Mom moments are on the rise! With Mom’s making up a whopping 36% of our network of users, we decided to do a deep dive. In this months M.I.C. Drop, we uncover the Top Moments of engagement among Moms, break down Moms mobile behavior by the hour and survey our Moms shopping habits and influences. If your brand is looking to target Moms, then you don’t want to miss this M.I.C. Drop.

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The end of the winter season means trading in hearty soups and hot drinks for fresh fruit and spring salads. Our cultural obsession with food has taken on a life of its own and “food moments” have now become prime opportunities for brands to engage with consumers. When someone uses an app to make their grocery list for the week, plan meals, or seek out new recipes, those are food moments that brands can leverage to foster deeper brand affinity. These moments are powerful because the user is attentive, engaged, and making purchasing decisions. For a brand, this is an opportunity to seamlessly step into a customer’s life and pursue long term loyalty.

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Today’s constantly connected consumers are using smartphones in-store more than ever. A recent Google survey states that a staggering 80 percent of shoppers are using smartphones to make purchasing decisions. Retailers and start-ups have taken notice, and the concepts of mobile location analytics and proximity marketing are emerging out of that. But when you clear away all the buzzwords, what exactly is this shift we’re seeing? It’s the world customizing itself to you. The world is reacting to your presence, specific to you as an individual.

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Kiip works with thousands of developers, so it only makes sense for us to interview the masterminds behind the apps we integrate into. In this Q&A, we meet Alex Kozachenko, President of Apps-O-Rama and Hyperbeard Games, which we will be featuring in this Developer Spotlight. Check out Alex’s responses below and the lessons he’s learned while developing and monetizing apps.

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According to a Forrester study, 63% of apps are discovered through app store searches. This makes app store searches the most used method for discovering and downloading new apps. That’s why as an app developer, the most critical part of your app marketing strategy and ultimately your app’s success is app store optimization (ASO). Don’t know where to start? We’ll cover the basics.

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Our team is comprised of the best and brightest from every field but their dazzling personalities are what really make Kiip the amazing company that it is. That’s why every month we like to profile a Kiiper so the world can know just how awesome our team is.

In this edition of Meet a Kiiper we chatted with Catherine Flint our rockstar Sales Director for US East and Central regions. When she’s not busy connecting with clients, Catherine can be found hitting the slopes and having a good laugh with friends.

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Testing back-ends is easy. You take your language of choice, pair it with your favorite framework, write some tests, and hit “run.” Your console says “Yay! It works!” Your continuous integration service runs your tests on every push, life is great. Sure, test-driven development (TDD) is weird at first, but a predictable environment, multiple test runners, test tooling baked into frameworks, and continuous integration support, make life easy. Five years ago I thought tests were the solution to every problem I’ve ever had. Then Backbone got big. We all switched to front-end MVC. Our testable backends became glorified database servers. Our most complicated code moved into the browser. And our apps were no longer testable in practice. That’s because testing front-end code and UI components is kinda hard.

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