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Chapter 5. Mobile Advertising > Different Types of Mobile Advertising

Different Types of Mobile Advertising

Mobile advertising can take a lot of different forms, but it is usually consumed when viewers are on the mobile Web, are using mobile applications, or are playing mobile games. When an advertisement is clicked, you generally have the option of driving the click to your website, to a mobile specific landing page, or to a download page. The click might also place a call through the mobile phone. Essentially four types of mobile advertising models are used:

  • Mobile banners and display— As with traditional banners, mobile banners are graphics placed on a Web page. After clicking one, the visitor is linked to a specific offer or full-page advertisement. Mobile banners are usually sold on a CPM (cost per thousand impressions) basis. Mobile site owners agree to show the advertisement on their sites in return for payment from the mobile ad network. Mobile display ads can also be included in games and downloadable mobile applications for additional targeted exposure. In the mobile market, a fair average CPM is between $25 and $75, but this varies widely based on the market in which you are working. See Figure 5.1.

    Figure 5.1. Mobile banner ads.

  • Mobile pay per click— Similar to traditional pay-per-click advertising (PPC), mobile PPC ads are text and image advertisements offered by search engines and, usually served alongside organic mobile search results. PPC advertising is displayed when the ad is relevant to the searcher’s query. Mobile PPC ads cost the advertiser money only when they are clicked. Advertisers choose a set of keywords that are relevant to searches for their products. Then text ads are served based on an advertiser’s bid on a search query and the calculated relevance of the landing page to the search query. In addition to being targeted based on a user’s search query, mobile PPC advertising can be targeted by location and carrier.

  • Contextual mobile ads— Contextual mobile advertising is similar to mobile PPC. Advertisements are offered by the mobile search engine through a bidding model that combines the advertisers’ willingness to pay for position with the relevance of the ad to a search query. Contextual mobile ads can be in the form of text or images, and are displayed on a mobile website instead of in mobile search results. In this model, mobile site owners consent for relevant advertisements to be shown on their websites in return for a portion of the profits that the ad network receives from those particular ads. See Figure 5.2.

    Figure 5.2. Google AdWords mobile text ad options.

  • Idle screen advertising— Mobile advertisements are served while the user is waiting on a page or application to download or some other process to finish.


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