August 02, 2016 08:00 ET

SpotX Adds App Store Data to Aid In-App Video Ad Targeting

New Data to Help Publishers Raise Value of Premium Brand Associations In-App

DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - August 02, 2016) - Video inventory management platform, SpotX, today announced the introduction of new mobile app data points to boost in-app video targeting abilities.

The additions to SpotX's platform will enable advertisers to buy against app store data, like app ratings and download numbers, to help advertisers determine app quality and reputation among consumers -- two factors crucial for evaluating premium brand associations.

These metrics will join with other targeting parameters already passed via SpotX's platform, including registration demographics, device type, location, IAB content category and a range of other data points.

The new data will allow advertisers to better understand the value of premium applications and compare the experience to other web properties, according to Allen Klosowski, VP of Mobile & Connected Devices, at SpotX.

"In-app mobile video ads are about to experience a rapid ascent," Klosowski said.

"In the past 10 months, in-app inventory has risen from 16% to 52% of mobile inventory traded through our marketplace in the US.

"We expect it to overtake mobile web in all markets by the end of the year, with greater targeting abilities and more parameters to understand brand associations set to be key drivers."

The additional data has a range of practical applications for both the buy and sell sides. Advertisers can more easily and accurately identify premium apps by using number of downloads and user ratings as indicators.

As a result, reliance on publisher reputation is lessened, allowing buyers to identify premium apps created by smaller-name publishers and double check quality of apps from big-name publishers. They could also target buys to apps which have a certain minimum number of downloads and user rating.

On the sell side, SpotX's ad server will allow publishers to target deals to advertisers using these new parameters in tandem with other mobile data. For instance, publishers could package deals across inventory in sports or lifestyle categories via private marketplace or programmatic direct deals.

When publishers pass us their bundle IDs, SpotX will auto-populate a host of third-party verified mobile app data points into the bid request on publisher's behalf.

About SpotX
SpotX is a video inventory management platform providing premium publishers and broadcasters with monetization tools for desktop, mobile and connected devices. The platform features modern ad serving and programmatic enablement technology, and other monetization tools, including outstream video ad units and solutions for connected TV. SpotX gives publishers the control, transparency and actionable insights needed to understand buyer behavior, manage access and pricing, and maximize revenue. The company is headquartered in Denver, Colorado, and has offices in New York, San Francisco, London, Sydney, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Hamburg, Belfast, and Singapore. In July 2014, European entertainment network RTL Group acquired a 65% stake in SpotX. For updates, follow SpotX on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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