Family Feud Integrates WildTangent’s BrandBoost

Posted by at 10:42 am on July 22, 2010

WildTangent anounded today that social games publisher iWin has incorporated WildTangent’s BrandBoost into Family Feud, one of the top games on Facebook Platform.

The BrandBoost platform is empowering Family Feud’s seven million monthly users to unlock complimentary game episodes and other game content by engaging with premium video and interactive rich media ads.

“BrandBoost gives us a scalable, advertising model that seamlessly integrates brands into the gameplay flow while delivering value to players,” says Peter Negulescu, president of iWin. “Now we can keep players who might not have the means or desire to purchase episodes involved in the game for longer periods of time.”

According to Inside Social Games, a tiny percent of the overall social games population– well below 10 percent–will ever actually pay for virtual goods or currency, leaving a huge opportunity for brands to step in and help developers monetize the other 90 plus percent of users who are not spending real money.

Globally, there are more than 200 million people playing games on Facebook each month; and in the US, Facebook users are expected to spend $1.6 billion this year on virtual goods, according to ThinkEquity.

“So far advertising has remained only a small part of the social games industry’s revenue, which we attribute partially to the lack of standardized ad units for games,” said Atul Bagga, analyst with ThinkEquity. “However, we believe that consumers value the content and are willing to engage in or watch ads in lieu of in-game currency, which leads us to believe that it could be a compelling opportunity for the publishers as well as for the advertisers.”

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