Tag: best practices


We’d definitely be beating a dead horse by stating that video ads are big, but… video ads are BIG. According to recode, ad spending on mobile video will reach $18 billion this year, having grown 49% since 2016. Time spent with digital media on mobile devices has long surpassed desktop, and the gap is continually widening.

Naturally, the rise in mobile video viewership has led to increased use of video to reach consumers. So, what should mobile app marketers know about mobile video ads?
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Julia Wu is a Senior Digital Marketing Manager at American Well. Learn more from her Mobile Hero profile.


During my career in mobile user acquisition I have come to notice that the relationship between the product and marketing teams can often feel antagonistic, and transactional at best. Oftentimes our user acquisition team would work with the product team off a prioritization framework and have bi-weekly check-ins, but not much more. Over the past few years I had the opportunity to work with some awesome product managers and develop meaningful, collaborative relationships that not only helped with UA, but also overall company growth.

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In June 2015, MyTona released the mobile game Seekers Notes: Hidden Mystery. Seekers Notes is a hugely popular hidden object game with millions of downloads. It’s famous for its carefully designed levels and beautiful artwork. This was the company’s first experience self publishing a mobile game, as well as promoting the game ourselves.

In the last three years we’ve been met with many tasks and questions requiring us to clarify, understand and solve. Today I would like to share with you 9 things that I learned from the Seekers Notes promotion journey.

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You went to school for marketing but aren’t artistic enough to make ad creative. You love data and technology, but you don’t write code. Sure, you can settle for a job as a social media specialist or maybe tap into your inner sales manager, but there is another option out there; mobile user acquisition (UA) marketing. For those not familiar with the job title, it’s our fancy phrase for mobile advertising. Also referred to sometimes as performance or growth marketing. (more…)

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Launching a new app can be a stressful time with many unknowns. You need answers for all the different stakeholders involved (brand, product, c-staff, board of directors) let alone for your own sanity to have the confidence that your actions are correct and will bring the most value to the company.

At launch, the task of managing the flood of Slack one-offs, email update requests, drive-by meetings, and stakeholder presentations can feel like a full-time job if you are not prepared. I could do an entire post on “new app launch stakeholder management,” not because I am some genius, but because I have a lot of experience. (more…)

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[GUEST BLOG] In 2017, we announced the launch of Chloe in Japan, our goal based robo-advisor mobile app. Chloe is the first robo-advisor app in the world that constructs portfolios with exchange traded funds (ETFs) listed at the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE). The portfolios are diversified across 50 countries, 37 industries and 4,324 stocks and bonds. The service is available both on iOS and Android and is the first robo-advisor in Japan available entirely on smartphones and tablets.

In tandem with a powerful PR outreach effort, we got to work immediately on setting up a formidable mobile user acquisition campaign to generate traction and to enable our target audience in Japan to take advantage of the new service.

Through that process, we developed a series of best practices which, some through trial and error, were important lessons to learn in marketing a finance app in Japan. (more…)

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Helene Trompeter got her start at Digital Advertising in Atlanta nine years ago.

Helene’s passion for digital shines in her current role as the head of U.S. media at The Weather Company, an IBM Business. She leads paid and organic media promoting the company’s profile of mobile apps and websites, which includes supporting The Weather Channel, Weather Underground and Storm Radar. She’s happy to share her best advice as an app marketer below.
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Applying an A/B testing framework is perhaps one of the most frequently discussed items by marketing teams internally. With a seemingly infinite number of combinations of ad copy, creative, and landing pages in the mix, it becomes critical to have a disciplined approach to testing creative using the A/B testing methodology. Here are a few things I learned having tested creatives on paid search, display, app push, and several other channels at scale.
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Alfonso “John” Romero, a well-known designer and programmer in the video game industry, once said, “In marketing I’ve seen only one strategy that can’t miss – and that is to market to your best customers first, your best prospects second and the rest of the world last.”

Here at Liftoff, we couldn’t agree more. That’s why we have built a mobile user acquisition platform that identifies and targets app users with the greatest engagement potential. In other words, you don’t just find people willing to download your app, you find people who will register, purchase premium features and adopt your app as part of their daily lives. (more…)

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