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Who advertisers ought to goal–iOS or Android customers–has lengthy been the topic of debate amongst cellular app entrepreneurs. And even supposing this rivalry has spanned greater than a decade, there are such a lot of elements to contemplate when evaluating Android versus iOS that the reply stays subjective and there’s no definitive winner to declare.
Not too long ago, nevertheless, Apple’s iOS 14 App Monitoring Transparency framework has prompted these iOS-only advocates to begin spending on Android whereas these already spending within the Android ecosystem have determined to spend much more. Whichever the case could also be and regardless of Google more than likely implementing its personal stricter privateness coverage, Android is a worthy funding.
GAID and Google Play Set up Referrer
The foundations of the sport are about to alter however understanding how folks discover your app and what they do as soon as they’ve put in stays essential to serving to advertisers determine their technique and finances.
Many anticipate Google’s modifications shall be rolled out slowly as the corporate waits to see what does and doesn’t work with Apple’s new privateness coverage. It will give advertisers extra time to work in an surroundings the place there may be higher management over measurement in comparison with the uncertainty of iOS. So long as Android permits the usage of GAID (Google Advertiser Identification), not solely do advertisers have full visibility into consumer habits and acquisition prices, they will switch Android marketing campaign insights from one working system to a different.
Assuming Android’s gadget ID turns into restricted, Google’s set up referrer will have the ability to assist entrepreneurs join the dots between advert exercise and media sources. This Android-specific advert monitoring identifier is 99 % correct and when in comparison with fingerprinting (which we all know is an enormous no-no for Apple) it is ready to provide a 1:1 stage of perception into the timing and exercise surrounding app installs which fingerprinting can’t.
When a consumer clicks on an advert the referrer ID, a novel string code, is shipped to the Play Retailer. When a consumer installs the app, the identical referrer ID is shipped to the app. And when the app is opened, the distinctive string code is handed to the attribution companion which matches the conversion to the supply.
Android is a rising proportion of world stock
In line with Statista, as of January 2021, Android held a 72 % share of cellular working methods worldwide and is projected to extend over the approaching years.
At LifeStreet our entry to stock sources follows these market traits. Android is turning into a rising piece of our enterprise, making 45% of our spend, a 125% improve from the start of 2020, and 55% of bid requests worldwide.
One of many contributing elements for the rising variety of Android bid requests is decrease CPIs. For the reason that starting of 2021 we’re seeing decrease CPIs globally throughout playables, video and show.
Extra Android-specific dimensions
Like all mannequin coaching, predictive fashions develop into extra correct with extra information and for advertisers to precisely predict Android LTV (lifetime worth), it’s useful to make use of Android-specific indicators–like gadget options–as information factors to be taught from.
A couple of of the Android dimensions we accumulate and may goal in opposition to are:
- Gadget maker
- DPI (dots per inch)
- Display dimension
- Gadget Announcement 12 months
- Gadget mannequin
By having focusing on choices particular to Android, our machine studying mannequin could make higher ROAS predictions for that particular working system.
If advertisers are fearful about their means to execute UA campaigns after Apple’s ATT enforcement, investing in Android can mitigate that danger. We’re seeing Android efficiency on par with iOS and develop in market share. Mixed with the power to acquire extra correct and dependable information about Android-specific installs, this trifecta makes Android greater than a possible different to iOS however the potential winner of 2021.