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App Install Campaigns

App Install Campaigns allow you to promote your app across Google Search, Google Play, YouTube, Gmail, and within other apps and mobile websites on the Display Network.

Unlike most Google Ads Campaigns, you don't design individual ads for App Install Campaigns. Instead, Google Ads use your ad text ideas and assets from your app's store listing to design a variety of ads across several formats and networks.

Prerequisites

For App Install Campaigns Only

Branch's integration with Google Ads supports linking and attribution for App Install Campaigns without the use of Branch links. As all App Install Campaigns direct users to the respective app store, please make sure you complete the following.

  • Branch SDK integrated into your app.
  • Collect the IDFA on iOS, or the AAID on Android. For specifics, refer to the set up guide for iOS and Android respectively.
  • Track all necessary events through the SDKs, with instructions here.
  • Have admin access to your Google Ads account; required for generating Link IDs in Google Ads.

Enabling Required

Before you can leverage our integration with Google Ads, you must Enable the Google Ads integration in your Branch dashboard.

Creating an App Install Campaign

Please follow Google Ads' documentation on how to set up an App Install Campaign.

For more detailed information, please see Google Ads' help documentation.

Adding the Agency Tag to Campaign Name

Only agencies managing advertising campaigns on behalf of a client must prepend their Agency ID to the campaign name when creating advertising campaigns for Self-Attributing Networks (SANs).

Agency ID Required

Failure to append the campaign name with the Agency ID will result in any subsequent conversion not being properly attributed to the responsible agency.

Finding Your Agency ID

You can find your Agency ID under Account Settings in the Agency view.

Creating Your Agency Tag

Your agency tag must adhere to the following format:

`agency_{YOUR AGENCY ID HERE}_`

Example Campaign with Agency tag

agency_1234567890_My_SAN_Ad_Campaign

You can append the Agency Tag to either the beginning or the end of the campaign name.

Agency ID Removed When Exporting

The "~campaign" value displayed in exports/analytics will not include the agency_id. If you set up a campaign called test_campaign_agency_1234 in Facebook, and for any installs that came from that campaign, the "~campaign" value will be "test campaign".

Routing & Attribution

As App Install Campaigns link users directly to the respective app store, Branch links are not needed during campaign creation. Google Ads will automatically route the user to the app store, upon which the user (hopefully) downloads the app. With the Branch SDK implemented in your app, we measure said app download once the app opens and match the data we receive from our SDK to the information we receive directly from Google Ads via their Conversion API.

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