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Moburst is a full-service, mobile first, and digital creative agency that helps companies grow their business. After redefining hundreds of apps and A/B testing every possible feature in every vertical, our team knows what works for each product, and how to deliver the most relevant experiences for each user.We love solving clients’ tough mobile challenges and believe that the combination of creative thinking, advanced technology, and data drives performance at scale.

$150 - $199/hr
50 - 249
United States
149 5th Avenue, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10010, NYC, New York 10010
+1 (646) 818-9655
Rapaport 3, 14th Floor, Kfar Saba, Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv
United States
600 California Street, San Francisco, California 94108
+1 (408) 412-3472

Focus Areas

Service Focus

  • Mobile App Development
  • Web Designing (UI/UX)
  • Digital Marketing
  • Advertising

Client Focus

  • Large Business
  • Medium Business
  • Small Business

Industry Focus

  • Consumer Products
  • Healthcare & Medical
  • Media

Moburst Executive Interview

Gilad Bechar
Gilad Bechar
Founder & CEO
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Please introduce your company and give a brief about your role within the organization.
Moburst is a digital full-service, a mobile-first marketing agency that helps companies to scale and become category leaders. Our main specialty is helping companies conquer their toughest challenges through cost-effective, creative, and innovative marketing. Founded in 2013, Moburst has since worked on over 3,800 mobile campaigns and driven over 140 million app downloads.

I’m the CEO and Co-Founder, meaning I’m in charge of getting things done. I lead the development and execution of Moburst’s long-term strategy and all executive management matters.
What is the story behind starting this company?
We started the company in 2013 after I had amassed over eight years of experience in the industry from a range of executive positions at prominent mobile companies, gaining immense knowledge along the way. After working on the brand side, moving to the agency side, developing a media company, and being a CMO in a startup, I saw each side of the growth map.

All of these experiences gave me a 360-degree perspective on the industry. I’d been in charge of brands and saw how they wanted to engage new users in the best possible way, I’d been in charge of all aspects of the user journey on mobile and on social media, I’d been in charge of Media and I’d worked in a senior role at a start-up.

I learned that there are many discrepancies in the industry. For example, when agencies and clients came together, agencies would ask for a budget to work on the media, but would blame the product if it wasn’t successful. Agencies didn’t actually know how to help the clients fix their products, how to create all of the relevant funnels, optimize the user journey, or understand how those users actually end up seeing the product and behaving as a result.

I also learned that there are big differences between mobile and digital best practices. In digital, the best practice for increasing conversions is getting users as fast as you can, whether that means acquiring their email details, phone numbers, or something else required. Whereas on the mobile side, the more engagement you get within landing pages and the more you personalize the experience, the more chances you’ll have of converting users. Even though mobile is an extension of digital, as soon as everything takes place on a touch screen, all of the interactions differ.

All of this led me to want to create a mobile-first agency that, while focusing on the media side, would also help the product side with creative assets, onboarding, app optimization, and mastering the entire mobile funnel. I felt like the “mobile-first” element was vital because it’s so different from digital.

I contacted Lior, who I’d previously worked with within the army, and who had been working in the digital sphere. He had become VP of a digital marketing agency but was looking for his next step after many years there. I knew I could fully trust Lior and he’d be able to learn the mobile side of marketing quickly. We tested out our partnership for three months and after seeing how amazingly it worked, we embarked on the journey of creating our mobile agency together.

We built a website, designed a logo, and dived straight in. We had five employees in the first five months. We helped a company grow 5.5x within two months of consulting for them, which led to our first investor without us even looking for it. They made us an offer we couldn’t refuse, which encouraged us to look ahead to a more global future and open our US office.
What are your company’s business model - in house team or third party vendors/ outsourcing?
We aim to do most of our work in-house. We have built an amazing team of experts in their fields, and together with the methodologies that we have developed, we know that we are the ones best suited to solve the client’s challenges. In cases where we sometimes see a need to outsource, such as specific video production, we will outsource a small portion when required. However, we aim to bring that service in-house, as we did with our 2019 acquisition of the animation house Clutch, to enhance our video offerings.
How does your company differentiate itself from the competition?
First and foremost, our employees are what set us apart from the competition. Beyond that, our heavy focus on mobile performance is what distinguishes us. We approach each of our clients like a mathematical equation that requires a solution and will ensure we maximize their budget for all of their activities with us. Even if we go through a door to find another locked door, we’ll break a window to achieve the optimum for our clients. We have such deep insights about each and every project within a mobile-first organization, in regards to both iOS and Android. We know the ins and outs of each and every element.

If a client comes to us to market their app with a budget of $2 million for the year, we’ll analyze the funnel to ensure we improve on every element. Even if 8% of users bring them millions of dollars of value, we’ll analyze why the other 92% of users didn’t get what they wanted and see how to improve this to bring even more value. We ask ourselves questions about how to create a better funnel, onboarding flow, initial user experience, email strategy, retention strategy, etc. We focus as much on the percentage of users the client is missing out on as the percentage of users they’re engaging and onboarding.

We come to this process with deep knowledge of how the product should work, how to set appropriate benchmarks to fix each part of the funnel including impressions, clicks, cost per download, cost per registered user, and cost per paying user, etc. Most companies only focus on certain elements, such as Creative and Media. It’s great if Media can get you a 20% lower cost per install, but going into the product itself will better help to refine the product, which is something we do and many other companies don’t.

The reason other companies don’t do that is due to the deep complexity involved in achieving those benchmarks, understanding the process, and making the many decisions needed for each element of the product. We help with all of these at Moburst to ensure amazing results; we don’t limit ourselves at Creative and Media. This is how we’re different from the rest of the industry.

We know how to use Media budgets very effectively, but we also know how to solve the issue of increasing revenue and unleashing the full potential of products, which most agencies don’t.
What industries do you generally cater to? Are your customers repetitive? If yes, what ratio of clients has been repetitive to you?
We cater to a wide variety of mobile-centric industries. This could be any industry where app growth is attributable to the marketing efforts, rather than a business whose app comes secondary to its main service. Those companies tend to care less about user acquisition because their users often don’t have a choice but to use their app if they want mobile access to the service. We’ve worked with dating apps, gaming apps, travel apps, productivity apps, fitness apps, wellness apps, skills apps, and many more.

Our customers are not necessarily repetitive across industries, but most of our clients do renew their contracts with us and stay with us for the long term. We have some clients that have been with us for over five years. However, the projects we do for them constantly evolve and expand, which keeps things dynamic. In terms of recurring revenues, we never take on a short-term contract that is a one-off. Our typical engagements are twelve months, and they usually get renewed, with budgets changing. The word “continuous” is a more appropriate word than “repetitive”.

For each client, we help them with different strategic issues and provide them with more than one service. Even if a client’s primary focus is App Store Optimization, we will usually also provide them with Media services for testing, Creative services for designing and conceptualizing the assets (screenshots, preview videos, icons, etc.), and Apple Search Ads campaigns, and more. They often come with one specific concern, but we help them with a much wider range of services because they all work in tandem to achieve app success. If a business needs help getting ranked in the App Store, there are lots of different methods to utilize across organic and paid services.
Please share some of the services you offer for which clients approach you the most for?
Our main focus has always been Mobile Marketing and App Store Optimization (ASO), which has been our bread and butter. It brought us, clients, like Google and Uber and allowed us to really grow. Recently, we also shifted focus into digital marketing and strategy, which allows us to offer a full 360-degree solution to our clients.

Clients approach us most for…
What is your customer satisfaction rate according to you? What steps do you take to cater to your customer’s needs and requirements?
We’re ranked on GoodFirms as one of the best/ biggest B2B agencies. In order to stay ranked each year, we need to submit at least four new reviews from our clients. The only involvement we have in that process is passing on the client’s name and an email address. GoodFirms get in touch with the client, who hopefully submits a review for free.

For good or bad, they interview our clients for fifteen minutes each. The client must give us a score from one to five based on four different parameters, including the entire story of our work together, whether we solved their main challenges, and more. Our average rating is currently 4.8 stars out of five, which means out of all those parameters, within all of those elements, our clients are highly satisfied. 
This is in addition to the fact that our clients continue to renew year after year and continue to increase their budget and scale up our scope of work with them. From this, we can only assume they’re highly satisfied with our work for them.

We have also won numerous international awards on behalf of our clients, which is a strong indicator that the industry and our clients truly value the results we manage to deliver for them.

I believe our clients are extremely happy with the results that we deliver for them. Naturally, there are harder projects and easier projects. Sometimes, there are things working against us, such as app bugs that lead to one-star App Store reviews. No matter what we do to try and fix that, the cost to acquire a new user in that period will be higher because many users will be repelled from downloading the app due to its low ratings. We will do whatever we can on our side to help overcome any challenges thrown our way.
What kind of support system do you offer to your clients for catering to their queries and issues?
Our clients usually reach out directly to their appointed Account Director within Moburst, who manages everything for them. This is their main point of contact, and they serve as the client’s Project Manager by coordinating the communication between the Creative, Organic, Media, and Product teams and finding whatever pain points need solving.

During client meetings, including weekly meetings, there can often be seven of our team members present, but there will always be one consistent person involved to ensure the account is run smoothly. A client will often have multiple different services with us throughout the year, so we ensure that the Account Directors are on top of all client feedback to avoid offering the client any ideas they have already rejected elsewhere.

Account Directors are involved in all aspects of the projects across our organization, despite the costs that entail and the fact that it is not standard of other agencies. Most other agencies will allow you to communicate directly with your Media Manager for Media services, but the Media Manager will only have knowledge of that one particular vertical. Having our Account Directors present across all verticals means we truly offer the best collaborative services with a consistent thread that runs throughout each. It’s a much more holistic, 360-degree approach, which is important because everything has to work together to maximize an app’s growth.

Most of our Account Directors have at least seven years of experience, some of them even over twenty years experience, in the digital sphere. Often, Account Directors or Account Managers come directly from college into their first role, whereas we have much more senior, experienced Account Directors. They are more expensive, but they help to bring strategic guidance to each account. They are doers, project managers, and strategists all in one. They have an in-depth knowledge of the different capabilities our company can offer clients.
What kind of payment structure do you follow to bill your clients? Is it Pay per Feature, Fixed Cost, Pay per Milestone (could be in phases, months, versions, etc.)
It really depends on the service being offered. For instance, if we manage media, it is a percentage of the monthly spend. If it is consulting, it is a flat fee. We generally work on a monthly billing cycle, which also allows us to add and subtract services as needed. If we find something that works extremely well, the client may want to shift focus there and hit the gas as hard as they can in that area. We want to stay flexible so that we can over-achieve on our results.
Do you take in projects which meet your basic budget requirement? If yes, what is the minimum requirement? If no, on what minimum budget you have worked for?
The minimum budget for a client varies across different services. However, we don’t accept clients with a budget of less than $8,000 a month, whether that’s Creative or Media Buying, or ASO. The idea is that when we are considering a new client, we look at their budget on a yearly basis, and we ensure that we’ll get at least $100,000 worth of net revenue from that account per year. If the account only needs optimization and the client is committing to $8,000 a month, we have a retainer that puts that as the minimum for that type of engagement. In regards to Media, if a client spends $30,000 a month, it means our management fees are 15%.

If a potential client comes to us with a budget of $4,500 a month, that’s not enough for us to begin working with them. If they don’t agree to add another $3,500 per month minimum, even if it’s in another vertical, they won’t meet our minimum budget criteria in order to become a client of ours.
What is the price range (min and max) of the projects that you catered to in 2021?
Most of the accounts that we onboarded with Media services included had around a $600,000 - $1,000,000 a year budget. This is our sweet spot. Some of our larger clients have budgets significantly higher than that, though. If a client wants to run Media with us, we likely won’t accept them if they want to spend less than $500,000 a year, unfortunately.

As far as our biggest financial project for 2021 goes, we had a client that spent $2,000,000 with us in one quarter. However, managing $800,000 per month of Media for a client does not necessarily mean that this is our biggest client in terms of our own revenue. In 2021, the revenue we generated from our biggest accounts ranged anywhere between $500,000 net for services all the way to $1.2 million.
Where do you see your company in the next 10 years?
We’ve proved that we can grow incredibly fast. The benchmarks for agency growth usually run 15% - 20% over a year. Last year, we grew by 236%, which is far beyond the standard. In addition, our profit margin is also significantly higher than the rest of our category because we bring such high-value results and are not afraid to change where it’s necessary.

The biggest plan we have now is to try and see how we are rapidly expanding. We want to find ourselves between five hundred to 750 employees in three to four years from now. In order to get there, we need to continue growing organically. 
We intend to purchase a few different companies in the coming year to add more capabilities to support our clients. These will be amazing companies that have the same mentality as us, with founders built from the same kind of DNA - willingness to do whatever is needed in order to make success happen.

I believe we can become one of the biggest agencies out there that are focusing on digital with a mobile-first flare. This approach helps us really understand how to revolutionize our clients’ products. We help them do digital in the best possible way so that they can overachieve their growth goals.

Our growth is based on performance because we deliver amazing results and continue to duplicate our clients’ budgets. This positions us in a very unique place of hybrid growth. We want to continue being a category leader with every passing year, revolutionizing the way that agencies work and how they operate with their clients in order to create real value for everyone involved.

We’re not afraid to stop working with clients that are not the right fit. We’re not afraid to make bold moves with our clients in order to test different hypotheses and different approaches when we have data to rely on. We will always be able to say that the data was there, these are the results, whether good or bad. Data will always lead the way for us, as well as our creativity when it comes to establishing new hypotheses, ideas, or directions on how to create multi-faceted engagements with our clients.

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App Designing (UI/UX), Digital Marketing