Building On The Lessons Learned: Give Yourself A Head Start In Programmatic Mobile


By: John Haake, Chief Marketing Officer, Verve Mobile

This article was originally published in ADOTAS

For years we’ve heard “this year is the year of mobile.” Premature as that was in 2012, it’s safe to say that marketers have quietly reached mass adoption. In a natural evolution, marketers and agencies have begun exploring how to leverage mobile data and technology programmatically to boost campaign efficiency and effectiveness. Yet, the biggest hurdle to flawless execution isn’t the complexity of the programmatic ecosystem; it’s an inability to apply the lessons learned from the more than five years of programmatic buying online.

Lesson 1: Context, Inventory Quality, and Creative Matter

Prior to the programmatic revolution, buying was largely limited to contextual targeting, or direct–to-publisher deals isolating pages or site sections relevant to a specific audience. This was less than an exact science and led to large media waste and issues of scale.

With the advent of programmatic buying, advertisers and agencies were excited by the ability to purchase audiences at scale across inventory sources. The context in which the impressions were served was less important than reaching a specific audience. Remnant inventory reigned supreme on the exchanges, as did the lowest common denominator standard .gif ad units.

We know that audience targeting works best when applied to contextually relevant, high-quality inventory and creative. This is true with programmatic mobile as well, where inventory comes from either mobile web browsers or mobile apps. Currently 80 percent of mobile usage takes place via apps, and in general these impressions are contextually more relevant and provide more engaging user experiences.

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How Location Became The Tail Wagging The Future of Mobile Ad Creative


By: Joel Fisher, VP & Creative Director, Verve Mobile

This article was originally published in Mobile Marketer Daily

Mobile is unique to other advertising channels. Its connection to real-world behavior makes an ad’s context, content and creative critical to its success.

According to eMarketer, time spent on mobile devices has grown by an impressive 529 percent since 2010, surpassing all forms of traditional media including television. It should come as no surprise that mobile ad spend is expected to surpass desktop for the first time this year.

We know that location-informed mobile campaigns yield powerful results. Campaigns that leverage location-based targeting outperform those that do not. 

In fact, mobile campaigns generate three times the amount of foot traffic and produce a 27 percent increase in sales on average, according to our data.

Looking at the most successful location-informed mobile campaigns over the past 18 months, it is clear there are several creative techniques that drive more traffic to the aisles, showrooms and tables of advertisers.

Here is a snapshot of what works best for advertisers on mobile.

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Travel Marketers Put Personalization Back on the Map in 2015


By: Alison Corbat, Executive Director, Sales Planning, Verve

While travel brands take strides to achieve superior levels of customer personalization, few travel marketers have seen real success. Even brands that have prospered have done so at the macro level and outside the sphere of digital. A mainstream consumer’s travel ‘experience’ – often generic and impersonal – has traditionally left much to be desired, but it appears like things are about to change. 2015 is shaping up to be the year that travel marketers focus on what it means to offer a deeply unique and personal experience to passengers and guests.

Today, brands must adapt to the needs of the on the go, unwearied vacationer by combining distinct, tailored digital offerings and the consumer need for instant gratification in the mobile marketplace.

Hotels brands like Kimpton Hotels have begun to take advantage of the real-time feedback and market intelligence that can be exchanged over mobile devices, and they’re using this information to provide comprehensive solutions to meet the individual needs of consumers.

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Webinar Breakdown | The Secret Sauce to Driving CPG Foot Traffic


Chew on this — 

  • Mobile now accounts for over 70% of all digital traffic in the United States 
  • CPG-related mobile ad spending grew by an impressive 219% from 2012 to mid-2014
  • The CPG industry is the third biggest user of location-based mobile advertising, right behind retail and automotive, respectively 

In our February 4th Webinar, Verve Chief Marketing Officer John Haake dove into what it really means to drive meaningful foot traffic for CPG brands. 

Proximity has become the fifth marketing pillar along with product, price, promotion and placement. - CPG Marketer

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Verve’s Next Webinar | Driving Foot Traffic for CPGs

Register today for our upcoming webinar to learn how location-powered mobile advertising is particularly successful in driving foot traffic to retailers. 

We’ll address the following key topics:

  • How geo-aware mobile technologies are shaping the future of mobile advertising and paving the way for more dynamic creative formats.
  • How device-level purchase data can increase ROI.
  • How location-powered mobile campaigns produce unparalleled data and insight on purchase-level transactions and store-specific foot traffic.   

Space is limited, so please reserve your spot today for Wednesday, February 4 at 1:30pm ET

The Future Of Dynamic Mobile Ads [Infographic]


The growth of mobile has snowballed to the point where mobile media has surpassed online traffic, making up 70% of all digital traffic in the U.S. In that time, the smartphone has become ubiquitous and the creative executions more sophisticated and compelling to consumers.

One of the most exciting developments is leveraging location data to inform audience targeting and segmentation. Smart advertisers are now looking to leverage a consumer’s location to tailor ad served to them in the midst of his path to purchase. The below infographic – now live on – is a summary of the best performing mobile ad creative (from the past year), showcasing the techniques that best utilize location data to boost engagement and campaign performance.

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CPG Brands Drive Sales With Location-Powered Mobile Ads [Infographic]

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CPG is the fastest-growing category in location-powered advertising—the third largest location-powered advertising vertical — and is on track to continue its heavy spending in 2015. Location-aware mobile advertising is a proven driver of measurable foot traffic to retail. It works best by blending first- and third-party data, location-informed audience targeting, and precise proximity targeting, to ensure CPG brand messages are served in and around a shopper’s real world path to purchase.

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