As an app marketer, there’s only so much time in the day to keep track of all your growth campaigns and DSP partnerships. Odds are, you’re working with multiple DSPs for your needs. How can you get the most out of each relationship (and get enough sleep in the process)?
In our previous blog, we looked at what performance marketers need to consider in a potential mobile DSP partner. In the second installment of our mobile DSP best practices series, we talked to two team members from LifeStreet’s Customer Success team. Jessica Ionni, Vice President, Business Operations, and Christy Labrador, Director of Customer Success; help us understand how app marketers can get the most out of their relationship with their DSP partner.
The best practices to make the most of your DSP partnership
Determine your KPIs
First thing’s first, in order to reach your goals, you have to determine what they are. To get the most out of your relationship with any growth partner, determining your KPIs is key.
For games, KPIs that track ad spend like ROAS (return on ad spend) are standard, even if your app offers in-game purchases. Players usually make more purchases the longer they spend in-app. Therefore, a ROAS goal can also help evaluate the overall relative value of a player more precisely than tracking one-off purchases via a CPA goal might.
Once you determine your KPIs, you can set up your partnership with a DSP for maximum success; providing them with the goals you care most about. This helps align expectations between you and your DSP. Additionally, it enables them to build off your goals and find additional opportunities to scale up your campaign.
Bonus best practice: give your partner KPI benchmarks
An extra best practice step for setting up your campaign for KPI success is giving your growth partner KPI benchmarks. This means outlining key indicators or trends of success. For example, if your KPI is 100% ROAS by Day 30 of your campaign, then a key benchmark could be reaching 25% ROAS by Day 7 of the campaign. Giving benchmarks helps support your DSP partner in tracking whether they’re on the path to reaching your goals. It also gives them an opportunity to reconfigure your campaign if they’re not inline to hit your goals.
Let campaign data actualize
Depending on economic shifts and industry trends, campaign performance can see a lot of ups and downs. Rather than getting caught up in an unexpected drop in performance, remember that data actualization takes a few days. Most importantly, trust your DSP partner. If you’ve been clear about your goals and provided benchmarks, then trust they’re doing everything they can to reach them.
If you react to campaign “softness” by limiting budget, you run the risk of unnecessarily cutting down volume and scale in the long-term. Taking our example above: if your goal is to hit 100% of ROAS by Day 30 then don’t cut spend and scale after only a week of your campaign not hitting the mark. Take heart that industry changes can cause dips and give your campaign its full potential to scale up over time.
Test for incremental lift
Meeting your app’s KPIs is always the goal but how can you be sure you’ve met them? This is where evaluation methods like A/B testing and incrementality are key to understanding what’s driving your campaign’s success.
Not too long ago, LifeStreet was approached by an advertiser to take part in a growth project: acquire a significant volume of reward-seekers through in-app games and hit 100% ROAS by the end of Day 1 of the campaign.
How did LifeStreet approach this project?
Through incremental testing, our team was able to identify our actions had resulted in a 50-100% lift in yield compared to the advertiser’s third-party assets. Furthermore:
How to undertake an incremental test
Incrementality testing helps measure the true impact of your marketing campaigns. At its core, it’s a simple A/B test designed to evaluate whether your optimizations have an incremental lift on your goals. For example, if you have ROAS goals, then you should test the incremental lift of overall revenue as a result of your campaigns.
Work with values-driven DSP partners
Our final best practice is obvious, but we’ll name it anyways: you should only be working with values-driven growth partners. As noted above, trust is a critical element of a successful UA campaign. As such, work with DSPs with values you can trust.
At LifeStreet, collaboration, growth, and transparency are key values.