Fingerprinting is dead. What’s your next move?

I’ve seen some folks contend that even though Apple’s latest language is more clear than ever, the phrase “uniquely identifying” means that fingerprinting must be 100% accurate to result in a ban.

Such an interpretation is only possible if you ignore the preceding words “for the purpose of”. Fingerprinting is always probabilistic, but its purpose in attribution is to match a single converting device (e.g., install) to a single ad-engaged device (e.g., click). Failing to uniquely identify a device does not change the purpose of fingerprinting. It is simply an indication that the fingerprinting tech needs improvement.

Also, it’s important to remember Apple’s motivations in all this. It does not benefit them to allow a form of tracking that is not controllable by or transparent to them or their users. Fingerprinting has always been the most anti-privacy tracking method available on both mobile and desktop. Apple didn’t spend all those resources on SKAdNetwork just to allow everyone to attribute and track outside of the ecosystem they control.

No matter how specific Apple’s language gets, there will always be someone interpreting it in just the right way to support their hopes, right up until they are banned from the app store.

Submit a meeting request below to get any questions answered or to hear about our FREE beta program for our incremental measurement solution that doesn’t need IDFA or GAID and can still provide you, DAILY, in incremental form at the source by country level:

  1. Revenue
  2. Installs
  3. ROAS
  4. LTV
  5. Retention
  6. Any other KPI we have data for that matters to your team.

Best,

Brian
CEO of MetricWorks

 

Work as if the date [for iOS14] is tomorrow.

This was one of the key take-aways from an informative webinar hosted today by Tinuiti, with guests from Liftoff and AppsFlyer.  As Liz Emery, Snr. Director of Mobile Strategy at Tinuiti put it, “We work as if the date [for iOS14] is tomorrow”.  The urgency cannot be stressed any more than this. If you don’t yet have a plan for post-IDFA measurement, then start immediately.  Stop looking for loopholes.  If you’ve not heeded the earlier warnings during 2020 from leading analysts such as John Koetsier when he said, “The IDFA is going the way of the Dodo bird.” then do it now before it is too late.  If you are not yet aware of the severe limitations of SKAdNetwork then contact us below to schedule a conversation.

Credit: Tinuiti Webinars: How IDFA Changes Will Impact All Marketers

Devices will be going dark in terms of tracking from Day 1 of IDFA deprecation. The immediate areas that will be impacted include retargeting, death of measurement in its current form, and the severely hampered SKAdNetwork becoming the de facto standard. In terms of marketing, the lights will go out! 

As Alex Dohrmann (Snr. Sales Engineer, Liftoff) reminded us, “Now is the time to get your data in place.”. MetricWorks can help you do that to keep the lights on with the ONLY future-proof measurement solution that is rich, accurate, granular and incremental. We’ll even let you test drive it for FREE

Here are a few things you should start doing today and how MetricWorks can help:

  1. If you haven’t yet, test SKAdNetwork now.
  2. Test drive our incremental measurement solution for FREE while you still have precious time before IDFA deprecation.
  3. Compare your results from parallel testing our incremental measurement solution AND SKAdNetwork to develop your post-IDFA measurement strategy.
  4. Then, look to the future and ask yourself: Do you really want to start building your long term measurement strategy after the lights have already gone out and the risk to your business is critical? Of course not. Prepare for IDFA deprecation now so that you are thriving while your competition is floundering. We can definitely help you do that.

Submit your questions below.  We look forward to answering them and making the future of your measurement brighter!

Are you part of the 75% that are NOT prepared for iOS14/IDFA updates?

According to a recent poll on an interesting webinar by JoyPac, 75% of respondents said that they are NOT well enough prepared for IDFA changes. The webinar hosted by  of JoyPac, featured Ioana Hreninciuc (GameAnalytics) and Christopher Farm () underscores “the need for more data science” and an “understanding of statistical methods” to make sense of the new signals. 

The good news is that we can help you get prepared in the short time that you have left before IDFA deprecation.  Our top-down incremental measurement is packed with these statistical methods to help you quickly get prepared for post-IDFA. The best part is that you can take it for a spin for FREE

As a reminder, measurement granularity is a major gap within SKAdNetwork and we’re glad to see JoyPac, GameAnalytics and Tenjin draw attention to this issue. Developers will need to prioritize investments in data science and statistical analysis in order to process more signals post-IDFA.  Acquiring these skill sets can be expensive. With our DSaaS (Data-Science-as-a-Service) solution, you can inexpensively and easily achieve the accurate, granular measurement that you need to successfully operate post-IDFA.  The full webinar is available below. 

Keep in mind that our top-down incrementality measurement solution which can co-exist with SKAdNetwork, offers a comprehensive, granular and accurate alternative that addresses the following glaring issues with SKAdNetwork: 

  1. SKAdNetwork will leave marketers with only 100 campaign IDs of granularity
  2. It does NOT offer a way to cohort KPIs by install date
  3. Critical post-install performance KPIs that are foundational to your mobile growth strategy today like retention, revenue, LTV, and ROAS, will disappear and be replaced by a single conversion value with its own significant limitations.

If you suspect that your measurement plan does not address the above gaps,  contact us today to discuss.  Time is running out and the competition is breathing down your neck. Our measurement solution can put you in a stronger position post-IDFA and ahead of your competition.


Please submit your questions below.  We look forward to answering them and making the future of your measurement brighter!

Video: How to use econometric models to supplement SKAdNetwork for mobile measurement

Marketers & Data Scientists: Rather than hoping for the best outcome with the limited SKAdNetwork, why not try out a superior measurement approach that is granular, accurate and incremental?  Watch Anthony CrossShamanth M. Rao & Brian Krebs discuss this approach that Shamanth describes as “what might be the smartest way to approach an inherently messy paradigm”. Full video recording available below.

Thanks again to Shamanth Rao (CEO of Rocketship HQ) for hosting MetricWorks’ CEO, Brian Krebs on The Mobile User Acquisition Show and thanks to Anthony Cross (Fmr. VP of UA, Data Science & Product at Big Fish Games) for participating in this conversation.  This is a valuable episode that explains why SKAdNetwork is NOT enough for successful post-IDFA measurement and describes how one can easily supplement SKAdNetwork with econometric modeling and interrupted time series (ITS) to arrive at a robust future-proof measurement apparatus. MetricWorks’ measurement solution makes it easy for you to accomplish this.   It requires really low effort on your part. We invite you to test drive it for FREE

Measurement granularity is a major gap within SKAdNetwork and we’re glad to see The Mobile User Acquisition Show draw attention to this major issue. Our top-down incrementality measurement solution which can co-exist with SKAdNetwork, offers a comprehensive, granular and accurate alternative that addresses the following glaring issues with SKAdNetwork:

  1. SKAdNetwork will leave marketers with only 100 campaign IDs of granularity
  2. It does NOT offer a way to cohort KPIs by install date
  3. Critical post-install performance KPIs that are foundational to your mobile growth strategy today like retention, revenue, LTV, and ROAS, will disappear and be replaced by a single conversion value with its own significant limitations.

Does your measurement plan address the above gaps?  Time is running out and the competition is breathing down your neck. Why not make sure that your post-IDFA measurement plan is foolproof?  Contact us today to discuss how our measurement solution can put you in a stronger position post-IDFA and ahead of your competition.

Instead of focusing on “fingerprinting” or probabilistic modeling which Apple has already stated in their current terms will NOT be allowed, apply your precious cycles to quickly testing our top-down incremental approach which is the ONLY future-proof measurement solution available today.  

You can also listen to the full podcast on iTunes or view the episode notes at The Mobile User Acquisition Show.  Please submit your questions below.  We look forward to answering them and making the future of your measurement brighter!

Podcast: How to use econometric models to supplement SKAdNetwork for mobile measurement in iOS 14

Thanks to Shamanth Rao (CEO of Rocketship HQ) for hosting MetricWorks’ CEO, Brian Krebs on The Mobile User Acquisition Show and thanks to Anthony Cross (Fmr. VP of UA, Data Science & Product at Big Fish Games) for participating in the conversation.  It is an informative podcast explaining why SKAdNetwork is NOT enough for successful post-IDFA measurement and describes how one can easily supplement SKAdNetwork with econometric modeling and interrupted time series (ITS) to arrive at a robust future-proof measurement apparatus. MetricWorks’ measurement solution makes it easy for you to accomplish this.   It requires really low effort on your part. We invite you to test drive it for FREE

Retention Masterclass By John Koetsier & Peggy Salz

Measurement granularity is a major gap within SKAdNetwork and we’re glad to see The Mobile User Acquisition Show draw attention to this major issue. Our top-down incrementality measurement solution which can co-exist with SKAdNetwork, offers a comprehensive, granular and accurate alternative that addresses the following glaring issues with SKAdNetwork:

  1. SKAdNetwork will leave marketers with only 100 campaign IDs of granularity
  2. It does NOT offer a way to cohort KPIs by install date
  3. Critical post-install performance KPIs that are foundational to your mobile growth strategy today like retention, revenue, LTV, and ROAS, will disappear and be replaced by a single conversion value with its own significant limitations.

Does your measurement plan address the above gaps?  Time is running out and the competition is breathing down your neck. Why not make sure your post-IDFA measurement plan is foolproof?  Contact us today to discuss how our measurement solution can put you in a stronger position post-IDFA.

Instead of focusing on “fingerprinting” or probabilistic modeling which Apple has already stated in their current terms will NOT be allowed, apply your precious cycles to quickly testing our top-down incremental approach which is the ONLY future-proof measurement solution available today.  

You can listen to the full podcast on iTunes or view the episode notes at The Mobile User Acquisition Show.  Please submit your questions below.  We look forward to answering them and making the future of your measurement brighter!

Only 33% Of Marketers Likely To Adopt SKAdNetwork. What Should You Do?

That is according to a survey (Apple, IDFA and iOS14: New Challenges, New Opportunities for Marketers) recently conducted by AppsFlyer and MMA Global. The low confidence in SKAdNetwork is primarily due to its lack of measurement granularity. Of course, this isn’t a surprise to us, as we have described in our earlier posts.  The other key findings were:

  • 74% of respondents agree that publishers will suffer revenue losses
  • 63% of marketers will invest in probabilistic modeling to prepare for post-IDFA
  • Audience targeting/remarketing will take the biggest hit (as shown in the chart below)
Retention Masterclass By John Koetsier & Peggy Salz

Now, what should YOU do?

Firstly, measurement granularity is a major gap within SKAdNetwork and we’re glad to hear that marketers are now acutely aware of this limitation. If you are one of those marketers that are somewhat-to-very-likely to adopt SKAdNetwork, we believe that SKAdNetwork is a good starting point but make sure that you clearly understand its glaring gaps:

  1. SKAdNetwork will leave marketers with only 100 campaign IDs of granularity
  2. It does NOT offer a way to cohort KPIs by install date
  3. Critical post-install performance KPIs that are foundational to your mobile growth strategy today like retention, revenue, LTV, and ROAS, will disappear and be replaced by a single conversion value with its own significant limitations.

Secondly, as you can see from the survey there is a lot at stake (74% agree that publishers will suffer revenue losses). Time is running out and the competition is breathing down your neck. Why not make sure your post-IDFA measurement plan is foolproof? You can do that by adding our top-down incrementality measurement solution which can co-exist with SKAdNetwork, and offers a comprehensive, granular and accurate alternative that addresses the above glaring issues with SKAdNetwork. Remember, there is a lot at stake. Contact us today to discuss and close any gaps in your IDFA preparedness.

Thirdly, the focus on probabilistic modeling appears to be short-sighted as Apple has already stated in their current terms that “fingerprinting” will not be allowed. More explicitly, in the FAQ section of that document, Apple has the following question and answer:

Can I fingerprint or use signals from the device to try to identify the device or a user?
No. Per the Developer Program License Agreement, you may not derive data from a device for the purpose of uniquely identifying it.

Instead of focusing on “fingerprinting” or probabilistic modeling, apply your precious cycles to quickly testing our top-down incremental approach which is the ONLY future-proof measurement solution available today. It requires really low effort on your part and we invite you to test drive it for FREE

Please submit your questions below.  We look forward to answering them and making the future of your measurement brighter!