alternative option.

There are four types of ad-formats available; banner ads, native ads, rewarded ads and interstitial ads.

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Elevating mobile advertising by focusing on the highest quality consumer experiences.

AdColony

AdColony offer in-app mobile video advertising and is used by some of the top companies in the world like Ben & Jerry’s, Toyota and Hilton Hotels.

Because they only offer in-app mobile video advertising, they have a strong advertising platform built for that purpose, both technical and network wise. With more than 135 million iOS users and 310 million Android users they have a large reach.

Their ad formats include: full-screen video, interactive video, playables, interstitials and banners.

With AdColony you get an advanced dashboard where you can set demographics, budgets, geographical location being some of the parameters.

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Facebook Audience Network can help publishers and developers grow their business.

Facebook Audience Network

You may be aware of Facebook and Instagram’s traditional ad network, where you are able to advertise your brand and services within Facebook and Instagram apps. Facebook Audience Network gives you the power to extend your campaigns beyond those apps and reach a wider audience.

They cover a broad range of industries, including games, entertainment, education and lifestyle and you can customize your target market based on these and many more parameters.

In addition to having pinpoint control of in which markets your ads should be displayed, you can also stop your ads from being shown next to certain content and block advertising on specific apps.

Facebook Audience Network lets you choose from the following ad formats; banner ads, native ads, interstitial ads and rewarded ads.

You can both during and after each campaign pull up a Publisher Delivery report with a list of publishers who have displayed your ads.

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Smaato is a full-featured mobile ad server empowers apps of all sizes to reach their full monetization potential.

Smaato

With over 1 billion monthly mobile users, Smaato is one not to miss. Their global reach is more than 1.35 billion mobile users with an inventory of over 90,000 mobile apps.

They are a mobile real-time advertising platform offering real-time bidding and access to 190+ ad networks. The advantages of real-time bidding include cost effectiveness, optimization based on the current market and advanced real-time targeting.

With Smaato you can create and manage detailed ad campaigns using their reporting analytics tool. From within that tool you can also view the current supply and do your real-time bidding against other advertisers. The higher the demand, the higher the cost of showing an ad.

Smaato have a wide variety of ad formats, including instream videos, outstream videos, rewarded videos, native ads, expandable banners and interactive banners.

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Fyber is providing the world's first and only mechanism to achieve a true state of header bidding for the mobile app environment.

Fyber

Companies like Atari, Zynga and Verizon are already using Fyber. Their mobile advertising platform gives you access to over 10,000 curated top-ranking apps.

Fyber has users in 180+ countries and 1.2 billion unique monthly mobile app users. As their competitor AdColony, Fyber is a video-based ad platform and one we have referred to in several of the apps we built.

In Fyber’s dashboard you can set up audience targeting such as behavioral, demographic, ad engagement, device IDs and you can make your own whitelists/blacklists of target markets.

They have a wide range of video ad formats, including landscape, vertical, square, rewarded, banner, interstitial and MREC.

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Conclusion

A survey shows that 77% of brands are already doing advertising in-apps. There’s a reason for that. Almost a third of respondents in that survey stated that they experience a better user engagement and better targeting capabilities compared to mobile web advertising.

In-app adds can improve ROI by a staggering 41% and that is a number any marketer should be taking seriously when strategizing a new marketing campaign.

We have helped many clients integrating ads for maximum app revenue and have in-depth knowledge of which ad type is most profitable depending on the app demographic. The majority of our clients also has questions for which mobile advertising platform we recommend based on their scenario.

You may already have an app, but not happy with your current monetization model. Our senior app developers can help with Android, iOS or cross-platform app integration of the most profitable mobile advertising platform and ad type for your specific app.

Reach out if you are ready to maximize your app profits using a mobile advertising provider. We’d love to help you along the way.

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At Inspire Visual, we believe that compelling design, functionality and content help drive effective results. That’s why we work hard to provide innovative, visually inspiring and functionally sound solutions to address your marketing challenges and extend your brand’s reach.

We offer decades of experience helping brands worldwide with websites, mobile app development, email marketing, direct mail campaigns, brand identity design, UI/UX, graphic design, print design, tradeshow design and more. We feel privileged to be allowed into our clients’ businesses, and we strive to provide personal service and close collaboration throughout your project.

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