The current landscape of video and mobile game advertising is being shifted by new platforms and evolving consumer expectations. Our world-class research and testing enables us to harvest new insights, embrace the changes and succeed in today’s industry.
We utilize multiple avenues of research—from surveys and audience deep dives to exclusive player panels—to better understand the various video game market segments and what types of ads audiences respond to positively.
We understand consumer behavior, attitudes and motivations through industry-leading research.
We deliver best-in-class measurement solutions to understand the brand and sales impact of ad exposure.
We leverage our proprietary player communities, to test and validate ads, and analyze the brand lift impact by creative segmentation.
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Every month, around a quarter of a billion people play one of Activision Blizzard’s mobile games. This highly passionate and engaged audience is an incredible platform for high-performance advertising.
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Gaming is an inherently social activity. It is an experience made for sharing, whether through multiplayer gameplay, watching others play, or discussing strategies, achievements, and opinions.
This report charts both gamers' and non-gamers' entertainment habits to understand how these routines have evolved, from time of day engagement, generational influences, second screening, and ad avoidance.
What’s the secret to engaging in-game ad creative?
To stand out among mobile gamers, advertising needs to successfully replicate the satisfaction and immersion that players have come to expect from their gaming experiences. In response, advertising strategies have evolved beyond traditional methods, leading to significant opportunities for brands who understand the expectations of mobile gaming audiences.
The success of mobile gaming ad campaigns hinges on partnering with a reputable game studio and meeting players' expectations for premium ad formats. But not all games or studios are created equal. Players consider graphic quality, enjoyment, and challenge when choosing a premium mobile game, with thoughts on the accompanying ads also influencing their choice.
Activision Blizzard Media recently presented our newest research, Premium By Design, to our advertising industry colleagues at Advertising Week Europe and Campaign UK’s Media360 event. There, we took to the stage to further educate advertisers and brands on the power of gaming in reaching engaged audiences.
Advertisers are not paying attention to the “demographic disruption” in the gaming industry, an Omnicom leader has claimed, and are failing to reach the growing generation of "older" gamers.
If there’s an easy entry point for marketers to crack gaming, it’s usually through mobile games.
Enthusiasm about video games is surging, but marketing budgets have yet to catch up to the hype.
Yesterday marked the second and last day of the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s 2023 PlayFronts conference. The event was full of buzz about the ad opportunities present in video games — but it also showed just how glacial the pace of both technological and cultural advancements can be in the advertising industry, particularly when it comes to gaming.
As marketers wake up to the fact gaming isn’t to be ignored, Jonathan Stringfield outlines how the space will evolve this year and where attention needs to be directed.
For over a decade, leading mobile game Candy Crush has threaded the needle between monetization and fun. As the game turns 10, its developers are experimenting with new ways to turn it into potential revenue or advertising inventory — but they have to tread lightly to avoid upsetting this delicate balance.
How entertainment companies are gaming the silver and streaming screens.
For Prada Beauty’s foray into the casual gaming space via a new Candy Crush campaign, the results have been sweet.
At Ad Age Next: CMO, Activision Blizzard Media's VP of global business research and marketing, Jonathan Stringfield, weighed in on the current state of gaming, its inherent social nature and the opportunity for brands to tap into advertising's premier social channel.
PODCAST: One of the biggest blind spots in the entire marketing universe is the opportunity presented by gaming, which, in 2021, was a $180 billion industry. Why are marketers so sheepish to enter the gaming space?
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the release of Candy Crush, the world’s most popular mobile game.
Unlike a traditional static or interactive video ad type, Playables allow users to interact with the brand directly in a fun and immersive way that helps drive awareness and brand recall.
While awareness of the diversity of gamers is increasing, there remains an opportunity to understand better the full depth of female gamers, including their behaviors, motivations, and habits.
Unlike traditional advertising, in-game advertising allows marketers to reach their audiences where they are most engaged and active, making it a more dynamic and flexible form of marketing.
How important a factor is ‘measurement’ in attracting more marketing revenues into the gaming space? Will the loss of third-party cookies and personal IDs impact gaming ad revenues as much as other media channels?
With the original generation of console gamers now in their 50s, does the marketing industry’s conception of what a gaming audience looks like need to evolve?
Today’s audiences are consuming content, especially gaming, throughout the day across multiple devices at a time, with the second screen increasingly acting as a focal point for attention.
The short version, the more media buyers learn about the gaming audience and their entertainment consumption habits, the more essential gamers become to media spending ROI. The long version, it’s complicated.
Investors are funneling money into companies looking to turn videogames into a marketing platform that can compete with television commercials and online ads.
Turns out, gamers aren’t just dudes in their parents’ basement. While crass—and frankly just as insulting in 2022 as it would have been 2012—it’s a myth the gaming industry tried to dispel in a formal pitch to advertisers this week.
As the iconic mobile game turns ten and launches a nifty new Sonic the Hedgehog tie-in, Jennifer Sharp, vice president of mobile partnerships, Activision Blizzard King, tells Laura Swinton what Candy Crush can teach us about impactful gaming partnerships.
Gaming has arrived as both a pillar of popular culture and source of advertising inventory, but some brands and agencies still struggle to grasp the value of this new medium.
With the imminent release of the sequel to surprise hit movie Sonic the Hedgehog, Activision Blizzard’s mobile gaming division King has teamed with the makers of the film to deliver an in-game event through Candy Crush Saga.
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