Fiksu: Cost Per Loyal User Crosses $3 on iOS

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User acquisition and marketing company Fiksu has released its indexes for March 2015, marking the first time the cost to acquire a single loyal iOS app user has passed the $ 3 mark. To be specific, the cost reached $ 3.09 in March, a 10 percent increase over last month, and a 113 percent jump from last year. Fiksu defines loyal users are those who open an app three times or more.

Meanwhile, Fiksu’s Cost Per Install Index, which measures the cost per single app install directly attributed to advertising, also increased in March for both iOS and Android apps. In March, the iOS cost rose to $ 1.53, up 20 percent from last month and up 46 percent year-over-year. The Android cost per install hit $ 1.74 in March, a 15 percent increase month-over-month, and a 63 percent jump from last year.

Fiksu March 2015

In terms of app downloads, the company’s App Store Competitive Index, which measures the average number of daily downloads for the top 200 free iOS apps, dropped to 8.1 million in March, a 16 percent decrease from February. However, this figure is still a 15 percent increase year-over-year, as users continue to spend more time in apps, and less, for instance, on the mobile Web.

In a statement, Micah Adler, CEO of Fiksu, commented on the month’s results:

As we enter another record-breaking month, brands must face the inevitable rising tide: mobile marketing is maturing and becoming more expensive. To stay ahead of this evolving market, marketers must continually adjust and take advantage of programmatic media buying methods to spend marketing budgets as wisely as possible. Sustainable success will be found by brands that use more precise forms of targeting to reach the right mobile users: those who will engage with an app and become loyal over the long term.

Fiksu’s complete indexes and analysis are available here.

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How to Make Content That Crosses Cultural and Linguistic Borders

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How to Make Content That Crosses Cultural and Linguistic Borders

Statistics tell us that people spend an average time of 16 hours per month on the internet – that’s a global internet population average. If we were to be more specific, say the US population, they spend 32 hours per month on an average. Capturing the attention of 79% of America (according to the ‘World’s Online Population Per Region) is already enough audience, but how about the 85% of UK’s internet population? Or Germany’s 81.85%, Japan’s 80% or China’s 34.30%? If we want to take advantage of the world’s massive population online, we must be able to write content that crosses cultural and linguistic barriers especially now that you can make your content more accessible with HTML5 conversion. Though that may seem ambitious, there are a couple of ways we can do so. Here’s five:

1.       Use Numbers

One language that surely everyone understands is numbers. Whenever you create content for your website, be sure to include numerical figures. Why? Numbers are one thing that must never be inaccurate. Whatever language it is translated to, figures must be the same. Most ebook conversion services make huge efforts just to make sure that numbers are the same across different digital publishing formats – it is that important. Even just misplacing a decimal point one place further makes a ton of difference. As a business owner, writing in numbers validates your articles. Numbers speak facts – and facts must be the same in whatever form of language they are expressed.

2.       Use Images

As they say, “a picture speaks a thousand words”. With text, it’ll take a few minutes of careful reading and a couple of grunts for comprehension before you effectively transmit a message across. But with images, as long as it isn’t some abstract painting by Pollock, you can immediately help the reader understand your content by giving them some hints. The catch here is that you have to use the appropriate pictures.

3.       Use Video

Don’t you find it so cool that Asian culture is making its way to the west? I’m not saying that I like the “Gangnam Style”; it’s just that different cultures are thrown into the mix that the mesh is a beautiful chaos – somewhat, in terms of crossing borders. We have seen videos cross from one continent to the other. This is a testament that if you’re creative and have mad skills in video, you’re video content has the potential to cross linguistic and cultural borders.

4.       Better Yet, Make Infographics!

What’s trending, in the internet especially, is the making of infographics. What are infographics, why do people love them? They are long images or video that contains numbers and facts that are presented in layman’s terms making them ridiculously easy to understand. In a nutshell, an infographic is translating heavy technical jargons into a very-easy-to-comprehend chart-like image or video. Why do people love ‘em? ‘Cause it’s very easy to understand! No need to have supplementary research.

5.       No Direct Translations

It’s funny how a lot of advertisements were lost in translation. Here’s a couple:

  • Pepsi had this slogan, “Come Alive With The Pepsi Generation” which reached Taiwan this way, “Pepsi brings your ancestors back from the dead.”
  • KFC’s famous slogan is “Finger lickin’ good” which came out in China as, “Eat your fingers off.”

Whoah! Huge difference. If you specifically want to make sure that certain messages, maybe some key phrases, reach your readers in the right way then go out of your way to have it translated the right way – much better than have them “eat their fingers off.”

As business owners, we want to tap into the multitudes of people who traverse the internet and convert them into leads. Though we are divided by cultural and language barriers, there will always be a common ground upon which we can interact.

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