Report: Amazon, HBO Now, Live.com only apps common to top app-install platforms

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Among advertisers on the top app-install ad platforms, curiously, there are only a few apps that overlap. That’s according to a new Sensor Tower Q3 “Mobile Advertising Atlas,” which tracks “share of voice” (ad impression) leaderboards for these platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Google and Pinterest.

Each of the leaderboards is relatively distinct. Only Amazon, HBO Now and video streaming app Live.com are present on three of the four lists. Pinterest is the outlier vs. the others because it features mostly retailers and a high proportion of traditional brick and mortar stores, which are not present on the other lists at all.

Top Advertisers by Impressions

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Checkout 51, Offer Up and Uber are present on two of the four lists. Beyond this, the Facebook and Instagram lists have the most overlap, which makes sense given that they’re the same company. Another reason, as Sensor Tower points out, is that “Facebook is cross-promoting Instagram heavily, trying to move more legacy FB users to Instagram.”

Given its different use case, Pinterest has attracted lots of retail advertisers. This is really the only one of the four app-install platforms where traditional brick and mortar stores are present in the top 20. However, Sensor Tower said that fewer traditional retail stores were in the top 10 this quarter vs. last.

Indeed, the company’s report shows a great deal of volatility among top app-install advertisers from quarter to quarter.


About The Author

Greg Sterling is a Contributing Editor at Search Engine Land. He writes a personal blog, Screenwerk, about connecting the dots between digital media and real-world consumer behavior. He is also VP of Strategy and Insights for the Local Search Association. Follow him on Twitter or find him at Google+.

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