After the Install: Driving Engagement and Conversion with Mobile App Ads
October 6, 2013
Last year, Facebook launched mobile app ads to drive installs. These captured the growing number of Facebook mobile users and helped apps stand apart in the crowded marketplace of over 2 million competing products in both the Google Play and Apple App stores. It worked. Mobile app ads led to over 145 million installs this year to date (October 2013). However, brands are finding that increasing discoverability is just the first step in building and maintaining a mobile audience.
According to Localytics, a Mobile Measurement Partner, 66% of app users “only open apps between one and ten times.” Ever. To remedy this, Facebook has announced a new feature for mobile app ads centered around seven customizable CTA buttons to drive in-app engagement from stagnant or lapsed users. Specific options include: Shop Now, Play Game, Listen Now, Watch Now, Book Now and two catch-all options – Open Link, Use App – available for less customizable content.
The key is to continually identify mobile app audiences – both potential and existing users – with tools like Facebook SDK, Power Editor, and Mobile Measurement Partners, then leverage that data into targeted campaigns. The mobile ad format is precise – copy is truncated after 90 characters and ad guidelines limit image size and overlay – but with the right combination of images, content, and CTA buttons, any app can continue past install bliss to engagement heaven.