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Mobile app monetization: Google AdMob in the mobile advertising market

Mobile app developer seeking to boost your app's revenue? Discover the potential of Admob for app monetization, including how to ensure data protection compliance. Tighten your coding gloves and let's get started!
by Usercentrics
Dec 28, 2023
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As a mobile app developer, you probably face the dual challenge of monetizing your apps for revenue generation while abiding by data protection regulations.


The time mobile users spend in-app continues to grow, so in-app advertising (IAA) is becoming an integral part of any comprehensive mobile marketing strategy. In-app ads not only benefit developers, but also users and advertisers, making them a preferred choice for app monetization. And while IAA used to be just one of many app monetization methods, with the recent update to Google Admob’s requirements, the rules of app monetization have changed.


So how is Admob positioned in the mobile advertising market? AdMob holds a pivotal position in the mobile advertising market. As per the projections, the in-app advertising market is expected to grow from USD 135.92 billion in 2022 to USD 904.61 billion by 2032, indicating a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 20.87%. This growth is fueled by the increasing use of smartphones and mobile apps, enhancing the reach and effectiveness of in-app advertisements.


Around the world in 2023, almost one thousand companies are using Google AdMob as mobile marketing tool, including mobile game studios such as Homa Games, JOYCITY, GameHouse, IGG, and more.

Platform Monetization Methods Ad Formats Analytics & Tracking Platform Type Special Features
AdMob (Google) CPI, CPC, CPM Banner, Interstitial, Video, Native Yes, Google Analytics Android, iOS Integration with Google services like Firebase, Google Ads
Unity Ads CPI, CPCV Video, Interstitial, Rewarded Video Yes, Unity Analytics Android, iOS, Unity Designed for mobile games, offers in-app purchases
AdInMo CPI In-game Ads Location, Demographics, Interests Android, iOS Leverages in-game assets to display ads, creating a more natural and less intrusive user experience
Facebook Audience Network CPI, CPM Banner, Interstitial, Native, Video, Rewarded Video Yes, Facebook Analytics Android, iOS Access to Facebook’s massive user base; detailed targeting options based on Facebook data
AppLovin CPI, CPM, CPA Banner, Interstitial, Video, Rewarded Video Yes Android, iOS Strong focus on user acquisition and growth
Chartboost CPI, CPC, CPM Interstitial, Video, Rewarded Video Yes Android, iOS Designed for mobile games, offers cross-promotion campaigns


  • CPI (Cost Per Install) – Advertisers pay each time the advertised app is installed.
  • CPC (Cost Per Click) – Advertisers pay each time a user clicks on the ad.
  • CPM (Cost Per Mille) – Advertisers pay for every thousand impressions of their ad.
  • CPA (Cost Per Action) – Advertisers pay each time a user completes a specific action, like making a purchase.
  • CPCV (Cost Per Completed View) – Advertisers pay when a video ad is viewed to completion.
  • iOS: Apple mobile operating system
  • Android: Google mobile operating system
  • Unity: Game development platform

Collecting user consent positively impacts the bottom line of your game. By optimizing opt-in rates and complying with privacy regulations, you can increase your app’s Average Revenue Per User (ARPU). Mobile users appreciate being given a choice and are more likely to engage with targeted ads if they have given their consent.


What’s more, starting from 16th January 2024 Google will stop serving personalized ads if you do not collect consent with a certified CMP. Therefore, if you have a mobile app that uses Google AdMob it will be crucial to ensure that your app is both privacy-compliant and able to achieve optimal and continued monetization.


Embracing mobile app privacy and obtaining user consent is not just a requirement, but also a smart business move that can significantly impact your app monetization strategy.


User consent is a must whenever we collect personal data, but obtaining user consent can be a delicate process. Here are some best practices to improve your opt-in rates and ensure a positive mobile user experience:

It’s crucial to explain the necessity of user consent and its implications lucidly. Make sure your explanation is not buried in legal jargon but is easily understandable for your player base. For example, a pop-up message stating, “We need your permission to collect and use your data to enhance your gaming experience.” Get more tips on mobile app consent.

2. Easy opt-in and opt-out options

Include an easy way for users to give or withdraw their consent. This could be a simple toggle in the settings menu, allowing users to change their preferences at any time.

3. Transparent data use policy

Be open about how you use and protect the player’s data. This could take the form of a ‘Privacy Policy’ link within the app/game menu, which lays out how data is collected, used, and protected in layman’s terms. Learn how to create a user-friendly privacy policy or notice.

4. Age verification

Implement age verification to ensure compliance with children’s online privacy laws, particularly important for mobile games. For instance, a pop-up asking for a player’s birth date before starting the game.

If you share data with third parties, make sure the players are aware and have given their consent. An example could be a checkbox during the sign-up process that states, “I agree to share my data with select third parties for personalized ads.”

Regularly update your users about any changes in your data practices and ask for renewed consent if necessary. This can be done through in-app notifications or emails.

Tailor your consent messages to suit the local regulations and languages of your users. For example, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance messages for European users.

Learn more about obtaining user consent in games with our ebook: Learn more about obtaining user consent in games with our ebook: Playing by the Rules: Best Practices for Apps and Games Compliance

A consent management SDK is a software development kit that helps developers manage user consent for data tracking and personalized advertising. It enables developers to display consent messages to users and obtain their explicit and informed consent before collecting and using personal data.


Admob does not provide a consent management SDK directly. However, you can integrate a third-party consent management SDK like Usercentrics into your app to manage user consent for personalized ads.


Usercentrics In-App SDK is a popular choice among developers for implementing consent management solutions and ensuring compliance with data protection regulations. By integrating Usercentrics or a similar SDK, you can easily handle user consent preferences and tailor your ad experience accordingly.


Consent management SDKs like Usercentrics in-app SDK offer several benefits to app and game developers:

  • Meet Google requirements and ensure compliance with data protection regulations such as GDPR

Meet the latest Google requirements and ensure compliance with data protection regulations such as GDPR. By obtaining user consent, you can collect and use personal data legally, mitigating the risk of fines and penalties.

Users appreciate transparency and are more likely to grant consent when they understand how their data will be used. This improves the overall user experience and builds trust with your user and/or gamer base.

  • Customization options

Consent management SDKs allow you to tailor the consent flow to match the look and feel of your apps and games. This ensures a seamless integration of consent management into the overall user interface.

  • Analytics and reporting features

You can track and analyze user consent rates, allowing you to optimize consent messages and strategies for better results.

  • Demonstrate your commitment to data privacy and protection

This can enhance your reputation among users and potentially attract more users who prioritize privacy.


Overall, consent management SDKs offer a comprehensive solution for developers to comply with regulations, improve user experience, and build trust with their audience.

Mobile app compliance with Usercentrics in-app SDK

To implement Admob and obtain user consent effectively, you should consider the platform, SDK, and features provided by Usercentrics in-app SDK.


Our platform features include customizable consent message templates, granular consent management, and the ability to obtain consent on behalf of a single user.


What’s more, as a Google-certified CMP with support for iOS, Android, Flutter, React-Native and Unity game engine, our SDK offers a flexible approach to solving data privacy compliance for mobile apps and games, integrated in your app in less than an hour. Plus, Usercentrics Apps CMP is also TCF-certified.

What’s the future of data privacy regulations in mobile apps?

Data policy regulations in apps are constantly evolving, and developers and publishers must stay informed. Valerio Sudrio, Global Director of Apps Solutions at Usercentrics, predicts that user consent will continue to be a key focus in the future.


“As premium games and ad networks prioritize compliant data, the industry is moving towards consent-based marketing. Developers who embrace privacy and prioritize obtaining user consent will future-proof their monetization strategies and stay ahead of the competition.”
– Valerio Sudrio, Global Director of Apps Solutions at Usercentrics


Data protection regulations like the Digital Services Act (DSA) and the Digital Market Act (DMA) are also significantly affecting mobile game compliance and game monetization. The DSA focuses on transparency and protection for consumers, which means mobile game companies must ensure their data collection practices are transparent and protect user data. If in-game ads are employed, they cannot be based on sensitive data, potentially affecting targeted advertising strategies.


The DMA law, on the other hand, is designed to prevent market dominance by large tech firms like Google, Meta and Apple, who may add additional data privacy requirements for businesses advertising on their platforms. For mobile app and game companies, this could mean they need to ensure fair competition and avoid combining data in a way that may be seen as self-preferencing, potentially impacting how you cross-promote your apps or use user/player data for monetization.


Overall, these emerging data privacy regulations compel mobile companies to rethink their data collection, use, and monetization strategies. Non-compliance could lead to legal repercussions and loss of user trust. “App and game developers targeting European audiences must adapt to these regulations to ensure compliance and maintain their revenue streams”, Valerio adds.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is Google AdMob?

AdMob is a mobile advertising platform from Google that enables app and game developers to monetize their mobile apps by displaying in-app advertisements. These ads can be in different formats like banner, interstitial, rewarded, and native ads.

How does AdMob work?

AdMob works by matching ads to your mobile app/game based on the criteria you set. When your users interact with these ads, you earn revenue. It operates on a cost-per-click or cost-per-impression model.

What types of ads does AdMob provide for mobile apps and games?

AdMob offers various ad formats including banner ads, interstitial ads, rewarded ads, and native ads. Rewarded ads, in particular, are popular in games because they provide players with in-game rewards for watching ads.

How much can my mobile apps earn with AdMob?

The amount you can generate with your mobile apps in AdMob varies depending on factors like the type of ads, geographical location of users, and the quality of your apps. It’s essential to optimize ad placement and user engagement for maximum earnings.

How do I integrate AdMob into my app?

AdMob can be integrated into your mobile app or game through the Google Mobile Ads SDK. To get started with AdMob, you’ll need to create an account, set up your payment information, and install the Google Mobile Ads SDK in your app. From there, you can start creating ad units and implementing them into your app. This process requires some technical knowledge and adjustments to the game’s code. For more information on how to add a compliant consent solution to your Unity game, check Usercentrics Apps SDK documentation hub.

What is the policy on collecting personal data from users in mobile advertising?

In the realm of mobile advertising, the policy on personal data collection is clear: user consent is a must whenever we collect personal data. You need to strictly adhere to global data protection regulations and principles, which means never collecting, storing or using personal information without the user’s explicit permission.

Before collecting any personal data, you should also ensure you’re providing clear, concise, and accessible information about why and how you’ll use their data and ensure their rights to control its use.

Through Usercentrics’ dynamic policy generator, with a single license, you can set up your Privacy Policy, Terms of Services, End User License Agreements and other policies in less than 30 minutes.

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