Many sites were affected; we recommend changing your passwords.
As you may have heard, a serious security vulnerability affecting the majority of web services known as ‘Heartbleed‘ was disclosed to the world on April 7. In response to this, our engineering team has released a series of patches to ensure all possible security holes in our system are closed. AdStage is no longer vulnerable, but we suggest that you change your password both on AdStage, and elsewhere, as many sites were affected.
We’ve had a lot of big news in the past few weeks so here’s a quick status update:
- In the first 4 weeks of invites, we imported over 8,600 active campaigns.
- We’ve raised another $1 million to grow the team and invest in the platform.
- We’ve announced an API to integrate great 3rd-party apps into AdStage.
- We’ve integrated four new apps, including our top-requested Ad Scrambler which you can see in action here.
If you’re one of the thousands of businesses still waiting for your invite to AdStage, rest assured that getting you invited is our top priority. We’re working hard to scale up our systems to invite you as soon as possible. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.
Thanks for being part of our beta!
Director of Marketing & Product
New apps available in AdStage
The Ad Scrambler app is the easiest way to generate dozens of ad copy variations quickly (see video). Simply provide multiple headlines and descriptions, along with any other aspect of the ad, and the ad scrambler will mix and match them to generate multiple ad variations for your campaign. Populating campaigns with top-performing creatives has never been easier. Try it now.
The Unbounce app is a powerful drag & drop landing page builder that lets you create pages without any help from a technical team. Simply put your ideas into a new landing page variation, click “publish” and your test is live and collecting real-time data. Get 50% off Unbounce for 3 months following your free trial. Try it now.
The Wordtracker app let’s you discover hundreds of relevant keywords for your search campaigns and see how well they will perform with estimates provided by Wordtracker. The Keywords Tool can also help you discover interests and categories to target on Facebook as well as groups to target on LinkedIn. Try it now.
The Optimizely app is a website optimization solution that will let you make dynamic changes to your site, test variations with live traffic, gather immediate results and start achieving goals. After inserting a single line of code into your HTML, you have instant testing capability, and any variation you create can be live to your visitors within minutes. Try it now.
Next week, AdStage is returning to the LAUNCH Festival in San Francisco… and this event has a special place in our hearts. This is the same event we presented at last year where we launched out of stealth mode and were selected as the winner of “Best Business!”
Check out a video of last year’s presentation here:
Hope to see you there! We’ll have some big news…
Earlier this week, the AdStage team traveled to New York for Advertising Week 2013 and, on Tuesday, we revealed the all-new AdStage platform on the Huffington Post stage. We’re extremely proud of this new platform and it incorporates all of your feedback from our first app, AdStage Express.
With the new AdStage platform, you can:
- Import your existing campaigns for full management and analytics.
- Create, manage and optimize campaigns across Google, Facebook, Bing & LinkedIn.
- Build over 30 different ad types across search, social, mobile & display.
- Generate reports for any network from a single hub.
- Access the full platform on computers, tablets and mobile devices.
- Customize and expand the platform with integrated apps, including apps from partners like Unbounce, Bigstock, ReTargeter, Canned Banners, MixRank, Thinkstock by Getty Images and more.
For more information on the new AdStage, take our feature tour and join our waiting list. We’ll begin inviting customers to the new platform in a few weeks with a 30-day free trial and special beta pricing.
Current AdStage Express users: you can continue to access your account at express.adstage.io.
Pitch 2013 took place yesterday at AT&T Park, home of the World Champion San Francisco Giants, in the Virgin America Club Level concourse complete with concessions and bars, arcades and tours of the ballpark. The event brought together 85 startups, dozens of investors and thousands of entrepreneurs to network and check out the latest tech.
And while our devoted engineering team was back at the office, heads down, working on the future of AdStage, Sahil & I had the privilege of attending to demo AdStage Express to the many attendees. It was especially exciting for us as AdStage was awarded VC’s Choice! We’re humbled and extremely grateful to have been selected from among the many impressive companies.
On behalf of our entire team, I sincerely thank the venture capital judges that appreciated our vision for easy online advertising! We had a great time speaking with everyone, hearing about their businesses and filling them in on the AdStage vision. It was an awesome event! Thanks to Duane Nason, the sponsors and the Launchable.es team for putting it together.
SEM managers have long desired a way to access AdWords on the go, but the current mobile interface, introduced in 2010, is too limited for today’s devices and the full site is severely buggy when accessed with Safari.
That’s why AdStage is offering the world’s first full-featured Google AdWords reporting app (designed from the ground up for the iPad) completely free. We acquired the app, originally called “Semply,” to push our mission to make advertising more accessible to businesses forward.
The app has been wildly successful, but have you downloaded it yet? In a little over a month after its launch, Semply reported over $110 Million in indexed ad spend and it’s currently used by over 1,500 advertisers to analyze AdWords campaigns on the go. Semply has been rebranded as “AdStage -Your Analytics Dashboard for Google AdWords” and is available in the App store.
The app is currently used by over 1,500 advertisers to analyze AdWords campaigns on the go.
- Play with your data
Looking to minimize CPCs? Increase conversion rates? Use our beautiful, interactive charts and grids to help visualize how your efforts have impacted key metrics over time.
- Quickly check the latest stats
View ALL important performance indicators- clicks, conversions, click-through rates, costs/conversion, etc- across your accounts, campaigns, and ad groups with the tap of your finger.
- Optimize keywords
With full keyword and search query data, discover which keywords are making you money, and which are bringing you irrelevant traffic.
- Improve ad creatives
Identify the ads that are improving your click-through-rates and see how different landing pages impact your conversions.
- Filter by geographic location
Is your geographic targeting too broad? Are their certain regions that are converting better than others? Find out with our geographic reports.
Download it now while the app is completely free! We’ve got some big plans for its next update– Stay tuned.
ComScore today released its monthly comScore qSearch report of the US search landscape for April. Naturally, Google led the market in April, but its market share slipped 0.6 points to 66.5%. Bing improved 0.4 points to 17.3% market share and Yahoo! improved 0.2 points to 12.0%. This is a record high for Bing and, given that Yahoo! search is powered by Bing, nearly a third of searches in April were powered by Bing!
It’s more important than ever to include the Yahoo! Bing network in your PPC efforts.
It’s more important than ever to include the Yahoo! Bing Network in your PPC efforts to capture new customers where they search. In fact, nearly 50 million unique searchers in the US can only be reached through ads on Yahoo! Bing Network and not through Google search. If you’re having a tough time launching optimized search campaigns on multiple ad networks, use AdStage Express to simultaneously build, deploy, and manage online ad campaigns across Google (including Ask & AOL), Bing (including Yahoo!), Facebook, and LinkedIn!
Last week, the AdStage team had an awesome time at the LAUNCH Festival. It was incredible to win the prize for Best Business Model given all the great companies that were at the event. We’ve been working on our platform for months and getting it into the hands of users feel so good. We couldn’t have expected the overwhelmingly positive response everyone had to what we’ve been working on and we’re so glad people are excited to try out the AdStage Platform.
LAUNCH was a great environment to show the world our product, learn from other technologists and entrepreneurs, and meet many other companies building awesome products.
AdStage presents on stage
Why are events like LAUNCH important?
Events like LAUNCH represent why many of us entrepreneurs work so hard. We saw so many great ideas put together by small teams that can change the way people do things everyday. There were also many great speakers and judges that we’ve already seen change the world – some of my favorites were Chamath Palihapitiya and Evan Williams. We learned how they think, why they started their companies, & how they go about tackling new and exciting challenges.
Passion and focus were the two characteristics that came up in Twitter co-founder, Evan Williams’ talk. I think entrepreneurs taking those two ideas to heart with make their success more likely – start/support something you’re passionate about and focus on it completely. That may mean saying no to other opportunities, but if you’re really passionate about a particular project, the best way to have it succeed, is to give it all your effort.
Where we go from here?
Our goal at AdStage is to help businesses advertise online using their ad dollars most effectively. Traditionally, to run successful ad online ad campaigns, you either need an expert on your team, or you need to pay an agency to take care of the advertising side of things, which can be very costly. We’ve launched our private beta (sign up here) and we’re ready to change the world of online advertising!
Read about more about the conference & AdStage:
Our Pitch at LAUNCH – http://festival.launch.co/live/?s=90376