AppsFlyer Launches SKAdNetwork Ranking For the New Privacy Era in Latest Performance Index

The first index following Apple’s ATT enforcement shows that mobile media sources are still adapting to the new privacy reality

AppsFlyer, the marketing measurement and experience platform, today released the 13th edition of its Performance Index, ranking the top media sources in mobile advertising. In its edition, AppsFlyer is pioneering the SKAN Index, a SKAdNetwork ranking that reflects the new reality of privacy generated by the enforcement of Apple’s App Tracking Transparency (ATT) framework.

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“While it’s clear that we are still in a transition phase, and that media sources have to adapt to a completely different measurement framework that requires significant changes to their existing technologies, we wanted to provide marketers with a direction with which partners to work with in this new reality.”

Apple’s ATT impact on the mobile industry has been substantial. While Facebook dominated AppsFlyer’s pre-SKAdNetwork iOS rankings, TikTok for Business claimed the number one spot in the first SKAN Index. Facebook dropped to second and also lost the top spot to Apple Search Ads (ASA) in the Retention Index among consenting users. Google, on the other hand, in line with AppsFlyer’s previous rankings, continues to dominate in Android and drive the largest number of installs in app marketing.

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TikTok for Business leads power ranking in industry-first SKAN Index

TikTok For Business has adapted the best to SKAdNetwork six months after Apple’s ATT enforcement, capturing first in the power ranking with good quality at scale, and reaching fifth place in the volume ranking. Facebook took the second spot in the power ranking, losing ground since the enforcement of ATT, but took first place in the volume ranking due to its scale.

AppLovin ranked third in both the power and volume rankings, with Google Ads coming in fourth in the power ranking. While traditionally not the most dominant media source in iOS, Google did place second in the volume ranking.

“The impact of ATT on the mobile app industry has been substantial, and AppsFlyer’s goal was to provide advertisers with the most accurate scorecard based on the media sources that can, ultimately, drive the most value in this new era of privacy,” said Shani Rosenfelder, Head of Content & Mobile Insights, AppsFlyer. “While it’s clear that we are still in a transition phase, and that media sources have to adapt to a completely different measurement framework that requires significant changes to their existing technologies, we wanted to provide marketers with a direction with which partners to work with in this new reality.”

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