Mobile app install ads direct users to install a particular app. Tapping on an app install ad would take the user to App Store or Google Play (or other app stores) from where the app can be installed.

Standing out among the millions of apps in App Store and Google Play has been a constant challenge, and app install ads are now seen as an effective tool to overcome this.

App install ads have resulted in high CTRs, more downloads, and measurable returns and hence, have gained huge popularity among marketers and brands.

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How well app install ads are performing?

Mobile app install ads are one of the top performers in the mobile ad space with its targeting capabilities. 30% of mobile ad revenue last year in the US was attributed to app install ads. BI Intelligence report notes that the revenue from app install ads in US will mark $4.6 billion this year, and will grow to $6.8 billion by the end of 2019 with a compounded annual growth of 14% from 2014.

Here are some stats on app install ads on Facebook in India:

  • The average cost-per-install (CPI) on Facebook ads in India is in the range of INR 50-70 ($0.81-1.14).

  • The average CTR for mobile app install ads on Facebook in India lies in the range of 2.5-3.5%, and a peak CTR of 4.5% can be achieved.

A study by US-based mobile marketing company Tune presents the following findings about app install ads in India:

  • India represents 7.4% of the world’s mobile app ad clicks.

  • The highest number of clicks is from Maharashtra, followed by Haryana, Karnataka, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh.

  • India is the fastest growing region for app installs driven by ads, ahead of markets like Europe, North America and APAC.

  • 5.5% of the users installed an app after clicking on ad. This is a 139.13% increase in one year.

  • The highest app revenue comes from Gaming apps followed by Travel, Lifestyle, and Social.

  • 2.9% of the global app revenue comes from India, which is a 625% increase in one year.

Facebook’s deep linking for app install ads

Facebook has recently introduced deep linking for app install ads. You can choose to redirect the user tapping on your app install ad to a particular place in your app instead of the homepage; e.g. a developer of an e-retail app wants to run ads for a particular smartphone. He can deep link users directly to the smartphone page once the user opens the app post-installation. Hence, the user doesn’t need to search for the smartphone after opening the app. The removal of extra steps for the user to reach his product page would drive higher conversions and purchases.

 

App install ads showcase top performance with high CTRs and greater conversions, and are in great demand among app developers, marketers, mobile publishers, and ad networks alike. Expect the share of app install ads in mobile ad dollars to only ascend further.

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Native ads have become prevalent in the online space in the last one year. We have begun to notice it on all popular sites where ad is a chief source of revenue. Native Ads are present on popular social media and forum sites in the form of Sponsored Stories on Facebook, Promoted Tweets on Twitter, Video Ads on YouTube, StumbleUpon’s Paid Discovery and Sponsored in Quora. We noticed Google initiating it quite a few years back by showing ads within publisher content. The advertisers ensure that the ad is mentioned as “Sponsored”. Google displays the text “Ads from Google”, so as not to misguide the users/consumers, and not displaying those words is a violation of the Google policy. Offline media like newspapers have had advertorials for decades now. (Advertorials are paid placements attempting to look like an article).

 

Native ads

Wikipedia’s definition – Native advertising is an online advertising method in which the advertiser is providing advertisements with the same user experience as the publisher’s content. The word native is used to refer to the formatting of the advertising materials to make them appear more consistent with other media in the recipient’s universe.

 

Ads specifically on online or mobile media are known to be intrusive to the user experience and ‘Native ad’ is a sincere effort made by the app developer/publisher with the support of the advertiser to make ads least intrusive.

Most of the ad campaigns run by advertisers are CPC campaigns. Advertisers are looking for some action on the ads in order to pay the publishers. Clicks are the least engaging ad formats as against other engagements like downloading and installing apps, playing on an animated ad, viewing a video for a couple of seconds and so on. The click through rates (CTRs) on banner ads have dropped to about 0.1%. Advertisers are getting way fewer clicks and publishers’ revenues have dipped.

This has happened because consumers have learnt to consume free content by ignoring ads and the typical ad slots. This is called ‘banner-blindness’. Banner ads are now standardized, so they look the same on every single site. It makes it easy to ignore ads even if they are relevant and well-targeted.

 

What’s special about Native ads?

  • They look like one among the publisher’s content and they fit right in to it. Since users are actively reading the content, they are more likely to read the ad.
  • The look-and-feel required for a native ad is different across sites or apps, so users are unable to learn to ignore ads.

These result in Native ads having higher CTRs. There is tremendous excitement in the digital publishing world around native advertising and a lot of monies are being spent on research to blend ads with the digital content (which are now called as Native ads).

 

Here are some research results on native ads from Forbes:

  • Users are 25% more likely to look at a native ad than they were at a banner, and look at the ads 53% more frequently.
  • They check them out 4.1 times per session on average, versus 2.7% for banners.
  • Participants in a research have also said they were considerably more likely to share a native ad with others (32% versus 19%) and showed 18% more purchase intent after viewing them.

Users have adapted to these kinds of ads as well. Popular sites like FB and Twitter have native ads and the sites have millions of users using these non-intrusive ads.

From the perspective of the advertisers, accidental clicks are reduced – Genuine clicks are received by users who read the content and then engage with the ad. Advertisers don’t have to spend creative efforts to develop ads. It’s the publishers who customize the ads according to their content.

Adiquity as an ad network platform has simplified this task of creating native ads. Publishers can choose the look and feel of the ad being displayed on their site.

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We are working on a beta release for this solution. If you are an app developer or publisher interested in getting started with Native ads on your app or site, kindly send an email to ranjeet@adiquity.com with subject “Interested in Native Ads”. We would love to get you started. Stay connected with us and read our newsletters. We have more app developer monetization solutions coming your way.