Annoying New Ad Icons and Popups

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Re: Annoying New Ad Icons and Popups

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Mon Jan 07, 2013 4:41 am

dirgela wrote:The business model is that you make the map, provide traffic data and then get ads if you want to use it :) On the other side google maps don't have traffic data in many countries and waze has no competition. Funnily in these countries waze has no advertisement as well :)

The model of providing traffic data is not enough to sustain. There is so much traffic data available now, Waze cannot survive on this alone. It may be different country-by-country as you note.
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Re: Annoying New Ad Icons and Popups

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Wed Mar 13, 2013 3:31 pm

I've escalated the "not fixing bad ad locations" issue to Jonypony.
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Re: Annoying New Ad Icons and Popups

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Wed Mar 13, 2013 4:55 pm

imajica12345 wrote:Very annoying that they come up to begin with.

Don't just complain you don't like it. Please directly offer Waze your advice for how to make money, without having to charge for the app, which is a revenue stream which dries up.
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Re: Annoying New Ad Icons and Popups

Postby andrewkjs » Mon Jan 07, 2013 5:32 am

I've never encountered a pop-up ad while I was moving either, only while idle.

I totally understand the need for these ads to keep the app free and infrastructure running. Over here they have been ads for Standard Chartered, HSBC and Tesco, so the ad inventory in Malaysia seems to be selling well, but it remains to be seen if the revenue will be sustainable.
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Re: Annoying New Ad Icons and Popups

Postby automattack » Fri Jun 07, 2013 3:41 pm

AlanOfTheBerg wrote:
imajica12345 wrote:Very annoying that they come up to begin with.

Don't just complain you don't like it. Please directly offer Waze your advice for how to make money, without having to charge for the app, which is a revenue stream which dries up.


Actually, there's nothing wrong with AlanOfTheBerg complaining about what he doesn't like about Waze, even if he doesn't offer a better suggestion.

On another note, I find it odd that I used Waze three times before I saw an ad. I passed several CVSs, Dunkin Donuts (they're like weeds here), and even a few Taco Bells... No ads until last night.

I hate ads. I like (at least the idea of) the community aspect of Waze. I'd be willing to pay a nominal fee for an ad-free version.
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Re: Annoying New Ad Icons and Popups

Postby Ayzmo » Wed Mar 13, 2013 1:27 am

saguaro7 wrote:But I'm sick of seeing Dunkin Donuts and Taco Bell everywhere I go. I never go to either place, and actively dislike both.


This applies to me as well. I don't mind ads so much given that Waze is free but I am disgusted by Taco Bell and would never eat there. Dunkin Donuts, not as bad but I haven't been to one in years. If we had options for ads it might be more palatable.


There's also the reality that I know a lot of these ads aren't in the right place. I know where Taco Bell and Dunkin Donuts are around me and there are about 4x as many little things for them in the area than there actually are, often quite close to each other and in neighborhoods. It doesn't make sense.
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Re: Annoying New Ad Icons and Popups

Postby barry99705 » Mon Apr 22, 2013 12:20 pm

j-lamar wrote:How's this for a monetization strategy:

Charge $0.99 per year (or something like that) for a "Waze Pro" subscription that will automatically hide all advertising. If you're looking for something beyond a one-time app purchase, the subscription model would work.

I'm guessing a vast majority of Waze's current users would be willing to pay a nominal annual subscription fee to get rid of the fast-food and hotel chain ads. Voila! Ongoing revenue!

And if they don't want to pony up the subscription fee, then just live with the ads. Win-win.


Yea, I'd pay for an ad free version of waze. I can't stand taco hell.
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Re: Annoying New Ad Icons and Popups

Postby CrackedLCD » Sun Jan 06, 2013 9:09 am

I don't mind pushpin ads but the popups will get annoying if they get common.

And look on the bright side — at least Waze works for you. With my particular phone, and particular OS version, ads, coupons and popups crash Waze for me. So every time I should see a popup, a coupon or manually tap on an ad icon, Waze will quit on me.

I can't use it at all anymore anywhere because these ads are now everywhere — Taco Bell, Baymont Inns, Ramada, Dunkin Donuts, a Wii U coupon at Walmart. Hard to find any map areas without these businesses where I live!
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Re: Annoying New Ad Icons and Popups

Postby CrackedLCD » Wed Mar 13, 2013 11:07 am

Ayzmo wrote:There's also the reality that I know a lot of these ads aren't in the right place. I know where Taco Bell and Dunkin Donuts are around me and there are about 4x as many little things for them in the area than there actually are, often quite close to each other and in neighborhoods. It doesn't make sense.


There's a form you can fill out to correct the location of the advertising pins. I submitted two entries for local Taco Bells and never saw any changes. I even fixed them on Google since they were wrong, too. Google updated the locations within hours, but Waze has yet to respond.

I don't mind the pushpins at all; you're (supposedly) limited to three per screen so it's never too crowded. I'd much rather have this than full blown pop ups which obscure all map info at random intervals, or something equally annoying.
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Annoying New Ad Icons and Popups

Postby dirgela » Sun Jan 06, 2013 8:46 pm

The business model is that you make the map, provide traffic data and then get ads if you want to use it :) On the other side google maps don't have traffic data in many countries and waze has no competition. Funnily in these countries waze has no advertisement as well :)
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