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How to use Apple Search Ads to defend your brand

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How to use Apple Search Ads to defend your brand

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Apple Search Ads (ASA) have become a necessary part of any app’s user acquisition strategy in 2019. We have seen very successful campaigns when properly managed and have helped clients build their apps in 2018 utilizing ASA.

However, lot’s of concern has arisen in the last year surrounding competitor’s bidding on each other’s brand names.

“How can this be fair?” many developers have asked. “In PPC, at least there’s more than one ad being shown, giving you a fighting chance. ASA ads take up the entire above-the-fold view on the App Store!”

The answer: you must run ads that bid for your brand name to defend your placement.

Let’s describe what happens when a competitor bids on your brand name in ASA:

If a competitor bids on your app name, and you’re not simultaneously, their app will show above your organic listing.  This is why you need to consider running a “brand defense” Apple Search Ads campaign.

Check out this example of brand defense by Sweat:

You can see that their brand term (which could be misconstrued as a general broad search term) is still being shown as a “defense ad”, above their #1 organic listing for that term.

You can see that their brand term (which could be misconstrued as a general broad search term) is still being shown as a "defense ad", above their #1 organic listing for that term. - Apple Search Ads Brand Defense advertising - The ASO Project - App Store Optimization Company

On the other hand, this example of Clash of Clans shows that a competitor’s ad can easily display higher than your organic listing if you’re not running an optimized brand search ads campaign:

On the other hand, this example of Clash of Clans shows that a competitor can easily show higher than you if you're not running an optimized brand search ads campaign: - Apple Search Ads Brand Defense advertising - The ASO Project - App Store Optimization Company

All this being said, running a branded search ads campaign is not a 100% guarantee that competitors still won’t show above your organic listing. It does, however, give you a fighting chance to stave off a host of competitors from flooding in to take your branded search traffic.

 

ASO Protip:

If you are a developer with multiple apps in your portfolio, you have it easier. You can have your cake and eat it too as your branded term will also display a developer “folder” of your apps (try searching “Microsoft”).

 

Here are a few more reasons you should consider running a “brand defense” Apple Search Ads campaign.

  • Did you know that over 50% of searches on the App Store are branded? Apple places a lot of weight on branded terms because it qualifies the search intent of the user without fault.
  • Even if a developer isn’t specifically bidding on brand terms (with either exact or broad match), ASA’s broad and search match will enter that ad group into branded keyword auctions in order to get more traffic. This is true especially for campaigns with higher CPA goals or larger budgets.

Ready to defend your brand? Our Apple Search Ads experts are here to help. Contact us to learn more about our managed Search Ads service and get to defending your brand today!

Call to action - Contact - Defend your brand - Get apple search ads help today - The ASO Project - App Store Optimization Company

Erin Schnittker | Lead Designer & Marketing Manager |

Erin Schnittker
Lead Designer & Marketing Manager

Erin Schnittker is a graphic design & digital marketing expert with 8 years of experience in content strategy, creation and design. She has worked on a significant number of household brand names, successfully optimizing their inbound marketing schemes to best attract, covert, close and delight consumers on an international basis. Erin’s unique understanding of user behavior and App Store Optimization, has proven to be a winning combination when applied to the creative optimization of our clients’ apps.

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