Google Ads and Meta Ads continues to dominate remarketing index despite Apple’s privacy changes: AppsFlyer Performance Index 15

App install ad spend budgets dropped 14% in the first half of 2022, but the use of owned media is on the rise.

The aftershocks created by Apple’s App Tracking Transparency (ATT) framework continue to generate major challenges for app marketers and media companies alike. Notably, both Google Ads and Meta Ads have lost ground on iOS due to Apple’s privacy changes.

However, on the Android market, Google Ads and Meta Ads continues to maintain its domination throughout Southeast Asia thanks to its unrivaled scale. Both sources have been ranked on the power ranking and volume ranking of the AppsFlyer retention index across gaming and non-gaming categories.

Despite this, the rankings do not reflect the fluctuations in app install market share for these media giants. A deeper dive into these rankings indicates a major loss in app install market shares for Google Ads and Meta Ads in H1. This has significantly enabled other media sources to take over and emerge in the rankings.

These are findings from attribution company AppsFlyer’s 15th edition of its Performance Index, ranking the top media sources in mobile advertising.

Remarking on these findings, Tan Tmangraksat, Director of Partner Development, SEAPAC AppsFlyer, said, “All of the above changes present multiple opportunities for marketers and media partners in the mobile ecosystem. Apple’s privacy framework is a constant challenge that’s here to stay. Coupled with the current macroeconomic conditions, marketers are laser focused on the most profitable media sources and channels as the cost of media rises. Marketers and media companies that are able to demonstrate their value will be those that prevail.”

Players vying for bigger piece of the pie

Meanwhile, global mobile advertising platform Mintegral, and mobile app technology company AppLovin are showing positive growth against its competitors on the iOS market for gaming, ranking 1st and 2nd on multiple categories on the power ranking and volume ranking.

As marketers seek ways to save money during the economic slowdown, smaller players have also turned to owned media to drive re-engagement.

Remerge Singapore and TikTok For Business have emerged 4th and 5th respectively on the APAC Remarketing Index for the Android market, highlighting greater focus for owned media campaigns since its H2 2021 rankings. Google Ads and Meta Ads have maintained their lead in the top two positions, while Google Marketing Platform shows rapid growth moving to 3rd position.

“Ecosystem players need to rapidly adapt to a more risk averse environment and think outside the box to maintain efficiency at scale. With rapid and constant changes to the mobile app media landscape, we can expect even more ad network partners to emerge in the rankings on future indexes. More importantly, adaptability to these changes will prove to be instrumental and separate between tomorrow’s winners and losers amongst strong competition.” added Tmangraksat.

Additional Global Key Findings:

    • Meta Ads continues to rank #1 in the SKAN In-App Purchases (IAP) Index globally, but was still severely impacted by Apple’s privacy changes
    • Google Ads also picked up some ground in SKAN, after an extremely slow start, finishing 3rd in the IAP ranking
    • Overall, there was an 18% increase in installs driven by owned media on Android in H1 2022 vs. H2 2021
    • A natural shift to owned media on iOS was observed due to privacy constraints and significant rise in media costs which surged by 30%
    • While the use of owned media to drive installed increased by 20% in H1 2022, the number of remarketing conversions driven by owned media campaigns was up more than double that at 45%

According to the company, AppsFlyer’s Performance Index analysed a total of over 500 media sources, 27 billion installs, and over 19,000 apps from January to June 2022. From this, the SKAN Index covered 450 million postbacks from over 2,400 apps and 45 media sources.