Android App Promotion in China

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Android Apps in China

Even before Google and every single one of its services got blocked in China mid-2014, the nation’s Android phone owners weren’t fans of the official Google Play store. That prompted a billion-dollar industry in alternative Android app stores.

At first it was startups which disrupted Google Play, but eventually China’s tech titans weighed in, and they now dominate Android app distribution just as they control so much else in the country’s online life.

The Chinese Android mobile app market is different from anything you have ever known. There are over 400 app stores and Google is only a small fish in this big pond.

IMEI and Android ID

Both are necessary for accurate attribution.

Google Play service is blocked in China, so IMEI is the most popular android Device ID for ad attribution. If you want to promote Android Apps in the China market, you must send the IMEI and Android ID to AppsFlyer's SDK according to the introduction in the AppsFlyer SDK Integration - Android.

Since there are multiple Android App Stores in China market, AppsFlyer provides three main solutions to attribute Android installs described below.

Chinese Android device users download apps from different Chinese Android App Stores instead of Google Play and most of these App Stores provide ad units for App Advertisers. Among these App Stores the main ones are Tencent MyApp, 360 App Store, Baidu App Store, Xiaomi App Store, OPPO App Store and Huawei App Store etc.

For example, if you want to promote your Android App via Tencent Social Ads, Tencent Tui Ads and Wechat Ads, you must upload the Android App to MyApp(aka Tencent Android App Store), which brings you organic installs at same time. Baidu series ad networks, 360 Ads, Xiaomi Ads, OPPO Ads all operate in a similar way.

Meanwhile, many Android installs are generated from APK download links in mobile web pages or in-app ad space.

AppsFlyer provides three main solutions to attribute Android App installs in China market, you should use the method most relevant to your needs.

Scenario 1: Local Android App Store that Supports Ad Attribution

Solution: Android Out-of-Store App + Attribution Link

Description: The well-known Chinese Internet companies or mobile device manufacturers have created their own Android App Stores and Ad Platforms/Ad Networks, taking advantage of their huge traffic resources in China's domestic market. However, these big companies strictly control traffic to see if the user who clicked on their ad downloads the App from the App Store of a different company. In such situations, you have to generate a unique out-of-Store App for each Android App Store. Meanwhile, you can use the AppsFlyer attribution link to record the performance of the ad campaigns built on those companies’ own Ad platforms/Ad Networks.

By using this method, you can attribute both organic install and non-organic installs. At the same time, you can optimize ad campaigns in the term of ad units, ad set and creatives, etc.

For example: If you want to promote your Android App via Tencent Social Ads, Tencent Tui Ads, and Wechat Ads, you must upload the Android App to Tencent Android App Store and MyApp, etc, which brings you organic installs at the same time. Baidu series ad networks, 360 Ads, Xiaomi Ads, OPPO Ads all work in the same way.

Preparation: How to Attribute Out-Of-Store Apps, click here.

Scenario 2: Ad Network

Solution: APK Download Link / APK + Attribution Link

Description: To promote Android Apps in Ad Networks that have no mandatory requirement on where to download the App, you can simply provide an APK Download Link or an APK and the AppsFlyer attribution link to the media source.

It is easy and fast to launch ad campaigns. It is also convenient to check performance of different media sources at the same app overview page.

For example: Bytedance Ads(Toutiao), Sina Weibo, iQiyi, etc.

Preparation: Set up one Android Out of Store App, and generate different attribution links for different ad networks. How to Attribute Out-Of-Store Apps, click here.

Scenario 3: Android App Store That Does Not Support Ad Attribution

Solution: Android Out-of-Store App

Description: For Android App Stores that do not support ad attribution, you can still use Out-Of-Store Apps to attribute all the installs coming from this App Store, only all the installs are attributed as organic installs.

For example: Lenovo App Store, Huawei App Store.

Preparation: How to Attribute Out-Of-Store Apps, click here.

 Note

If you are promoting your apps with more than one of the solutions mentioned above and you want to check the data of all your China campaigns at a same dashboard view, you can use Custom Dashboard.

Integrated Media Sources

See below for a complete list of integrated media sources in China

 Note

You can click the name of some media sources to check the configuration guides respectively, for other media sources, click here.

Media Source Name Chinese Name PID Logo

Tencent Social Ads

腾讯广点通

 tencent_int ac1.png

Bytedance (Toutiao)

今日头条

 bytedance_int ac2.png

WeChat

微信

 wechat_int ac4.png

SinaWeibo(Fen Si Tong)

超级粉丝通

 sinaweibo_int ac5.png
Sina Fuyi 新浪扶翼  sinafuyi_int sinafuyi.logo.png

Baidu App Ads

百度百通

 baitong_int ac6.png

Baidu mDSP

百度百易

 baidumdsp_int ac7.png

Xiaomi App Store

小米应用商店

 xiaomi_int ac8.png

360 Ads

360 推广

 360_int ac9.png

UC Toutiao

UC 头条

 uctoutiao_int ac10.png

Netease

网易

 netease_int ac11.png

iQIYI

爱奇艺

 iqiyi_int  ac12.png

MOMO

陌陌

 momo_int ac13.png

YouKu DSP

优酷睿视

 youkudsp_int ac14.png

Kuai Shou

快手

 kuaishou_int ac15.png

douyu.TV

斗鱼TV

 douyu_int ac16.png

Bilibili

哔哩哔哩

 bilibili_int  bilibili.logo.png

Youdao DSP

有道智选

 youdaodsp_int  youdaozhixuan.logo.png
Meitu China 美图  meituchina_int meitu.logo.png
Meiyou 美柚  meiyou_int meiyou.logo.png

OPPO

OPPO

 oppo_int ac17.png

Yunshu

云数(百思不得姐)

 yunshu_int ac18.png

TapTap Game

TapTap

 taptap_int ac19.png

Ipinyou

品友

 ipinyou_int ac20.png

Hupu

虎扑

 hupu_int ac22.png

Chance

畅思

 chance_int ac23.png

Domob China

多盟

 domobc_int ac24.png

adSage

艾德思奇

 adsage_int  ac25.png

Adwo

安沃

 adwo_int ac26.png

Limei

力美

 limei_int ac27.png

Youmi

有米

 youmi_int ac28.png

Behe

璧合

 behe_int  ac29.png

biddingx

舜飞

 biddingx_int biddingx_logo.png
Autohome 汽车之家  autohome_int autohome_logo.png
Zhihu 知乎  zhihu_int zhihu_logo.png
kkworld 快看漫画  kkworld_int kkworld_logo.png
Allfootbal 懂球帝  allfootball_int allfootball_logo.png
VoiceAds 讯飞DSP  voiceads_int voiceads_logo.png
WiseMedia 新数DSP  wisemedia_int  wisemedia_logo.png
WPS WPS办公软件  wps_int  wps_logo.png
MadhouseChina 亿动传媒  madhousechina_int madhouse_china_logo.png
Weidong 微动  weidong_int weidong.png
AdinAll 聚告  adinall_int adinall.logo.png
BlackDragon 黑珑  blackdragon_int blackdragon.logo.png
chenbai 宸百  chenbai_int
Dayumob 智渠传媒  dayumob_int
Idvert 艾瓦特  idvert_int
Jingmeng 京盟世纪  jingmeng_int
Jusha 巨鲨  jusha_int
Mailuo 脉络时代  mailuo_int
Manhuaren 漫画人  manhuaren_int
Phoenix New Media 凤凰网  ifeng_int
Qutoutiao 趣头条  qutoutiao_int
Shenma Search 神马搜索  smsearch_int
Sogou Qidian Ads 搜狗奇点  sogouqidian_int
Sohu XinPinSuan 搜狐新品算  sohuxps_int
Tuia 推啊  tuia_int
Yidian Zixun 一点资讯  yidian_int
Zhi Zi Yun 智子云  zhiziyun_int
Hesheng 合声  hesheng_int
Zuo Ye Bang 作业帮  zuoyebang_int
Chuniu 初牛  chuniu_int
Zuiyou 最右  zuiyou_int
Ximalaya 喜马拉雅 ximalaya_int ximalaya.png

 

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