Anyone with enough experience of media jobs in mobile advertising agencies will be aware that, by the time that a startup has appointed its first VP of national sales, its prospects will be looking promising. And, just five months after being founded, Manhattan-based mobile phones advertising startup Locket, which we featured on these pages in August, has just done precisely that.
From Candy Crush to Mobile Phones Advertising
Charity Sabater, erstwhile senior director of ad sales at online gaming megasite King.com (the company behind the addictively popular mobile game Candy Crush), is stepping into the new role and, according to Locket co-founder and CEO Yunha Kim, will be charged with the task of attracting more big brands into the program.
Locket’s unique approach to mobile phones advertising involves paying users of its app when they engage with the ads it places on their Android lockscreens. OK, at one cent per ad engagement, no one gets to be a millionaire, but after a few months there’ll be enough to cash out a little windfall, make a small donation to a charity or add a little to a gift card. Users can even vote on brands they’d like to get ads from.
Recently, Locket ran a campaign for Hershey’s featuring the brand’s “Scharffen Berger” chocolate and the idea behind hiring Sabater is to bring more big name brands on board. And for Sabater herself, the move is probably a timely one – in July, King.com revealed that it was exiting the advertising business to concentrate on virtual purchases, a decision which inevitably had implications for her role there.
Innovation at a crazy speed
Commenting on her new job with Locket, Sabater said that she joined the startup because ““I like being in a place where true innovation happens, at crazy speed. Rewarding users for allowing advertising on their lock screen is simple yet brilliant.”
Things are moving at a fair rate of knots for this innovative mobile advertising startup. It now has a nine-strong team and has recently complemented its operations in New York with a new office in San Francisco, although both are essentially apartments where team members live as well as work. Sabater, who already lives in New York, will be the first team member not to sleep under the same roof as her colleagues.