Facebook announced today that app install ads can now include deep links, giving advertisers the option to send people directly to specific places within mobile applications.
Previously, the deep-linking feature was available on re-engagement ads used to prompt people to open an app they have previously installed. The Facebook Developers blog described how it works:
When a person taps on a mobile app install ad on Facebook, the developer can choose to send them to a specific place in their app after it’s downloaded, such as a product page rather than the homepage. This will make mobile app ads more effective for achieving a developer’s goals beyond the install, and provide people with better experiences by taking them to the content that attracted their attention in the ad.
For example, if a travel app is running mobile app install ads featuring a vacation to San Francisco, people who install the app and open it will be taken directly to information about the San Francisco offer. This makes it more likely the person will find information about the San Francisco trip that interested them, rather than having to search for it manually. Removing extra steps between clicking the ad and getting to the travel offer provides a more seamless customer experience.