Create an App campaign
App 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. This article covers how to create one of these campaigns in your Google Ads account. This process includes creating an ad group consisting of ads generated from your ad assets.
Before you begin
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- Sign in to Google Ads.
- In the page menu on the left, click Campaigns.
- Click the plus button , then select New campaign.
- For your campaign goal, select App promotion.
- For your 'Campaign subtype', pick between App installs and App engagement.
- Select your app's platform.
- In your search field, enter your app name, package name or publisher, then select your app from the list that appears. Google Ads can automatically count installations as conversions for Android apps in the Google Play Store. To track all other installations, first set up mobile app conversion tracking.
- Click Continue.
- In the 'Campaign name' field, add a name for your campaign. To help you find your campaign later, you might want to indicate in the name that this is an App campaign.
- If necessary, update any location or language settings. Bear in mind, Google Ads doesn't translate your ads, so you should only target languages that match your ads.
- Set your daily budget.
- Under 'Campaign Optimisation', choose to optimise your campaign for the kind of user actions that you want to prioritise.
- Set your target bids. For app installs on Android, you may see a projection of install volume for a range of bid values if you've linked your Google Play and Google Ads accounts. Learn more about bidding in App campaigns
- Set the start and end dates for your campaign.
- Choose if you want to exclusively use video ads for your campaign.
- Click Save and continue.
- Enter your ad group name.
- Under 'Ad Assets', add at least two headline ideas and one description idea (it’s recommended to add up to 5 of each).
- You have the option to add up to 20 of each of the following assets:
- Videos must be hosted on YouTube
- Orientation can be landscape, portrait or square
- If you don’t have videos to add, Google Ads may make a video ad for you using assets from your app store listing
- Upload images as .jpg, .gif or .png with a maximum size of 150 KB
- For native ads, landscape images are the most valuable format
- For interstitial ads, portrait images are the most valuable format
- Other valuable formats include: 320 x 50 pixels, 320 x 480 pixels and 300 x 250 pixels
- Learn how to upload image ads in different sizes
- Upload HTML5 as .zip with a maximum size of 1 MB and no more than 40 files
- To validate your HTML5 assets before uploading, run your .zip file through the HTML5 Validator tool
- HTML5 sizes currently accepted include:
- 480 x 320 (landscape interstitial, variable size)
- 320 x 480 (portrait interstitial, variable size)
- 300 x 250 (fixed size)
- 320 x 50 (fixed size)
- Learn about HTML5 for App campaigns
- Click Save and continue.
- Use square and vertical video to engage mobile customers
- If you've created your Google Ads campaign using your Google Play developer account, you should be able to see all of your app campaign's statistics in your developer console. Find out more about links to your Play Developer Console