Programmatic digital advertising specialist Gamned! explains how programmatic advertising can help you increase your app downloads while ensuring you develop the right brand image around your mobile application.
In 2021, there were more than 6.3 billion mobile phone users in the world.
Smartphones and tablets, and therefore apps, have become part of consumers’ daily lives: the average mobile owner spends 4.2 hours per day using apps on his/her device.
Moreover, people tend to buy more and more through their mobile phones. In 2021, more than 288 million US dollars were spent on mobile phones.
In the light of all these figures, it’s clear to see that people are increasingly inclined to use apps. Hence the development of fierce competition on this format to acquire new users.
In this article, you’ll discover how programmatic advertising can help you increase your app downloads while ensuring you develop the right brand image around your mobile application.
Balance quality and quantity
First off, you, the marketer, have to ask yourself if you would rather…
Indeed, downloads that you generate with a smaller budget often lead to intrusive advertising practices. For instance, many application developers choose to set up an incentive to access their online games or content.
Always remember that quality has a price. The more you boost qualified downloads from targets that will actually use your app on a daily basis, the more you will have to spend your budget.
Set up an SDK
If you are in the mobile app industry, you have probably already heard of the term SDK, which stands for Software Development Kit. This SDK allows you to connect your application to others.
When you launch programmatic advertising campaigns to promote your mobile app, it is crucial for you to have an SDK. This is the key that will allow you to drive your user acquisition devices.
In fact, without an SDK, you won’t be able to analyze your application downloads in a granular way, nor exclude your active users from your advertising campaigns. And these issues can reduce the ROI of your programmatic acquisition device!
Precisely target your audience
As you probably know, in any digital advertising campaign, it’s important to target the right audiences, not only to reach your ideal users, but also to maximize your marketing campaign’s ROI.
When you launch a campaign to acquire new app users, you first need to make sure you exclude active users from your campaign. To do so, you’ll need to connect the app’s SDK with the DSP (Demand Side Platform). This connection will allow you to communicate data about your app’s downloads and use.
Then, target your audience following those two key steps:
Select high-performance formats to boost your app downloads
Which programmatic advertising formats are the most relevant to promoting a mobile app? There is no doubt here that the answer is mobile display formats, that are the least expensive and have good average click-through rates.
Turn to formats such as…
Concerning this interstitial format, be careful: it can be quite intrusive if you don’t apply the best practices to ensure an optimal user experience! Make sure that your interstitial ad only appears in an in-app environment, only when the app is opened (not while it’s used), and finally, that it can be easily closed by the user from the first second it is displayed.
Whatever formats you choose, always think about providing the best possible user experience to your target market. Your app’s brand image depends on it!
Choose a broad display environment
Every traffic acquisition or download acquisition campaign needs to be set up in a broad enough display environment to reach its targets.
Therefore, choose an expanded display environment, on mobile and in a targeted in-app environment, using an open auction method (i.e. advertising auctions open to all advertisers).
However, you also have to ensure the brand safety of your campaign, in order not to jeopardize your brand image. To do so, create a blacklist of websites where you don’t want your ads to be displayed.
Diversify the tactics to promote your mobile app
There’s no better way to increase a mobile app’s downloads than by deploying multiple programmatic advertising channels. The more channels you use, the more you’ll reach your target audience.
First, activate the following free channels:
But also turn to paid channels that can increase your app downloads, such as…
However, selecting the right channels isn’t just enough. Also make sure you maximize the synergies between each of those channels, by analyzing in your SDK their contribution to your global strategy.
Measure your user acquisition strategy performance
In any digital advertising campaign, you just can’t do without a good performance measure method. This allows you not only to follow how your budget is spent but also to optimize your campaigns to generate even more qualified app downloads.
Take time to select the right KPIs. Think about integrating in your reports…
Also, don’t forget to keep in mind how iOS 14.5 (and beyond versions) impact these KPIs’ analyses. In fact, since April 2021, the iOS’ App Tracking Transparency feature pops a consent banner when the app is first opened, asking the user whether he/she wants to share their data with the app.
This feature has consequences on the targeting and performance measurement of your advertising campaigns. This means you have to review your targeting criteria and the indicators you need to take into account when optimizing your campaigns.
Need to know more about this? Check out our post about App Tracking Transparency and its impacts on advertising campaigns.
Thanks to these 7 tips, you are ready to launch programmatic campaigns to increase your app downloads and recruit new qualified users.