How much does it cost to build an advertising app?

Standard price for an advertising app: $37,500

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What is an advertising app?

An advertising application is a web, mobile, or desktop application that enables advertisers to manage their advertising campaigns. Advertising apps are usually targeted at both the person creating the ad campaign and the publishers who will be displaying them. The app may offer features for planning an ad campaign, targeting individual users for ads using demographic data, managing payment transactions between advertisers and publishers, tracking impressions of ads to determine their performance, and analyzing which types of ads performed best.

Advertising apps are often categorized as media publishing apps, along with blogging and news apps. These types of apps often share features with social networking apps, including the ability to share content. A popular example of a dating app is Tinder.

Here are some recent advertising app examples built with Crowdbotics:

  • A social network app with geolocation and push notifications that allows users to track their emotions over a period of time and compare them to others in their area. Users can review their emotional history and make note of trends and reach out to similar users based on certain metrics.

  • A coupon app that allows users to search for local coupons, promotions, and listings by city.

  • An NFT- based accounting app built for a digital marketing company with a subscription model.

What is the typical cost to build an advertising app?

An advertising app usually costs $37,500 to build. However, the total cost can be as low as $25,000 or as high as $50,000. An advertising app with a low number of features (also known as a "minimum viable product", or MVP) will be more affordable than an app that includes all intended functionality.

For example, here are some recent advertising app price quotes from Crowdbotics:

  • $15,000

  • $7,000

  • $20,000

How long does it take to build an advertising app?

An advertising app usually takes 187 hours to build. However, an advertising app can be built in as few as 47 hours, or in as many as 400 hours. The exact timeline mostly depends on how complicated your app is. As a general rule, it will take longer if you require highly custom designs, niche features, or non-standard release platforms.

For example, the most recent advertising apps built with Crowdbotics received the following hourly estimates:

  • 200

  • 93

  • An NFT- based accounting app built for a digital marketing company with a subscription model.

How to successfully grow your advertising application

An ad-based app can grow its user base in two ways: by increasing the amount of time that users are spending in the app, and by increasing the number of ads that users are seeing. To increase the amount of time that users are spending in an app, developers need to create features that encourage users to return frequently. For example, a news app might provide in-app notification about breaking news events in order to increase the likelihood that users will engage with the app when they see notifications. Additionally, an ad-based app needs to make sure that there is a high percentage of ads appearing in front of receptive viewers.

Risks and challenges of building an advertising application

Advertising apps face the risk of intellectual property infringement, potentially unscrupulous advertisers, and the storage of sensitive personal information. Ad networks can be an efficient method for monetizing your app, but it is important to vet ad providers before entering into any relationship with them.

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