Apple announces “easier to use” version of their attribution API
User measurement on Apple may soon become smoother.
The company published documentation about their upcoming 4.0 version of SKAdNetwork – their privacy-focused attribution solution – and first signs are positive.
Why this is important: After Apple’s App Tracking Transparency Policy (ATT) rolled out, SKAdNetwork became the main way to track data and optimize ads.
But while the versions prior were limited and – according to experts – “painful to use”, the new update seem to address most of the issues:
- Web-to-app attribution: Advertisers can finally track users who got to the AppStore by clicking on a mobile web display ad. Not sure if the feature will support only Safari or it will be available on other browsers.
- Three conversion windows: Also, advertisers can now get three postbacks per advertised app over a period of 35 days. This can help get a better overview of the funnel, but there won’t be a way to connect them to an individual.
- Hierarchical conversion values: You’ll now get some data back even if your apps don’t get enough conversions to meet the privacy threshold.
- Source identifiers: Apple will allow you to add more tracking parameters such as ad placement and campaign ID. It will also increase the number of campaign IDs if your ads meet higher privacy thresholds – e.g. high anonymity will get you 1,000 IDs.
Why we care: With ATT opt-in rates still below 50%, a sophisticated attribution method is mandatory to measure ad performance.
The upcoming SKAdNetwork seems to be a step in the right direction…
How you can use personalized ads for your local business
We don’t often get tips on how to advertise on Instagram and Facebook… from Facebook.
But their recently published success story gives us a hint of how you can use personalized ads to boost traffic, engagement, and finally sales for your small local business…particularly before big sales and holidays.
Hyper-targeting for a hyper niche brand: An owner of a small vegan cake store used insights from her previous Facebook campaigns to map out a perfect avatar – Locals interested in veganism and cakes.
She uses the avatar to create an awareness campaign with only a $10 daily budget every week before an event she wants to promote.
According to Indira, the owner, this method helped her acquire a staggering number of customers during Mother’s Day and other holidays.
Why we care: There are holidays all year round. These holidays are often an opportunity for a strong campaign.
If you’re a local store you can use this method to promote offers on a small budget and still acquire new customers that can later become your brand’s loyalists.
Seems like a low risk high reward strategy… And some lessons apply for more than just local businesses.
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Marketing to high vs low emotional state audiences
There are tons of copywriting formats, templates, tactics, and tips out there.
However, principles beat tactics and templates. And this is what this post shared by Alen Sultanic in the Nothing Held Back group is about.
You see, every market is driven by a different emotion.
In the men’s dating market, it’s hope. When selling trading courses, it’s certainty. For weight loss, the motion is often shame.
You can split the emotions of different markets into two groups:
- Low emotional state.
- High emotional state.
If you go to a marketing conference, the attendees are likely high emotional buyers. They feel good, they are positive, and they are energetic. They are doing well with their life and they’re looking to do better.
On the other hand, people in a low emotional state are… not where they want to be, either professionally, personally, mentally, physically… You can find these buyers in the health, and fitness industries.
The huge difference between the two is:
- High-emotional buyers are solution-focused: They are interested in the “how”. They know they have a problem and they just want to understand how to fix it.
- Low emotional state buyers are problem-focused: They’re interested in the “why”. “Why am I poor?”, “Why am I lonely?”, or “Why can’t I lose weight?”.
What does this mean in practice?
- Copy: When you write copy for low emotional audiences, lead with the why. Focus on the problem. If you market to high-emotional audiences, lead with the “how”.
- Funnel length: People in a low-emotional state will be more likely to go through long video sales letters. But with high-emotional buyers, get to the point faster.
- High emotional state customers tend to buy from branded companies and will do more due diligence on you.
- Low emotional state customers do not buy high ticket offers. Since they focus on the “why”, they’re stuck on the same problem. They usually buy many low-ticket offers, rather than focusing on one solution.
This can potentially change the way you do marketing. And there are more differences that you can check in Alen’s post.
Unleash the power of newsletter sponsorships at scale
Newsletter ads are known for bringing some of the highest quality traffic to your website.
But when you start managing them, it quickly gets difficult to manage and scale your campaigns.
Paved Smart Campaigns solves this problem: It matches you with newsletters that fit your audience, then manages the whole campaign process for you.
All you have to do is hit send and watch the traffic come.
How much time do we really spend on our newsletter?
There’s a tactic that the best content creators all use:
They spend way more time thinking about, revising, and re-writing their stuff than you’d imagine.
In-depth conversations are the key to producing great content, and, if you don’t mind, we’ll use this newsletter as an example.
Consider this: Our newsletter hits your inbox five days per week. But we spend wayyy more than five hours creating one issue alone.
Here are a few real-world examples of what goes on behind the scenes:
- We sometimes spend an hour or two in Slack debating whether a piece of news should get a full writeup or just one sentence. On any given day, there are many pieces of news that could make the top spots—and sometimes it takes serious thought to determine which ones do.
- We may scrap a piece of news at the last second in favor of something else. No matter how close the newsletter is to being finished, there’s always the chance that we completely rewrite a piece of the newsletter… Even if the newsletter is done with edits.
- We spend weeks working on new guidelines for content. Right now, we’ve got a running Google Doc (and Basecamp thread) with ongoing discussions about how we choose to feature content. This process helps us boil down major conversations into a few simple rules.
Why are we telling you this? If there’s a lesson in all this madness, it’s that the madness itself is the key. It’s hard to create a great product without spending time refining things.
In the end, we believe it’s completely worth it.
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APPLE: Remember that we mentioned Apple announced push notifications for Safari? They’ve officially published the part where they talked about it.
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Cool tech, (funny) business, lifestyle and all the other things marketers like to chat about while sipping cocktails by the pool.
Everyone’s favorite game where people put their life on the line to overcome obstacles and get rich will soon be back!
Squid Game season two teaser just dropped!
Netflix’s super popular South Korean survival thriller gives us a peek into the dystopian world with a familiar song…
However, the return is penciled for late 2023 at the earliest.
On the bright side, there’s still time to get all those ads performing before you dive into the binge.