App-marketer spending on Apple Search Ads equals Google, Facebook Combined

App marketers on the Kenshoo platform “spent roughly the same amount on Apple Ads as and Facebook combined,” according to Kenshoo’s Q1 2019 Quarterly Trends Report.

Growth in a very short time frame. The company also said that since Q3 2018, spending on Apple Search Ads (on the Kenshoo platform), has grown by nearly 90 percent. As the chart below indicates, Kenshoo platform advertisers over-index for Apple Search Ads.

The data in the Kenshoo report is drawn from campaigns generating 500 billion impressions, 14 billion clicks, representing a total of $6 billion in ad spend. Apple Search Ads are billed on a CPI basis.

Source: Quarterly Trends Report (Q1, 2019)

The magic of paid-search. Kenshoo makes a relatively straightforward observation to explain Apple Search Ads’ growth: they’re shown in response to queries in the App Store and therefore are more strongly aligned with user intent than many competing channels. Earlier this year, AppsFlyer found that Apple was generally the third leading site/network for mobile app installs after Facebook and Google.

Source: Apple Search Ad for Expedia

Apple Search Ads originally launched in GA in October, 2016. They come in two flavors: basic and advanced. The former is a simplified product, which has no keywords or bidding. It’s intended for marketers with budgets under $10,000 per month (per app).

Why we should care. Apple doesn’t specifically disclose revenue associated with Search Ads. However, third parties have estimated that they will generate roughly $2 billion in revenue for the company by next year. By comparison, Amazon made nearly $10 billion in ad revenue last year. The latter is slated to become the number three ad platform after Google and Facebook.

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