Google Play Third-party Referral

Google Play third-party referrals refer to traffic sourced by users that open a link, that takes them straight to the product page in Google Play.

What is Google Play Third-party Referral

Google Play third-party referrals refer to traffic sourced by users that open a link, usually via an ad on another app such as Facebook, that takes them straight to the product page in Google Play.

These users are made up of a combination of both web and app traffic source referrals together. Web referral includes all visitors that arrive at an app listing from an external source (mobile web). App referral includes visitors that come to an app store listing via apps (generally a paid ad from either an app or from a game.)

Third-party referral traffic contributes to bringing high-quality traffic from one app to another which removes the element of searching inside Google Play. It generates new leads for audience engagement that can turn into conversions. 

Why Google Play Third-party Referral is Important

This traffic source brings more valuable users to an app which drives growth through paid user acquisition (UA.)

Third-party referral users generally tap with intent and purpose, knowing that they will be delivered to a new game / app. This makes them a high-quality audience that aren’t searching or exploring, they’re expecting to reach the product page of a new app (from here, to turn a user into a conversion depends on the quality of the product page.) 

This traffic unfortunately can come at a high cost as advertising costs constantly go up. So it’s important to consider the balance when creating a marketing strategy between the cost of a high-quality user vs this audience not having access to the app via this journey.

Google Play Third-party Referral and ASO

A third-party referral is an important traffic (what traffic isn’t) for ASO as it brings with it vital data details that teams can use to analyze user behavior. UA teams can track user journeys to evaluate how effective a paid ad campaign has been, feeding back their findings to ASO peers; if there are areas of a product page that fail to turn the impression into an install, those areas need to be optimized.

These users may possibly already be familiar with the brand, or at least are open to the prospect of being introduced, which makes them of higher quality, so this traffic source needs to be taken into account by ASO teams who are optimizing the product page with creatives and marketing messages.

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Related Terms

  • Google Play Explore
    Google Play Explore is an organic traffic source that includes all visitors arriving at an app listing while exploring and navigating.
  • Google Play Ranking
    Google Play ranking is a crucial element to an app’s visibility and audience impressions which is why the industry and ASO teams look to it as a priority when strategizing.
  • Google Play Short Description
    The Google Play short description is a sentence that’ll appear in the first impression of your Google Play product page below the screenshot.