UA comes down to basic math, the challenge is finding the right way to balance the equation.

Growing up, I wasn’t a gamer or someone who spent much time with technology. Looking back, I could never imagine that I would become an expert in marketing mobile games. At the start of my career, I wasn’t focused on the tech industry or mobile games. My initial background was in traditional corporate marketing, but I was able to get my foot in the door at ngmoco, and worked my way up from an entry-level role. Since then, I’ve been with multiple gaming companies at various stages (start-up, public, etc.), and have managed a combined UA budget of $50M+. On a personal note, I have an obsession with food and dogs, and hope to someday marry these passions with my mobile expertise.

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Watch The Data, Mix The Metrics And Tap The Emotions

Haydon Young has a long track record in marketing, an impressive career that started in real estate where his deep understanding and appreciation of what his clients valued allowed him to sell properties successfully. Fast forward, and Haydon has managed multi-million dollar ad spend for some major companies in the app industry. His drive to understand users allows him to identify the triggers, nudges and levers app markets can activate to bring about a positive outcome for campaigns while serving the emotional need of the customer. He shares his top pick of top-notch advice to app marketers.

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As a performance marketer I love data and analytics. While I’m committed to data-driven marketing, which has become essential to inform an effective user acquisition strategy, I know first-hand that campaigns can move the needle when you combine good data with great creative.

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When we first kicked off Mobile Heroes a year and a half ago, we set out to bring a well deserved focus to the community of app marketers that market something other than a game, like a dating or e-commerce app. The community has been tremendously underserved, unlike their gaming marketer brethren. Hence came Mobile Heroes.

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The news that consumer in-app spending over the last holiday period rocketed 52% to total $500 million (compared with $300 million) should spur us on in 2017 to explore new ways to get players to dig deeper in their pockets. But we should also double-down on ways we can get more value (not just money) out of the vast majority of users that don’t spend in our apps – and likely never will.

If you’re chasing the “whales” and big spenders, and throwing back all the other fish in your net, then you are likely throwing money out of the window as well.

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colette-nataf-headshot-02Guest Blog: Colette Nataf is the CEO and Co-Founder at Step One Growth. Previously, Colette was a User Acquisition Manager at MileIQ. After the company was acquired by Microsoft, she managed the Demand Generation team at Intercom. Colette, is now helping marketers scale their businesses through Facebook and Google AdWords.

 


There’s no such thing as bad press. There’s also no such thing as bad feedback on mobile ads.

When I was working at Intercom, we ran an ad on Facebook based around the concept that the more information you have about your customers, the better you’ll be able to build a product to fit their needs.

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colette-nataf-headshot-02Guest Blog: Colette Nataf is the CEO and Co-Founder at Step One Growth. Previously, Colette was a User Acquisition Manager at MileIQ. After the company was acquired by Microsoft, she managed the Demand Generation team at Intercom. Colette, is now helping marketers scale their businesses through Facebook and Google AdWords.

 


I remember the day I found out that Google was going to start putting ads in the Play Store. These would be similar to what we’ve seen in the Google Search engine for years, but now you see the same type of text ads when you’re downloading Android apps.

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colette-nataf-headshot-02Guest Blog: Colette Nataf is the CEO and Co-Founder at Step One Growth. Previously, Colette was a User Acquisition Manager at MileIQ. After the company was acquired by Microsoft, she managed the Demand Generation team at Intercom. Colette, is now helping marketers scale their businesses through Facebook and Google AdWords.

 


The holidays are coming.

When stores start putting out Christmas decorations before Halloween, you know it’s going to be a busy quarter in the advertising world. So what should you do as a mobile performance marketer in the holiday season?

It’s time to up your marketing game.

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As companies make strides in their growth investments, it is important to prioritize reporting needs and resources to measure success. For growing mobile-first companies like Ibotta, accessing actionable, consistent and granular data is often challenging due to inconsistencies in acquisition source data or internal resource limitations. These challenges may lead to reporting trade offs for companies getting started, but it is possible to still drive growth.

In this post, we’ll address how the ultimate acquisition attribution solution may not be realistic for early mobile-first startups, and tips on how to achieve growth as you build for the future.

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As the Director of Marketing at Smule, I invest a lot of money into user acquisition for our Smule apps. Acquiring new users is an important part of continuing our growth. But to make the most of our investment in user acquisition, we need users who actively engage and spend in the app.

One of our most popular apps is Sing! Karaoke. Sing! is a social entertainment app allowing users to engage in Sing performances with people all over the world.

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