2 easy ways to use Adwords for Mobile Apps

Caroline McC, Digital Account Manager.

Simply developing a great mobile app for your customers is not enough to guarantee downloads or maintain user engagement. Beyond that initial app development project, you need to think considerably about the whole app lifecycle – everything from optimising your app store description, screens and keywords to make your app discovered, to the user onboarding plan, analytics and most importantly, your app digital marketing strategy. Well, when I say most importantly, that’s because I’m a marketer and our team is obsessed with offering mobile marketing services which drive traffic to our clients’ mobile apps and websites!

When it comes to marketing an app, content marketing, social media, email marketing and AdWords are just 4 essentials for mobile app digital marketing. AdWords can be used as a cost effective part of your app marketing mix and the great thing about Pay-Per-Click (PPC) advertising is that the benefits, such as increased downloads, can be noticed immediately. So, let’s look at 2 easy ways to use Google AdWords in your app marketing strategy:

  1. AdWords campaigns to acquire new mobile app users
  2. AdWords campaigns to engage existing mobile app users

1: App Install Campaigns aka App Promotion Ads

Are you having difficulty acquiring app users? If so, don’t worry, the greatest thing about Google AdWords Mobile Advertising is that you can focus your campaign on getting more people to download your app, reach your target app users wherever they are, at any time of the day and on any device!

With a variety of advertising formats there’s no better way to promote your app to users who are already actively seeking your app or apps similar to yours. And, since app promotion ads let you add a direct link to the Google Play or Apple App Store, it’s so easy for potential users to download the app. It’s literally one click to download! It’s well worth remembering that more downloads could improve your app store ranking too…which will also result in more people installing your app.

Here’s where it gets really interesting…did you know you can target your app within other apps? You could create a mobile display campaign to target users who use an app similar to yours and this is a great way to increase your downloads. With recent stats proving that over 80% of mobile users’ time is spent in mobile apps, it’s well worth considering this targeting option within AdWords.

If you’re already using AdWords for your business, then why not use the Ad Extension facility to promote your app with a link just below your existing ad. There’s even a bonus to using this strategy – ad extensions are part of the ad rank calculation which means you could increase your quality score and generally improve all of your campaigns.

2: App Engagement campaigns aka App Engagement Ads

If your marketing strategy is working well and you’re convincing people to download your app, what should you do if you’re having problems engaging current app users? This problem is not uncommon with recent statistics saying that only 16% of people try an app more than twice.

Lots of marketers will tell you that the real marketing work starts after you’ve convinced someone to install your app and even the owners of the most amazing apps will still need to prod and encourage users to repeatedly use the app. It’s not much different to demand generation marketing and subsequent customer marketing.

Mobile app engagement campaigns in AdWords are just what you need if you’re trying to get people to open and try your app again. Driving users back into your app with deep linking is a sure way to bring your customers back to complete any activity they’ve already started! For example, if you’ve a shopping app you might want to remind people to purchase items they’ve abandoned in their basket. To do this, you just need to set up remarketing for your app, and create a targeted campaign. It can also work well if you want to recommend that certain app users try specific features. Ultimately if you want to increase how often people use your app then this type of campaign will do just that.

Onboarding – don’t forget about App experience after the ad!

Don’t forget that getting the right users to click on your ad, install your app or re-engage with your app is only the beginning. Make sure you think about the user experience of your app. I think this ultimate guide to mobile app onboarding is a must-read!

Using Data to Optimise all AdWords campaigns

Finally, by using Adwords, you can test various campaign content but to be really great at mobile user acquisition and engagement you need to know your data. So make sure you take time to analyse your campaigns and use data-driven insights to decide on future ad content, targeting and segmentation. This is something we’re continually doing here at Waracle – we’re data geeks when it comes to optimisation! And, we don’t just stop at AdWords data, we’re pretty passionate about big data and analytics too.

So, start thinking about your app marketing strategy today. If you want to learn more about planning PPC campaigns contact the Waracle Digital Marketing Optimisation team. We can help you market your app with our App Grow services – we’re certified by Google AdWords (and Analytics) and we can advise you on how much to bid for each click and recommend a daily spend according to your business goals. This means you only ever spend as much as you want…and you even get a glimpse into our world of mobile big data as we analyse your campaigns.

Do you have an app that you already promote using PPC? What have been your experiences? Or perhaps you don’t yet use AdWords, is it something you would consider? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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