Tracking Out-Of-Store Android Markets

  • Advertisers
  • Agencies
  • Developers

Introduction

AppsFlyer provides tracking solutions for out-of-store Android apps, in addition to its tracking for Google Play apps.

To enable organic and attributed installs to be assigned to an out-of-store market, such as Amazon or Baidu, there are two methods app owners can follow:
1. Single app on AppsFlyer, which covers all stores
2. Multiple apps on AppsFlyer, app per store

In both cases the developer has to prepare a separate APK for each out of store market which promotes the app. The difference between the methods is mainly reflected on AppsFlyer's dashboard and reports.

Single App

See the combined results of your marketing efforts across different markets (Google Play store and out-of-store markets) under a single app's dashboard. 

The attribution raw data contains the Install App Store value. When not empty, this value is the name of the out-of-store market that brings the new install, as set by the developer. Otherwise, the install is attributed to Google Play store.

 Important!

Single App solution is best for advertisers that need to see all non-organic installs and in-app events from all markets under a single app's dashboard on AppsFlyer.

Please note that with this solution the out-of-store market name is currently only in the non-organic and organic raw data reports. Make sure your account has access to raw data or upgrade it before implementing this method.

Multiple Apps

See organic and non-organic installs and in-app events data per market on separate app dashboards on AppsFlyer. 

With this solution each market entails a different APK, as well as designated tracking links. The results are displayed per market and not under a single app's dashboard.

 Important!

1. Multiple Apps solution is best for advertisers that prefer knowing the out-of-store markets where their organic users came from, to seeing the results under a single app.

2. There are vendors that own markets, Android devices or Android browsers. In some cases, this causes the download of APKs from the wrong stores, which may deeply affect the accuracy of the attribution when using the Multiple Apps solution.

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