How to choose keywords for Apple Search Ads Advanced search results campaigns
Keywords are relevant words or terms someone may use when searching for an app like yours on the App Store. With Apple Search Ads Advanced, you bid on keywords to trigger and include your ad within relevant AppStore search results — so when an AppStore customer types in a search query that uses one of your keywords, your ad could appear.
Apple SearchAds knows a lot about your app and its genre, and will provide a list of keyword recommendations to save you time when you add keywords to a search results ad group. You can also add keywords of your own, and Apple SearchAds will suggest a further set of keywords related to the ones you’ve provided. To add any of them to your ad group, simply click the plus sign next to them.
If you want to choose your own keywords, here are few tips to help:
1. Think like your customers.
Consider the search terms someone may use to find your type of app. What words explain the need your app meets or service it provides?
For example, your app is a new camera app with some unique filters that aren’t available anywhere else. You’ll want to start with the basics, such as your app’s name. Then, think about what your app can do. Terms like color editor, picture editor, and photo editor might also be successful at driving downloads.
2. Try both general and specific keywords.
General keywords should still be relevant to what your app offers. Otherwise, your ad is unlikely to make it into the auction for those searches. Using general keywords will help you reach a wider audience, but might also cause you to go through your budget faster, because they can be more competitive and require higher bid amounts.
When you choose specific keywords, your ad may show for search queries that are more narrowly related to yourapp. Specific search terms can help you improve the rate of ad taps to conversions, but if keywords are too specific you may not reach as many customers as you’d like.
Note that when you add new keywords to campaigns, they’ll default to the broad match type and your default max CPT bid. They’ll also apply to all the same countries and regions associated with your campaign.
When to add a keyword
When a particular keyword is performing well, you can use the keyword suggestion tool to see recommendations for more keywords like it. Simply highlight and click the recommended keyword. You can also add your own keywords in the box, and edit the match type for each keyword. Click Save to add the new keywords that you’ve chosen to your ad group.
How to add keywords to an existing ad group
Click the ad group you want to edit, and click Add Keywords. A dialog opens and lets you:
Add a recommended keyword by clicking the Add (+) button next to the word.
Add all recommended keywords by clicking “Add to keywords” at the bottom of the list.
Search for more keywords by entering a search term in the search field and pressing the Return key to see related terms.
Add your own keywords in the My Keyword List box. Be sure to separate them by commas, then press Return.
Note that if your keyword includes a special character, it might not appear as an option. To type an alternate version of a character, press and hold the key until its alternate characters are displayed. Then either click the one you want to use, or type the number that appears underneath.
Once you’ve added more keywords to the My Keyword List box, you can edit them using the Edit button on the right. The Edit button lets you:
Select the keywords you want to change.
Change the match type from broad match to exact match, or vice versa. Note that once you save a keyword, its match type can’t be changed.
Update your keyword bid for your selected keywords.
When to pause a keyword
You can pause keywords in your campaigns anytime. Here’s when you might consider it:
When a keyword has a low conversion rate.
Especially if it has a CPA higher than your CPA goal.
If a broad match keyword has a CPA above your expectations.
You can pause it in broad match, and instead add it as an exact match keyword. That way, you maintain impressions for that specific word, but not its synonyms and relative variants.
Learn more about match types
If you want to add a different broad match keyword or want to switch to exact match.
Once you set your keyword’s match type, you can’t change it. But you can pause it and add another.
How to bulk upload keywords
You can bulk upload keywords in the Keywords tab by choosing Upload Keywords from the Actions menu.
Each ad group can contain up to 5000 keywords. You can bulk upload up to 5000 rows in the spreadsheet (below) at a time. Note that for languages that include non-ASCII characters, you must save your CSV file with UTF-8 encoding to prevent character corruption.
Download Keywords CSV Template
Once you’ve downloaded and opened the spreadsheet, fill in each column with the following information:
Action: If you’re adding a new keyword, enter “CREATE” here, or enter “UPDATE” if you’re updating an existing keyword.
Keyword ID: If you’re adding a new keyword, keep this blank. If you’re updating a keyword, include the Keyword ID, which can be found in the Ad Group Keywords dashboard, in the Keyword ID column. Use the “Edit columns” link to move this into the “Columns to show” side if it’s not visible.
Keyword: Enter the keyword you want to add or edit.
Match Type: Specify either BROAD or EXACT match.
Status: Indicate whether you want the keyword to be ACTIVE or PAUSED.
Bid: Enter your maximum cost-per-tap (max CPT) bid amount.
Campaign ID: This can be found from the top right of the Campaigns dashboard, above the Edit Campaign Settings link.
Ad Group ID: This can be found in the top right of the Ad Groups dashboard, above the Edit Ad Group Settings link.