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Score 8.3 out of 101
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Likelihood to Recommend

AppsFlyer

I would recommend this tool to any bigger company with a mobile app and bigger budget. This tool is extremely helpful when you're running multiple user acquisition campaigns and would like to better understand which channel works best, and why. In other words, this is great for mobile marketing initiatives and optimizations.
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Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)

DoubleClick works very well if you are running a search or programmatic campaigns, especially with search campaigns, you are able to consolidate your campaigns from multiple engines and apply its bidding tools to improve your performance and get the greatest amount of conversions for a reasonable CPC. However, these tools are not best suited when it comes to mobile advertising.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Ad Network Integration

AppsFlyer
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
8.4
Data Transfer
AppsFlyer
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
8.4
DSP integration
AppsFlyer
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
8.4

Ad Campaigns

AppsFlyer
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
8.2
Ad campaign creation
AppsFlyer
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
8.2
Ad deployment
AppsFlyer
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
8.3
Display advertising
AppsFlyer
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
8.3
Ad display and retargeting segmentation
AppsFlyer
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
7.8
Sequence targeting
AppsFlyer
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
8.4

Ad Reporting & Analytics

AppsFlyer
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
8.0
Ad dashboards
AppsFlyer
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
7.6
Ad performance reports
AppsFlyer
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
8.2
Ad conversion tracking
AppsFlyer
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
8.8
Ad attribution reporting
AppsFlyer
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
8.1
Cross-channel ad management
AppsFlyer
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
7.6
Ad forecasting and optimization
AppsFlyer
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
7.7

Pros

  • AppsFlyer dashboard reflects metrics in real time. If you click on a link on your mobile device and then install/engage, then, the result shows up in the AppsFlyer dashboard within the minute. This fast metric is really useful for testing.
  • AppsFlyer has a product called data vault that gives you both organic and non-organic traffic attribution details - for every single call made. It is great for doing more analysis.
  • AppsFlyer customer service is phenomenal - I have phone access to at least two people in Appsflyer - one an account manager, and another, an engineer.
  • AppsFlyer has great integration with other mobile networks (SSPs). I was evaluating using DoubleClick for Mobile vs AppsFlyer. At the time of evaluation, AppsFlyer was miles ahead and integrated with every ad network that we were interested in. Moreover, Facebook has the most audience that we are interested in - AppsFlyer was better suited for that than Doubleclick.
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  • Bid strategies based on a variety of goals for automated bidding.
  • Bid rules to automate bidding for lower volume campaigns.
  • Centralized reporting with all engines available in one UI.
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Cons

  • The AppsFlyer UI for generating individual campaign trackers is terrible. I gave them feedback and they tell me that they are working on fixing it soon (in 6 months?).
  • AppsFlyer documentation for server to server integration for both install and engagement campaigns is (still!) very confusing.
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  • One issue I often run into for DoubleClick can be the editing tool in management. This tool allows you to update a number of things from placement or creative name to the landing page the creative should drive to. The problem that occurs is you're unable to click on the tool and typically to close your browser and restart DCM or your computer. This can be an inconvenience when you are in the midst of trafficking a campaign.
  • When I first started using DCM, you could upload HTML5 creative assets on the campaign level which worked great. As of late they no longer allow you to upload to campaign but rather to advertiser. Adding this step, you have to upload creative from the advertiser to campaign which adds another step in the process of trafficking.
  • Within DoubleClick Managment (DCM) there are placements, ads, and creatives. The ads are created after a creative unit is assigned to the placement. I've noticed sometimes the ads default to "inactive" which doesn't allow you to track the unit. I have not figured out how to prevent this rather I just ensure all ads are set as "active".
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Likelihood to Renew

AppsFlyer10.0
Based on 1 answer
AppsFlyer works well with our use cases already, and is working on addressing the gaps (of trackers UI)
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Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)8.0
Based on 13 answers
We plan to continue to use Doubleclick because it makes it easy to handle our standard ad serving needs while providing capabilities for HTML5 creative and conversions that we know will be increasingly necessary for our work. They are regularly working to improve the user interface and we believe in Google's long-term investment and support of this product.
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Usability

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Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)8.0
Based on 2 answers
The Doubleclick interface is easy and simple to get a hang of. The options are slightly limited compared to other DSPs. But, for a simple campaign, this is a great DSP to move forward with. They have a ton of data and can plug into a lot of different partners
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Support

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Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)5.7
Based on 3 answers
The customer service team is understaffed and not equipped to handle the number of clients
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Implementation

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No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)6.0
Based on 2 answers
I would highly recommend asking clients to provide 3PAS tags or use an internal 3PAS
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Alternatives Considered

We actually did an integration with Kochava. Our integration was Server To Server. It did not work out - we never got the right attribution. It was also a challenge to verify a real end-to-end campaign with a mobile network. To be fair, this was done 3-4 years ago, and Kochava might have improved in the meantime.
I evaluated DoubleClick as a way for measuring mobile attribution but gave up when I realized that most of our audience is on Facebook. DoubleClick does not integrate with Facebook, but AppsFlyer does.
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I wasn't involved in the selection process however, but I was happy with the functionality because I had to update promotional ad copy on a daily basis.
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Return on Investment

  • We have spent more than $50 million on mobile campaigns, all tracked through AppsFlyer. If we assume measurement adds at least 10% value, then, we can quantify ROI at at-least $5 million.
  • We have 59 apps on AppsFlyer.
  • We have integrated with 101 ad networks through AppsFlyer (i.e. created trackers to run ads on these networks).
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  • More streamlined workflow.
  • Able to track, measure and quantify client ROI to achieve budget increases.
  • More productive vendor conversations since we have third-party data to hold them accountable for campaign performance.
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Pricing Details

AppsFlyer

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details