It’s been a busy month for Flurry: A couple of days before Christmas, Flurry and Pinch Media, the two best known names in iPhone analytics, merged. In the first days of the new year they announced a partnership with the audience measurement company comScore. During all of this, Flurry’s been running a beta AppCircle, their interesting in-app other-app recommendation system.
In this podcast, I speak with Peter Farago, Flurry’s VP/Marketing and Greg Yardley, former CEO of Pinch Media now VP/Products at Flurry about their busy month, the real implications of Google’s Nexus One phone and more.
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For easy scanning of the interview, here’s what was covered and when:
- 0:30 – Merger
- 3:00 – Pinch: advertising targeting. Flurry: app installs. Combined: both areas.
- 3:45 – Merger of equals?
- 5:00 – Choosing to keep the Flurry name
- 6:00 – Integration plan: no loss of historic data, seamless migration to Flurry infrastructure, no features dropped, a “superset of everything you could get from each”
- 7:00 – Why a dev should care that Flurry has such a large market share
- 9:00 – App Circle
- 11:00 – Amazon-like recommendation engine
- 12:00 – Recommendations intended to be shown from within paid apps; how distinct from free apps showing ads
- 13:00 – Commission structure: Larger of $0.50 or 30% of the apps price split evenly between Flurry and the app that generated the cross sell
- 14:30 – What the cross-less message looks like in the app
- 16:00 – Only pay when you get a user; only paid when you get someone else a user
- 17:00 – Traditional advertising, >$2 per app install
- 18:00 – comScore partnership
- 20:45 – Pairing demographic and usage data
- 22:45 – e.g., “People using my app are 30% female, concentrated on the west coast, have an average house income of…”
- 23:45 – The Android market
- 25:30 – Measuring the success of the Nexus One
- 28:30 – Changing the way consumers get their phones: moving from pick the carrier then pick the phone towards pick the phone then pick the carrier
- 29:00 – Google and Apple disinter-mediating the carrier
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