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New Windows Phone “Ad Mediator” Lets Developers Stack Ad Networks
Apps can call on multiple ad networks to improve chances of filling ad inventory and increasing revenue.
Today Microsoft released Windows Ad Mediator, an extension to help Windows Phone app developers fill more ad inventory.
The extension allows developers to “plug and play” third-party ad networks into their apps to help ensure ad inventory doesn’t go unfulfilled. Developers can choose the ad networks they want to use and manage the in-app ad software development kits (SDKs) for each network by adding code to their apps. Microsoft says Windows Phone developers generate about a third of their revenue from in-app ads.
If an ad calls an advertising network and an ad is not available, the app will continue to call other SDK’s until a live ad can be served. Developers can specify how often each ad network is used and can adjust network settings by region without having to republish the app.
Microsoft says that in testing Windows ad mediation, fill rates were over 95 percent. Results vary based on ad network mix, target markets and timing.
Currently, the ad mediator supports SDKs from AdDuplex, Smaato and of course Microsoft across the board. AdMob, MobFox, InMobi and Inneractive are supported by Windows Phones using Silverlight.