Why Ad Networks Are Essential To Boost Your ROAS

Giulia Bergamaschi
June 26, 2024
Why Ad Networks Are Essential To Boost Your ROAS

Marketers are increasingly choosing ROAS (return on ad spend) as the ultimate goal for their UA campaigns. This metric measures the effectiveness of your advertising efforts, thus providing you with a full picture of how your campaign is actually doing.

Leveraging ad networks can significantly enhance your ROAS, but it requires a strategic approach. This article will explore how to select the right ad network, optimize targeting, improve ad creatives and ensure transparency between advertisers and ad networks. All of this will lead to a significant ROAS optimization for your campaign.

Selecting the right ad network based on ROAS optimization capabilities

Choosing the right ad network is the first step towards ROAS optimization. Some ad networks offer advanced tools and features specifically designed to boost ROAS. Here are a few considerations when selecting an ad network:

  • Data analytics and reporting. The ability to track and analyze performance data is crucial. Look for ad networks that provide detailed reports and analytics tools to monitor your ad performance in real-time.
  • Automation and AI. Ad networks leveraging AI and machine learning can automatically optimize your campaigns for better performance. These technologies can adjust bids, target audiences and allocate budget more efficiently.
  • Cross-platform capabilities. An ad network that allows you to run campaigns across multiple platforms (social media, search engines, display networks, rewarded platforms) can provide a more comprehensive view of your advertising efforts and help identify the most profitable channels.
  • Managed service. Strong support from the ad network can help you solve your issues quickly and provide insights into improving campaign performance and ROAS. On the other hand, self-service platforms offer slower service and take some time to become familiar with platforms. That’s why ad network teams offering managed service are the solution if you want to be assisted throughout the entire campaign.

Targeting to improve ROAS with ad networks


Effective targeting is essential to improving ROAS. Ad networks offer various targeting options that can help you reach the right audience at the right time. Here are a few examples:

  • Demographic targeting. Tailor your ads to specific demographics such as age and gender. This ensures your ads are shown to people who are more likely to be interested in your products or services.
  • Behavioral targeting. Use data on user behavior to target ads based on their interests, browsing history and previous interactions with your brand. Behavioral targeting can significantly increase the relevance of your ads.
  • Geographic targeting. Focus your ad spend on regions where your products or services are most popular. Geographic targeting can prevent wasted ad spend in areas with low potential for sales.
  • Contextual targeting. Sometimes it might be useful to place ads based on the content of a web page or an app. This is important to leverage web pages and apps’ content to drive user engagement and a high number of conversions.
  • Operating system targeting. Targeting based on the user’s operating system allows you to tailor your ads to users on specific devices, such as iOS or Android. These two operating systems don’t have the same prices because of the different purchasing power of users and the distinct market share according to each country’s policy.

Ad creative optimization to improve ROAS

Compelling ad creatives are vital to capture potential users’ attention and drive conversions. Here are some tips for optimizing your ad creatives:

  • A/B testing. Continuously test different versions of your ads to see which ones perform best to make sure you have a high ROAS. Experiment with variations in headlines, images, CTAs and formats.
  • High-quality visuals. Use high-resolution images and videos that are visually appealing and relevant to your product or service. Quality visuals can make a significant difference in engagement rates, thus representing a substantial influence on ROAS as well.
  • Multi-page ads. Use interactive ads so as to involve users and drive them to make the decision of installing the app right after trying out the app or game. This strategy will only attract high-quality users.

Full transparency between advertisers and ad networks

Transparency in data sharing between advertisers and ad networks is crucial for optimizing ROAS. Sharing data allows both parties to better understand campaign performance and make informed decisions to improve outcomes. Here’s how transparency can be effectively implemented:

  • Using MMPs (mobile measurement partners). MMPs track all post-install events, providing detailed insights into the user funnel. This data is essential to understand user behavior and calculate ROAS accurately. By sharing this data, advertisers and ad networks can identify which campaigns are driving the most valuable users.
  • Integrating BI (business intelligence) software. Advertisers can share data through the integration of their internal BI systems with ad networks. This allows for real-time data sharing and more comprehensive analysis. By combining internal data with campaign data, advertisers can gain deeper insights into performance metrics and customer behavior.
  • Offline reports. Although less efficient, sharing offline reports can also contribute to transparency. These reports, which might include sales data or other offline metrics, can provide a broader view of the campaign’s impact. However, because offline reporting can slow down the optimization process, it should be used as the last resort, that is when other data-sharing methods are not feasible.

Transparent data sharing enables both advertisers and ad networks to align their strategies more closely, leading to better campaign optimization and improved ROAS. It ensures that all parties have access to the same information, fostering a collaborative approach to achieving advertising goals.


ROAS optimization through ad networks requires a strategic approach encompassing the right network selection, precise targeting, ad creative optimization and full transparency. By focusing on these areas, advertisers can enhance the efficiency and profitability of their campaigns and boost ROAS.