Top Mobile Ad Networks 2019

Artyom Dogtiev

Updated: November 20, 2019


The Mobile advertising industry landscape consists of two major parts – Supply, that is presented by publishers and a SSP (stands for Supply Side Platform) that aggregates mobile inventory across hundreds of thousands of publishers and Demand, that is presented by a DSP (stands for Demand Side Platform) that allows advertisers to place mobile ads in publishers inventory. A Mobile Ad Network function is to serve a middle point between these two ends of the value chain, moving inventory across both supply and demand, either directly or via reselling or re-broking of inventory.

On some occasions, companies register with an ad network as both advertiser and publisher. Such double registration allows these companies to account traffic it generates as a publisher to cover fees it needs to pay for traffic it acquires as an advertiser. Ad networks involvement into advertiser – publisher dynamics isn’t always limited with mobile traffic delivery and providing performance stats, sometimes, when advertisers budget is high, ad networks get involved into ad creatives production. For instance, in a case of video ads, that today run supreme of digital advertising efficiency, ad networks can substantially improve advertiser’s ad campaign efficiency and increase its revenue.

The pioneer in the mobile ad networks space was AdMob , that really took off after its acquisition in 2009 by Google, Inc. Over the course of more than 10 years since, the advertising networks space has grown with a small number of top tier companies have been controlling the market. Apart from AdMob by Google, which later become part of the Google Ads ad platform, these are Facebook, Twitter and, in a smaller degree, Snapchat and Pinterest. The paramount advantage that allows these companies to occupy the top tier of the mobile ad market is how much data they can accumulate on their registered users and leverage this data for ad campaigns precise targeting.

Now, the recent newcomers Reddit and TikTok present an interesting case. The former has one of the most diverse online communities on the planet to reach and monetize and the latter is the brand new China-based social media that is like no other US counterpart. Both are worth of advertisers attention as an alternatives (or extra options) to Facebook and Google.

The next tier, that has survived competition with aforementioned companies and continues to compete for mobile advertisers budgets, consists of  Applovin, UnityAds, ironSource and Vungle. Compared with the Google and Facebook duopoly, these four have much less data points for a mobile user profile and therefore can not target mobile ads as precise as the top tier companies. To partly negate this limitation and help advertisers achieve their goals, these companies provide account managers to handle low-level ad campaigns management.

One of the most profound shifts in the mobile ad industry is that mobile apps have become the major inventory for ads to be displayed in, replacing traditional mobile web. This shift has even coined a new term – in app advertising. There is a simple reason behind this transition – multiple researches demonstrate that people spend most of the time with mobile devices, using apps, not browsing web sites as they used to. With the number of mobile apps that continues to increase exponentially, mobile in app advertisements have a potential to replace mobile web ads completely. Today all highest paying mobile ad networks are laser focused on mobile as the fastest growing digital advertising sector.

As mobile advertising industry continues to grow, it becomes more and more apparent that moving all operations into programmatic area is the only way to go. This is how you can accommodate greater and greater advertising volumes, allow ever increasing number of advertisers to manage their ad campaigns efficiently and mobile publishers to maximize their inventory monetization.

The downside of the programmatic approach is that it produces lower engagement rates, introduces advertisers to risk of a fraud, generally it’s less relevant compared to manual ad campaigns and can even be harmful for brands in cases when their ads occasionally being placed on websites next to questionable content.

Continue the trend on advertising automation, Artificial Intelligence algorithms are praised as the way to tackle multiple challenges that digital advertising faces. In fact, AI is the technology that many industries embrace to handle big data volumes to search for patterns and valuable insights to increase its efficiency. For mobile advertising it is also a brand new way to better fight off mobile ad fraud.

Speaking of mobile ad fraud, according to Jupiter research this year it’s the advertisers fate to loose $42 billion because of a fraud. There are two kinds of digital ad fraud – technical and compliance one. The first one covers all sorts of technical ways to trick ad network into considering fake advertising events as genuine ones and the second covers multiple tactics to break the rules established on a specific advertising platform.  Examples of technical fraud are ad stacking, attribution fraud, faked postbacks. The compliance fraud has to do with viewability, cases of placing ads in areas it rarely can be seen but still reported as seen, tricking users into clicking on ads, re-brokering ad offers from one publisher to another and more.

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Now, before we’ll start profiling top mobile ad networks, let’s define several characteristics to describe a mobile ad network.

Mobile Advertising Business Models

All mobile ad networks provide users with several types of business models to run ad campaigns with. There are 5 major types – CPM, CPC, CPI, CPA and CPV.

With CPM (cost-per-mile) type, an advertiser is charged each time her or his ads are shown 1,000 times (so-called ‘a mile’). It’s the best business model for publishers, because it allows to make money every time an ad was displayed. If they have a stable predictable traffic, it allows publishers to forecast their revenue. The down side is that they may loose some extra revenue, if their app or website audience is really interested in a product or service they advertise. For that case CPC model would allow them to make more money.

With CPC (cost-per-click) model an advertiser is charged for each click made on her  or his mobile ads. This model works better for advertisers, because it allows them to pay only for instances when an interest to their product or service is explicit (their ads were clicked) and, as mentioned above, in some cases may work for publishers as well. For a publisher this model always presents a certain risk of him serving lots of ad impressions for free.

CPI (cost-per-instal) model implies that advertisers are charged only when a click on their ads resulted into an actual mobile app install. It’s a specific case of a more generic CPC business model. Cost-per-install price has become one of the most important metrics for mobile app marketers to measure and keep track of, because essentially it represents a price they pay to acquire customers and hence it should be factor into ROI calculations.

CPA (cost-per-action) type is more advanced version of CPI, when an advertiser is charged for specific action (in-app sale, subscription, form submit, sign up and more) users take inside an app that is advertised on a mobile ad network. This type of a business model presents more opportunities for publishers to monetize their inventory on one hand and more options for advertisers to grow their business on the other.

And finally CPV (cost-per-view) type is applicable to mobile ad networks that provide advertisers with video ad campaigns. With this model, advertisers are charged for each instance their video mobile ad was viewed. With the current pace of a video advertising growth, this model becomes more and more popular.

Mobile Ad Formats

There are 5 major formats supported by top mobile ad networks – interstitial, banner ads, native ads, video ads and offer wall.

Interstitial ads

A full screen ads that cover the interface of their host application. This mobile ad format is most frequently used to display an ad between different app screens and it’s quite often displayed between different levels in a mobile game app.

Banner ads

A classical static or animated image ad, which is placed inside an app’s interface. Such ad may advertise a third party product, other digital or physical goods, as well as an option to expand an app’s functionality.

Native ads

Either a banner image or video ad that matches the form and function of the app interface it’s displayed in. The core concept of native ads to mimic an app’s interface to be least intrusive compared to other ad formats.

OfferWall ads

It is an ad unit within a mobile app that provides end users with lots of offers to engage with. The most frequent use case is mobile games, where offerwalls may either advertise third party games or a series of games from the same game developer.

Video ads

Video ads consist of a short, usually up-to 60 seconds, video clip to advertise products and services. This mobile ad format is most often used within media apps. There are two major types of video ads – in-stream and out-stream. With in-stream type, video ads are displayed full-screen before, after and within video content that is streamed inside an app. With out-stream type video ads are displayed on a web page, displayed inside a mobile app.

Mobile Ads Reporting

An advertising campaign performance data reporting is one of the key components that is crucial for its success. This information is provided by mobile ad networks to advertisers via an online dashboard. It includes data on such parameters of ads performance as number of impressions, clicks, installs, video ad views, platform, country, ad format and so on.

Mobile Ads Targeting

There are number of parameters that allow to narrow down a mobile ad campaign reach to a specific audience. These parameters are called targeting options, there are a number of such options but the majors are the following:

Geo

It allows to narrow down an ad campaign within a specific country or region. It enables mobile marketers to advertise a product or service that is relevant only within a specific region.

Device 

It allows to show ads on specific models of mobile devices only. This type of targeting lets advertisers to display ads on devices with a specific screen size and other hardware requirements, which allows to avoid a mobile ad experience degradation.

Carrier

With this option, it’s possible to show ads only to mobile users, who are served by a specific mobile carrier. It presents advertisers an opportunity to display ads to mobile users, those mobile carrier provides a better mobile signal reception in a specific area.

OS

it allows to show ads on mobile devices running specific operating system or even particular versions of OS. It gives advertisers a benefit of displaying ads to mobile users on devices that are best to display those ads software wise.

Connection

By applying this targeting option, it’s possible to show mobile ads on mobile devices when they are connected to the Internet either via Wifi or 3G/LTE connection.

Interests

mobile ad network that collect mobile users data and build their profile allows to narrow down an ad campaign on an audience segment with specific interests only.

Gender

This option allows to narrow down an ad campaign to mobile users of a particular gender. Naturally, just like with any kind of advertising such targeting is aimed to market goods specifically to females and males.

One of the best sources to check a particular mobile ad network performance is the AppsFlyer semi-annual Performance Index. Below you can see the snippet from the H1, 2019 edition and it covers media sources performance for both gaming and non-gaming apps for iOS and Android operating system. In the table, Volume Ranking based on the total number of non-fraudulent installs each was attributed for, Power Ranking based on the normalized and combined number of non-fraudulent installs, the number of apps running with each media source and the weighted retention score.

Mobile Advertising rankings

Top 10 Media Sources [both iOS and Android]

# Gaming Power Gaming Volume  Non-Gaming Power Non-Gaming Volume
1 Facebook Ads Google Ads Facebook Ads Google Ads
2 Google Ads  Facebook Ads Google Ads Facebook Ads
3 AppLovin AppLovin Apple Search Ads Apple Search Ads
4 ironSource ironSource Twitter Ads Snapchat Ads
5 UnityAds UnityAds Snapchat Ads TikTok Ads
6 Apple Search Ads Vungle AppLovin AppLovin
7 Vungle Liftoff UnityAds Twitter Ads
8 Chartboost Tapjoy Criteo Digital Turbine
9  AdColony CrossInstall Pinterest Ads ironSource
10 CrossInstall TikTok Ads ironSource UnityAds

Source: AppsFlyer Performance Index H1, 2019

Another company that provides data to measure mobile ad networks performance is Singular – the mobile marketing analytics platform that issued earlier this year the Singular ROI Index. It’s compiled based on the data Singular derived from more than 700+ mobile media sources, 560 million install with matching ROI, $1.5 billion in advertising spend and $2.7 billion in generated revenue. The index factors in a number of metrics, such as mobile user retention, revenue per install and what is the most important – the cost to drive app users engagement.

Singular ROI Index Top 10 [Android app data]

# iOS Android
1   Facebook Ads  Facebook Ads
2  Google Ads  Google Ads
3  Apple Search Ads  UnityAds
4  UnityAds Aarki
5  Vungle Vungle
6  AppLovin Chartboost
7  ironSource  AppLike
8  Tapjoy Tapjoy
9  Twitter Ads ironSource
10 Aarki AppLovin

Source: Singular 2018 Global ROI Index

Now, when we have an understanding of  mobile ad network terms and featured a Top 10 ad network charts from the AppsFlyer Performance Index H2 2017  and Singular 2017 ROI Index, let’s take a look at the list of top mobile ad networks of 2018 we’ve compiled for app developers and mobile business owners to find the right one to work with. To compile this list we researched the major players in the mobile advertising field, included companies that offer the wide range of ad formats and targeting options, as well as robust statistics and good technical support.

Note: the companies on the list we’ve compiled below are not in any priority order.

List of Best Mobile Ad Networks

Facebook Ads


Facebook Ads is the biggest digital advertising platform with a major focus on mobile ads. It features the best ad format, targeting and reporting capabilities in the industry. The platform allows mobile app advertisers to run ad campaigns on their choice on Facebook itself, its Messenger app, Instagram, Audience Network (to show ads across the web) and its app for businesses Workplace.

  • Mobile platforms: iOS, Android, Web
  • Campaign types: CPI, CPM
  • Ad formats supported: banners, carousel banners, video, slideshow
  • Targeting: age, gender, location, device, mobile OS, OS version, interests, mobile user language.
  • Key markets: global

Facebook Ads website screenshot

Google Ads


Google Ads acts as Google’s mobile advertising network, based on combining the Google Adwords ad buying interface with Google traffic sources such as it’s own platforms and servers as well as the legendary Admob platform.  Admob was founded in 2006 by Omar Hamoui and acquired by Google in 2009. They built one of the biggest ad networks on the planet, based on the value proposition a free ad generation tool to drive in-app installs and cross-promote apps. Google Ads proprietary IAP (in-app purchase) in-house ad format supply advertisers with app app users that, based on the platform’s data, will most likely to download / buy a particular mobile app. In July 2018 the platform was rebranded from AdMob to Google Ads.

  • Mobile platforms: iOS, Android, Unity, Cocos
  • Campaign types: CPM, CPC, CPI
  • Ad formats supported: Native, Video, Interstitial
  • Targeting: country, region, carrier, connection type, mobile platform, OS version, device, audience (user profile data)
  • Key markets: global

Google Ads website screenshot

Apple Search Ads


Apple Search Ads is the Apple Inc. iOS app promotion platform for app developers to drive traffic for their apps via search. The platform features two plans – Basic and Advanced, with the Basic plan, currently available only for US market, developers can set their app ad campaigns with a specific CPI they want to stick to and let it run automatically with minimal management on their part. The minimum budget for the Basic plan is $5,000 per app per month. The Advanced plan implies developers need to set up keywords they target and audiences they need to reach, set bids and budgets they plan to spend and pay only when mobile users tap on their ads.

  • Mobile platforms: iOS
  • Campaign types: CPI, CPC
  • Ad formats supported: auto-generated ads with creatives an app has on the App Store.
  • Targeting: iOS version, device (iPhone / iPad), location, gender, age, new / existing customers for other apps from the same advertiser
  • Key markets: global, the Basic plan is US only.

Apple’s Search Ads app promotion platform

Twitter Ads


Twitter Ads is the Twitter advertising platform that allows app marketers to drive traffic to their apps from both on Twitter and off Twitter channels. In terms of targeting options and reach its rivals are only Facebook and Google. Twitter ads support deep linking technology that allows app marketers to link an ad to a specific part of a mobile app content.

  • Mobile platforms: iOS, Android
  • Campaign types: CPI, CPC, CPM
  • Ad formats supported: auto-generated ads with creatives an app has on the App Store.
  • Targeting: mobile OS, OS version, device (iPhone / iPad), location, gender, age, mobile connection type
  • Key markets: global

Twitter Ads website screenshot

Snapchat Ads


Snapchat Ads is the Snap Inc. advertising platform that allows businesses to advertise on the platform with Snap’s unique ad formats and reach Millennials audience that has developed a high level of trust with the platform. Snapchat has 187 million daily active users that open the app 25 times a day on average and spend 30+ minutes with the app. Snap has partnered with multiple companies to better connect advertisers with snapchatters communities.

  • Mobile platforms: iOS, Android
  • Campaign types: CPI, CPC
  • Ad formats supported: Snap Ads, Filters, Lenses
  • Targeting: 300 audiences based on data derived from what content snapchatters watch, buy and post on the platform, demographics, lookalike audiences.
  • Key markets: global, the Basic plan is US only.

Snapchat Ads website screenshot

Pinterest Ads

Promoted App Pins is a mobile app advertising platform from Pinterest. It allows app marketers to generate installs via pins.Pins associated with iOS or Android apps have an app icon and install button attached to them for mobile users to tap on and download an app. Among Pinterest mobile measuring partners are Adjust, AppsFlyer, Kochava, TUNE and Apsalar.

  • Mobile platforms: iOS, Android, Windows Phone
  • Campaign types: CPA
  • Ad formats supported: App Icon
  • Targeting: Custom
  • Key markets: Global

Pinterest Ads website screenshot

TikTok Ads

TikTok is a short-form video app that has yet to launch official ad units for brands. With that said, its increasing popularity has put it on the radar for big brands eager to use the platform to advertise. Influencer campaigns on TikTok have been used by brands such as Universal Pictures, but TikTok is not currently involved with all of them.

  • Mobile platforms: iOS, Android
  • Campaign types: CPI
  • Ad formats supported: Custom
  • Targeting: Custom
  • Key markets: UK, USA

TikTok Ads website screenshot

Reddit Ads

Reddit Ads is an advertising platform from Reddit. It allows advertisers to reach specific audiences on the platform, either as self-service or via managed service. With Reddit Ads brands can tap into one of the biggest online communities that has extremely diverse set of interests.

  • Mobile platforms: iOS, Android
  • Campaign types: CPA
  • Ad formats supported: Social
  • Targeting: Custom
  • Key markets: UK, USA

Reddit Ads website screenshot

Unity Ads

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unity Ads is the premier ad monetization solution for mobile games, it was launched by Unity Technologies in 2014. The mobile ad platform was designed to advertise mobile games and it’s catered to help game developers to monetize on their games more efficiently using video ads. Th unity Ads team is focused on delivering native video ads solution that allows game advertisers to get much more of game players making in-app purchases than industry standard 3% on average.

  • Mobile platforms: iOS, Android
  • Campaign types: CPM, CPI
  • Ad formats supported: Banner, Video, Interstitial
  • Targeting: device, connection, operating system, country
  • Key Markets: United States

Unity Ads website screenshot

Applovin


Applovin is a marketing automation and analytics company, founded by Adam Foroughi and Andrew Karam in San Francisco, US. The core goal of the Approvin mobile ad network operations is delivering high quality users. To acquire such users the platform analyzes all ad campaign results to focus the consequent campaign on app users who will most likely to interact and transact inside an advertiser’s mobile app.

  • Mobile platforms: iOS, Android, Mobile Web
  • Campaign types: CPC, CPA
  • Ad formats supported: Custom
  • Targeting: Custom, Re-targeting
  • Key Markets: United States

AppLovin marketing automation and analytics company website screenshot

Vungle


Vungle is one of the leading performance marketing platforms for app advertisers. It brings advertisers mobile users through engaging video ads. They rely on Vungle’s creative optimization technology, targeting, and HD video ad delivery to reach and acquire high-quality users globally. Top mobile publishers rely on Vungle to generate revenue with engaging video ads.

  • Mobile platforms: Android, IOS, Windows Mobile, Amazon
  • Campaign types: CPI, CPA, CPM, CPCV
  • Ad formats supported: Video, MRAID
  • Targeting: Custom
  • Key Markets: Europe, US, China

Vungle mobile in-app video advertising company website screenshot

Criteo


Criteo Dynamic Retargeting is an online retargeting platform for the ad solution from Criteo – one of the leading commerce marketing companies, founded in Paris, France. It went a long way from being a small start-up to the company with 2,700 employees in 30 offices around the globe and 1,2 billion ads served in 2017 alone. The platform is used by more than 18,000 marketers all over the globe that rely on displaying their video and display ads on publisher’s premium mobile, tablet and desktop ad inventory. Criteo Dynamic Retargeting platform helps brands to re-engage 90% of their target audience and increase their ROI up to 13 times.

  • Mobile platforms: Android, IOS,
  • Campaign types: CPC, CPM,
  • Ad formats supported: Banners, Video
  • Targeting: Custom
  • Key Markets: Global

Criteo online retargeting platform company website screenshot

ironSource


ironSource is the leading in-app video advertising platform. It is one of the biggest and oldest mobile advertising platforms launched in 2010. Focusing on mobile games, it makes free-to-play and free-to-use possible for over 1.5B people around the world. Over 80,000 app developers use its technologies to grow their businesses, among these such leading companies like Kongregate, Zeptolab, Big Fish Games, Zynga and Playrix.

  • Mobile platforms: Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Cocos, Amazon, AdobeAir
  • Campaign types: CPC, CPE, CPA, CPV
  • Ad formats supported: App Wall, Interstitial, Offer Wall, Video
  • Targeting: Custom
  • Key Markets: United States, Israel

ironSource in-app video advertising platform website screenshot

AdColony


AdColony (formerly known as Opera Mediaworks) is one of the largest mobile ad networks globally. Its reach, 1,4 billion users globally, what sets it apart from other ad networks. Known for its unparalleled 3rd party verified viewability rates, exclusive Instant-Play™ HD video technology, proprietary rich media formats, its global performance advertising business and programmatic marketplace, and the company extensive SDK footprint in the Top 1,000 apps worldwide. A fully-owned subsidiary of Otello Corporation ASA, AdColony is a global organization with over 20 offices worldwide.

  • Mobile platforms: Android, IOS
  • Campaign types: CPM
  • Ad formats supported: Rich Media, Video
  • Targeting: Demographic
  • Key markets: US

AdColony mobile ad networks company website screenshot

Leadbolt

Leadbolt
Leadbolt is a high performance mobile advertising platform for user acquisition and in-app monetization. The company is focused on helping mobile advertisers to reach and acquire loyal users at scale, leveraging its direct relationships and dynamic ad-serving technologies. Leadbolt’s AI and Machine Learning based algorithms assist advertisers with advanced targeting that captivates best-fit audiences to achieve deeper user engagement with maximum ROI.

  • Mobile platforms: iOS, Android, Windows Phone
  • Campaign types: CPC, CPM, CPI, CPV
  • Ad formats supported: Native, Video, Interstitial
  • Targeting: country, region, carrier, connection type, mobile platform, OS version, device, category
  • Key Markets:

Leadbolt mobile advertising platform company website screenshot

Adperio

Adperio is a premier mobile performance marketing company, it connects iOS and Android app advertisers with acquisition strategies and traffic sources that deliver scale and high-engagement post-install activity. CPI and CPA pricing models available. The company is focused on driving app installs to advertisers based on Cost-Par-Action and Cost-Per-Install basis. Adperio pays special attention to brand protection and leverages its team 24 years of experience in digital advertising and provides highly skilled account managers to help its advertisers achieve their goals.

  • Mobile platforms: iOS, Android
  • Campaign types: CPI, CPA
  • Ad formats supported: Native, Banner, Social
  • Targeting: n/a
  • Key Markets: global

Adperio mobile performance marketing company website screenshot

Bidease

Bidease is a mobile DSP platform for mobile marketers. Its built on a foundation of proprietary programmatic advertising technology, Machine Learning, and first party data. Bidease team optimizes campaigns across all major mobile formats for desired post-install behaviors at no risk to its clients’ bottom line.

  • Mobile platforms: iOS, Android, Mobile Web
  • Campaign types: CPI, CPA, CPM
  • Ad formats supported: Banners, Interstitial, Native, Rewarded Video, Video
  • Targeting: Carrier, Device, Gender, Geo, Interests, IP, OS
  • Key Markets: global

Bidease mobile DSP platform company website screenshot

Headway


Headway is a leading data-driven app growth marketing company servicing mobile apps, brands, and ad-tech companies worldwide. Headway’s mobile-first DSP, Smadex, integrates with partner platforms to offer brands seamless data-driven digital solutions. Headway provides optimized and targeted ad campaigns, empowered by Machine Learning, and guided by experienced growth experts. Headway is a business unit of Entravision Communications Corporation (NYSE: EVC), a diversified global media, data and technology services company.

  • Mobile platforms: Android, IOS
  • Campaign types: Mobile Ad Network, Mobile DSP
  • Ad formats supported: Banners, Content Lock, Interstitial, Native, Video
  • Targeting: Custom
  • Key Markets: Europe, Latin America, Middle East, South East Asia, USA

Headway app growth marketing company website screenshot

EvaDav


EvaDav is the native advertising network based on a Push Notification technology use. The platform serves more than 10,000 publishers and about 5,000 advertisers, since 2016 it ran about 500k ad campaigns and generated about 9 billion ad impressions.

  • Mobile platforms: Android, IOS, Windows Phone, Desktop
  • Campaign types: CPM, CPC, CPA
  • Ad formats supported: Native, Notifications, Pop up, PopUnder
  • Targeting: browser, Carrier, Day, Device, Geo, Language
  • Key markets: Africa, Argentina, Asia, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, Eastern Europe, Europe, France, Germany, Global, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latin America, Malaysia, Mexico, Middle East, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Nordic, Poland, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South East Asia, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, USA

EvaDav native ad network company website screenshot

Mobupps

Mobupps is are a performance-oriented ad network, with over 10 years of experience in mobile user acquisition. The network leverages an access to private media from over 4,500 direct app publishers, as well as direct integration to all of the major global traffic sources.

  • Mobile platforms: Android, iOS,
  • Campaign types: CPC, CPI, CPM
  • Ad formats supported: App Icon, Audio, Banners, Content Lock, Coupons, Custom, In-App, Incentivized, Interstitial, Native, Notifications, Offer Wall, Pop up, PopUnder, Redirect, Rewarded Video, Rewards, Rich Media, Search, Social, Text, Video
  • Targeting: App, Carrier, Category, Country, Demographic, Device, Network, White & Black Lists
  • Key markets: Global

Mobupps performance-oriented ad network company website screenshot

myAppFree


myAppFree is a performance-based advertising platform, founded in 2015 in Italy by Massimo Caroli and Riccardo Fuzzi, that matches advertisers and publishers. One of the unique features it offers in terms of inventory for advertisers is an access to 40 million plus Sony Xperia smartphone users, as well as own App Discovery that features the best mobile apps for users to discover.

  • Mobile platforms: Android, iOS, Windows Phone
  • Campaign types: CPA, CPC, CPI
  • Ad formats supported: Banners, Interstitial, Native, Notifications
  • Targeting: Audience, Geo, Interests, OS, Platform
  • Key Markets: Asia, Europe, Latin America, USA

myAppFree performance-based ad platform company website screenshot

Mobusi

mobusi,  part of Fibonad group, is a Technology Media Company with a mobile-first and performance mindset empowering both Advertisers and Publishers to reach and exceed their high demanding targets. The platform obtains over 5 million leads per month worldwide. We maximize revenue obtained by our media partners thanks to our global coverage and optimization algorithms. In House Technology, own DSP and advanced antifraud system, Monetization Solutions, exclusive offers and premium traffic. A Mediation platform.

  • Mobile platforms: iOS, Android
  • Campaign types: CPM, CPC, CPI, CPA
  • Ad formats supported: Interstitial, Banner, Video
  • Targeting: country, carrier, OS, device, browser, wifi / mobile connectivity
  • Key Markets: Global

Mobusi mobile advertising network company website screenshot

MobAir


MobAir is a performance-based mobile app marketing platform, launched in 2015 in Israel. The mobile ad network platform offers advertisers 100% fill rate, focus on native ad format, as well as full automation and control over their ads performance.

  • Mobile platforms: Android, IOS, Mobile Web
  • Campaign types: CPA, CPI
  • Ad formats supported: Banners, Interstitial, Offer Wall, Video
  • Targeting: Custom
  • Key Markets: Global

MobAir mobile app marketing platform company website screenshot

ConsoliAds

ConsoliAds Pte Ltd. is MENA and APAC’s mobile ad mediation and promotion platform. It provides advertisers with access to publishers inventory in more than 12,000 apps that deliver over 350 million ad impressions and helps to reach impression-to-install conversion up to 10%, the platform is capable to deliver CPI around $.0.40.

  • Mobile platforms: Android, IOS, Mobile Web
  • Campaign types: CPC, CPI, CPM
  • Ad formats supported: Native, Video, Interstitial, Rewarded Video, Banner and Icon
  • Targeting: Country, Demographic, Device, Geo, OS, Time
  • Key Markets: CPC, CPI, CPM

ConsoliAds mobile ad mediation and promotion company website screenshot

Chartboost

Chartboost
Chartboost is an in-app monetization and programmatic advertising company, founded in 2011 by Sean Fannan and Maria Alegre in San Francisco, US. Chartboost mobile ad network provides advertisers with a platform for a cross-promotion with native ads, sophisticated targeting and tracking. Also the company provides mobile game owners with developer-t0-developer mobile ad marketplace to exchange ads inside their apps directly.

  • Mobile platforms: iOS, Android
  • Campaign types: CPC, CPI
  • Ad formats supported: Content Lock, Interstitial, OfferWall, Video
  • Targeting: Custom
  • Key Markets: global, United States

Chartboost in-app monetization and programmatic ad company website screenshot

Adsperfection

Adsperfection is an ad tech company that helps brands and developers with users acquisition and in-app monetization. With Adsperfection advertisers can acquire engaged and paying users for their app/product/service, as well as buy media at scale and get advanced solutions for preventing fraud. Publishers can boost their eCPM with flexible ad formats, use high impact monetization solutions and arrange direct deals from most recognizable app developers worldwide.

  • Mobile platforms: iOS, Android
  • Campaign types: CPA, CPC, CPI, CPL, CPM, CPS
  • Ad formats supported: Banners, Interstitial, Native, Video
  • Targeting: Custom
  • Key Markets: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, South Africa, Spain, UK, USA

Adsperfection user acquisition and in-app monetization company website screenshot

DGTG

DGTG is a digital marketing company that is dedicated to helping businesses looking to reach new audiences in Tier1 and Tier2 countries with mobile and desktop advertising solutions. DGTG has an in-house media buying team along with tech and design teams. It also uses premium networks and direct partners to drive relevant traffic. DGTG has built healthy partnerships with almost all attribution platforms and integrate-able with all tracking platforms.

  • Mobile platforms: Android, iOS
  • Campaign types: CPA, CPC, CPI, CPL, CPM
  • Ad formats supported: Video, MRAID
  • Targeting: Custom
  • Key Markets: Global

DGTG digital marketing company website screenshot

YouAppi


YouAppi is mobile advertising platform that helps brands to acquire and retain high quality mobile users in scale. The company’s ad platform is built on Machine Learning algorithms to deliver high level of optimization for raising awareness of a product, engage people to purchase and set a solid ground for a subsequent retention. The company has 13 offices around the glob, with the headquarters in San Francisco, US.

  • Mobile platforms: Android, IOS
  • Campaign types: CPI, CPA
  • Ad formats supported: Video, Native
  • Targeting: Custom
  • Key Markets: Global

YouAppi mobile ad platform company website screenshot

AdAction Interactive


AdAction Interactive is mobile app marketing, Colorado, US based company. It offers advertisers data-driven CPI based ad solution to optimize ad campaigns at scale, deliver high visibility and maximize return on ad spend. AdAction Interactive partners with TUNE, AppsFlyer, Kochava, Adjust, Singular and Localytics to deliver industry standard ad campaign tracking capabilities. Advertisers can run ads across 15+ top-performing publishers, including Facebook, Instagram, Google, Pinterest, and Twitter.

  • Mobile platforms: Android, IOS
  • Campaign types: CPI, CPE
  • Ad formats supported: Native
  • Targeting: Custom
  • Key Markets: Global.

AdAction Interactive mobile app marketing company website screenshot

Taptica


Taptica is a mobile user acquisition platform, offering ML algorithms powered advertising solutions to brands and app developers. With a big network of approved publishers, Taptica is capable to reach more than 200 million mobile users worldwide. On the advertising side of things, the platform focuses on generating relevant and loyal audiences for apps and games and also offers a high volume of media, including RTB exchanges.

  • Mobile platforms: Android, IOS
  • Campaign types: CPA, CPC
  • Ad formats supported: Banners, Interstitial, Text, Video
  • Targeting: Custom
  • Key Markets: Latin America, USA

Taptica mobile user acquisition platform company website screenshot

CrossInstall


CrossInstall is a mobile advertising platform for app marketers. It’s capable to deliver high level of conversion via usage of playable ads that let mobile game users to get a sense of a game before installing it and a global programmatic reach 100k unique publishers under its belt. It runs ads on 2 billion unique mobile devices a month, provides unto 30% conversion rate and serves 132 million mobile ad interactive experiences for mobile users.

  • Mobile platforms: Android, IOS
  • Campaign types: CPI
  • Ad formats supported: playable ads
  • Targeting: via device profile database
  • Key Markets: global

CrossInstall mobile advertising platform company website screenshot

Madvertise

Madvertise is an independent sales house for mobile advertising with headquarters in Paris, France and offices in Germany and Italy. The first marketing, technology and mobile advertising company listed on the stock exchange in France, founded in 2011 and overseen by Paul Amsellem. Madvertise reaches 71 million unique visitors across 6 countries (France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, Swiss and Austria) representing over 100 premium publishers in Europe.

  • Mobile platforms: iOS, Android
  • Campaign types: CPI, CPC, CPM, CPV
  • Ad formats supported: Banners, Rich Media, Video
  • Targeting:  Country, Demographic, Device, OS, Time
  • Key Markets: France, Italy, Germany

Madvertise mobile advertising company website screenshot

Appnext


Appnext is a mobile app discovery company with a platform that operates on a self-serve CPI bidding basis. It was founded in 2012 by Elad Nantason. Appnext’s ad solution features extensive database of 700 million mobile app users that get Appnext-powered app recommendations based on their habits and preferences. It operates in 180 countries, has a community of more than 30,000 developers, where any new advertiser can get to know fellow developers and get valuable hints for launching his own ad campaigns.

  • Mobile platforms: iOS, Android
  • Campaign types: CPI, CPC
  • Ad formats supported: Interstitial, Native Ads, Notification, Rewarded videos, Actions
  • Targeting:  (City, State), Device, Direct Buy (advertise on specific app/ game), OS (platform and version targeting)
  • Key Markets: Global

Appnext mobile app discovery company website screenshot

Liftoff


Liftoff is Cost-Per-Action optimized mobile user acquisition platform for app marketers. It provides CPI campaigns optimization via tracking post-install events for apps. It also provides retargeting features to bring mobile users back to a specific app and lookalike features to connect mobile apps with users similar to people who already use these apps.

  • Mobile platforms: iOS, Android, Mobile Web
  • Campaign types: CPI, CPA
  • Ad formats supported: Custom
  • Targeting: lookalike, retargeting,
  • Key Markets: Global

Liftoff mobile user acquisition platform website screenshot

Applike


Applike is Germany’s leading mobile user acquisition platform. The company’s video ad platform is hosted in their own loyalty and discovery mobile apps, which offer its users up-to 5 mobile games based on their taste and preferences thanks to app usage analysis. With AppLike app marketers can run A/B testing campaigns for various demographics to reach out to the right audience for their apps. By factoring in actual app usage, AppLike’s platform is capable to provide app marketers with highly relevant mobile users for their apps.”

  • Mobile platforms: Android
  • Campaign types: CPI
  • Ad formats supported: video, banner
  • Targeting: age, gender, OS, interest, device, verticals
  • Key Markets: global

Applike mobile user acquisition platform website screenshot

Mobvista


Mobvista is a global third-party mobile value discovery platform that provides user acquisition, monetization and mobile analytics solutions to app developers globally. Mobvista has targeted traffic from 200+ countries and regions, reaching over 950 million daily devices with its unprecedented AI technology innovation and excellent customized service. Mobvista was listed on the NEEQ in November 2015, with nearly $1 billion market value. It has nearly 500 employees with offices in 12 cities across the world. Mobvista acquired nativeX, LLC and Game Analytics, which operates a native advertising platform and an SaaS game data analytics platform for game developers in 2016.

  • Mobile platforms: Android, OS
  • Campaign types: CPI, CPA, CPS, CPL
  • Ad formats supported: Interactive endcard, Playable ads, Panoramic 3D video in rewarded and native views
  • Targeting: custom
  • Key Markets: China, Global

Mobvista mobile value discovery platform website screenshot

Propeller Ads


Propeller Ads is an online advertising company, founded in 2011. It maintains one of the biggest ad networks on the market, with over 1B daily advertising impressions across the globe. PropellerAds has more than 150,000 premium publishers’ sites registered in the network. In addition, PropellerAds offers such solutions as: performance based marketing for agencies & CPA networks, mobile app monetization with SDK integration, buying traffic via Real-Time Bidding model and more.

  • Mobile platforms: iOS, Android
  • Campaign types: CPM, CPA, CPL, CPC
  • Ad formats supported: Push Notifications, Interstitials, Popunder, Native Ads
  • Targeting: Language, OS, GEO, 3g/WiFi, Device type, Browser, Mobile Carrier, Day & time, User Activity (new)
  • Key Markets: Global

PropellerAds online advertising company website screenshot

Youmi

Youmi is a mobile advertising and marketing platform, founded in China in 2010. It powers 10,000 advertisers ad campaigns with 600,000 publishers mobile inventory to reach out mobile audience in 200+ countries on 2.2 billion mobile devices.

  • Mobile platforms: Android, IOS, Mobile Web
  • Campaign types: CPA, CPC, CPM
  • Ad formats supported: Banners, Rich Media, Text
  • Targeting: Device, Local, OS, Time
  • Key Markets: China

Youmi mobile advertising and marketing platform website screenshot

Smaato


Smaato is a mobile advertising and app monetization platform. It features mobile-first ad network and ad server solution for publishers and app developers. Smaato hosts the largest independent mobile ad exchange with global reach. For advertisers it offers Smaato Demand Platform with advanced traffic optimization features, for publishers Smaato Publishers Platform that allows them to achieve high fill rates and yield high eCPMs.

  • Mobile platforms: Android, IOS, Mobile, Windows Phone
  • Campaign types: CPC
  • Ad formats supported: Banners
  • Targeting: country, publisher, app, ad format, device, connection type, GPS data, device ID
  • Key Markets: Germany, global

Smaato mobile advertising and app monetization platform website screenshot

ArmorAds


ArmorAds is a global mobile advertising company with a focus on advanced data-driven ad campaign optimization capabilities and an in-house-built anti-fraud technology to shield advertisers from malicious activities. The company’s team is committed to protect advertisers from brand damage and revenue loss and to empower them to generate predictable ROI.

  • Mobile platforms: Android, iOS
  • Campaign types: CPA, CPL, CPM, CPS
  • Ad formats supported: Banners, Native, Rich Media
  • Targeting: Audience, browser, Carrier, Country, Device, Geo, Language, Location, OS, Platform, Time, White & Black Lists
  • Key Markets: Global

ArmorAds mobile advertising company website screenshot

ClearPier Performance


ClearPier Performance provides performance-based advertising to help mobile app advertisers acquire their new users wherever they are in the digital world. Its innovative platform nxus® processes in excess of 6 billion data points a day, to drive superior campaign performance. This enables ClearPier Performance team to:

  • Maximise ROI
  • Get you real app users and safeguard quality with TrafficGuаrd™
  • Scale campaigns to get fast access to your next app users

Features:

  • Mobile platforms: Android, Desktop, IOS, Windows Phone
  • Campaign types: CPA, CPI, CPL, Pay Per Call
  • Ad formats supported: Display
  • Targeting: Custom
  • Key Markets: Global

ClearPier Performance advertising agency website screenshot

Appness


Appness is a creative & media buying lab for mobile advertising that provides marketers with access to the human cloud: freelance ad designers and in-house advertising professionals powered by the platform’s intelligent ad optimization algorithms. The Appness platform was designed to eliminate the major problems encountered by advertisers in implementing ad campaigns and to support companies that lack expertise in user acquisition by streamlining and automating media buying processes. Headquartered in Cyprus, Appness currently works with 1,000+ ad designers from all around the world and employs 50+ qualified advertising experts.

  • Mobile platforms: Android, iOS
  • Campaign types: CPA, CPI, CPL, CPS
  • Ad formats supported: Banners, Video
  • Targeting: Custom
  • Key Markets: Global

Appness mobile advertising company website screenshot

AdTiming


AdTiming is a mobile marketing platform that is focused on using Big Data to run ads geo-targeted in 200+ countries. With AdTiming advertisers can choose from 20,000 tags to laser focus their mobile app ad campaign in time to reach a particular target audience.

  • Mobile platforms: Android, IOS
  • Campaign types: CPA, CPI
  • Ad formats supported: Banners, Native, Rewarded Video
  • Targeting: Device, Operator, OS
  • Key Markets: Europe, India, Japan, Middle East, USA

AdTiming mobile marketing platform website screenshot

TAB


TAB is a Germany-based mobile advertising platform with a focus on connecting brands and mobile users. Using Big Data allows TAB to help brands reach the right people at the right moment to engage to convert them to customers. TAB team offers advertisers DSP solution to take advantage of programmatic advertising with its precise targeting, optimization and multiple sources to reach audiences on a global scale. The company media buying team offers advertisers to leverage its multi-year experience in media buying via both direct and private ad exchanges.

  • Mobile platforms: Android, iOS
  • Campaign types: CPA, CPC, CPI, CPL, CPM
  • Ad formats supported: Display, Video, Native.
  • Targeting: Age, Carrier, Demographic, Device, Geo, IP, OS
  • Key Markets: Global

TAB mobile advertising platform website screenshot

Persona.ly


Persona.ly  is a tech product company driving mobile user acquisition for brands and app developers, operating world-wide. Using their proprietary bidder and machine-learning algorithms Persona.ly team offers transparent, performance-based, highly-targeted app install and retargeting solutions.

  • Mobile platforms: Android, iOS
  • Campaign types: CPA, CPE, CPI
  • Ad formats supported: Banners, Interstitial, Offerwalls, Rewarded, Rich Media, Video
  • Targeting: Custom
  • Key Markets: US, South Korea, Japan, Russia, South East Asia and India

Persona.ly global mobile ad-tech company website screenshot

Fyber


Fyber is a leading mobile advertising technology company with headquarters in Berlin. The mobile ad network by Fyber supports a broad range of parties – app developers, advertisers and agencies, other ad networks and DSPs.  It combines proprietary technologies and expertise in mediation, RTB, video and audience segmentation to create holistic solutions that shape the future of the app economy. It providers advertisers with programmatic ad formats that are IAB-standard compliant (Open RTB 2.3, HTML5, VAST). With Fyber app developers can run video, interstitial, engagement and install campaigns.

Fyber recently fully merged its three previous acquisitions: Heyzap, Inneractive and Fyber RTB (formerly, Falk Realtime), and is now operating under one single brand. It is publicly traded on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the symbol FBEN.

  • Mobile platforms: Android, iOS
  • Campaign types: CPA, CPM, CPI, CPV
  • Ad formats supported: Banner, Interstitial, Native, Video
  • Targeting: carrier, device, OS
  • Key Markets: Global

Fyber mobile advertising company website screenshot

InMobi


InMobi is the largest independent mobile ad network with global reach in markets including the UK, Europe, US, South Africa and India. InMobi offers advertisers to reach over 1,5 billion mobile users across more than 32,000 mobile properties to choose from. With InMobile mobile ad network, advertisers can launch brand engagement, user acquisition or remarking ad campaigns. Acquisition of a mobile rich media company Sprout allows InMobi to offer premium mobile ads as well as a huge volume of other inventory. Advertisers include leading brands such as Ford and Levis.

  • Mobile platforms: Android, iOS, Mobile Web
  • Campaign types: CPC, CPI
  • Ad formats supported: Banner, Native, Video, Interstitial, Rich Media
  • Targeting: carrier, channel, country, device, operator, os, time
  • Key Markets: Europe, India, Japan, Kenya, South Africa, UK, United States

InMobi independent mobile ad network website screenshot

Tapjoy


Tapjoy is an advertising and app monetization platform that offers a novel way for users to engage in mobile advertising.. The Tapjoy mobile ad network services lineup are focused on helping premium mobile app publishers to increase revenue on each user they have. Tapjoy offers users virtual currency for watching video ads, subscribing to services, and downloading promoted apps. Users can then spend that virtual currency on unlocking in-app content from publishers. The key benefit that the company brings to the table is that it allows app developers and brands monetize users who do not have credit cards or do not wish to spend real currency on app content.

  • Mobile platforms: Android, iOS, Mobile Web
  • Campaign types: CPC, CPD, CPI, CPM
  • Ad formats supported: Content Lock, Interstitial, Offerwall, Rewards
  • Targeting: custom
  • Key Markets: Europe, India, Japan, Kenya, South Africa, UK, United States

Tapjoy advertising and app monetization platform website screenshot

Startapp


Startapp is a mobile advertising company. It provides a self-serve platform for advertisers to quickly build and launch ad campaigns, controlling audience, creatives and budget aspects of their campaigns. Among features that sets it aside from other ad networks are uniquely designed animated and interactive ads, data-enhanced targeting, using data derived from over 300,000 mobile apps and native ad units.

  • Mobile platforms: Android, iOS
  • Campaign types: CPA, CPC, CPI, CPM
  • Ad formats supported: App Icon, Full Page Ads, InApp Ads, Interstitial, Video
  • Targeting: App, Carrier, Competitors, Connection Type, Device, Gender, Geo, OS
  • Key Markets: Global

StartApp mobile advertising company website screenshot

Digital Turbine


Digital Turbine is a mobile app advertising platform for app delivery and discovery. The company is double down on a mobile native format to allow advertisers cut through the noice and reach out their target audience. Digital Turbine bypasses app stores and partners with major global telecom companies to introduce apps to mobile users with sponsored recommendations and native preloads.

  • Mobile platforms: iOS, Android, Mobile Web
  • Campaign types: CPC, CPI
  • Ad formats supported: Banners, Interstitial, Native, Offer Wall
  • Targeting: Geo, OS
  • Key Markets: Asia, Europe, USA

Digital Turbine mobile app ad platform website screenshot

Final Thoughts

The list of 49 mobile ad networks we’ve composed in this article presents a snapshot of some of the best players in this field. Of course this is not the ultimate list and there are more mobile ad networks but it does represent the ones that are well established, trustworthy and we suggest you to consider working with one or more of them.

To pick up the right mobile ad network to advertiser your app(s) or to monetize your app(s) or mobile website traffic you need to consider such criteria as what platform and key markets a particular company covers to match your targeted audience, will you be able to accept payments via payment methods it supports. As well as if a particular ad network offers programmatic mediation solution or not. Programmatic mediation allows publishers to monetize their traffic more efficiently with the highest bid offers. The most efficient ad formats of today, and most likely of foreseeable feature, are Native an Video.