Picture this: you’re a detective trying to solve a case. You have a trusty tool at your disposal – the IDFA (Identifier for Advertisers). It’s like your magnifying glass, allowing you to track user behavior and deliver targeted ads.
But suddenly, Apple changes the game. Users now have more control over their data and can choose whether or not to allow tracking. It’s like someone took away your magnifying glass! This has significant implications for iOS app install campaigns, affecting targeting and attribution. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the changes to IDFA and how companies can adapt their iOS app install campaigns in a post-IDFA world.
Apple’s recent changes to IDFA (Identifier for Advertisers) have been described as App Tracking Transparency. These changes are intended to allow users not to share their personal data with third parties. With the new version of iOS, every app has to ask users upfront whether it’s OK to share their data with third parties.
Apple made these changes to improve user privacy and give users more control over their personal data. By requiring apps to ask for permission before accessing a user’s IDFA, Apple allows users to choose whether or not they want their data shared with third parties.
Apple’s recent changes to IDFA have significantly impacted iOS app install campaigns. IDFA historically allowed iOS and Safari to use common tools like frequency capping, app installs attribution and campaign measurement. However, with users now having the option to opt out of sharing their personal data with third parties, these tools will be less effective.
As a result of these changes, companies have had to adapt their approach to targeting and attribution in iOS app install campaigns. For example, Facebook has shifted its mobile app measurement to rely on the SKAdNetwork to report on app conversion data. With this change, businesses will be limited in measuring the performance of iOS 14 apps install campaigns on Facebook.
The removal of IDFA may also lead to revenue declines for iOS developers that rely on advertising to support their businesses. In fact, some estimates suggest that revenue declines could be as high as 66% or more for these developers.
Think of IDFA like a map that guides you to your destination – in this case, your target audience. With the changes to IDFA, it’s like someone took away your map, and you have to find your way using other methods. This means that targeting and attribution in iOS app install campaigns will be impacted. But don’t worry, all is not lost! There are alternative methods for targeting and attribution that companies can use.
In a post-IDFA world, App Store Optimization (ASO) has become even more important. Companies should focus on improving their ASO to increase visibility and organic downloads. Conversion optimization through creative A/B testing and ASO is getting really important post-IDFA as optimized banners, and product pages will help reach out to the most targeted users and thus decrease CPI. With the virtual death of IDFA – with both Facebook and Google moving to automated media buying – the last meaningful lever mobile app developers have is creativity.
At App Promotion Summit London (WFH), Simon Thillay (Head of ASO @ AppTweak) discussed how to prepare marketing strategies for the new App Tracking Transparency policies. In this session, Simon covered why ASO is complementary and not a replacement for UA, increasing Apple Search Ads efforts, and researching customer intent with ASO.
An essential benefit of contextual advertising is that it is more cost-effective than behavioral advertising. Since data collection is at the heart of behavioral advertising, it requires significant human and financial resources to apply effectively.
Apple’s recent changes to IDFA have significantly impacted iOS app install campaigns. Targeting and attribution have become more challenging, but there are alternative methods that companies can use to continue reaching their desired audience and measuring the success of their campaigns.
Adapting to these changes is crucial for companies to remain competitive in the app market. This includes implementing alternative targeting and attribution methods as well as focusing on App Store Optimization (ASO) to improve organic visibility.