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Press Release: RIM launches BlackBerry Advertising Service

By Adam Zeis on 27 Sep 2010 03:54 pm EDT
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RIM today launched their BlackBerry Advertising Service. The service for the BlackBerry platform allows developers to easily integrate advertising into new or existing applications. The advertising can be integrated into applications with just three lines of code, making it super easy to get things rolling. The ads will be relevant to the application as well as be able to tie into native BlackBerry applications like email, maps, calendar and more.

Press Release

RIM Launches BlackBerry Advertising Service

New service gives developers the ability to add advertisements from a large number of advertising networks in their applications, with only a few lines of code

San Francisco, CA - BlackBerry DEVCON 2010- September 27, 2010 - Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today launched its advertising service for the BlackBerry® Application Platform. The BlackBerry Advertising Service helps developers integrate advertising in their BlackBerry® smartphone applications quickly and easily, while also allowing advertisers, agencies and brands to work with a broad selection of advertising networks.

"The BlackBerry Application Platform is providing a truly powerful foundation for our developer community. The BlackBerry Advertising Service offers developers a quick and easy way to integrate advertising in their applications. The service reduces the commercial and technical complexity of enabling ads within an application and offers developers a new avenue of monetization," said Alan Brenner, Senior Vice President, BlackBerry Platform at Research In Motion.

"We are thrilled to see the market continue to evolve providing advertisers, agencies and brands with multiple options for meeting their mobile advertising platform needs," said Michael Becker, managing director of the Mobile Marketing Association for North America. "The MMA congratulates RIM on the BlackBerry Advertising Service and its efforts to ease marketer's abilities to integrate mobile into their advertising strategies."

With just a few lines of code, developers can include advertising in applications that are relevant to their users and tie into core BlackBerry smartphone features. RIM is enabling new monetization opportunities for BlackBerry developers by simplifying the integration of advertising both on the development side and on the commercial side. Through a single relationship with RIM, a developer has access to RIM's many advertising network partners and can select which networks will get their inventory. Agencies and advertisers will be able to work with the advertising networks they know, leveraging existing relationships, while maintaining control of their creative processes. Under the program, developers will receive an industry standard 60 percent of the advertising revenue. 

The BlackBerry Advertising Service includes three key components: a simple-to-integrate SDK, a mediation platform and a growing slate of advertising networks.

The SDK allows developers to support both standardized MMA advertisements and HTML-5 Rich Media, as well as ads that have one-click in-application access to core BlackBerry applications, such as Contacts, Calendar, the Media Player and BlackBerry App WorldTM.

The mediation platform is a single console for developers to manage their ad allocations and access analytics, tracking and reporting features, which provide immediate feedback on ad metrics including fill rates, ad performance and earnings. The mediation platform and SDK is also open to many of the leading independent measurement and analytics solutions for both developers and advertisers.

At launch, the BlackBerry Advertising Service will offer developers and advertisers the opportunity to work with many advertising networks including Amobee, Jumptap, Lat49, Millennial Media and Mojiva. Advertising networks such as Buzzcity, NavTeq, Placecast, Sympatico, Transpera, Where and xAD, as well as rich media advertising platform Medialets, are expected to join the service in the coming months.

"This new Advertising Service not only brings new channels of revenue to our developer community, but also provides them with a single relationship through RIM to simplify the commercial and technical complexity of mobile advertising," Brenner said. "We also feel that it is important that agencies and brands have full control of the creative process and have worked to provide features in the SDK that will allow them to bring dynamic and relevant ads to BlackBerry smartphone users."

Several BlackBerry® Alliance members have already tested the BlackBerry Advertising Service as part of an early access program and are looking forward to the opportunities it brings.

"The BlackBerry Advertising Service is great for developers looking to monetize their applications with little effort. The ease of use, rich content and device integration makes the new ad SDK a perfect fit for many applications on the market today," said Margaret Glover- Campbell, Vice President, Marketing & Public Relations, Multiplied Media.

"The BlackBerry Advertising Service empowers us to offer free ad-enabled LiveScreens, increasing the reach of our personalization products for the brands we work with," said Michael Kosic, Partner at Octave Ventures. "Our customers want free, our brands want reach, we need returns -- all are coming together with this new service and SDK."

"Implementing the BlackBerry Advertising Service in our apps is going to allow our customers to unlock the marketing potential for their advertisers in reaching the prized BlackBerry audience," said Marlon Rodrigues, Director of Business Development at Polar Mobile. "This will put the ad supported model back into play in a big way as advertisers see what experiences are possible on BlackBerry smartphones."

The new BlackBerry Advertising Service SDK is available now at
www.blackberry.com/developers/advertisingservice

For more information about developing for the BlackBerry platform visit
www.blackberry.com/devzone or follow @blackberrydev on Twitter. .

11 comments

Gallia

The ads will be relevant to the application as well as be able to tie into native BlackBerry applications like email, maps, calendar and more.

The ads will be able to tie into native BlackBerry applications like email, maps, calendar and more.

The ads will tie into email, maps, calendar and more.

Wtf am I reading?

jcagg1271

RIM, please don't whore out our pushed e-mail, maps and calenders, etc. to the advertising leagues! If this is what I'm seeing as a plan... BAD! BAD! BAD! NO! BAD RIM, NO!

wolfstar

Looks like I see a need for Ad Blockers coming to Blackberry!
Ad Block Plus mobile version maybe.

Rootbrian

The devs need to come up with something. Somebody link this to a new thread in the third party apps forum!

underway99

"The ads will be relevant to the application as well as be able to tie into native BlackBerry applications like email, maps, calendar and more."

Advertiser-supported applications are one thing, but I don't want to have ads on my email or BBM. For what I pay Big Red every month, I'm paying for email and other BB services. Ad-supported "free" email and BB email are not the same thing, and I certainly don't want ads to pop up on BB Maps.

I can see giving the fox the key to the henhouse on the Android, what with all those free apps. They have to pay the bills somehow. But allowing advertisers access to the BB core services will simply further blur the distinction between BlackBerry and everything else.

jcagg1271

Exactly what I was getting at, but you put it so much more fluently!

_StephenBB81

gmail includes ads in the Free Service.

I would assume that RIM would not make them intrusive, if so it will bite them on the butt,

I hope that ads can be created based on keywords and events planned, taking googles way of doing things to the next level

Rootbrian

If they don't want in-their-face advertising. YUCK!

Rootbrian

Now this is a VERY VERY VERY BAD, BADASS move for RIM. WHY?!?! WHY DO THEY WANNA SHOVE ADS IN OUR FACES?!?!?

Okay, if this gets intrusive, my next phone will NOT be a blackberry. I will NOT go for these damn intrusive ads. I SEE ENOUGH ON TELEVISION FOR CHRIST'S SAKE! That is the main reason I stopped and refrain from watching television. I hope there are some freeware adblockers for the core, native and third party applications. I do NOT need to deal with this CRAP.

Gallia

I assume if it's so easy to implement for this company, it's also easy for third parties to counter that.

green_ember

I think what they are getting at is improving the Ad experience within applications that you chose to download, not smattering ads all over your berry. Sounds like they are making it so an ad for a restaurant will automatically map for you in BB Maps, or an ad for a festival or lecture can be automatically added to your calendar if you want to attend, or an ad for a lawyer or doctor can automatically add their 'business card' to your contacts. I'm assuming this would all require user interaction and approval, and that nothing would be 'forced' upon us other than seeing the ads which we already see anyways.