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Android ad prices jump in the wake of privacy updates on iOS.
The Wall St. Journal reported this week how Apple’s privacy changes are changing the world of mobile advertising — in this case, ad pricing across platforms. The news from tracking them, noting how ad sales, including Facebook’s ad business, would be affected. (And how Apple’s own ad business would gain.)
This week, The WSJare declining to track on iOS (less than 33% opt-in), so mobile ad prices on iOS have fallen. The outlet cites data from ad measurement firm Tenjin which notes that spending on iOS mobile ads has dropped around one-third between June 1 and July 1. Around the same time, Android 10% — an indication that, for the time being, some portion of the ad market has just shifted platforms. Facebook ad spending also moved to Android, with year-over-year growth of 46% for in May to 64% in June.
This week, the news follows a story from The FT, which noted that Chinese tech giants’ plan to route around the IDFA changes with CAID (the Chinese Advertising ID) had failed. app updates using CAID, which led to it losing support and the project’s failure. For most app users, the ability to stop tracking is a welcome change, as far too much behind the scenes without users’ informed consent. But the full impacts of how the update will impact app monetization long-term — and ultimately which on iOS — remain to be seen.