What is Deep Linking? 

Deep linking is a technique that allows links to direct users to specific content or pages within a mobile application, rather than simply launching the app’s home page or a web page. It enables a seamless and contextually relevant user experience by taking users directly to the desired content, improving navigation, and enhancing engagement. 

Deep Linking

Here are different types, each serving specific purposes:

Traditional Deep Linking

It directs users to a specific content page within an app. This can be achieved using Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs) or URL schemes, which specify the exact location or action within the app. 

Example URI: myapp://product/details/123

Deep Linking with Parameters

Deep links can include parameters to pass additional information, such as user IDs, product IDs, or any other contextual data. This allows for a more personalized experience within the app.

Example URI with Parameters: myapp://product/details?productID=123

Deferred Deep Linking

It allows users to be directed to specific content even if the app is not installed when they click the deep link. If the app is not installed, users are redirected to the app store to download the app, and upon installation, they are taken directly to the originally intended content.

Universal Links (iOS) and App Links (Android)

Universal Links (iOS) and App Links (Android) are standardization efforts that use web URLs for deep linking. They enable it to work seamlessly across both web and mobile, enhancing the user experience by providing a consistent journey regardless of the platform.

Contextual Deep Linking

It goes beyond directing users to a specific page and takes into account the user’s context. For example, if a user receives a deep link in a promotional email, clicking the link may not only open the app but also show a personalized promotion within the app.

Social Media Deep Linking

It allows links shared on social platforms to open specific content within an app. This is particularly useful for marketing campaigns and user acquisition strategies on social media channels.


Reduced Churn Rate

Users are directed to specific content or features immediately upon clicking a deep link, providing a more streamlined and user-friendly experience. Thereby, reducing the churn rate. 

Improved User Engagement

It can be used to drive users to specific promotions, products, or features, increasing the likelihood of engagement and conversion.

Cross-Platform Consistency

Universal Links and App Links help maintain consistency between web and mobile experiences, ensuring a seamless transition for users regardless of the platform they are using.

Effective Marketing Campaigns

Marketers can leverage deep links in promotional materials, emails, or advertisements to guide users directly to relevant content, increasing the effectiveness of marketing campaigns.

Re-Engagement Opportunities

It supports re-engagement strategies by allowing marketers to send personalized content or offers to users who have the app installed but may not be actively using it.

Attribution Tracking

It can be combined with attribution tracking to measure the effectiveness of various marketing channels and campaigns in driving app installations and user engagement.

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