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15 Top Strategies for Summer 2023 - from Mobile App Industry Veterans:

explore key strategies to boost your mobile app & user numbers and increase engagement, (...) natural growth, using social features in your app, and adapting to new privacy rules.

In the competitive world of mobile app marketing, simply having a great product isn't enough. Developers and game studios face the ongoing challenge of attracting and keeping users engaged, especially with the constant changes in privacy policies and technology.

At Appodeal, we know how tough these changes can be. We're here to help you understand and adapt to this ever-changing landscape. We're lucky to learn from industry experts who successfully share their insights on attracting and engaging users.

This article will explore key strategies that can help boost your user numbers and increase engagement. We'll discuss the importance of natural growth, using social features in your app, and adapting to new privacy rules.

These insights come from industry veterans who have been through it all. They aim to help you survive and thrive in this challenging environment. So, whether you're a big game studio or a new app developer, this article offers useful tips to improve your marketing efforts and take your app to new heights.

Let's dive in!

Holiday Season Mobile In-App Ad eCPM Report '23

Table of contents

  1. Embracing the SKAdNetwork Framework
  2. Creative Challenges and Loss of Hyper-Targeting
  3. Shifts in Marketing Mix
  4. The Importance of Schemas
  5. Looking Forward to SKAdNetwork 4.0
  6. Adjusting Attribution Models
  7. Exploring Different Channels
  8. Leveraging Social Features for Organic Growth
  9. Utilizing Social Platforms and Influencer Content
  10. The Role of Virality
  11. Referral Programs: Unlocking Organic Growth
  12. Deep Linking: Ensuring Smoother User Experience
  13. Capitalizing on Apple Search Ads
  14. Leveraging Google for User Acquisition
  15. Prioritizing Creatives: The Secret Sauce to Higher Engagement

1. Embracing the SKAdNetwork Framework

It's no secret that implementing the SKAdNetwork framework has profoundly affected mobile app marketing. Many apps and games in the industry found hitting the scan conversion thresholds challenging, particularly with regard to retargeting campaigns, especially on iOS. Nonetheless, the community has learned to adapt and work within this new framework.

Adjustments had to be made to how teams allocate their resources. The scan ecosystem changed the traffic mix, meaning not all ad networks and partners could successfully transition. Teams learned to be flexible, moving funds to where they saw the best return on investment.

2. Creative Challenges and Loss of Hyper-Targeting

The lack of visibility into the working creatives on iOS has made creative campaigns more challenging. Furthermore, the loss of hyper-targeting capabilities means that the audience on iOS has broadened significantly.

As a result, campaigns have had to be more versatile and creative in reaching the right audience.

3. Shifts in Marketing Mix

While the marketing mix has not drastically changed, some subtle shifts have occurred.

Budgets are now consistently being switched from one channel to another at a faster rate. Additionally, the focus has moved towards testing new channels quickly, adapting to the SKAdNetwork situation. This approach impacts how budgets are allocated and how campaign success is measured.

4. The Importance of Schemas

A key challenge and a path to success in navigating the SKAdNetwork framework is working on your schemas. This refers to building a schema of aggregated reporting data points without user-level data.

This could include binary coding around reporting to SKAdNetwork or tracking different events and user levels. Although the lack of user-level data might feel like navigating blind, optimizing schemas allows you to measure performance better.

5. Looking Forward to SKAdNetwork 4.0

There are mixed feelings about the potential opportunities and features SKAdNetwork 4.0 might bring. While some are optimistic about Apple providing more visibility and transparency for performance marketers, others believe it won't restore the scenario to what it was pre-SKAdNetwork.

Adoption rates of SKAdNetwork 4.0 have not been as high as anticipated, but it promises to offer a more extended measurement period beyond the initial 24 to 48 hours, making it easier for developers who optimize for long-term returns.

6. Adjusting Attribution Models

Navigating these changes has also required a shift in the preferred attribution models. A mix of SKAdNetwork and other models like probabilistic matching are used to gain as much data as possible. This dual view empowers performance marketers to make better-informed decisions.

As the mobile app marketing landscape evolves, so do marketers' strategies. Despite not offering immediate, actionable data for UA teams, media mix modeling, and incrementality are becoming increasingly crucial. In conjunction with other performance marketing tools, these models help secure a smoother transition into the future.

7. Exploring Different Channels

Expanding into new channels isn't a sprint; it's a marathon. The team at Appodeal discovered that venturing into areas such as CTV (Connected TV) posed measurement challenges. Even when direct response metrics aren't readily apparent, persistence is key. While these challenges may be more daunting for smaller companies, sustained effort is how you build momentum over time.

Not every channel will be a direct response gold mine, but diversifying your efforts can offer incremental growth and open up new user bases. It's all about consistent application and patience in seeing your efforts bear fruit.

8. Leveraging Social Features for Organic Growth

The discussion turned to an essential question: how to leverage social features to drive organic growth?

Firstly, social features within apps were highlighted. Some games and apps are built with a more social environment in mind, encouraging users to invite others to join the experience. This social engagement within apps has the potential to drive organic growth, with user referrals acting as a powerful marketing tool.

The conversation also pointed to plans for Player vs. Player (PvP) mechanics in certain games as a future growth driver. PvP can introduce a competitive edge to the experience, encouraging players to invite friends to join the competition and boosting user engagement and growth.

9. Utilizing Social Platforms and Influencer Content

The experts also discussed leveraging social features within platforms, such as collaborations on Instagram and Spark ads on TikTok. User-generated content (UGC) on platforms like TikTok is an invaluable resource. Brands that already have a presence or following on such platforms can capitalize on content created by fans to promote their apps.

The win-win situation is that influencers boost their engagement, brands get promotional content, and costs are minimal.

10. The Role of Virality

Lastly, the potential virality of games was highlighted. Some games, by their nature, have high virality due to their interactive gameplay, encouraging player-to-player interaction.

While not all game genres may be equally suited to this, incorporating social and viral elements within the game can significantly contribute to organic growth.

11. Referral Programs: Unlocking Organic Growth

One of the crucial ways to encourage organic growth in your mobile gaming community is through well-implemented referral programs. You can create a self-perpetuating growth engine by incentivizing current users to invite their friends to the game. These invitations can be trackable, allowing you to measure the referral program's success.

For instance, with Appodeal's advanced analytics and insights, you can monitor the conversion rate of referral invites and assess the overall performance of your program. Although the process of sharing can be as simple as hitting a share button and texting it out, Appodeal ensures that your in-app sharing feature functions seamlessly and tracks results accurately.

12. Deep Linking: Ensuring Smoother User Experience

Deep linking is another powerful tool that mobile game developers should consider.

It allows you to direct users straight to specific in-game locations from external platforms, thus enhancing the user experience and increasing the likelihood of conversions. These links can be shared through various channels, such as SMS or social media platforms, to invite friends to join a particular game or event within the app.

13. Capitalizing on Apple Search Ads

Apple Search Ads have grown significantly in recent years, and their use has become a cornerstone of effective app marketing strategy. They are a more premium and accurate channel, even if they may be more expensive.

Since Apple search ads are seamlessly integrated into the Apple Store, it allows you to track data more accurately, which can help you optimize your campaigns for better performance.

One approach to expanding Apple Search Ads' effectiveness is targeting specific keywords. This strategy can be particularly beneficial for games with famous IPs, allowing them to target relevant keywords and reach a highly engaged audience.

14. Leveraging Google for User Acquisition

Google also plays a crucial role in user acquisition. It has effectively mastered lower funnel event optimization, making it an excellent source of Android traffic. Its recent advancements towards supporting SKAdNetwork and introducing Quality of Service (QoS) bidding make it an even more compelling choice for iOS traffic.

One of the benefits of Google is that it can match your ad copy with the right people, making targeting easier. This advantage, combined with effective video content, banners, and text ads, can significantly enhance your ad's performance and user acquisition.

15. Prioritizing Creatives: The Secret Sauce to Higher Engagement

Finally, the most effective marketing strategy often revolves around creatives. Creatives are still the most impactful way of drawing in users. The conventional format of hook, gameplay, and call to action remains the winner of all ads.

Different iterations of this format, especially in creating a call to action or depicting gameplay, can significantly impact your ad's effectiveness. Pairing this with user-generated content (UGC) or influencer marketing can further enhance your creativity and improve its performance.

In Conclusion

In the dynamic world of mobile app marketing, the most powerful strategies focus on creating quality products, building and nurturing strong communities, and leveraging genuine, compelling advertising. A thriving, satisfied community translates into a successful product; engaging your players and creating resonant content fosters a sense of belonging that can encourage organic growth and virality.

Simultaneously, exploring new channels, maximizing the potential of in-app social features, and adapting to the shifting landscape are critical steps toward driving this organic growth. Indeed, as the mobile app ecosystem evolves, so should your strategies.

The current climate may prompt a shift towards more traditional marketing, but this can be viewed as a golden opportunity to get back to the roots of marketing and reinvent your strategies. Quality products, genuine ads, and user-focused methods reign supreme.

Facing this rapidly changing landscape might seem daunting, but remember: it's not a sprint but a marathon. Consistent efforts and the right strategies and tools can pave the way for your app's sustained growth and success.

Holiday Season Mobile In-App Ad eCPM Report '23

At Appodeal, we're committed to standing with you—game studios and mobile app developers—through these changes. We offer the tools, insights, and support you need to thrive in this vibrant, evolving arena. While the path forward may be uncertain, we believe that together, we can navigate this exciting new world of mobile app marketing and unlock your product's full potential.

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The Mobile eCPM Report: In-App Ad Monetization Worldwide [Updated in July 2023]

Optimize your Ad Monetization Strategy, find new audiences, and learn new ways to step up your revenues.

Updated on July 4th, 2023.

Every quarter we update our Mobile eCPM Report, where we analyze the eCPM of millions of ad impressions worldwide from +70 Ad Networks, only to provide you with the Latest Trends & Insights into the Mobile Ad Industry.

Check out the key insights, or analyze the data to find new growth opportunities for your Mobile Apps & Games!

With the quarterly Mobile eCPM Report, you can finally watch the evolution of the Mobile Ad Industry in its full depth. Learn how the eCPM has evolved in each Country, Platform & Ad Type.

Optimize your Ad Monetization Strategy, find new audiences, and learn new ways to increase your revenues.

For a broader spectrum of the mobile in-app ad industry, check our annual 2022 Mobile In-App Ad Monetization Performance Index, 50-Pages long. An in-depth analysis of the Mobile Ad Industry with rankings for Ad Networks, Ad Types & Top Markets. With interactive graphs!

Click the worldwide map & evolution graph to get all details per country. And as usual, You still have the quick bullet-point analysis with the top key insights per each ad format.

Summary - Updated on July 2023:

The freshest Mobile eCPM Report!

Rewarded Video Ads eCPM in Mobile Apps & Games

  • The United States maintains a firm lead in both iOS and Android platforms. For iOS rewarded ads, eCPM values began at $20.50 in March, then experienced a slight dip in April and May, falling to $19.93 and $17.53, before recovering slightly in June to $17.84. The Android platform in the US showed a steady upward trend, starting at $18.40 in March and climbing each month to reach a peak of $19.21 in June.
  • Asia continues to be a formidable player, particularly in the iOS market. Japan kicked off with an eCPM of $18.50 in March and experienced a dip in April and May, falling to $16.93 and $13.69, respectively, before climbing back to $14.97 in June. South Korea saw a similar trend, starting at a robust $18.74 in March before declining in April to $15.88, slightly recovering in May at $17.38, and ending the period at $17.12 in June.
  • Germany on iOS devices showed less fluctuation than its Asian counterparts, starting at $10.22 in March, slightly decreasing over the months, and finishing at $9.03 in June.
  • In emerging markets, iOS consistently outperforms Android. Saudi Arabia exemplifies this trend, with iOS eCPMs starting at a high $15.12 in March and ending at a respectable $12.31 in June. Although lower, Android eCPMs in Saudi Arabia show a steadier trend, hovering around $3.18 - $4.07 during the same period.
  • India, a key emerging market, displays a declining trend on the iOS platform, with eCPMs falling from $3.17 in March to $2.85 in May before slightly recovering to $3.12 in June. However, the Android platform in India remained steady, with minimal fluctuation around $1.10 - $1.22.
  • South Africa's Android platform showed promising consistency, with eCPM values remaining around $2.41 - $2.74 from March to June, suggesting stability in this region's Android market.

Full-Screen Ads eCPM in Mobile Apps & Games

  • The United States still leads on iOS and Android platforms in the Full-Screen Ads or Interstitials segment. For iOS, the eCPM for interstitial ads started at $14.02 in March and dipped slightly in April to $13.73 before bouncing back and increasing steadily, finishing at $15.30 in June. On the Android platform, the US had a relatively steady performance with slight variations, starting at $15.02 in March, and experiencing a slight dip to $14.65 in June.
  • Amongst the mature markets, we observe the highest rise in the United Kingdom, where iOS eCPMs rose from $7.97 in March to $9.62 in June. Similarly, Canada and Australia also showed an upward trend, with Canada reaching $7.98 in June and Australia peaking at $11.72 in the same month. In contrast, these countries saw a slight decrease or remained stable on the Android platform.
  • Asian markets, including Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea, demonstrated variability. For iOS, Japan's eCPM started at $9.45 in March, dipped to $8.25 in May, and slightly rose to $8.70 in June. Taiwan saw a steady decrease from $11.12 in March to $9.74 in June, while South Korea had a more stable trend around the $8-$9 range. On Android, these countries showed a decline in eCPM over the months, with Japan falling from $6.94 in March to $7.25 in June, Taiwan dropping from $7.71 to $6.56, and South Korea decreasing from $10.33 to $10.09.
  • In emerging markets, eCPM for Interstitial Ads on iOS and Android platforms showed mixed trends. In Saudi Arabia, iOS eCPMs started at a strong $8.26 in March, dipped in April and May, and rebounded to $7.76 in June. Android eCPMs followed a similar path, decreasing from $3.78 in March to $3.57 in June. In contrast, Brazil's eCPM for iOS demonstrated an upward trend, starting at $4.23 in March and peaking at $4.86 in June.
  • India's eCPM values for Interstitial Ads showed a decrease across both platforms. On iOS, it dropped from $1.78 in March to $1.32 in June; on Android, it dropped from $1.04 in March to $0.98 in June.
  • South Africa's Android platform displayed a relatively consistent eCPM of around $2.5, suggesting a stable Android market in this region.

Banner Ads eCPM in Mobile Apps & Games

On the iOS platform:

  • The United States again leads the eCPM rates for Banner Ads. Starting at $0.32 in March, there's a gradual increase, and it finishes strong at $0.42 in June. This steady rise indicates the growing effectiveness and value of Banner Ads for this region. Similarly, in June, Canada and Australia showed a rising trend, with eCPMs reaching $0.33 and $0.35, respectively.
  • A slight but steady rise can be observed from March to June for the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. The highest increase is in the United Kingdom, where eCPM rose from $0.16 to $0.22. Interestingly, the Asian markets of Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea display a relatively stable trend on iOS.
  • In emerging markets such as Russia, Poland, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, India, the Philippines, Brazil, Mexico, and South Africa, iOS eCPMs have remained relatively stable. However, Brazil slightly increased from $0.14 in March to $0.15 in June.

On the Android platform

  • The eCPM values show a slightly different pattern. While the United States continues to lead, starting at $0.79 in March and reaching $0.84 in June, the increase is not as pronounced as on iOS. Canada and Australia fluctuated slightly but remained stable, with final values of $0.48 and $0.48, respectively.
  • Germany experienced the most notable increase in mature markets, with its eCPM value rising from $0.25 to $0.29 from March to June. In contrast, Asian markets experienced a slight decrease in eCPM, especially Taiwan, which fell from $0.27 to $0.19 over the same period.
  • In the emerging markets on Android, a fairly stable trend was observed. Russia and Saudi Arabia slightly fluctuated but ended up at the same eCPM as in March, which were $0.31 and $0.32, respectively. In contrast, India maintained a consistently low eCPM, around $0.07-$0.09, the lowest amongst the countries listed.
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About the Data Source of the Mobile eCPM Report

It's easy to discuss bringing transparency into the nebulous mobile ad world. But in general, it's always better to show than tell.

Appodeal Growth Platform, among other services, helps mobile app publishers and developers monetize their apps by making over 70 ad demand sources compete for each ad impression.

Our algorithm then evaluates all the ad bids and serves the ad with the highest bid.

The Mobile eCPM Report represents the average eCPMs from billions of ad impressions served during the analyzed period for each country worldwide where we have significant impressions data. It focuses primarily on our top 3 ad formats (rewarded videos, full-screen ads, and banner ads), broken down by iOS and Android.  

Check out our annual Mobile eCPM Performance Index Report for a deeper report. A +50 page-long document where we dive deep into the industry data. You will find a detailed analysis, split for each top-grossing Market, and rankings for Ad Networks, Ad Types, and more.

We hope mobile app publishers and developers will find this quarterly Mobile eCPM Report useful as a benchmark for your app's ad revenue and for gaining a fuller understanding of earning potentials worldwide as your app grows.

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2023 Q1 - Historic of Mobile eCPM Report

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Key Insights of Rewarded Video Ads

  • The United States is leading the pack. In December, the eCPM for Rewarded Ads on iOS devices in the US was $21.49, and it remained strong through March at $20.50. In contrast, the eCPM for Rewarded Ads on Android devices in the US started at $18.36 in December and reached $18.40 in March.
  • Japan and South Korea show impressive eCPM values for iOS devices, with Japan slightly dropping in February ($17.46) before recovering in March ($18.50). South Korea peaked in January at $21.65, followed by a steady decline to $18.74 in March.
  • Germany experienced the most significant fluctuation in eCPM values for iOS devices, dropping from $11.25 in December to $9.88 in February before bouncing back to $10.22 in March.
  • In emerging markets, iOS eCPMs generally outperformed Android eCPMs. However, the gap between the two platforms is smaller than in mature markets. In Saudi Arabia, eCPM values for Rewarded Ads on iOS devices experienced significant growth, from $12.06 in December to a peak of $15.12 in March. Android eCPMs in Saudi Arabia also saw an upward trend, reaching $4.07 in March.
  • South Africa's eCPM for Rewarded Ads on Android devices remained relatively stable, fluctuating between $2.65 in December and $2.41 in March. This contrasts with more significant fluctuations seen in countries like Russia and Poland.

Key Insights of Full-Screen Ads

  • The United States consistently leads, with eCPM values rising from $14.89 in December 2022 to $14.02 in March 2023. In the same period, other mature countries also experienced growth, such as Australia, which saw an increase from $10.84 to $12.19.
  • The United Kingdom and Germany demonstrated steady eCPM growth on iOS devices. The UK's eCPM increased from $7.69 in December 2022 to $7.97 in March 2023, while Germany's eCPM values rose from $7.18 to $7.27. However, these countries experienced lower eCPM values on Android devices, with the UK's eCPM increasing from $6.43 to $6.01; and Germany's eCPM rising from $5.24 to $4.95.
  • Saudi Arabia stands out with significant growth in eCPM values for Interstitial Ads on iOS devices, starting at $7.61 in December 2022 and peaking at $8.26 in March 2023. The eCPM for Android devices in Saudi Arabia also displayed a similar upward trend, reaching $3.78 in March 2023.
  • South Africa experienced fluctuations in eCPM values for Interstitial Ads on iOS and Android devices. On iOS devices, the eCPM dropped from $3.80 in December 2022 to $2.45 in February 2023 before rebounding to $3.31 in March 2023. Meanwhile, Android eCPMs increased from $3.38 in December 2022 to $2.72 in March 2023.

Key Insights of Banner Ads

  • eCPM values for Banner Ads on iOS devices are generally lower than those on Android devices. In the United States, eCPM values increased from $0.40 in December 2022 to $0.32 in March 2023. Simultaneously, other mature countries, such as Canada, experienced slight fluctuations or increases, which saw eCPM values rise from $0.31 to $0.27.
  • eCPM values for Banner Ads on Android devices trended upward, with the United States showing the most substantial increase, from $0.88 in December 2022 to $0.79 in March 2023. Other countries, such as the United Kingdom and Germany, also exhibited growth in eCPM values, reaching $0.29 and $0.25, respectively.
  • Russia displayed a noticeable increase in eCPM values for Banner Ads on iOS devices, moving from $0.32 in December 2022 to $0.34 in March 2023. Meanwhile, eCPM values for Android devices in Russia significantly increased, from $0.22 in December 2022 to $0.31 in March 2023.

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Key Insights of Rewarded Video Ads

  • Rewarded Video Ad eCPM on iOS: By the end of the quarter, the USA suffered a decrease in eCPMs by 25% of their initial value. We can see a common pattern in mature markets, rising during the first months of the quarter to finally stabilize when December arrives. In emerging markets, things seem to have stabilized more, except for Turkey's eCPM, which saw a high rise by the end of the quarter, and South Africa's eCPMs, which fell by the end.
  • Rewarded Video Ad eCPM on Android: The charts tell a different story on this platform. The USA gets a first punch by the beginning of the quarter, only to get back on its feet again as time passes. Asian countries such as South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan seem unstoppable, getting one of the highest eCPMs worldwide.

Key Insights of Full-Screen Ads

  • Full-screen ad eCPM on iOS: The USA remains the king in eCPMs, rising from $9 to almost $10 by the EOQ. The rest of the mature markets seem to wobble between $4 to $7 eCPM, showing stable patterns over the months. In emerging markets, some countries such as Russia, Brazil, and Saudi Arabia have more fluctuations in their eCPMs, most of them being between the $2 to $3.5 values. It stands out how France, a historically considered mature market has eCPM values closer to emerging countries for this last quarter of 2022.
  • Full-screen ad eCPM on Android: The patterns repeat from iOS to Android. Australia closely follows the USA at the top of the chart. The rest of the mature countries seem to roam between $4 to $6, with a few exceptions, such as France, Germany, or even UK, that are below those values. In Emerging markets, Saudi Arabia has seen the most impressive jump during November '22, while the rest of the countries have been somewhat more stable, following the trend of getting a bump during November and slightly decreasing by December 2022.

Key Insights of Banner Ads

  • Banner ad eCPM on iOS: Australia breaks a record for the last quarter of 2022 by almost reaching the $30 eCPM in November, which is, in some cases, even triple of other eCPMs in mature markets. Another country that stands out is Russia, which reaches an average of $0.20 eCPM, as high as the USA and other mature markets. It is also remarkable the big fall of some mature and emerging markets, such as the UK or Brazil eCPMs from November $0.17 to December $0.12; followed by Germany or Mexico, which also seem to decrease by around 20% or even 30% of its value.
  • Banner ad eCPM on Android: Canada rocketed during December '22, being the only country that surpasses the $1 eCPM in banner ads. The USA closely follows during most of the quarter except for December, when it seems to deflate, following a similar trend as the UK, Germany, and other European countries. Australia, México, and Saudi Arabia seem to follow a similar trend described by Canada, starting with modest eCPMs during October and later rising as the quarter continues.

2022 Q3 - Historic of Mobile eCPM Report

Key Insights of Rewarded Video Ads

  • Rewarded Video Ad eCPM Decrease: The eCPMs have substantially decreased in the last six months. The Top-1 position in iOS was $12.90 (Japan) in the first quarter of 2022, while now it's below the $10 threshold. And we can observe the same with Android. Six months ago, the USA had $13 eCPM, while now it is around $7. And the trend on Android seems to indicate that it can keep falling.
  • Rewarded Video Ad eCPM on iOS: The USA is in the first position. We also have a new contender for the second position, Taiwan, with an impressive $9.71 eCPM that has left other big countries (Australia, Japan, UK), way behind). It is also remarkable that New Zealand, Norway & Singapore are in the top 10 positions.
  • Rewarded Video Ad eCPM on Android: The USA & Australia were top in the previous quarter. However, South Korea has placed in the top-1 position, with a booming $8.10 eCPM, way higher than any other following countries. It stands out that other East Asian countries such as Taiwan, Japan & Hong Kong are also becoming very competitive in that area.

Key Insights of Full-Screen Ads

  • Full-screen ad eCPM Stability: Interstitials seem way more stable in contraposition with the previous ad type (Rewarded Video Ads). The USA's eCPM at the beginning of 2022 was close to the current value, $8.6. However, other mature countries like Japan, Australia, the UK, and Canada have suffered a slight decrease. Emerging markets such as Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Brazil have seen a positive trend this 2022 Q3.
  • Full-screen ad eCPM on iOS: The USA remains the king of the charts, followed by some mature markets & emerging countries too. Some middle-east countries have eye-catching eCPMs, such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates.
  • Full-screen ad eCPM on Android: The eCPMs in Android devices have seen better days. While the top-position countries stand their ground, some emerging countries have scaled up, such as Puerto Rico, Israel, and Singapore. The monthly evolution charts show downward patterns in mature markets, while eCPMs seem more stable in emerging countries.

Key Insights of Banner Ads

  • Banner ad eCPM on iOS: Top countries seem stable, with upward trends on the month-over-month charts. However, when comparing the eCPMs of this quarter with the values of six months ago, we can see that most mature countries, such as the USA, Canada, Australia, and the UK, have suffered a considerable decrease.
  • Banner ad eCPM on Android: eCPMs look brighter on this platform. The trends in some countries, like the USA or Canada, are blooming. Also, when comparing their eCPMs with previous quarters, we can see a notable increase of up to +20%. The top-countries chart also has some remarkable redistribution. South Africa is in the top 10, and Mexico has entered the top 20.
  • Banner ad eCPM in abnormalities: The drastic changes in the politics of certain countries can highly affect their eCPMs in mobile apps & games. Fluctuations in the local currency and engagement & monetization metrics (such as impression volume and ARPU) can inflate metrics. Therefore, one should take the stratospheric ups and downs of eCPMs with a grain of salt.
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2022 Q2 - Historic of Mobile eCPM Report

Key Insights of Rewarded Video Ads

  • Rewarded Video Ad eCPM on iOS: The USA keeps losing positions in the top charts. In the second quarter of 2022, it was placed 3rd, right below Japan & Australia. It is also surprising to see how emerging countries such as Taiwan, South Korea, UAE & Kuwait are booming in this segment.
  • Rewarded Video Ad eCPM on Android: While the USA & Australia are in the top positions, they are closely followed by East Asian countries. European countries such as the UK, Sweden, Germany & France have lost positions in the top ranks, and their eCPM has fallen.
  • Rewarded Video Ad eCPM in Russia: eCPMs in Russia and CIS markets have suffered a gradual recovery during the 2022 Q2. In March, the eCPM plummeted by half on iOS and Android. But as the months passed, they recovered the eCPM quickly recovered, and by May, it was back on its feet.
  • Rewarded Video Ad eCPM in Mature Markets: The USA, Japan, the UK, and many mature countries have plummeted since March. Australia seems to be one of the few with a positive eCPM trend until June, which plummeted below their March levels on iOS and Android.

Key Insights of Full-Screen Ads

  • Full-screen ad eCPM on iOS: Compared to the previous quarter, we can observe that the eCPM in all countries has increased not only on the top charts but also on the bottom of the eCPM. In the 20th position, Saudi Arabia is now $3.33, while a few months ago, it was around $2.50.
  • Full-screen ad eCPM on Android: Overall, the eCPM in mature markets has experienced, for both iOS & Android, a positive trend up until May. Countries like the US & UK were able to keep a stable eCPM. And the same could be said for some of the countries in emerging markets too.

Key Insights of Banner Ads

  • Banner ad eCPM on iOS: Last quarter, we already observed how emerging markets had been steadily increasing their eCPMs, and getting closer to the levels of mature markets. This quarter, we can say that David has already surpassed the Goliath markets in the industry. While some mature countries, such as Japan, plummeted, emerging markets like Russia, Brazil, and Norway have bloomed.
  • Banner ad eCPM on Android: The predominance of the USA eCPM in Android banners is not easy to reach, and its value, month after month, keeps slowly but steadily growing. Everything seems stable for the rest of the markets, as if nothing has changed for the last three months.
  • Banner ad eCPM in Russia: Russia has experienced one of the most amazing quarters in years for iOS devices and almost doubled its eCPM compared to March. And the same for Android devices too. Also, this June, the eCPM surpassed the USA, putting Russia in the Top #1 position in the iOS charts.

2022 Q1 - Historic of Mobile eCPM Report

Key Insights of Rewarded Video Ads

  • Rewarded Video Ad eCPM on iOS: ECPMs fall after Christmas sales every year. While most of the mature markets follow a similar pattern, it is outstanding how Japan's eCPMs have suffered a high jump during this last month of March, positioning almost as high as the USA in the top charts. Following a completely different pattern, emerging markets such as China or Brazil seem not to have suffered from the Christmas sales aftermath.
  • Rewarded Video Ad eCPM on Android: Christmas sales equally affects mature and emerging markets on Android, with a few small differences. We can see how eCPMs are slightly more stable and don't tend to fall as much as their competitor platform, iOS. Surprisingly, Japan's eCPMs have gone in the opposite direction and, instead of increasing, they have fallen during the last month of March.
  • Rewarded Video Ad eCPM in Russia: eCPMs in Russia and CIS markets have fallen by half in iOS, and even more in iOS during March. That is mostly due to the fluctuations in the country's economy and geopolitical movement. However, if the previous chart were in their local currencies, we could see that their eCPMs are stable.
  • Rewarded Video Ad eCPM in Asia: eCPMs in Asian countries are blooming more than ever, and we may expect to keep growing for the rest of the year. It is highly remarkable that Japan, for the first time, has surpassed the average eCPM of the USA this 2022 Q1 in iOS. Also, the eCPMs in markets such as South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and many more are through the roof.

Key Insights of Full-Screen Ads

  • Full-screen ad eCPM on iOS: We can see the same post-Christmas sales downfall as we already commented on the Rewarded Video Ads section. Even the high rise of Japan's eCPMs during March. One big difference, though, is that after December eCPMs have had a flat trend since January on Mature Markets. Also, this ad format seems not to have affected Christmas sales in China.
  • Full-screen ad eCPM on Android: The same that we have already said for Rewarded Video Ads can be applied to Full-Screen Ads. One notable difference is that Japan's eCPM, in this case, has not fallen during March and has been way more stable.

Key Insights of Banner Ads

  • Banner ad eCPM on iOS: Historically, eCPMs in mature markets have always been higher than in emerging markets. However, this seems to be slowly changing in iOS. Mobile app creators relying heavily on banner ads may find this pattern a good incentive to test other ad formats that bring higher revenues.
  • Banner ad eCPM on Android: Mature markets have the usual post-Christmas sales trend. However, the eCPM seems to recover quickly for the last quarter months. However, Japan's eCPM is closer to emerging markets and has been completely removed from the chart of "top-20 eCPM countries".
  • Banner ad eCPM in Russia: While Russia's eCPMs seem to have fallen during March in other formats, we cannot say the same with banner ads. On iOS, Russia sees no difference between the previous months and stays at $0.14. On Android, though, it experiences a shortfall likely to rise back in the following months.
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2021 Q4 - Historic of Mobile eCPM Report

Key Insights of Rewarded Video Ads

  • Rewarded Video Ad eCPM on iOS: Most markets have been stable throughout the quarter. eCPMs in the USA have trended downwards, while they escalated to 20% in the UK. Emerging markets such as China and Brazil also have an upwards tendency for the quarter.
  • Rewarded Video Ad eCPM on Android: eCPMs in mature markets seem to rise monthly. Australia & Japan are scaling their average eCPM to almost $12. Emerging markets also seem to improve, with Russia & India as two great options for improving in-app ad revenues.
  • Rewarded Video Ad ECPM on Holiday Season: Black Friday & Christmas are some of the most profitable events of the year. For this reason, it's not uncommon to observe high bumps on the charts at the end of the year. The most notable example is Japan, which has raised a 12% of its eCPMs from November to December.
  • Asia consolidates on the Top-20 chart: Asian markets, such as Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia, are getting better in the charts. Never before has South Korea been such a high rank on Android Rewarded Ads! This may present a good opportunity for those app publishers and game developers that want to test new countries to increase their monthly revenues.

Key Insights of Full-Screen Ads

  • Full-screen ad eCPM on iOS: Most mature markets present the same trend on iOS. Their eCPMs keep growing for almost the whole quarter until we reach December, where the trend falls by an average of 10-15%.
  • Full-screen ad eCPM on Android: On Android, though, the trend rises unstoppable. The USA increases its eCPM by 10% from the previous quarter. The rest of the mature markets seem to follow this trend, but less pronounced. On the other hand, eCPMs in emerging markets seem more stable.
  • Full-screen ad eCPM during Holiday Season: It may sound weird that iOS eCPMs decrease for some. However, the trend on both platforms is similar to what we experienced during the 2020' Holiday Season. The major lesson here is to adapt our monetization strategies for each platform since users seem to have different behaviors.
  • Ad eCPMs on Full-screen rise over the year: When we compare this year's eCPM, per each country, with the previous 2020, we will notice that the eCPMs on interstitials are growing. Most Asian markets have boosted their eCPMs, and Europe seems to maintain its ground.

Key Insights of Banner Ads

  • Banner ad eCPM on iOS: Mature & emerging markets seem to follow a similar trend. USA, UK, Australia, and even Brazil have a spike in November, to fall again in December. This indicates that iOS users are more willing to consume banners during the previous month of Christmas and also on Black Friday.
  • Banner ad eCPM on Android: Most markets also experienced a big jump in November. However, for most of them, December is also a month of high eCPMs in most markets. Only Brazil seems to shrink in the last month of the year.

2021 Q3 - Historic of Mobile eCPM Report

Key Insights of Rewarded Video Ads

  • Rewarded Video Ad eCPM on iOS: From June to September, the eCPM of mature markets grew by 10%. Conversely, emerging markets such as China & Brazil hit the brakes until August, when eCPMs stabilized.
  • Rewarded Video Ad eCPM on Android: eCPMs in mature markets seemed to lower a bit from June to July, but in August, they quickly recovered, surpassing the values from June. Australia, Japan & UK seem to have similar patterns, while the USA kept growing for the rest of the Q3.
  • Rewarded Video Ad ECPM on Summer Sales: It's common to watch eCPM grow in Q3. During summer, the users are more active, and mobile app & gaming companies tend to increase their marketing & monetization budgets to get more traction.
  • Rewarded Video Ad eCPM + iOS15: Seem that iOS 14.5 and iOS 15 are a reality now, and companies are starting to accept this new reality. iOS eCPM is still higher than Android. Still, mature markets seem more reliable on Android.

Key Insights of Full-Screen Ads

  • Full-Screen eCPM Overview: Summer sales haven't been as generous with the eCPMs of Full-Screen ads as with Rewarded Ads. Each platform and market presents its patterns, so mobile developers shall focus on each segment to monetize their apps and games.
  • Full-screen eCPM on iOS: eCPM in interstitials & full-screen ads has a big blow if you compare it with the previous years. iOS14.5 has taken a toll on these ad formats, and we can see that some top markets, such as the USA, UK, and Australia, and even emerging markets, such as Russia and Brazil, have lower eCPMs than Android.
  • Full-Screen eCPM in Android: Emerging markets have had a stable third quarter of 2021 and don't present fluctuations between months. We can't say the same with mature markets, though. The summer sales of 2021 haven't been that spectacular compared with other years, and eCPM in full-screen ads has been lower than in the surrounding months.
  • Full-Screen eCPM in September: There's light at the end of the tunnel. eCPM for full-screen ads has increased significantly in most mature markets compared with previous months. This may increase revenues for those who haven't neglected their ad monetization strategy this summer. It's time to optimize your ad units!

Key Insights of Banner Ads

  • Banner eCPM on iOS: eCPM seems to have suffered quite a big blow in markets such as USA & Australia. It's outstanding to see how Russia provides eCPM bigger than some established markets. However, the remaining emerging markets haven't had the same luck.
  • Banner eCPM Android: eCPMs in mature markets seem to follow a similar trend, with the USA most affected. Russia, in this case, hasn't had the same raise as iOS, but still provided stable eCPMs. Japan, the UK, and India, though, had notable growth.
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2021 Q2 - Historic of Mobile eCPM Report

Key Insights of Rewarded Video Ads

  • Rewarded Video Ad eCPM on iOS: We can observe a notable rise in the eCPM during April, and it gets pretty stable through the second quarter of 2021.
  • Rewarded Video Ad eCPM on Android: In some mature countries, eCPMs are as high as iOS. Some even higher. IOS 14.5 and the new user-privacy policies may have caused some redistribution of the marketing budgets of some companies.
  • Rewarded Video Ad ECPM in June: Most markets show a small decrease in both platforms. This is a common trend in the mobile ad industry. Some app & gaming companies have optimized their marketing budget and A/B testing ads to prepare for summer sales.
  • Rewarded Video Ad eCPM in Emerging Markets: Brazil stands out for its strong eCPM fluctuations. The country seems to have settled as a place to soft-launch apps, and it's getting more attention.
  • Rewarded video Ad eCPM in China: The Asian country is keeping its ground on iOS. After the strong fall, we saw in December 2020, it seems that it is slowly recovering, and we may expect another rise in the following months.

Key Insights of Full-Screen Ads

  • Full-Screen eCPM Overview: Similar to the Rewarded Video Ads, we see a common trend of mobile businesses optimizing their eCPMs in June. There may be a correlation between the decrease in iOS vs. the increase in Android and how it parallels the release of iOS 14.5.
  • Full-screen eCPM on iOS: All the mature countries seem to fall in the last half quarter. Emerging markets such as Brazil and Russia get better eCPMs. App publishers seem to bet on alternative markets on the iOS platform.
  • Full-Screen eCPM in Android: English-speaking markets (such as the USA, Australia, UK, New Zealand, Germany, and Switzerland) has kept growing since the last quarter and have been established in the Top 10. Also, emerging countries have claimed up too, and we may expect their eCPMs to keep increasing for the next quarter.

Key Insights of Banner Ads

  • Banner eCPM Android: eCPMs on Android seem to follow a similar trend: a stable start and a high bump at the end of the quarter.
  • Banner eCPM on iOS: However, on iOS, things are way more complex. Emerging countries rise, and mature markets tend to fall. China falls up to 50% of its price. We recommend you check the market your app is focused on and tweak your monetization accordingly.
  • Banner eCPM in the US: It is quite a remarkable trend in the USA. In both platforms, we observe positive growth in the eCPM, and the trend seems to point out that it will keep its trajectory. You can expect high eCPMs for mobile apps and games from this market.
  • Banner eCPM in Russia: Another remarkable country where we can appreciate a high rise in the eCPMs. iOS presents an interesting opportunity for RU/CIS-based apps and games.

2021 Q1 - Historic of Mobile eCPM Report

Key Insights of Rewarded Video Ads

  • Rewarded Video Ad eCPM on iOS: It is not unusual to see a fall in the eCPM right after the holiday season. On iOS, we can see that the trend tends to fall slightly compared to the previous December. On some markets, the USA is the one that suffered the most in February. However, by March eCPM seems to stabilize again.
  • Rewarded Video Ad eCPM on Android: The previous trend for Rewarded Video Ads on iOS is not as noticeable on Android. Australia falls from $11 to $9.41 in two months, but then in March rises even higher than in December. The USA and UK seem to grow compared to the last quarter of 2020, which can be understood by those countries' political and socio-economic environments.
  • Rewarded Video Ad eCPM in Emerging Markets: Brazil, India, and Russia have a recess after the Christmas holiday, but by March they get almost completely recovered.
  • Rewarded video Ad eCPM in China: The most severe eCPM trend is in China, the iOS platform. From December 2020 to March 2021, it falls 45% from its starting point. The curve smooths in the later months, so we may expect to rise again in Q2 2021.

Key Insights of Full-Screen Ads

  • Full-Screen eCPM overview: Again, the drop in eCPMs after Christmas is quite notable on Full-Screen ads in mature countries for both iOS and Android platforms. Still, by March, some of them, such as Japan, the UK, and Australia, are higher than in December.
  • Full-screen eCPM on iOS: in the USA, the drop of eCPM seems to need more time to climb up. Australia seems quite stable. China has a similar decreasing pattern to what we saw in the rewarded video ads. On Android, the pattern of most mature countries is to stabilize during Q1 2021, and even climb higher compared to December.
  • Full-Screen eCPM in Emerging Countries: Russian eCPM on iOS seems stable. Brazil's eCPM declined slightly during the first half of Q1 2021, only to stabilize in the second half. On Android, India, and Brazil eCPM grew compared to the previous quarter, while Russia recovered steadily after the small drop in January.
  • Full-Screen eCPM in Mature Countries: English-speaking markets (such as Switzerland, New Zealand, Germany, Norway, Austria, and Sweden) have climbed positions in the TOP-20 eCPM chart, and have increased by 20% to 50% their eCPMs. Apps & Games that optimized their ad monetization strategy in those countries may have increased revenue.

Key Insights of Banner Ads

  • Banner eCPM Overall: The banner eCPM on mobile devices has fallen from 10% to 20% compared to the previous quarter. Again, this trend is common in the mobile ad industry.
  • Banner eCPM on iOS: The eCPM trend in the USA is similar to full-screen ads. Australia and Japan seem to quickly recover from the eCPM drop after Christmas, while China fell way lower, only to stabilize in March.
  • Banner eCPM in the UK: On iOS, the UK had a tremendous drop in the banner eCPM since December. The swifts in the political situation in the country may be the reason for that. Still, that decline is not that pronounced on Android.
  • Banner eCPM Historical: On a footnote, comparing this Q1'2021 with the previous Q1'2020 may be misleading since half of the world is not under a COVID-19 lockdown. Also, the whole industry is moving more and more to full-screen (video & interstitial) and rewarded ads, making banners less competitive.
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2020 Q4 - Historic of Mobile eCPM Report

Key Insights of Rewarded Video Ads

  • Rewarded Video Ads eCPM on iOS: On iOS, the mature markets have seen strong eCPMs in the Rewarded Video Ad formats up until November. Then, as we get closer to Christmas, the eCPM tends to lower, the USA market the one with the highest impact. USA Markets is still way ahead on the charts, with an eCPM over 70% higher than second place, Australia.
  • Rewarded Video Ads eCPM on Android: Something similar happens on Android. The eCPMs of Rewarded Video Ads fell slightly in English-speaking markets in December. Japan shows an increase during that time, though. Australia has gotten in the first position, closely followed by the USA.
  • Rewarded Video Ads eCPMs by Markets: Emerging Markets on iOS & Android eCPMs seem more stable. While on iOS, there’s a slight decrease in eCPM during December; the trend tends to rise on Android. It is also remarkable to find many Asiatic countries in the top 10 charts, such as Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong, China, and South Korea, for both iOS & Android platforms.

Key Insights of Full-Screen Ads

  • Interstitial eCPM on iOS: The USA still maintains the Top-1 position for the eCPM in Full-Screen Ads, and it is still way ahead of other markets such as Australia, Canada, the UK, Japan & China. Remarkably, China has higher eCPMs than the UK on iOS. In December, eCPMs were even higher than in Australia.
  • Interstitial eCPM on Android: eCPMs seems to have a growing pattern. In most of the Top Markets, they gain strength in November and keep pulling up in the charts in December.
  • Interstitial eCPM by Markets: Mature markets seem to rise during November. Not until we arrive in late December do the eCPMs fall in some countries, such as the UK or Australia.

Key Insights of Banner Ads

  • Banner eCPM on iOS: Notice the extreme growth of the eCPM in the UK, having almost an x2 increase in October in December. It is unusual to see that the UK has the same eCPM in iOS banners as the USA.
  • Banner eCPM on Android: The USA still maintains the top position compared to other countries. The top 10 markets for banner eCPM are mostly from Europe or English-speaking regions.
  • Banner eCPM on Mature Markets: Mature markets seem to follow their trend in iOS and Android. While the USA has to be closely followed to establish a proper strategy, Australia seems almost to replicate its eCPM on both platforms, making it easier to approach.
  • Banner eCPM on Emerging Markets: Emerging markets on Android and iOS seem more stable. While they fluctuate a bit and, in some cases, peak in December, it allows a more relaxed approach for those developers who want to monetize on those markets.

2020 Q3 - Historic of Mobile eCPM Report

Key Insights of Rewarded Video Ads

  • Rewarded Video Ads eCPM on iOS: ECPM has decreased during the summer holidays in most mature markets. However, in September, we watched a recovery with the start of the new working year in most of them, except Japan.
  • Rewarded Video Ads eCPM on Android: eCPMs in the USA have gone in the opposite direction during summer, and in September, they kept growing. Most of the mature markets have seen their eCPMs grow, too, during the last month of Q3.
  • Rewarded Video Ads eCPMs by Markets: The eCPMs of Rewarded Videos in Russia & Brazil didn’t fluctuate that much on both iOS & Android. Oceania & South Asia are growing and getting settled on the Top Charts. Australia's eCPMs are steadily increasing, and other countries, such as New Zealand and Singapore, are in higher positions.

Key Insights of Full-Screen Ads

  • Interstitial eCPM on iOS: On iOS, the Full-Screen eCPMs haven’t grown that much for mature countries, except for Australia & UK. They grew by almost 30% and 25% from June to September.
  • Interstitial eCPM on Android: USA, UK & Australia eCPMs on Full-Screen Ads have grown almost 25% from June to September on Android.
  • Interstitial eCPMs in mature markets: during this 2020 summer, the eCPMs of full-screen ads, such as static and video interstitials, have been growing steadily. In Emerging Markets, the eCPM has also grown between 20-30% on iOS and Android.

Key Insights of Banner Ads

  • Banner eCPM on Mature Markets: From June to September, USA & UK eCPMs on banners have grown almost 23% on iOS & 18% on Android, being the two mature markets with significant growth above all.
  • Banner eCPM on Emerging Markets: ECPM increases in South Africa and South America globally. These trends may indicate new opportunities for developers and publishers willing to expand to new markets. Brazil eCPMs also experienced a significant increase during July & August on iOS, but in September, they fell to 5% compared to June.
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2020 Q2 - Historic of Mobile eCPM Report

Key Insights of Rewarded Video Ads

  • Rewarded Video Ads eCPM on iOS: The U.S. remained the highest eCPM country, followed by Japan and Australia. Both Russia and Brazil saw their eCPMs stabilize in Q2 2020. The U.K.’s eCPMs dropped in May to $9.04 after a slight trend up from the previous three months. Russia and Brazil stabilized after decreasing during the previous three months and started trending back up.
  • Rewarded Video Ads eCPM on Android: The U.S. was the highest eCPM country, followed closely by Australia. Brazil saw its eCPMs stabilize as they decreased just slightly. The U.S. saw its eCPMs increase in May to $10.59. Unlike the other countries, the U.K. saw its eCPMs decrease significantly. Japan’s eCPMs showed a healthy increase. Russia also saw its eCPMs increasing back.

Key Insights of Full-Screen Ads

  • Interstitial eCPM on iOS: The U.S. remained the highest eCPM country, followed by Japan and Australia. Both Russia and Brazil saw their eCPMs stabilize. In the U.S. eCPM bounced back up to $10.01 in May, a high compared to the previous three months. The U.K.’s eCPMs climbed back to $4.05 in May, reaching a low of $3.88 in April. Japan’s eCPMs remained flat at $6.53 in May and in April.
  • Interstitial eCPM on Android: The U.S., again, was the highest eCPM country, followed by Australia and Switzerland. The U.S. saw its eCPMs increase in May, a high compared to the previous three months. The U.K. also saw its eCPMs increase, after hitting a low of $2.94 in April. Japan’s eCPMs started trending back up, after going down three months prior. Brazil and Russia also saw their eCPMs increasing back.

Key Insights of Banner Ads

  • Banner eCPM on iOS & Android: The U.S. was the highest eCPM country, followed by Japan and Australia. May’s eCPMs in the U.S. and Japan saw their eCPMs decrease and decelerate slightly, compared to the more noticeable drop in April. The U.K. and Brazil continued to see their eCPMs decrease in May, but the drop was not as steep as in April. Russia saw its eCPMs staying steady after decreasing for three months.  

Early Covid-19 - Historic of Mobile eCPM Report

Overall Analysis of eCPM during Early Covid

A correlation exists between when a country went into lockdown, more active users, and the number of ad impressions delivered. Countries that started imposing nationwide lockdowns saw a strong overall increase in ad impressions. However, the ad impressions increased and were not consistent across all apps.

Analyzing samples of gaming apps over several months, some apps showed notable ad impressions increase while others remained the same. The countries that increased ad impressions by acquiring or reactivating their users generally gained net ad revenue, despite eCPM decreasing in some markets.

Key Insights by Ad Types

  • Rewarded Video Ads eCPM: The average eCPMs of rewarded video ads were mixed and relatively stable compared to the other ad formats. Many countries affected by the crisis, like Russia, France, Spain, Turkey, Germany, the U.K., and others, saw their eCPMs decrease by up to $0.50. 
  • Interstitial eCPM: In contrast, full-screen ads saw their eCPMs trending down on iOS and Android in April. 
  • Banner eCPM: Banner ads showed the most notable eCPM decrease compared to the other formats on iOS and Android.

Key Insights by Markets

China, which started the lockdown in February, saw its eCPM drop drastically. Even as their lockdown ended in March, their eCPM continued to drop.

Other countries that started lockdowns in March did not show a consistent eCPM change. In Italy, they went down, but in other countries, like Spain and the U.S., they went up.

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2020 Q1 - Historic of Mobile eCPM Report

Key Insights of Rewarded Video Ads

  • Rewarded Video Ads eCPM on iOS: China becomes the 2nd highest eCPM country. Chinese New Year in January likely added to the eCPM spike that month, while the coronavirus crisis in February likely contributed to the sharp drop. As one might expect, though, the ad impressions spiked significantly in China in February as people were quarantined indoors with lots of time to spare. The U.S. remained on top with $14.59 eCPM, a slight decrease from January ($15.37). 
  • Rewarded Video Ads eCPM on Android: Australia remained 1st place with $11.57 eCPM. At the same time, Japan and the U.S. swapped places, with the U.S. at 2nd with $10.19 eCPM and Japan 3rd with $9.40 in February. Interestingly, Australia is one, if not the only, country among the top-earning ones, with eCPM being higher on Android than iOS.

Key Insights of Full-Screen Ads

  • Interstitial eCPM on iOS: the U.S. also remained on top with $9.56 eCPM in February ($9.30 in January). Most countries did not see their eCPMs deviate by more than $0.50 since January, except China, which decreased to $4.91 eCPM ($6.39 in January).
  • Interstitial eCPM on Android: Japan, January’s top eCPM country, dropped to 2nd with $6.09 eCPM in February ($6.64 in January). The U.S. took the top spot with $6.24 eCPM. Most of the top-earning countries showed no significant eCPM changes since January.

Key Insights of Banner Ads

  • Banner eCPM on iOS: Australia came in 1st with $0.61 eCPM, followed by China at $0.56 and the U.S. at $0.51.
  • Banner eCPM on Android: The U.S. took the top spot with $0.42 eCPM, followed by Australia at $0.40 and Switzerland at $0.40.

2019 Q4 - Historic of Mobile eCPM Report

Key Insights

  • Rewarded Video Ads eCPM on iOS: The U.S. topped rewarded videos' eCPMs with $15.37 on iOS. Many East Asian markets dominated the top 10 highest eCPM list, with China in second place with eCPMs of $13.15.
  • Rewarded Video Ads eCPM on Android: Australia and Japan came out on top with eCPMs of $11.13 and $10.31 respectively.
  • Interstitial eCPM on iOS: The U.S. was also on top with eCPMs of $9.30, more than doubling United Kingdom's, Europe's highest-performing country.
  • Interstitial eCPM on Android: Japan and Australia came out on top with eCPMs of $6.64 and $6.16 respectively.
  • Banner eCPM on iOS: China came in first place with eCPMs of $0.57, followed by Australia at $0.52 and the U.S. at $0.51.
  • Banner eCPM on Android: Denmark surprisingly took first place with eCPMs of $0.42, followed by Australia at $0.39 and Switzerland at $0.39.
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Marc Llobet
Product Marketing & Growth @ Appodeal
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New eCPM Report: Revisited & Updated data! Boost your Growth Strategy this 2023!

We have revisited & updated our data, to make it more accurate. The Mobile In-app Ad eCPM Report. Help yourself to boost your monetization strategy this 2023. World map & month-by-month analysis.

We have DOUBLE-CHECKED & UPDATED all the data on the quarterly eCPM Reports so you can be ready for 2023. Now it's up to you to be at the top of your game to make smarter & data-driven decisions.

However, how to keep a steady growth for all your mobile apps & games?

To help you boost your monetization strategy this 2023, we’re releasing the Appodeal Mobile In-app Ad eCPM Report for the first time, which brings you a complete month-by-month analysis, with the latest eCPM data.

Use it wisely to spot trends that can be a starting point when preparing and segmenting your ads. 

And you can download it here!

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This year 2023, purchase behavior is expected to change drastically.

In past years, the global pandemic resulted in more people using mobile devices than ever before. App installs and engagement were usually higher as people would receive mobile devices as gifts downloading apps in tandem. 

Additionally, we were more likely to see plenty of activity among loyal mobile game users who would make more in-app purchases (in-game currency, extra lives, weapons & unlocking levels) as a result of spending some spare free time inside their houses.

While the holiday season traditionally brings huge eCPMS & revenue for advertisers, the results gathered with the Yearly eCPM Report are entirely different during the last 2022. As the world returns to a new normality, some industry analysts have been saying that we’re in the middle of a cold season for mobile devs & studios.

5 Key Findings from our Mobile eCPM Report 2023:

  1. Inflation has risen across global markets. With less purchasing power, users may interact more with rewarded ads.
  2. Privacy changes & restrictions to data granularity have caused a notable impact on the ARPU in recent years.
  3. eCPM for the USA ramps back to levels only seen a few years ago.
  4. South Korea, the Philippines, and other emerging countries have increased their revenue metrics on Rewarded Ads & Interstitials.
  5. Russia, Poland, and other Eastern-European countries have been less affected by the economic conjuncture compared to their Western counterpart.

What will you find in the Mobile eCPM Report?

For this first edition of the Mobile eCPM Report, we focused our attention on 18 different countries to give you more accurate data. This wide variety of countries will allow you to identify eCPM trends for countries with similar user behaviors. Once you have detected which country resembles more to your audience more, it will be easier for you to create sound strategies for 2023.

Find valuable insights on representative markets such as Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, The United Kingdom, and The United States.

A breakdown report to learn how the eCPM Trends perform throughout the previous year, including

  • 18 countries — From all continents (except Antarctica).
  • 3 Ad Formats — Rewarded Video, Interstitial & Banners.
  • 2 Platforms — iOS & Android.
  • +200 Billion Ad Impressions — +100,000 Apps & +70 Ad Demand Sources
  • Interactive Infographics — Navigate through the data that matters to you the most

An in-depth look at our Mobile eCPM report:

Now that inflation has risen across all global markets, users with less purchasing power may interact more with rewarded ads. 

Discover which ad types are bringing the highest eCPMs per country. Then, narrow down your analysis to the platform of choice within your target audience. 

Month-by-month eCPMs

Compare, month by month, the eCPM evolution to spot trends that may occur again in 2023, and strategize accordingly.

In past years, the eCPMs would be at their highest during November and December. Advertisers would compete aggressively with each other for limited ad inventory by increasing their ad bids, resulting in higher eCPMs for mobile app publishers monetizing with ads. 


For 2023, eCPMs predictions for some markets seem to be positive. However, privacy changes and restrictions to data have drastically impacted the ARPU compared to previous years, making it more difficult to track the effectiveness of the install ads through which many mobile studios & developers both acquire new users and earn money from other app makers.

Times are changing! And you need to tweak your monetization strategy just in time to ensure you boost your eCPMs & overall ad revenue despite the factors running our actual economy and shaping a new world. 

Top eCPM Countries & World Map!

Explore in a world map the eCPM of your targeted countries, and see how they have evolved every quarter. 

You can also check the eCPM in each country based on the Ad Type!


The economic conjuncture may cause your users’ living needs may overpass consumer wants. This could result in more users preferring and interacting with rewarded video ads during gameplay instead of investing their money in in-app purchases.  

Markets such as South Korea, the Philippines, and other emerging countries have increased their revenue metrics on Rewarded Ads & Interstitials. 

However, other Eastern-European countries have been less affected by this economic conjuncture, which becomes an excellent opportunity for advertisers planning to launch seasonal in-app offerings to level up their games & apps. 

What can we expect for 2023?

There’s still room for advertisers to increase revenue through properly segmented marketing campaigns that drive more engagement, downloads, and installs. 

The extra free time and every single penny saved throughout the year still represent an opportunity for advertisers to get high earnings from mobile users as the excuse to spend money on seasonal promos and discounts makes more sense during an economic downturn. 

2023 is the year to grow your Mobile eCPMs!

People spending their free time on their devices means more and more eyeballs glued to your app, increasing chances to get more ad impressions and boosting your eCPMs.

This report dives deep into the data from 2022 to analyze how the eCPMs have been affected over time as a consequence of seasonal app behavior. This way, you know where to start when preparing your ads strategy, campaign setup, and spending distribution. 

The recent advertising ecosystem changes have impacted brands' ability to reach audiences with relevant, timely ads. This report is the most accurate and current indication you can take into consideration when tuning your apps' monetization strategies for the next upcoming months. 

Navigate through all the charts & insights, and adapt your monetization strategies to get the most out of this first edition of the Yearly Mobile eCPM Report. 

Holiday Season Mobile In-App Ad eCPM Report '23
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Body shaming & sexualized mobile ads: a trend popular among mobile games that could die at any minute.

Despite all the harsh criticism, warnings, and sanctions, sexist ads remains as a popular option among developers and mobile studios looking to attract installs.

Body shaming & sexualized mobile ads are everywhere, yet, they could disappear at any moment.

Despite all the harsh criticism, warnings, and sanctions, the trend remains. Moreover, it has become a popular option among game developers and mobile studios looking to drive installs to their mobile games. 

Anyone browsing social media has likely encountered advertising for mobile games – and while some are quite naive, there's a new genre of ads drawing attention through stereotypical images that some people claim are promoting female self-objectification, body shame, sexualization, and reduced psychological well-being.

The trend describes itself pretty easily. Some ads show women - usually in revealing poses or clothing - in condescending situations towards men. Some ads highlight words like "slave", "master", and "you must avoid me" as part of their dialogue. Others bring back old beauty standards that relate body sizes to male acceptance, accentuating how men prefer a shapely feminine body with a correct bust-to-waist-to-hip ratio, over a curvy body.  

"Aren't we all over this already? Let's not go back to the "cutting carbs" era. 😅" is one of the most common claims from their detractors in social media.

The real enigma is not the content they show - but how they trigger users' emotions, convincing them to download the games they promote.

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Decoding users' behavior - why do they click?

Love it or hate it - the strategy is brilliant. So genius that it makes you react. Despite widespread criticism, the underlying message of objectifying women does the trick for app marketers doing their work. 

The big enigma: why do they work? Shouldn't the emotion of disgust, anger, or repulse drive you exactly to do the opposite of downloading the app? Humans are drawn to what's different, prohibited, and scandalous. We Love Drama. And data proves this damn too well. 

Remember when you were young and your mom would stop you from watching horror movies, but you watched them anyway? You knew you weren't supposed to and yet, that didn't stop you.

The same thing happens with these ads. Some users that interact with them may even have opposite values and ideologies to those reflected in the ads. Still, interacting with what they consider "such an inappropriate and prohibited topic" drives them to satisfy their curiosity by downloading the games.

It's in our DNA and we can't help it. That's what got us into researching this topic in the first place after watching the ads.

What's the hype behind these ads

For this article, let's immerse ourselves in one polemic game: Project Makeover. This game invites players to give their characters makeovers to help them achieve their lifetime dreams. 

At first, the whole concept seems harmless. But the ads are quite controversial, relating successfully achieved goals to perfectly shaped bodies and old beauty standards. They show the main character - a girl - trying to look better for men she either wants or is already going out with. They point out her major physical flaws, like her body, hair, natural eyebrows, or acne, that need fixing and invite the user to do a makeover on her. 

sexualized mobile ads in mobile games

Events like that, trigger strong emotions and have the potential to make us look at something and stop from scrolling. Phrases such as "what should I wear tonight to get him to notice me" or "I'll shave my legs and wear makeup to win him back" are so shocking for some viewers that they feel way too tempted to download the game. 

But there's another catch to these ads: the failure-based creative strategy. For some, the character receives the makeover and achieves its goals. Others result in a failed makeover where the character ends up looking even worse than it did before. Such a disappointing outcome drives you into what the marketing team wants you to do: download the game to try again and do better. 

sexualized mobile ads in mobile games

Does the negative social media response affect downloads?

For the people not downloading the game, the displeasure feels so personal that it turns into comments sharing their disgust on social media. And then again, the goal is achieved. The mobile game gets free publicity without spending a cent, and new users install it to please their curiosity.

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Other games worth mentioning are Game of Sultan and Episode. 

GOS is an empire simulation RPG mobile game in which you experience the life of a Sultan engaging in wars, managing your empire, and securing your legacy through your heirs.

The ads for this game display a powerful sultan that takes female hostages, and pushes them to lose weight and answer chauvinistic questions about their bodies and looks. For example, the sultan can say to one of his female hostages, "You gave birth to an ugly creature, I don't love you anymore, slave. What should I do?".

Again, it triggers a strong emotional response. And the viewers either interact with the ad looking for more similar content that can upset them or destroy the game on social media. Both actions do the job and the revenue scales. 

Another mobile app, Episode, is a storytelling network and platform that features interactive stories. Players start one of the stories and make choices as the storyline progresses. The attractive catch is its user-generated content creation platform, where players can also create their own stories. 

Episode uses sexual elements in many ads to attract customer attention. One of its ads shows a female character in a suggestive pose with a policeman looking at her. Another ad shows an even more mind-blowing situation: a man desperately needs to go to the bathroom. Unfortunately for him, the door is locked with his wife inside, who happens to fall asleep on the toilet. The ad gives you two options: pee in her mouth or divorce her. (Makes sense🤔)

sexualized mobile ads in mobile games

Call it humiliating, but the concept works.

And once again, the data speaks louder. Users engage with the ads, and downloads start to rise. The buzz for these ads was so big that even Youtubers like Danny Gonzales with 5.87 million subscribers got to make a video reviewing them. The result? A video with 8.2 million views and a strong viral effect for the mobile app, Episode.

Whether it is just people cringing at the absurdity of the ads or showing genuine interest, ads like these, and more to come - are getting the attention they need to reach new users and promote downloads. Just check it out for yourself: Project Makeover has over 50 million downloads on Google Play, Episode - 100 million & Game of Sultan over 10 million.

Advertising Standards Authority sanctions and warnings

Sexualization in advertising is as old as time. Back in the so-called "golden era of advertising" (1950-1980’s) it was a popular strategy among advertisers portraying women in situations that today are considered out of fashion.

Societies evolve. In some countries, such as the UK, what was perceived as normal before, is now being banned by advertising and regulatory bodies such as the ASA (Advertising Standards Authority).

Today’s ASA rulings include several decisions on mobile games using sexualized ads to attract new users, removing them where needed, and flagging advertising standards to developers. The ads must be careful when showing violent or sexual imagery, and segmentation should avoid specific audiences.

Game studios planning to market their games in the UK are aware of it. Over time, more and more advertising regulators may take a similar stand against body shaming and sexualized ads. 

Will you use sexualized mobile ads?

Tell us what you think about this trend in the comments, or reach out to us on social media.

Be aware that, although sometimes sexualized ads may bring good results, regulatory entities seem to want to regulate them.

So play it smart. Regardless of your ads' content, always check your data, understand your audiences, and look into each country’s advertising regulations to prevent any sanctions.

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TOP 5 Worst Mistakes of Mobile Games in Influencer Marketing

Avoid these mistakes to ensure your Influencer Marketing Campaign turn into impressions, downloads, and installs from a quality audience.

When Game Developers want to start an Influencer Marketing Campaign to target their mobile games, certain common mistakes are easy to fall for.

TIP: Check our previous blog post talking about “Tips for Game Devs working with Influencers”.

Influencer Marketing has been on the rise during the last few years. Influencers present themselves as a great & reliable source to acquire users with a vast reach. They can bring thousands -if not millions- of impressions from users that will be more likely to install your game.

Influencers also provide highly engaged users. Players and users react to influencers as if they were getting a piece of advice or recommendation from a friend.

Therefore, if you are looking for new ways to acquire users for your mobile apps and games and don’t want to leave unattended social media channels, keep reading!


#1 - Be transparent with your Goals

Influencers value a lot when their partners are transparent.

When they promote new products to their audience, they put themselves at risk of losing them and being alienated. The last thing they want is to lose all the followers they’ve acquired through years of hard work.

If the partnership between the influencer and you goes sideways, they may not be as willing to participate in collaborations.

For this reason, as a brand, it is of the utmost relevance that you are sensitive, and tolerant of their pain points.

The greatest commitment of an influencer is to keep their audience’s loyalty. If you betray that, it may even backfire on you.

#2 - Give them some Creative Freedom

People get hooked on compelling stories, and influencers know how to give that to their audiences.

If the story relates to your app, the influencers’ audience will most likely connect with it.

To tell a compelling story, you must find the proper influencer that matches the style and ideas you want to communicate. This way, the influencer does not have to change their style as much, and the audience is already receptive to the kind of content you want to push.

When you find an influencer that matches your style, it’ll be easier to give them the creative freedom they crave.

Worst mistakes mobile games make when working with influencer marketing

You will have to put your trust in the influencer you decide to partner with. Still, do not worry. Over the last few years, there have been more influencers so dedicated to becoming stars that they have invested in courses and programs to improve their “creative” skills.

Try to find the perfect equilibrium between clear guidance and staying open-minded to the influencer’s suggestions and requests.

In the end, the influencer has been working for years to understand which content resonates better with their followers. They want the promoted content to be digested as quickly as possible. They are also invested in getting the best possible outcome from your collaboration.

When speaking with influencers, do not treat them just as a source of traffic, but also as creative consultants. They excel in user engagement, and once they understand the benefits of your app or game, they will find many ways to showcase your brand in the best possible way.

#3 - Find influencers with matching Audiences for your mobile games

In previous sections, we have mentioned that it is crucial that the influencer’s audience matches with yours.

However, for that to happen, first you must know what is your audience. Try to picture in your head, two or three “ideal players” of your app/game. Imagine what they do, their hobbies & interests, and their day-to-day routines. There are plenty of resources on the internet to help you create what is called a “user persona”.

Influencer PewDiePie recommending a game

This will help you save money and avoid rookie mistakes when signing off expensive contracts with influencers.

Understanding your audience, therefore, must be done before reaching out to the influencer you (probably) have already scouted.

And once you’ve already sorted out who are your top audiences, and you’re building your sales pitch to get the influencer’s interest, you also must check:

  • The influencer’s audience: follower count, content quality, ratio of view/interaction, etc.
  • The influencer’s main platform: most of them are on Youtube, Instagram, TikTok… but maybe you can find opportunities in small forums or communities.

Depending on the platform where the influencer has influence (forgive the redundancy 😆), the engagement rate may vary.

#4 - Checking the Influencer’s Engagement Metrics

You must take into consideration how engaged & receptive is the audience of the influencer you’re about to become partners.

There are plenty of metrics that you can take into consideration:

  • The number of subscribers
  • The Average Views (per each publication)
  • Ratio (%) of content likes/comments/shares vs. views
  • The curve of impressions through time (of individual publications)
  • The audience’s reaction to sponsored content in the last months
Why checking influencers' metric matters

The first two can be useful for quick scouting, but it is unwise to focus only on them when deciding to work with a specific influencer.

Dig deeper into engagement metrics, and even check quality metrics such as the sentiment of the comments. Those are the real deal and will help you make sound decisions when allocating your budget for marketing actions with influencers.

#5 - Track & Monitor your Results

We already mentioned this in the previous article. However, since this is one of the most common mistakes that game developers make when strategizing their influencer campaigns, we cannot stop ourselves from remarking on this point.

Tracking in real-time the performance of your influencer’s campaign on all your channels may be time-consuming, but it is worth the effort.

You must properly set up your monitoring system and track what newly acquired users are doing in your mobile app or game. This will help you in several ways when the influencers’ campaign is active, and after it finishes.

Some examples where you can benefit from tracking your influencer's campaign are:

  • To optimize the campaign and fix, in real-time, any issues your users are facing.
  • To detect which messages, tones, or styles are working better, and more aligned with your audience's mindset.
  • To keep track of the audience sentiment.
  • To improve in-game features or enhance services that the audiences find most valuable
  • To track which influencers are reaching the goals you have negotiated with them.
  • To use that info for, later on, negotiate better deals, or stop working with influencers whose activities have not generated ROI (Return of Investment).

And the list goes on and on.

#6 (Bonus!) - Start your Influencer Campaign!

It’s time to use all the concepts and ideas gathered in this post on Influencer Marketing - and our previous one, with tips to work with influencers -. Start growing your apps with other sources, in addition to only paid User Acquisition Campaigns.

If you get to partner with the right influencers, you will find that they are a valuable resource to reach many people and generate some hype around your app.

Start applying these tips in your Influencer Marketing Strategies, build a sound strategy for your mobile apps and games, and reach out to new audiences!

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Appodeal SDK 3.0! - 4 Top Reasons to Upgrade!

Appodeal’s 3.0 SDK version is now available for all game developers to download, with plenty of new features: From getting more support with Firebase Analytics to integrating a consent manager that will prevent your app from getting banned from the app store.

We have just released the Appodeal SDK 3.0 stable version! And it comes with lots of new features and improvements.

Over the past months, our engineering team has been optimizing the Appodeal SDK. As the industry evolves and companies merge, we move towards a more transparent and reliable growth platform.

The race for user attention & engagement has recently become more and more challenging. Appodeal SDK 3.0 will help you better grow, analyze and monetize your Apps and Games to your users’ most recent needs and behaviors.

Appodeal’s 3.0 SDK version is now available for all game developers to download, with plenty of new features: From getting more support with Firebase Analytics to integrating a consent manager that will prevent your app from getting banned from the app store.

If you’re still unfamiliar with SDK 3.0, this article will take a quick look at each new aspect to help you better comprehend why you need to upgrade your SDK in this immediate second!

Let’s get started!

Sync. Monetization + UA + Product Data

With downloads and UA spending on the rise, some developers are getting a more challenging time monetizing their apps & games properly.

App users are more educated than ever due to the mass amounts of information they interact with through social media. The result? They now have developed tolerance towards your Ads.

Appodeal SDK 3.0 now includes Firebase, Adjust & Meta Analytics integrated into its core. Users only need to connect their accounts to Appodeal. 

  • Publishers & Developers now can get advanced reports with metrics, such as Forecasted ARPU, ARPDAU, LTV, etc. 
  • Added two highly anticipated interfaces to get callbacks when the SDK is initialized and when an ad revenue for impression is obtained.
  • And several performance & stability improvements, to provide all our users with a seamless, uninterrupted experience.
Appodeal's monetization dashboard overview

Now you can sync all your monetization, UA, and Analytics data in one dashboard to better understand your active UA campaigns. With drag-n-drop reports, you can quickly discover your max profitability sources.

Appodeal's dashboard

So, let’s recap! By syncing all your data with Appodeal’s SDK 3.0 you'll get:

⬆️ customizable metrics to understand your audience behavior,
⬆️ transparency and fair competition,
⬆️ access to become part of our accelerator & funds to promote your games.

Support for Firebase Analytics

Firebase is Google’s solution for mobile app development that provides insights into app usage and user engagement. This platform is packed with features that make it easy for App developers and marketers to build, release, monitor, and engage with their Apps.

Dealing with another growth tool, such as Firebase, can be time-consuming for some developers. This complete analytics service is challenging to manage, especially when running campaigns through several platforms. 

Now, Appodeal supports Firebase Analytics to help you gather all your data in your Appodeal dashboard and manage your resources more efficiently. 

Connecting your Firebase account to Appodeal lets you track your monetization and product metrics by Firebase Keywords. You will also be able to analyze how product A/B test (via Firebase remote configuration) affects both your product & monetization and identify new opportunities to improve.

Just a few years ago, App developers and publishers could obtain and monetize their customers’ data in any way they wanted. But In today’s ever-changing gaming industry, privacy laws such as GDPR & CCPA have shaken the mobile ecosystem, and you can no longer gather personal data without users’ consent. 

This SDK also includes several improvements in Appodeal’s Consent Manager integration process, to help publishers avoid getting their apps banned by app stores. 

Now publishers don’t have to worry about its integration. The Consent Manager is now included in Appodeal SDK 3.0. In previous versions, it was distributed as a stand-alone tool. 

With the integration of Consent Manager in your app, you can avoid getting your app banned from the app stores due to these relevant changes in lawful requirements.

The Consent Manager library automatically geo-targets your users and prompts them with the right message at the right time, if needed. The best part? You can customize your consent flow with an appealing message to win your users’ hearts through their data. 

The primary benefit of integrating a consent manager in your app is simple: to help you build a more transparent and trustworthy business, and be less likely to break the law and face millionaire fines

Redesigned to give you a quick and effortless experience, now you can keep your apps fully compliant with GDPR & CCPA laws and the constant changes in the ad-tech industry.  (e.g., iOS 14.5 post-IDFA).

Unity Plugin Overhaul

When creating mobile games, once the design and development phases are completed - it's time to select a monetization strategy to meet your revenue targets. 

For some game developers, integrating their game engine into an attribution platform can become challenging, especially when they are highly skilled in game development but lack time to learn about monetization. 

Appodeal has also heavily reworked its Unity Pluggin, making it now 100% compliant with the UPM (Unity Package Manager).

Appodeal SDK 3.0 is now available as a UPM package.

Appodeal now offers an overhauled integration with Unity to offer a set of new features and functionalities to Unity Developers. With this upgrade, you will experience fewer obstacles and challenges during the SDK 3.0 integration.

What's best? You'll enjoy a transparent, data-proven, and independent alternative to set up your in-app monetization regardless of any merges 😉.

Here's a sneak peek of our new features:

  • Greatly improved the distribution of Appodeal SDK via the Unity Package Manager tool.
  • API fully commented: Working with the Unity plugin inside IDEs now is faster & 100% user-friendly.
  • Demo Scene redesigned: Better & more accessible options to set up your in-app monetization.
  • Test Ads in the Unity Editor: No need to build your project whenever you want to test your ad units.
  • Automated configuration for Attribution Services: Simplified the process of setting up your attribution tools in Unity for both Android & iOS platforms.

Upgrade to Appodeal SDK 3.0!

And this is just the tip of the iceberg of what we’re planning for this new version of the Appodeal SDK 3.0.

Move to this more convenient version of Appodeal, unlock plenty of new functionalities, and be prepared for future improvements. 

Upgrading to the latest Appodeal SDK will help you stay updated on the latest changes in the ever-changing mobile ad industry and will enable you to better grow, analyze, and monetize your Apps & Games to your users' needs.

Get the latest version of our Appodeal SDK 3.0 here. 

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