Johana Leeflang

<div class="col-md-9"> <span class="author_description_single_post">Johana Leeflang is Leading EMEA Events and Community at Applift. Johana writes about mobile marketing trends and in-depth market analysis. When she is not digging deep into mobile marketing, Johana enjoys dancing salsa, listening to old-school R&B and hip-hop and traveling; her favorite holiday destination is Milos, Greece for its beautiful beaches and lovely people. </span> </div> <div class="col-md-3"></div>

AppLift’s Ultimate Guide to Barcelona During MWC

Barcelona is known as the Spanish city that has sea, mountains, panoramic views, great seafood and amazing Gaudi architecture all in one place. However, it is a city that offers so much more than that. For our industry, it is home to the Mobile World Congress (MWC), Europe’s largest mobile conference. For many mobile professionals, the yearly trip to Barcelona has something of a pilgrimage and during that time, the whole city transforms to cater to thousands of handset developers, telecom providers and mobile enthusiasts.

This year, MWC will take place from February 22-25 and aims to attract over 100K global visitors. If this is your first time at MWC, fear not! We have picked the minds of our MWC Veterans at AppLift for tips about the show so you don’t end up completely exhausted after this four-day marathon.

If you’re seasoned MWC-goer, we’ve got you covered as well! We’ve selected the best places to eat, drink, or simply visit if you have a bit of time on your hands.

Interview Exposed #22: adsquare “GeoData: Offline and Digital Will Be Bridged by Analyzing Real-World User Behavior and Linking It to Mobile Campaigns”

Welcome back to our Industry Exposed Series! This time around, we interviewed Vincent Tessier, VP Demand Partnerships at adsquare. Vincent explains how advertisers need to leverage data to ensure that they are correctly targeting the right users through value-added campaigns, and stresses the importance of ‘geodata’, as frequently-visited places is a strong indication of user preferences, interests and intentions. Lastly, he explains the necessity of ‘privacy by design’ to ensure that only the necessary data is collected and protected.

Interview Exposed #20: Smaato: “A Publisher-Safe Ecosystem and Transparency Assures a Brand Against Fraudulent Traffic”

Welcome back to our Industry Exposed series! In this edition, we have an interview with Ragnar Kruse, the CEO and Co-Founder of Smaato, on how they are trying to consolidate the supply ecosystem through their ‘super auction’ model, as well as how markets like China will blow the US out of the water for smartphone penetration and app usage. Lastly, we also touch upon the strongest developments in the mobile programmatic ecosystem from RTB to IAB.

Ragnar Kruse is the Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder of Smaato. As a serial entrepreneur with 30+ years experience in IT, Ragnar Kruse understands the unique challenges in bringing new technologies to market. He has built up several companies from inception to market launch in both the US and Europe.

Industry Exposed #19: Bidstalk “Mobile Adtech Is Moving Towards Automation and Machine Buying, But It Is Also Increasing Entry Barriers”

Welcome back to our Industry Exposed series! For this installment, we have an insider guest: Vaibhav Gupta, co-founder and CEO of mobile DSP Bidstalk. The company was acquired by AppLift in May 2015, and, since then, Vai joined the AppLift management team as Chief Innovation Officer, on top of his responsibilities at Bidstalk. After the dust of the acquisition settled, we took some time to sit down with Vai and talk about the current mobile programmatic advertising landscape, and what lies ahead for the world of RTB trading.

An advertising technologist and a trailblazer, Vaibhav, together with his team, is building Bidstalk to be the one-stop white labeled RTB solution for advertisers, publishers, and agencies. Earlier, he was CTO of the India Operations at Airpush, where he redefined mobile advertising with innovative technological practices and business strategy. He has set afloat various innovative products with Golive Mobile,, Cerner and Gete, an e-com start-up. Vaibhav is a knowledge specialist in mobile advertising, real-time bidding, display advertising, and business modeling & analytics. 

Industry Exposed #18: Tune “Data Privacy: To Deliver Relevant Ads to End Users, Advertisers Must Win the Trust Of Those End Users.”

Welcome back to our Mobile Industry Exposed Interview series! Data privacy and data security are becoming a high priority for the mobile marketing ecosystem. To get a better understanding of how it is changing the industry and what challenges lie ahead for advertisers, we spoke with Saira Nayak, Chief Privacy Officer (CPO) at TUNE. Among other things, we discussed the difference between US and European privacy laws and the need for companies to gain the trust of end users through education and simplified disclosures.Saira is Chief Privacy Officer at TUNE, leading the company’s external outreach on privacy and data protection matters, and ensuring TUNE’s compliance with global privacy requirements.Saira, a San Francisco native, has over 15 years of legal experience in antitrust, intellectual property, privacy and data security matters. Before TUNE, she was Director of Policy at TRUSTe, where she defined the company’s external policy platform, and advised on TRUSTe’s privacy management solutions. Prior to TRUSTe, Saira worked in-house at the Microsoft Corporation, where she counseled product groups on compliance with Microsoft’s antitrust consent decree with the US government, as well as privacy and data security issues.Saira formerly served as Antitrust Counsel for the National Association of Attorneys General (“NAAG”) and worked with state Attorneys General and their staff on a number of antitrust and consumer protection investigations. She also practiced at Dickstein Shapiro (Washington, DC), where she counseled clients such as HBO, Pfizer, and the Recording Industry Association of America.

Industry Exposed #17: “Privacy By Design: An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth A Pound Of Cure”

Welcome back to our Mobile Industry Exposed interview series! Privacy is a paramount topic for us at AppLift, and, this time around, we spoke with  Christoph Bauer, CEO and founder of ePrivacy GmbH. We talked about the importance of data protection and privacy compliance. In particular, we touched upon the difference between US and European privacy laws, the need to respect consumers’ privacy, as well as the benefits of privacy by design for new products.

Christoph Bauer is the Founder and CEO of ePrivacy GmbH, which conducts certifications on data protection for digital products and companies and offers privacy related consulting. Among other things, ePrivacy runs the well-known ePrivacy seal in Germany and in the EU. Christoph Bauer has over 20 years of experience in the media industry as CFO and COO of larger companies such as AOL and Wunderloop, where he also developed the fields of data protection. He has substantive experience with data privacy seals, such as the ULD, EuroPriSe and ePrivacy seal which comply with the high standards of German and European data privacy regulations. He is an accredited auditor at ULD for the data privacy seal and for ISO 27001 (Information Security Management) and teaches as Professor at the HSBA in Hamburg.

Industry Exposed #16: Localytics “A Brand’s Most Loyal Users Will Always Demand an App”

Welcome back to our Mobile Industry Exposed interview series! This time we had the pleasure of speaking with Brian Suthoff, co-founder and CSO of Localytics, to discuss the benefits of using marketing technologies on mobile as well as the importance of nurturing your user base and pampering your most loyal users. We also touched upon the value of app metrics and analytics for real-time remarketing.

Brian Suthoff is a Localytics Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, overseeing strategic alliance partners and long term platform strategy. Brian has been working in mobile since 2000 in a diverse range of technology companies, including data networking, performance management, and advertising. Before Localytics, Brian held senior roles in Business Development and Product Management at startups and Fortune 1000 companies, such as Third Screen Media (now AOL), Alcatel, Newbridge Networks, and Sprint. Brian has an MBA from The George Washington University School of Business and earned his B.S. in Business Administration from Rockhurst University.

A Go To Market Strategy to Conquer Latin America’s Mobile Market

Last year, we published the Global Mobile Games Landscape and highlighted the true potential of emerging mobile markets. We also dedicated a special series to Asia Pacific, ‘The Asian Beat’, to dig deeper and uncover both similarities and differences within the region and help developers and mobile marketers guide their go to-market strategies.

Most recently, Latin America has been drawing more and more attention, positioning itself in the global mobile marketing spotlight. Among recent changes: improved infrastructures, increased smartphone penetration and the rise of cheap mobile data.

In a recent report, eMarketer highlighted the growth of the mobile landscape in Latin America. In 2014, 20% of the population owned a smartphone on the continent. By the end of 2015, this figure should be 25%, and, by 2018, it will be a full third. Latin America is proving to be a strong contender in the mobile global app opportunity, expanding beyond borders and app verticals.

These important developments led us to put together the top 10 tips on why and how to invest in LatAm. To get a more in-depth understanding, we sat down with two experts in the region:(Patricio D’Amato, CMO of Recarga, as well as our very own VP International Hugo Gersanois), to get a better feel of what makes this region different and why is it worth considering and how you can adapt your go to market strategy. 

Industry Exposed #15: Apptentive “Customer Acquisition Is Only Half the Battle; The Real Challenge is Retention”

Welcome back to our Industry Exposed series where we speak with professionals from the mobile marketing landcape to get first hand in-depth knowledge. This time we spoke with Robi Ganguly, co-founder and CEO of Apptentive, about the misconception of focusing on customer acquisition versus retention, the value in ratings and reviews and demand for data-driven mobile marketing.

Industry Exposed #14: Paddle “Fingerprint Sensors Will Really Help m-Commerce Take Off”

Welcome back to our Mobile Industry Exposed interview series! This time we spoke with Christian Owens, founder and CEO of Paddle, about the importance of creating your monetization strategy taking into account your user. He also touched upon ways to fight m-commerce cart abandonment and explained the direct value of measuring in-app metrics such as location, device and OS version.Christian Owens is the Founder & CEO of Paddle makes it incredibly simple for developers to sell & manage their apps from a single dashboard, with a range of tools for payments, analytics and more.