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Mobile advertisers are beginning to spend significantly more money targeting Android users thanks to Apple's implementation of a framework on iOS, severely impacting the amount of data companies can collect about users on iPhone and iPad.

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As reported by The Wall Street Journal, following the April roll-out of ATT, or the App Tracking Transparency framework, which requires that all apps on iPhone and iPad ask for users consent before tracking their activity across other apps, advertisers have begun to lower their spending on Apple's platform.

According to early data from the ad-measurement firm Branch Metrics Inc, seen by The Journal, less than 33% of iOS users have permitted apps to track them across other apps. The remaining 67% of iOS users opted not to permit apps to track their activity. As a result, the amount of advertiser spending on Apple's mobile platform has fallen by about one-third between June 1 and July 1, while spending on Android rose over 10% for the same month, according to ad-measurement firm Tenjin Inc.
After the tracking change took effect in April, many users of Apple's iOS operating system have received a high volume of prompts from apps asking permission to track them—requests that most have declined. Less than 33% of iOS users opt in to tracking, according to ad-measurement firm Branch Metrics Inc.

As more of that information has emerged, advertisers have adjusted their buying strategies. Spending on iOS mobile advertising has fallen by about one-third between June 1 and July 1, according to ad-measurement firm Tenjin Inc. Android spending rose 10% over the same period, Tenjin said.

Digital-ad agency Tinuiti Inc. has seen a similar pattern in its clients' spending, research director Andy Taylor said. When iOS users opted out of tracking, Tinuiti advertisers couldn't bid on them, he said. That dearth of iOS users drove up demand—and ad prices—for Android users. About 72.8% of smartphones world-wide use the Android operating system, and about 26.4% use iOS, according to Statcounter.
One reason digital advertisers say they're spending less on Apple's mobile platform is due to the lack of "granular data that made mobile ads on iOS devices effective and justified their prices."

Without proper user tracking, advertisers have significantly less data about a user's interests, preferences, and more. Advertisers and companies, such as Facebook, use that data to compile a profile of a user. The type of data collected from tracking helps advertisers to ensure that their ads are being targeted to potential customers
Digital advertisers say they have lost much of the granular data that made mobile ads on iOS devices effective and justified their prices. In recent months, ad-buyers have deployed their iOS ad spending in much less targeted ways than were previously possible, marketers and ad-tech companies say. The shortage of user data to fuel Facebook Inc.'s suite of powerful ad-targeting tools reduces their effectiveness and appeal among some advertisers, ad agencies say
While several advertisers are being impacted by ATT, Facebook has been the most vocal and critical of the new change. Ever since Apple began to beta test the framework, which was shipped as part of the iOS and iPadOS 14.5 updates, Facebook accused Apple of impacting small businesses who rely on advertising as a means of keeping their doors open. Facebook also proclaimed that the framework was anti-competitive because, in its view, it gives Apple an upper hand for running its own mobile advertising business on iOS devices.

Article Link: Apple's App Tracking Transparency Framework Causing Advertisers to Spend More Money Targeting Android Users
 

polyphenol

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Less revenue for iOS developers, less incentive to develop iOS applications?
I am more likely to pay for apps if they do not track me.

One of the big disappointments has been the developers who want both to charge and to gain from advertising and/ or tracking.

The model of offering an advertising-supported "free" version and a paid-for option is fine. But leave the tracking and unexpected advertising out of it.
 
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Moonjumper

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Targeting the ones who spend as little as possibile looks like a sound strategy.
The advertisers ideal is spending as little as possible to to find the users who spend as much as possible, which is now harder with the iOS changes.

So now they are targeting the high-spending Android users who are worth more than the average iOS users, which is now the option as they cannot target the more profitable high-spending iOS users. Android is adding more user privacy soon, so the balance will change again.
 
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dlewis23

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This is just going to be temporary because because Google is adding basically the same feature to Android. There are other basic tracking measures out there that are becoming the new normal way of tracking users and that will be the way forward for the time being.

Personally I have noticed a lot more location based ads lately and ads that seem to fit more with the type of app that I am using at the time.
 
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Sasparilla

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Nice to see. This should encourage developers to use straight up paid apps (or less invasive tracking adverts) on iOS, which I'd like.

Now if we could just get Apple to let devs charge money for large app updates (once a year or less), I'd be happy.

...Android is adding more user privacy soon, so the balance will change again.
It's important to point out that Google said they would add "Privacy", but not the same "Privacy" as Apple. My guess is tracking and monetizing user data will be safe and sound over in Android world after the "Privacy" is applied. But alot of PR "Privacy" will be talked about by Google at the time. Will be interesting to see what they do, since they are all about advertising and using user data.
 
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This is just going to be temporary because because Google is adding basically the same feature to Android. There are other basic tracking measures out there that are becoming the new normal way of tracking users and that will be the way forward for the time being.

Personally I have noticed a lot more location based ads lately and ads that seem to fit more with the type of app that I am using at the time.
Correct me if I am wrong, but this feature will be off by default on Android (compared to on by default on iOS)? So the fallout on android may be way less if people cannot be bothered to switch it on.
 
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ddtmm

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Well it seems to be working, maybe not exactly as intended though. On one hand it will probably de-incentivize many developers from creating free apps but on the other hand, there are a ton of apps that are just a waste of time and arguably not worth it even at free.
 
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Robert.Walter

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Targeting the ones who spend as little as possibile looks like a sound strategy.
Not exactly related to advertising but in general targeting android and windows users:

It’s all a question of scalability and ROI.

Lots of users relatively easily hacked is a bigger payoff than fewer hacked with more difficulty.
 
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't MacRumors make money this way.

Why would I even consider advertising on MacRumors if I know it's going to waste. And if you didn't know, MacRumors makes money by advertising

Signed by an Android user 😂
 
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Dremmel

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I noticed a few apps have less features in the free versions since 14.5 :mad:. So we have to buy the paid version to get what was previously free?
 
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