Recommendations on setting up campaigns for iOS apps

Apple released iOS 14.5, a new version of iOS containing changes that affects ads for mobile apps in Yandex Direct.

For iOS 14.5 and higher, you need the user's permission to access the ad ID and conversion tracking. A new attribution system will be used for conversion tracking: SKAdNetwork. It allows advertisers to collect data on the performance of advertising campaigns while ensuring user privacy.

The usual method to track conversions will only work for users who gave consent for tracking in your app.

Changes to advertising campaigns

By default, ad impressions on iOS 14.5 and higher will be disabled for campaigns so that conversion tracking works the same as before.

  • For campaigns that use the Optimize clicks strategy, you can enable impressions on iOS 14.5 and higher without support for SKAdNetwork. To do this, switch to campaign editing mode. In the advanced settings, under System settings, enable Impressions on iOS 14.5 and higher.

Campaigns for iOS 14.5 with SKAdNetwork support

Yandex Direct supports SKAdNetwork. To start campaigns that support this attribution method:

  1. Make sure that your apps are ready for ad placement through SKAdNetwork. For this, your ads must support the Apple SKAdNetwork API.

    To track installations and ads, use Mobile Measurement Platforms that support SKAdNetwork:

    • AppMetrica version 3.15.1 or higher includes the SKAdNetwork functionality to track installations using the new attribution scheme.

    More about tracking systems.

    Note. To transmit the SKAdNetwork postback to the Mobile Measurement Platforms correctly, specify the tracking link when you add your app to Yandex Direct.
  2. Create an ad campaign as usual. In the Strategy section, enable Campaign for iOS 14.5 and higher.

    You will be able to start the campaigns only after your app is verified.

    In your campaigns for iOS 14.5, you can use the Optimize conversions strategies, including Pay per installation and Optimize clicks. Manual bid management isn't available.

Note. You can create no more that 10 active campaigns for iOS 14.5 in Yandex Direct per mobile app (in any status except archived).

Campaign statistics will be available in the Report Wizard. It will include the goals:

  • App installs (SKAdNetwork): The installations counted by SKAdNetwork. Available only for dates (data cross-sections are not available)
  • App installs: Installations counted by the Mobile Measurement Platform. Available for all data cross-sections.

If you are a publisher of apps that host ads, read the SKAdNetwork support section in the Yandex Mobile Ads SDK.

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