Last week, Appsfire announced it is ditching its renowned app discovery service on iOS and Android, as it seeks to shift its business towards a mobile advertising solution — and today that has surfaced in the form of URA MAKI, which the company describes as an entirely new ad experience that no one has done before.
Ura Maki’s selling point is that developers don’t need to make changes to their apps to give way to ads, in turn compromising the experience of the app. Forcing the ad on users can turn them off too.
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What is unique about the Ura Maki experience is that users have more control over their ads. Users get shown a message that announces the ad first, and they get to skip the ad before it shows. The ad can also be dismissed by a swipe up, or just by tapping the left side back to the app. In this case, you don’t waste time watching ads for apps that you already have as well.
As for developers, they don’t need to change anything and add anything to their apps. The ad units load on the side of the app, while the app is still running. The developer also gets to decide when to trigger Ura Maki and there is minimal disruption to the app experience, as the app continues to run even when the ad loads. The download experience also takes place in the app, so the publisher keeps its users.
Furthermore, Ura Maki prides itself on being native code, so it loads much faster, and it is optimized for iOS 7 on the iPhone and iPad. The ad experience is already localized to 13 languages as well.
Appsfire is handpicking developers to embed Ura Maki in their apps right now, and is planning to use it initially for video ads.
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