Tag: App Store Competitive Index

App downloads soar in October, while loyalty costs stay grounded

App downloads were flying high this October, rising 23 percent since last month and reaching 7.9 million total downloads. With the late September release of the latest iPhone—the 6S—consumers got straight to work during October, installing apps on their new devices. In the meantime, the cost to acquire a loyal user fell slightly. This leveling of CPLU happened as a result of app loyalty: as many iPhone 6S users added ‘vital apps’ to their new devices—apps they already have a tendency to keep and use—this drew the overall cost to acquire users in October down. Higher media costs this October…..

Fiksu’s September Indexes: App Downloads Reach Lowest Volume in Past Year

The new iPhones had a dramatic impact on app downloads in September—but not in the direction you might think. We saw a sharp decline in app download volume, down 21 percent to 6.4 million daily downloads, the lowest volume since last September. Seems like consumers anticipating an upgrade to one of the new iPhones at the end of the month cut back on their app downloads. It makes sense: why go looking for new apps when you know you’re about to upgrade? Similarly, the release of iOS 9 and resulting flurry of app upgrades issued by developers may have contributed…..

Volume and Costs are on the Rise Again: Fiksu’s June Indexes

Our Indexes revealed a significant rise in cost per loyal user and app download volumes in June. Increasing 24 percent over last month, app volume reached 8.3 million daily downloads. Meanwhile, June’s cost per loyal user soared to $3.21, which represents an increase of 30 percent since last month. Clearly, while the ever-increasing app downloads are providing greater inventory for in-app advertising,  marketers are still challenged to precisely target loyal app users. Two factors are most likely responsible for the increase in costs this month. First, Nielsen has foundthat the average number of apps used per person has not increased…..

The mobile mindset: marketing costs see unprecedented growth

As the proverb goes, “April showers bring May flowers,” and the same may be true for marketers in April. While this past month represented another expensive one for mobile, particularly on a year-over-year viewpoint, it also may prove to be very fruitful. As leading brands heightened their focus on strategic mobile spending and higher-value targeting, loyalty rates of app users (and the cost to acquire a loyal user) has improved slightly. Perhaps as a reaction to the generally higher costs, advertisers are spending smarter and have clearly shifted into a “mobile mindset.” A few highlights from the supporting metrics of…..

January Index Reveals Record-Breaking Volume and Rising Costs

The New Year is off to a strong start, as the January 2015 App Store Competitive Index surpassed the 10 million download mark for the first time ever, coming in at 10.3 million daily downloads compared to last month’s previous record high of 9.2 million. This represents a 12 percent growth month-over-month and a marked 61 percent leap since January 2014. Along with the impressive app volume downloads, mobile marketing costs also broke records in January: the Fiksu Cost Per Loyal User Index (CPLU), which measures the cost of acquiring a loyal user for brands who actively market their apps,…..

App Marketing Costs Climb as the Competition Slows in the Top Ranks, Finds April Index

April “showered” marketers whose apps sit outside of the top 200 with a great opportunity to get increased visibility from their marketing spend as the big brands dialed back on spending before gearing up for their summer campaigns. The Indexes saw an increase in app marketing costs as dollars continued to pour in throughout April, especially from small and mid-sized publishers. Meanwhile, the App Store Competitive Index, which measures download volume among the top 200 ranked apps, dropped 25 percent, to 5.34M from March’s 7.1M peak. It should be noted that this is not reflective of the broader app landscape,…..

The Start of the Holiday Rush Causes Spike in App Marketing Costs, find November Indexes

Our November Fiksu Indexes marked the start of the 2013 holiday season rush, with app marketing costs and daily downloads beginning their upward climb. And, when combined with our device usage tracker, they hinted at what’s in store for a record-shattering December! The Cost per Loyal User Index jumped 10 percent, or 16 cents, to $1.79 from October’s $1.63 – a 25 percent increase in costs year-over-year. This month’s increase follows suit with the increase seen in November 2012 following the iPhone 5 launch, although the swing isn’t  nearly as drastic since costs in October 2013 didn’t drop to October 2012’s historic…..