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The Weather Channel tops mobile app quality rankings in May 2021; Spotify earns high spots across Quality, Reach, and Programmatic Revenue ranks

Piotr Boiwka
Jun 9, 2021 9:30:00 AM



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The Weather Channel topped both Apple App Store and Google Play Store rankings for North America in Pixalate’s May 2021 ranking of the top mobile apps based on overall quality for programmatic advertisers. The Weather Channel remained at the top of the Apple ranking and went up from the No. 3 spot in Google’s rankings since the April 2021 listings. The versatile performance allowed The Weather Channel to gain the highest marks in all metrics on both the Google and Apple platforms, including Popularity, Invalid Traffic, Brand Safety, and Viewability. The app also found a place among the top 10 apps in the Top Grossing and Reach rankings.

Other top mobile apps in May 2021

MyFitnessPal managed to secure a top-three spot in both Apple and Google rankings. It is among four apps to rank in the top 10 in Pixalate’s quality rankings across both Apple and Google app stores, along with The Weather Channel, Weather Bug, and Spotify.

In addition to earning a top spot on our quality rankings, Spotify performed well in Top Grossing and Reach rankings as well. Spotify ranked among the top 10 apps based on Pixalate’s estimated programmatic spend in May 2021 on both Apple and Google app stores.

There were also some significant changes compared to the April ranking. For example, MyRadar Weather Radar jumped by 100 positions to second place in the May edition of Publisher Trust Index for Google Play Store in North America.

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The content of this blog, and the Publisher Trust Indexes (collectively, the “Indexes”), reflect Pixalate’s opinions with respect to factors that Pixalate believes may be useful to the digital media industry. The Indexes examine programmatic advertising activity on mobile apps and Connected TV (CTV) apps (collectively, the “apps”). As cited in the Indexes and referenced in the Indexes’ key findings reproduced herein, the ratings and rankings in the Indexes are based on a number of metrics (e.g., “Brand Safety”) and Pixalate’s opinions regarding the relative performance of each app publisher with respect to the metrics. The data is derived from buy-side, predominantly open auction, programmatic advertising transactions, as measured by Pixalate. The Indexes examine global advertising activity across North America, EMEA, APAC, and LATAM, respectively, as well as programmatic advertising activity within discrete app categories. Any insights shared are grounded in Pixalate’s proprietary technology and analytics, which Pixalate is continuously evaluating and updating. Any references to outside sources in the Indexes and herein should not be construed as endorsements. Pixalate’s opinions are just that, opinions, which means that they are neither facts nor guarantees; and neither this press release nor the Indexes are intended to impugn the standing or reputation of any person, entity or app.

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