Train2Game News Tapjoy Reveals New Market Research On Parents Mobile Gaming

New market research from MobileVoice® by Tapjoy (, a leading mobile advertising and app monetization company, shows that modern parents are far more tuned in and tech-savvy than their own parents were.

Because of their familiarity with the mobile ecosystem, they readily turn to their smartphones — particularly brand apps, social media, and rewarded ads — when it’s time to make a purchase.

This represents a major opportunity for advertisers who want to connect with the valuable parent demographic, according to Tapjoy’s report, Modern Mobile Gamer™ 2021: Parents Edition.

For the latest installment in Tapjoy’s Modern Mobile Gamer™ series, following the Gen Z Edition earlier this year, Tapjoy surveyed 5,498 of self-identified parent consumers in the United States.

Here are just a few of the insights that emerged:  

  • Parents love games, and mobile is their platform of choice. An incredible 90% of parents surveyed said they use mobile as a gaming platform, and 79% say games are one of their favorite mobile activities.
  • They shop on mobile because it’s convenient and saves time. Three quarters shop on mobile 1-4 times a week, and 73% cite convenience as a major factor.
  • Household spending is expected to increase as the COVID-19 pandemic wanes. Nearly half of parents shopped on mobile more during the pandemic and plan to continue doing so. 56% said they planned to spend more on the winter holidays in 2021, while 47% are planning to spend more on back-to-school shopping.
  • The pandemic continues to have a lasting effect on mobile habits: 47% did more mobile shopping in 2020 and said they plan to continue doing so, while 83% played more mobile games and said they plan to continue.
  • When it comes to marketing, 51% of parents like to see humorous brand content. 25% of parents also prefer brand content to be educational, compared to 18% of non-parents.
  • Modern parents are very receptive to rewarded ads: 46% said it’s the type of ad format they most prefer to engage with, compared to 12% who prefer Instagram and 10% who prefer Facebook.

Additionally, Tapjoy’s latest report contains research and analysis about the modern family dynamic.

Only 55% of those surveyed are married, and today’s parents eschew stereotypical gender roles in favor of a more balanced approach to employment, childcare, and housework.

“Today’s parents are so much more aware of modern technology and trends than their own parents were,” said Lauren Baca, Senior Director of Marketing at Tapjoy.

“They grew up with the internet, so they’re well aware of what their kids are doing. They see smartphones as an essential tool that makes everything easier, from shopping to banking to monitoring the kids’ online activity. They have limited free time, so convenience is really important to them — we saw that meal kits and to-go food were especially popular mobile purchases in 2020. They like to unwind with mobile games at the end of the day, and they’re very receptive to rewarded ads thanks to the ease, convenience, and value they add to every transaction.”

The data in Modern Mobile Gamer™: Parents Edition was gathered from surveys run on the Tapjoy network in February and June 2021.

Responses were filtered to include all respondents who identified as United States residents and parents.

This report is the second in a series of four Modern Mobile Gamer™ 2021 e-books featuring key insights on Zoomers, Parents, Millennials, and Generation X. Modern Mobile Gamer™: Generation Z Edition is also available for download.

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Train2Game News AdSpruce partners with BoosterMedia

BoostermediaMobile Video Advertising network and technology company AdSpruce has announced the launch of a new partnership with Amsterdam based HTML5 games network BoosterMedia. The new partnership will provide game developers with the opportunity to monetize and increase revenue from any HTML5 game on the mobile web.

The partnership provides a new and better way for games developers to get a return on their investment. Mobile video advertising has a proven higher eCPM rate and is a significant improvement on the current banner advertising model widely available in the casual games market.

Founded in 2009, BoosterMedia has become the world’s leading HTML5 games network, pioneering the development and distribution of games on the mobile web. The BoosterMedia game platform boasts an audience of over six million active gamers with 350+ titles currently available to play. Through BoosterMedia, developers are given direct access to millions of gamers in over 50 countries. These games are distributed in app stores and on the mobile web, not only giving developers freedom from Apple and Google but massively increasing the potential audience for any mobile game.

Laurens Rutten, founder and CEO of BoosterMedia comments: “Video advertising is already a proven model for the monetisation of desktop game sites. However, until now, we could not find a good solution to monetise the mobile web. We are therefore happy to work with AdSpruce and bring video advertising to our mobile game sites.”

By partnering with AdSpruce, BoosterMedia has gained access to the “Native Ad Serving Platform” a proprietary technology developed by AdSpruce that can dynamically insert, target, track and deliver a wide range of innovative mobile video advertising formats to the mobile web on over 15,000 different mobile devices. This technology gives game developers the first real opportunity to pursue ad-funded revenue models on the mobile web. The Native Ad Serving Platform allows game developers to monetize their games using a variety of premium video ad formats – from rich media video banners to interstitial video ads and “Watch-To-Access” ads that provide players with targeted, relevant video ads prior to the start of a game.

AdSpruce CEO Ian Mullins spoke in-depth regarding the partnership
“ BoosterMedia is the leading HTML5 games network globally, the clear leader in its field. AdSpruce has the best watch-to-play mobile video advertising technology, so this was a great match and everyone wins. As the casual games model rapidly evolves to ad-funded and freemium, games networks and developers need the best in-game advertising technology and that ’ s where AdSpruce adds real value.

“ We are delighted to be partnering with BoosterMedia, giving their global audience of gamers a better in-game experience and enabling the games eco-system to continue to thrive. In-game video advertising delivers higher eCPMs with minimum disruption to gamers – either for initial access or for access to additional levels and functionality.”

The partnership comes at a time when many of the larger mobile game developers (such as Zynga) are creating new games and porting existing titles to HTML5 amid concerns of rising acquisition costs for app installs and questionable churn rates. Together, AdSpruce and Boostermedia have opened up a clear opportunity for forward thinking developers to create profitable games and apps on the mobile web.