Adobe surveys show 71 percent of people access social networks via mobile devices - 189 million of Facebook's users are mobile only and account for 30%+ of Facebooks Ad Revenue (a 7% increase from 2012). Forbes predict smartphones will account for up to 50% of all online video consumption by 2016 and other research shows 25% of 18-44 year olds can not remember the last time they did not have their mobile with them. We can all agree smartphones have 'taken over' and according to Nielson, Android and Apple dominate some countries with a 93% collective market share.
Google smartphone targeting unlocks potential for social advertisers to reach that key audience (especially if you are using your Google+ personal/business page in your ads).
Some weeks ago I demonstrated how to boost high quality traffic to your social pages using Google Search Network ('Increase Google+ Audiences With AdWords'). Let's now look at cherry picking and pointing your social ads at the best apps you can find from a choice of over 1 million, placing yourself in and around the most relevant content within apps and letting Google transforming your standard banner ads into automatically adjusted retina image ads for retina displays.
But First: Interstitial, Banner or Both?
AdWords allows you to display ads on apps opted into Google's AdMob/AdSense networks in many ways. Options include manual placement (i.e. adsenseformobileapps.com), in-app advertising and YouTube (but I will leave YT for another article) . The major difference in-app only and open display is the use of interstitial ad formats (appear independently as a pop up and not just in and around content).
|Interactive Interstitial Ads|
Some rich media interstitial versions seem to be quite exclusive and you would need to contact a Google Sales Rep to use them. I guess if you had a few thousand followers, a G+ business page (or any business URL) and good investment - you could try get access or use the 3 sizes below.
Google Display (In-App Only) - Interstitial Ads
- Inline Rectangle 300 x 250 (this converts)
- Mobile Interstitial 320 x 480 (portrait or landscape)
- Tablet Interstitial - 1024 x 768 (portrait or landscape)
Google Display (HD Compatible) - Banner Ads
- Inline Rectangle - 300 x 250
- Mobile Banner - 320 x 50
- Banner - 468 x 60
- Leaderboard - 728 x 90
|Site Category Exclusions|
We will upgrade the above banners to HD versions later but for now - keep a note of 300 x 250 being the 'special' banner ad as it can be converted into both HD and a interstitial format. It is also important that you use site category exclusions (above) if you decide to go for the interstitial formats alone and exlude 'non-interstitial'. So you know, ad location 'below the fold' can be set to 'exclude' if you want your ad to appear on the first page that loads on mobile devices (user can see ad without scrolling).
How To Find And Target The Best, Newest and Trending Apps
|Example Found In Android App Store|
I will manually target Google Search app for example purposes only. Trying to get on the first page of the app instead of the site (for lower cost clicks) sounds like fun but I don't really know where the ads appear on this app.
Finding and Adding App ID's: Using the AdWords interface, go to 'Ad Extensions' tab and find 'app extension' (an option usually used to link your own mobile app). Search the app in 'Package Name' field and this is where you will find the 'App ID' for the apps for both Android and Apple (without having to wait for placement reports).
Add the app you want to manually place your ads on (make sure it is the correct one and you don't click save) and copy the targeted URL. For this example it was:
- Android ID: play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox
- Apple ID: itunes.apple.com/app/google-search/id284815942?uo=5
Add these App ID's as manual placements in the following format:
- Android: mobileapp::2-com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox
- Apple: mobileapp::1-284815942
|Example App ID Placement With Keyword|
Targting Controls: To advertise to the most relevant users of an an app you can add layers of interests or remarketing lists. Layering will improve results but I would generally target the app alone to check costs/impressions between operating software first. You might even decide to use additional display settings to refine your targeted audience by operator, device or wi-fi, loads of options.
How To Upgrade Standard Banners To High-Definition/ Retina Smartphone Ads
Now for the best tip of them all - getting the highest quality banners on any smartphone device.
|Standard vs. HD Smartphone Banner Ads|
Can you see the small HD badge above, under the second 300 x 250 inline rectangle?
Not many people know you can upload a banner ad in double the size and allow Google to automatically adjust the image according to a smartphones pixel density. Retina ads on retina displays.
|Inline Rectangle 300 x 250|
|HD Inline Rectangle 600 x 500|
List Of Retina Sizes:
- Banner - 936 x 120
- Inline Rectangle - 600 x 500
- Leaderboard - 1456 x 180
- Mobile Banner - 640 x 100
End Notes: Display Ads built in the AdWords Ad Gallery (which are not HD) do offer benefits like 'mouse over rate' success metrics (users who hovered over an ad for more then one second) and the image ads in this article are different. Created externally; images need to be 150kb (or under) in size and in GIF, .JPG, .JPEG, or .PNG format. Don't give anyone an epileptic fit with strobe type flash and the increased HD/Retina sizes can not be uploaded via AdWords editor.
If you decide to use a standard URL (instead of G+ page) and have conversion tracking installed (automatic on android digital ads) you can use this data in conjunction with Display Optimizer to let Google find reasonable apps and bid on them for you. Remember to verify your site and add your call extensions to give your new found social audiences/customers click-to-call ability .
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