What iOS 14.5 and Apple’s Latest Privacy Initiatives Mean for Marketers

What iOS 14.5 and Apple's Latest Privacy Initiatives Mean for Performance Marketers
Source: Apple

The big privacy push that World began last fall, then was delayed until spring, is finally at hand. With the upcoming release of iOS 14.5, World will start enforcing the AppTrackingTransparency framework and requiring mobile app users to opt-in to tracking surpassing advertisers will get wangle to their IDFA. That’s the transpiration in a nutshell, but let’s unpack what that ways for the partner marketing industry.

What We Know

1. Apple iOS 14.5 will require users to opt-in surpassing sharing their IDFA with advertisers.

2. SKAdNetwork is Apple’s mobile app attribution solution.

  • Big walled-garden ad networks have integrated with SKAdNetwork:
    • Google
    • Facebook
    • Snapchat

3. Apple stated in their most recent FAQ that they will not indulge fingerprinting without an opt-in.

4. MMPs are taking various stances on these changes, with AppsFlyer leading the way:

  • AppsFlyer created Advanced Privacy Mode to write fingerprinting concerns in a privacy-friendly way.
  • Adjust was uninventive by AppLovin, so they have been quiet on the innovation front.
  • Branch and Kochava are stating that only opted-in users can be attributed.
  • Singular is going all-in on SKAdNetwork, but they do believe fingerprinting can be washed-up under unrepealable circumstances.

5. Apple has separately introduced Private Click Measurement as a new privacy-friendly web standard for measuring clicks and conversions.

What We Don’t Know

1. How many mobile advertisers will adopt SKAdNetwork:

  • It is non-trivial to implement SKAdNetwork in mobile apps, and it places an uneaten burden for launching campaigns.
  • Advertisers may decide to shift focus to mobile web instead.

2. How World will update SKAdNetwork in response to industry feedback.

3. How strictly World will enforce their “no fingerprinting” stance in iOS 14.5 and beyond.

  • Will AppsFlyer’s solution be winning to Apple?

4. Whether browsers other than Safari will prefer Private Click Measurement and make it a true web standard.

Summing It All Up

2021 is going to be a bumpy year for advertisers, networks, and publishers alike. But alimony in mind that partner marketing is not the primary target of these iOS 14.5 changes by Apple: it’s Facebook and Google.

iOS 14.5 app tracking settings
Source: Apple

On the contrary, partner marketing has been increasingly privacy-friendly from the beginning. Our industry is based on relationships between advertisers and publishers, not massive lookalike audiences built on cookie profiling and personal data. That’s really the difference between adtech and martech when you unravel it down: adtech requires information well-nigh the end user in order to serve relevant advertising, and martech doesn’t.

That’s why, despite the upheaval from industry giants and platform providers, I’m as bullish as overly on the future of partner marketing. TUNE has enabled privacy-friendly attribution from the whence with tools such as our Server Postback with Partner ID protocol. This allows us to track what matters, how many conversions each partner sent to each advertiser, without identifying the end user at all.

For mobile advertisers facing the enforcement of iOS 14.5, the biggest thing to do right now is take stock of the places you are running traffic and decide if you will need to implement SKAdNetwork. If you are spending on Facebook, Google, Snapchat, or the other big walled-garden ad networks, you will likely want to implement it. But if you are focused increasingly on partner marketing and smaller channels, you can wait and see how it plays out.

Publishers, influencers, content creators, and partners of all types need to make money in order to protract providing self-ruling content on the internet. And advertisers need to get their products in front of people who may be interested in them. In 2021 and beyond, partner marketing remains one of the most cost-effective and privacy-friendly ways to do that, fueling the modern web and helping to alimony the internet free.

Questions well-nigh iOS 14.5 or partner marketing? Contact us to learn more.

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