Twitter Ads

App installs campaign

Twitter Ads app installs

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Get more people to download your app

App install campaigns are the perfect way to connect with Twitter’s mobile-first audience and drive more app downloads. This objective helps promote widespread visibility of your app to the people who are most likely to convert seamlessly from Twitter to the app store. This is great if you’re looking to showcase new features or reach new mobile audiences. And with improved prediction, supply, and measurement capabilities, this campaign is stronger than ever. 

App installs campaign

Best practices

Before you begin your campaign, make sure you’re integrated with a MACT partner and Apple’s SKAdNetwork, have signed up for our Advanced Mobile Measurement Program, and are up to date with iOS 14 and its upcoming AppTrackingTransparency changes.

Learning Period

For the first 3-5 days after you launch a new app campaign, our systems will test and find the best users for your ads. We call this initial exploration phase the “Learning Period”. 

During the Learning Period, you will likely see fluctuations in performance, but we strongly advise you to avoid making changes to your campaign to allow our systems to learn and calibrate as efficiently as possible. After the Learning Period, your campaign’s performance should stabilize. If you still are not seeing performance after the first 3-5 days, we suggest increasing your bids, widening your target audience, or refreshing your creative.

Ad formats

For app install campaigns, we recommend these top-performing ad formats:

  • Image Ads with App Buttons
  • Video Ads with App Buttons
  • Carousel Ads

Creative and copy

With Cards and Carousels, your mobile audience can easily transition from Twitter to the app store. Include eye-catching images or videos, a tagline, and supporting copy in these ad formats. Your app rating, download count, price, and app icon will automatically import from the respective app store, depending on certain thresholds (ie. four-star or higher app ratings will allow app ratings to appear on the App Card). 

Your creatives should reflect your real in-app experiences to establish a seamless connection. Your copy should be short and to the point of why people should download your app. This is a great place to highlight your key benefits, limited-time deals, or other value props.

Bidding strategy

In an app install campaign, you only pay for clicks that lead to your install page on the App Store or Google Play Store. We recommend using maximum bid if your goal is app installs, or target cost if your goal is simply app clicks. 

Twitter also offers two different bidding types for app install campaigns to help you achieve the best ROI:

  • Cost-per-app-click bidding (CPAC) bids on and pays for app clicks. This is recommended for brands looking to achieve scale quickly with a narrowly-targeted audience
  • Optimized action bidding (OAB) bids on installs and pays for app clicks. This is recommended for brands looking to refine campaign performance with a broadly-targeted audience

Targeting recommendations

Twitter offers industry-leading targeting features, including event and conversation targeting. For app campaigns, you can also target people using specific device models, OS versions, carriers, and new mobile devices to reach the right groups.

Measuring results

Once your campaign is live, you can track real-time results in your Ads Manager dashboard. Important metrics to track include total spend, results, cost-per-result, and result rate. Your result will be either app clicks or app installs, depending on what you chose.

It’s also important to set up third-party mobile app conversion tracking to measure how many people are taking your desired actions after viewing or engaging with your ads.

You can also run measurement studies depending on the goals you want to achieve including brand lift, mobile app measurement, and buy-through rate.

Twitter allows us to reach a target audience very likely to download our app and helps us achieve fast and effective results. No doubt this is one of the best marketing platforms we have used to drive app installs and we will continue to do so in the future.

Lidia Martinez, SEM Manager at Tiendeo