Optimization

Optimizing for Installs

When picking your bid type, you can choose to have your campaign optimize for installs by selecting App Installs as your optimization method. This is the recommended approach if your goal is to maximize the reach of your application and your main criterion is reduced cost per new customer installation.

Retention Optimization

You can choose to have your campaign optimize for people who will return and continue to use your app. Retaining ongoing interest and repeated interactions can be a powerful way to increase the effectiveness of your app. People who use your app long-term can be presented with multiple monetization opportunities over time.

This approach is especially recommended for the following types of apps:

  • Apps where monetization is driven by in-app advertising; for example, games, entertainment, and utility apps
  • Subscription-based apps, which highly value both initial subscriptions and renewals over time; for example, entertainment media streaming services
  • Anytime when retention, beyond just acquisition, is a key goal for gauging success

When you choose Retention Optimization, we will deliver your ads to people who are most likely to return to the app and open it again during a given time frame after installing. You can choose either two days, meaning the app is likely to be reopened between 24 and 48 hours after installation; or seven days, meaning the app is likely to be reopened between 144 and 168 hours after installation.

For more information, see About Retention Optimization in the Help Center.

Link Click Optimization

Not recommended. This option is provided as a fallback for small-scale advertisers who haven't installed the Facebook SDK. It is recommended that you install the SDK and use one of the more powerful optimization techniques.

App Event Optimization

App event optimization is the ability to display mobile app install ads to people likely to take a specific action in your app. For example, if you are looking to acquire people most likely to make a purchase in your app, you can choose to run mobile app install ads that would optimize for the purchases event.

The value of using app event optimization is that, beyond new installations for your app, you will also acquire people who are likely to take a specific action that is of value to your app or business. For example, if you are running a fundraiser, you can optimize on the Donate event. You can choose from any of the standard app events.

You can use this feature in the Ads Manager tool or via the API. Select the option to optimize your installs for the specific app event that you choose.

To use this feature, you must have app events enabled.

When you select your optimization goal, you can now choose to optimize for App Events. Once selected, you will see a list of the 14 standard app events. You simply select the one that you would like to optimize for.

This feature is charged on an impression basis, similar to how you are charged when you optimize for installs. The difference is that your ads reach people most likely to take the action you specify, not just the ones most likely to install your app.

Value Optimization

You can choose to have your campaign optimize for people who are likely to generate the most revenue given period after making a purchase. A purchase event that generates a lot of revenue relative to its cost is considered “higher value” than one that generates less revenue relative to its cost.

For more information, see About Value Optimization in the Help Center.

Optimizing for Video Views

You can choose to have your campaign optimize for video views by selecting Video Views as your optimization method. This is the recommended approach for advertisers whose top objective is to increase awareness of their app and who want to be able to leverage app ads features like exclusion targeting and App Ads CTAs.