The “lingo” that marketers and mobile marketers use is often confusing and dizzying! We’ve all been through it before…you hear someone mention a term or acronym, and you know you should know what it means, but you don’t.
We’re here to help! The following isn’t by any means a comprehensive list of terms, but it will help you out in a pinch.
Ad exchange: A technology platform that allows multiple ad networks to bid on advertising inventory.
Ad network: Companies that bring together ad inventory from mobile app and website publishers, then match it with advertisers, agencies, publishers and marketers.
Ad server: The technology that places and tracks mobile advertisements onto mobile web pages or apps.
API (Application Program Interface): An API is a set of standardized programming instructions that allows apps to access a server-based software application or tool.
CPA (Cost per Action): An advertising campaign payment model where the marketer pays for a specific user action other than an install, view or click.
CPC (Cost per Click): An advertising campaign payment model where a marketer pays for each click a user makes on an ad they’ve been shown.
CPI (Cost per Install): An advertising campaign payment model where the marketer pays each time a consumer installs the app on their device.
CPM (Cost Per Thousand): An advertising campaign payment model that charges a fixed fee for every thousand times an ad is shown.
CTR (Click-Through Rate): The percentage of consumers that click on an ad or link out of the total number of consumers that view that link.
Funnel: The path a user takes from initial ad impression to the final defined target action such as app download or retargeted engagement.
IDFA (Identifier for Advertisers): A unique tracking identifier created by Apple to help marketers and developers track a user’s activity for advertising purposes.
Incrementality: The incremental lift that advertising spend provides to the overall conversion rate of a campaign.
KPI (Key Performance Indicators): KPIs are criteria marketers use to measure their own app’s success.
LAT (Limit Ad Tracking): A setting by Apple that allows a user manually stop sharing their data with advertisers.
LTV (Lifetime Value): A mobile metric used to determine how valuable a user will be over a span of time.
Playable Ads: Interactive ads that let users try out the core functionality and experience of an app or game before downloading.
Postbacks: URL requests that notify advertising tracking systems that an install or other tracked conversion has taken place.
Programmatic: Automated bidding for ad inventory done by an algorithm or computer program.
ROAS (Return on Ad Spend): A metric that refers to the amount of money an app earns back for each dollar spent on advertising.
ROI (Return on Investment): Usually refers to the amount of money earned from investment in an advertising campaign to attract users to an app.
RTB (Real Time Bidding): A programmatic ad buying process carried out via real-time auctions where DSPs and SSPs buy and sell ad inventory. DSPs bid in real-time on ad inventory supplied by SSPs. The entire process happens in only a fraction of a second.
SkAdNetwork: Apple’s ad measurement and attribution solution following the changes made on iOS 14.5 and beyond.
SSP (Supply Side Platform): A cloud-based service used to sell advertising (display, video, mobile) in an automated capacity.
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