Socialpoint finds stability during a global pandemic with Rewarded Surveys

Socialpoint is a world-renowned mobile games developer and publisher based in Barcelona, Spain and best known for hit games Dragon City and Monster Legends.

Challenge
As a mature and growing studio within the rapidly growing Take-Two portfolio, Socialpoint needed a scalable way to diversify their global revenue strategy beyond just advertising. This decision was accelerated in mid-2019 after Apple began swiftly rejecting applications from the iOS app store for not complying with their policy against pay-per-engagement (PPE) advertisements commonly used in Offerwalls.

Socialpoint needed to diversify their strategy.

Solution
Sofia Gilyazova, Head of Ad Monetization at Socialpoint, began looking for alternatives to ads and turned to Rewarded Surveys powered by TapResearch to expand her global revenue strategy across the portfolio.

Surveys were a great extension of their current rewarded strategy which includes Video and Offers. With Rewarded Surveys, Socialpoint users now have a new format to earn the large reward amounts they were trying to reach by watching 15+ rewarded videos per session.

The new format also gives Sofia’s team access to large global market research budgets estimated at over $47B in annual spending, in a familiar mobile format to their users.

Source: ESOMAR Global Market Research report

The experience fit seamlessly within their two top titles:

Dragon City

Monster Legends

Results
Since the introduction of Rewarded Surveys to their games in mid-2019, Average Revenue per Daily Engaged User (ARPDEU) has increased 2.75X through Q4 and has not generated any signs of slowing down through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Socialpoints increase in ARPDEU since introducing the new format.

“TapResearch opened an entirely new source of revenue for Socialpoint that fit perfectly within our rewarded monetization strategy. Our users quickly adopted the new format and there were no negative impacts to our user support and communities. We’re excited to grow this partnership!”

— Sofia Gilyazova, Head of Ad Monetization at Socialpoint

Best Practices
To ensure success of the diversification strategy, Socialpoint deployed a number of specific tactics intended to educate users and increase LTV.

  • Introduced a clear CTA to differentiate rewarded formats
  • Posted game forum announcements to educate users of the new way to earn hard currency
  • Run regular currency sales to attract new users & re-engage existing ones
  • Add multiple-currencies to appeal to more types of users
  • Run regular cannibalization checks of iAP/ other ad formats

To learn more about TapResearch and about how Rewarded Surveys can generate a new revenue source for your game, please visit www.tapresearch.com/monetization or feel free to contact me directly at developers@tapresearch.com

What are Rewarded Surveys?

PocketGamer recently reported on Apple’s recent crackdown on CPE/PPE ads commonly found in Offerwalls, and the resulting impact publishers are feeling. As publishers look for ways to offset these impacts, Rewarded Surveys are being identified as a great replacement.

So, what are Rewarded Surveys?
Rewarded Surveys are consumer surveys that users complete in exchange for in-app rewards or virtual currency.

Every major company with an ad budget also has a market research budget that they use to inform their decisions with consumer sentiment data from surveys. And the budgets are big! In fact, the market research industry represents over $50B in annual spend.

When it comes to survey-based research, there is an endless appetite for high quality, large scale consumer opinion data. While researchers traditionally relied on phone and email to reach people, those channels are becoming less and less effective, leading researchers to shift their budgets to mobile.

TapResearch created the best solution to connect researchers with high quality respondents via mobile, to give people a better way to enjoy their favorite apps, and to give publishers a new source of revenue.

We find that freemium and free-to-play (F2P) mobile apps that include virtual currencies as the best fit for Rewarded Surveys, and we work with many of the world’s pre-eminent publishers.

Our mobile-first, opt-in experience is built on the same revenue mechanics as Rewarded Video and Offerwall, but it’s even better because users never have to install any apps, register, or pay for anything. Users simply opt-in and earn virtual currency for sharing their opinions about the world’s top brands and services.

No app installs. No registrations. No credit cards.

TapResearch brings market research to mobile. We make it easy for research buyers to distribute mobile surveys in F2P games with a product that understands game mechanics and in-game virtual economies.

 

If you would like to learn more about TapResearch, and about how Rewarded Surveys can generate a new revenue source for your game, please visit www.tapresearch.com/monetization or feel free to contact me directly at michael@tapresearch.com.

PeopleFun users drive 50% increase in ARPDAU with Rewarded Surveys

PeopleFun is a mobile game publisher and makers of top grossing word game Word Chums iOS, Android. They are also the makers of Age of Empires, one of the best-selling and most award-winning games of all time.

Challenge
PeopleFun wanted to diversify their rewarded monetization strategy and give users an alternative opt-in format to earn the coveted “Chums” currency beyond Video and Offers.

Their Solution
PeopleFun integrated Rewarded Surveys into their gameplay powered by TapResearch. By engaging users during “shopping moments” across the game, PeopleFun enables choice in how users earn currency.

Why you should consider Rewarded Surveys for your Monetization Strategy

Rewarded Surveys as a form of monetization in mobile games is becoming more popular, but there is very little information and data published about them. This article is a primer covering what you, as an app developer or publisher, need to know. It will provide some background about the market research industry and, most importantly, performance data and other key considerations to help you stay informed when it comes to Rewarded Surveys.