Apple Search Ads Benchmarks H1 2021

Lina Danilchik

According to Statista, the App Store is the second-largest app store in the world with about 2.22 million apps and games available as of July 2021. At the same time, the number of apps on the App Store has been steadily growing over the years, while app discoverability continues to be one of the biggest challenges for mobile marketers. 

Apple Search Ads is a platform designed to address this challenge and help publishers reach out to their target users instantly. 

We’ve carried out research and analyzed how Apple Search Ads performed in the first half of 2021 across various categories and regions. The collected data was introduced in the benchmarks report, where you may compare your performance against the industry benchmarks, identify opportunities for improvement and help users discover your apps. 

Apple Search Ads Benchmarks Report Q1-Q2 2021 provides:

  • Average Tap-through Rate (TTR): overall, by categories, by countries and regions;
  • Average Conversion Rate (CR): overall, by categories, by countries and regions;
  • Average Cost per Tap (CPT): overall, by categories, by countries and regions;
  • Average Cost per Acquisition (CPA): overall, by categories, by countries and regions;
  • Top Apple Search Ads gainers and losers across the App Store categories; 
  • Cost trends: CPT and CPA overall trends, trends for top App Store categories and most popular Apple Search Ads countries and regions;
  • Quarter over quarter (Q/Q) changes in TTR, CR, CPT and CPA from 2018 until 2021.

The report is based on the aggregate data from apps that optimize Apple Search Ads campaigns using SearchAdsHQ. 

The period under review: January – June 2021 (H1 2021).

  • 2.2M keywords
  • 808M impressions 
  • 74M taps
  • 15 categories
  • 61 countries & regions


1. Excluded categories: News, Weather, Reference, Medical, Music and Navigation.

To provide consistent and reliable data, we left out categories with fewer than 5 apps, which could produce statistically insignificant results in aggregate.

2. Excluded developers: we left out those SearchAdsHQ clients whose policy states that their user data shall not be used in our reports, including the anonymous aggregate form. 


The report draws on internal data and industry insights to help mobile developers and marketers better understand current trends in their niche. The methodology is based on dividing specific quantitative data, such as spend, taps, impressions, downloads and installs, by a specific total, depending on the required indicator in accordance with the necessary type of information display: App Store category or Apple Search Ads region.

We used the following formulas to calculate each of the key indicators:

CVR = downloads / taps

TTR  = taps / impressions

CPM = (spend * 1000) / impressions

CPT = spend / taps

CPA = spend / downloads

In this report edition, you’ll find the average TTRs and CRs, as well as CPTs and CPAs by categories and countries for H1 2021. We  also compared them with Apple Search Ads benchmarks of the previous years, quarter-over-quarter.

Apple Search Ads Benchmarks H1 2021

In 2021 the rules of the game keep changing, and this is what the whole mobile app industry is about. But one thing remains constant: Apple Search Ads is still one of the most effective ad platforms that help developers and marketers address users at the right time – anticipating their intent.

Our mission is to help publishers optimize Apple Search Ads campaigns and make the most of this ad channel, that’s why we clearly understand the importance of benchmarks for the community.

Max Kamenkov, CEO at SplitMetrics & SearchAdsHQ

Apple Search Ads Benchmarks H1 2021

SplitMetrics’ ASA benchmarks give a fantastic perspective on trends on the App Store in general, and Apple’s unique ad product in particular. In this latest edition, some significant shifts are highlighted for 2021.

Thomas Petit, Independent App Growth Consultant

Stay on top of the latest trends, optimize and scale your Apple Search Ads campaigns with benchmark data on CPT, CPA, CPM, TTR, and CVR. Leverage SplitMetrics’ Apple Search Ads Benchmark Dashboard to assess your search results and Search tab campaign performance, find opportunities and win the competition.

Apple Search Ads Benchmarks H1 2021
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Lina Danilchik
Lina Danilchik
Content Marketing Lead & App Growth Evangelist at SplitMetrics
Lina is Content Marketing Lead at SplitMetrics. She provides mobile marketers with best practices and tips on app growth, ASO, user acquisition and Apple Search Ads. Lina is also the host of App Growth Talks.
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