— 19 Feb 2020

Rules for Search Terms & Custom Columns Improvements

Anastasia Sidoryk

Our team keeps upgrading automation inside SearchAdsHQ, our platform for Apple Search Ads optimization and management. 

In December, we got beyond keywords to build the first two automated rules for search terms (STs), and another rule for STs was rolled out in January.  

Apple Search Ads rules for search terms

Here’re the three rule actions currently available for search terms:

Apple Search Ads actions_rules

Rule action for Search Terms: Send email notification only

19 December

This rule helps track search terms performance while not introducing any automated changes in your Apple Search Ads account. The search terms falling under the specified conditions will be delivered right to your email, so that you could analyze them by yourself and make timely decisions.   

Send email for STs

Conditions for this automated rule should be based on your own criteria for evaluating the performance of search terms. But if you feel like you need tips to identify good or bad STs, read our article on Apple Search Ads discovery campaigns.

Explore all cases where you can save time with automation (with copy-and paste rule settings included) in our guide “How to Automate Apple Search Ads: All You Need to Know”.

Rule action for Search Terms: Add as negative keyword to 

26 December

When working with STs, you have to monitor them and, on a regular basis, move underperformers to the discovery campaign as negatives. This is a reasonable routine operation to avoid the waste of money. This December, we’ve released a rule action that will automate the related manual actions. 

The “Add as negative keyword to” action transfers non-converting search terms as negative exact match keywords to the specified ad groups and campaigns: 

Add as negative keyword

For tips on how to identify underperforming search terms, read this article

Custom columns improvements

16 January

SearchAdsHQ custom columns proved to be helpful as an Apple Search Ads manager can save their own formulas and see these custom metrics right on the dashboard.  

Needless to say that potentially this feature makes Apple Search Ads optimization more flexible. This winter, we’ve taken customization to the next level. Now you also can: 

  • Include custom columns as Conditions when you set up rules;
  • Filter out and sort out by custom columns;
  • View custom columns in your CSV reports. 

Custom columns can be used to get CPA and ROAS with discrepancies, or conversion rates beyond those already included in the SearchAdsHQ dashboard

Read our article on Apple Search Ads optimization using custom columns with detailed use cases included.  

Platform-side storage for column presets 

24 January

Сolumn presets help hide the metrics you don’t want to see on the dashboard and view what really matters to you at every level. However, presets used to be stored in a browser, so users would lose them after any page reload.  

Not anymore. From now on, column presets and custom columns are kept platform-side, meaning that they’ll be accessible from another computer or browser, whenever you refresh the page

Rule action for Search Terms: Add as keyword to

24 January

Another rule action helps transfer search terms as keywords to the specified locations. When configuring this rule, you can choose the bid and the match type to be assigned to the keyword. 

If necessary, use the option “Negate in the original campaign”. If you choose this checkbox, the search terms will be negated in the campaign they belong to: 

Add as keyword to

Among other use cases, this action can be very helpful in managing probing campaigns within a Value-based Apple Search Ads account structure

As a rule, an Apple Search Ads manager has to manually add STs found in a discovery campaign as exact match keywords to a probing campaign. This is done to check the downstream performance of these search terms:

Apple Search Ads probing campaign

Basically, the “Add as keyword to” action helps automate step 1 in the scheme above. And if you choose the “Negate in the original campaign” option, you’ll automate step 2 as well: the transferred search terms will be automatically negated in the discovery campaign of their origin.  

That’s it for the releases in December and January 2020. If you are already using the features described above, we’ll be happy to get your feedback. Contact your manager to ask any questions or share your ideas on improvements. 

If you want to give these new features a try, request a demo tour with one of our specialists.

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Anastasia Sidoryk
Anastasia Sidoryk
Marketing Manager & App Growth Evangelist at SplitMetrics
Anastasia has 5 years of app marketing and content management experience under the belt, helping app and games publishers with insights on how to boost their app visibility, optimize conversion rates and Apple Search Ads management.
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