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In-app Mobile Advertising For Retail

Drive conversions online and instore

The Impact of Mobile Advertising

Don’t have your own retail mobile app? No problem.


Brands today are advertising on the third-party apps their customers love, and using them to drive traffic to mobile sites, social media pages, landing pages and even in-store. 

With mobile in-app advertising, brands can retarget users who have visited a site page, or run a prospecting campaign and target audiences that are higher up the sales funnel. 


These ads are driven by accurate rich first-party mobile and location data, that enables marketers and advertisers to impact consumers in a positive manner and connect with them on personal levels.

Targeting With Accuracy

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Mobile devices are always connected, making it possible for marketers to deliver offers, specials, flash sales, promotions and messaging to consumers in a timely and immediate fashion. In-app mobile advertising enables brands to advertise to consumer in a welcoming manner while providing audiences with timely relevant ads.

Driving in-store foot traffic can be as simple as  targeting impressions with  a coupon, or an offer directly to their device in real-time. 

The Right In-App Ad Formats for Retailers

Enriched customer data is the crucial  fuel needed to reach customers on a personalized level. With this data you can infer your customers likes, and preferences and use this data to direct your creative team to create ads that your audiences will want to engage with. 

Expandable Banner Ads

Versatile, easy to create, and highly effective. These ad types are also relatively inexpensive compared to more multimedia based formats like video. With this ad type, both brick and mortar and online retailers can expect a positive return on investment as they can drive foot traffic into stores with a store locator, or provide users with the ability to scroll through a product gallery and make a purchase. ​

Interactive Moments

With Moments, brands can connect with consumers as they navigate in-store ready to make a purchase. These Interactive Moments create a higher level of engagement by creating unexpected and exciting experiences with limitless creative capabilities. 

Interactive Video

There is no better way to showcase a product or tell your story than with video. Interactive video takes it one step further buy allowing audiences to engage with products on screen in a seamless experience. Users can click, drag, scroll, hover, gesture and complete other digital actions to interact with the content. ​

Branches: Paths users take to control and customize the content 

Data inputs: Fields where users enter information

Hotspots: clickable areas within a video; these areas can navigate to  a landing page or reveal exclusive content within the video, examples are showing merchandise, pricing

360 views: Users drag the screen within a video frame to see in all directions

Quizzes: Delivers a personalized result to the user at the end of the video


Location: Enables users to get to the nearest location to action on an offer

Steps to Successful Retail In-App Advertising 

Your in-app mobile ad should be created to drive traffic to a specific destination like your app, web page, or social media page. For example, a Canada day flash sale should easily let customers click on your ad, and be brought to a page that allows them to purchase the items they’re interested in, or order them for curb side pick-up or delivery.



Proper budgeting and user experience planning requires the study of traffic that comes from mobile. If a recent campaign shows that half of all traffic was generated through mobile, sending consumers to a mobile app or a mobile version of a website is critical to ensuring that customers get the best possible experience. Conversions are always higher when the user experience is simple and easy. 

Finally, measure and adjust. Always measure your mobile in-app campaign performance after the week, make adjustments as needed based on findings.

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White Paper

June 2021

Location intelligence: Insights beyond marketing through hyper-accurate location data

The APEX difference

At APEX we’re helping brands in the media and entertainment industry connect with consumers of all ages, genders and background across premium in-app inventory that ranges from lifestyle apps, gaming, and more!

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See how you can execute your next mobile advertising campaign with any of the following mobile and connected advertising tactics:

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