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In-app advertising is the most popular kind of online advertising that drives revenue for hundreds of thousands of app brands and indie developers who have mobile ad inventory.
The majority of mobile users spend the bulk of their mobile time in apps; advertisers are focused on running ads in iOS and Android apps. These ads can be either rotated using the Waterfall rotation method when ads from multiple advertisers are rotated in a queue or using a more sophisticated method, called header bidding – when advertisers need to bid for ad inventory inside a publisher’s app.
In this section, we list all of the in-app advertising platforms.
In-App Advertising Guide
There are many benefits to using in-app advertising over other forms of advertising. For example, in-app advertising allows the advertiser to easily track the in-app behavior of that individual, meaning the data is more direct and easy to decipher.
Other advantages of in-app advertising include:
There’s a high level of personalization available for mobile apps
There are better opportunities to directly reach users
A variety of advertising methods, including video, display advertising, and even playable advertising
In-app ads are scaled to fit the app, and therefore look much more appealing to the user than mobile web ads
A mobile phone is a personal possession that most people carry with them wherever they go – meaning the chances to reach people are numerous
The key challenge for marketers is that people aren’t always keen to pay for a mobile app. That’s where creative solutions come in, such as allowing a user to experience the starting functionality of an app and then asking them to upgrade to the full experience if they liked their experience.
The same can be said for mobile gaming apps where a user is given access to the starting levels or challenges of the game, and then has the option to pay to unlock the rest of the game. When executed correctly, this method can work well, as long as the user feels the value on offer to them.
In-app advertising example
In-App Advertising Formats
There are many different ways of reaching mobile users – these come in a variety of in-app advertising formats that drive revenue.
The following are the main ad formats:
The most standard format are in-app ads that offer animations and effects to entice the user. These could be ads like banners, native ads, and reward ads.
In-app ads example
Interstitial ads are like full-screen banners that show up between game levels and serve to break up the user experience.
Interstitial ad example
Mobile video ads tend to produce the best engagement rates, as you might expect. These ads include the pre-roll ad format, the mid-roll ad format (that appears in the middle of the video), and post-roll ads.
Mobile video ads example
Rewarded video ads are often successful and offer the user an in-game reward, such as extra lives and power-ups, for watching and interacting with the ad.
Rewarded video ads example
Native ads can be a powerful ad format due to their ability to blend into the content on screen. A good native ad won’t even appear as an ad to a user, thereby driving engagement rates and interactions.
Native ads example
In-app advertising is growing in strength every day, so to think about a marketing budget without it is not really a viable choice. Below you’ll find some of the best in-app advertising companies to help get you started.
Founded in 2011, AdColony was created by mobile developers, for mobile developers and has grown into one of the largest mobile advertising and monetization platforms in the world with a reach of more than 1.5 billion users globally. AdColony is known for its exclusive Instant-Play™ HD video, Aurora™ HD Interactive video, and playable technologies, its global performance advertising expertise, its programmatic marketplace, and its extensive ad SDK footprint in the top apps worldwide.
Made for growth, built for app marketers.
At RevX, we help app businesses acquire and re-engage users via programmatic advertising to retain and accelerate revenue. We\'re all about taking your app business to the next growth level!
We help you build sound mobile strategies, combining programmatic UA, app re-engagement, and performance branding to drive the results you need to scale your business: with real users, high retention, and incremental revenue.
Smadex is the mobile-first programmatic DSP engineered for growth.
We are a technology company led by engineering and data science, focused on uprising the global mobile programmatic landscape through our ad tech solutions.
Using a combination of our own programmatic advertising technology, machine learning, and first-party data, we have over a decade partnering with apps, brands and performance marketers to achieve their growth goals.
We take transparency very seriously. To guarantee our fully transparent platform remains that way, Smadex programmatic partners with the leading third-party platforms to provide innovative solutions and independent measurement at the very core of our service.
Zoomd is dedicated to helping advertisers and publishers achieve their key performance indicators (KPIs) through a patented, performance-based advertising platform. The Company’s User Acquisition platform unifies more than 600 media sources under one dashboard including Google, TikTok, Samsung premium inventory and much more.
Business Models – Choose your preferred business model CPC/CPI/CPO/CPE/CPA
Fraud – Detection as part of the platform, adding you an extra layer of safety
Measurement – integrated to all major 3rd party mobile measurement solutions
Cost-efficiency – Save countless resources by managing all campaigns under one screen
Data Play – Enjoy machine decisions based on more than 500Million data points a day
...(supports all devices, all ad formats, all sizes, all channels, all environments)
Mobile, Desktop, In-App, Web, OTT/CTV
Free ad server
Clean, protected marketplace
In-house SSAI solution for....
Smaato’s digital ad tech platform is a completely omnichannel, self-serve monetization solution and free ad server all in one. Smaato gives publishers unparalleled controls to make monetization simple. Publishers can bring their first-party data and manage all inventory in one place. Marketers get access to the highest-quality inventory so they can reach audiences around the world and on any device. Headquartered in San Francisco, Smaato is part of Verve Group, a Media and Games Invest (MGI) company, with additional offices in Hamburg, New York, Beijing, and Singapore.
Mobile platforms: Android, IOS, Mobile, Windows Phone
Campaign types: CPC
Ad formats supported: Banners
Targeting: country, publisher, app, ad format, device, connection type, GPS data, device ID
Appska is a performance marketing agency. Our team of professionals has its own programmatic Ad Platform that can provide you 500,000 paid events worldwide monthly.
Hard KPIs are welcome! We have a team of analytics to optimize campaigns
More than 150 traffic sources worldwide (Unity, Snapchat, Xiaomi, Share IT and many others)
Our own anti-fraud solution
CPA model of work.
Bidease is a mobile DSP platform for mobile marketers. Its built on a foundation of proprietary programmatic advertising technology, Machine Learning, and first party data. Bidease team optimizes campaigns across all major mobile formats for desired post-install behaviors at no risk to its clients’ bottom line.
Mobile platforms: iOS, Android, Mobile Web
Campaign types: CPI, CPA, CPM
Ad formats supported: Banners, Interstitial, Native, Rewarded Video, Video
Targeting: Carrier, Device, Gender, Geo, Interests, IP, OS
The system collects & analyzes data such as traffic cost, revenue, in-app purchases, eCPM, and retention rates potential based on channels such as Facebook and Google Search,....
Mobupps is are a performance-oriented ad network, with over 10 years of experience in mobile user acquisition. The network leverages an access to private media from over 4,500 direct app publishers, as well as direct integration to all of the major global traffic sources.
Doble Via Latam was born in 2004, with VAS services and in 2011 thinking about advertisers needs, we started with mobile advertising business. Positioned at an international level we have vast experience in mobile and video advertising business.
PubMaticdelivers superior revenue to publishers by being an SSP of choice for agencies and advertisers. With our leading programmatic mobile advertising platform, publishers and app developers can leverage the open exchange as well as advanced deal models to maximize their monetization and gain access to brand budgets.
Mobile platforms: Android, IOS
Campaign types: CPA, CPC, CPI, CPL, CPM
Ad formats supported: Banners, In-App, Interstitial, Native, Rewarded Video, Rich Media, Video
Targeting: Publisher, Geo, Audience Segment, Ad Format, Platform, Domain / App, Viewability
VEVE is a performance marketing platform from Affinity Global Inc. that offers unique advertising experiences across OEMs, browsers and telcos. With native, high-performing ad formats – Tiles , Notifications, Universal, unique media placements and customization opportunities, the platform is empowering brands to achieve their advertising KPIs such as sales, app downloads, website visits and user engagement. Additionally, it provides creative and operational support across different languages and locations including the US, UK, EU, IN, ID and CN. VEVE also has its proprietary reporting dashboard to access deep data insights to optimize conversions and user engagement. VEVE also unlocks newer monetization avenues for OEMs and browsers while enhancing users’ online journey.
• Boost new user acquisition – Reach 500+ MN captive audience beyond search and social media network
• Achieve your advertising KPIs – All inventory bought is on performance KPIs such as CPI, CPA, CPC, CPV, etc.
• Highly engaging native ad experiences – Get high conversion rate with non-intrusive, user-friendly ad formats (Tiles, Notifications, Universal) and unique media placement
• 100% Brand safe environment – Custom reporting dashboards for complete transparency, real-time insights, and optimization opportunities
• End-to-end campaign management – Creative and operational support across different geographies (US, UK, EU, IN, ID, CN) and in multiple languages