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Android may be biggest beneficiary of Apple’s privacy protections

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Android may be biggest beneficiary of Apple's privacy protections

Apple’s app privacy rules have resulted in 59% of mobile advertisers moving ad spend from them to Google Play and alternative Android platforms, according to a new study released today. One result: In the third quarter of 2021 Android got more marketing dollars than iOS for the first time, a 10% swing from three years earlier. 

The report, by mobile game measurement service Tenjin and Growth FullStack, a mobile advertising intelligence provider, shows how much has changed since Apple introduced its App Tracking Transparency (ATT) rules slightly more than a year ago.

What it is. Introduced as part of iOS 14.5 in April of last year, ATT is an opt-in privacy protection system, requiring apps to get user consent for tracking. To make up for this loss of data, Apple gives advertisers direct access to anonymized SKAdNetwork (SKAN) data. This began last September as part of the iOS 15 release.

SKAN has proven difficult for advertisers to use, though. Few (32%) of companies have access to in-house data science talent, according to the study. However, 75% have implemented some form of marketing automation to gain insight from large, disparate datasets. 

Read next: Android to follow the iPhone in restricting cross-app tracking

The cost. The median estimated revenue loss due to Apple’s privacy changes was 39%. Of those advertisers that had their revenues impacted, 75% said it put their business at risk.

Biggest impact. ATT appears to have hit mobile game advertisers particularly hard — 68% said mobile marketing was more difficult in 2021 (43% non-gaming). They are also more likely to shift budget to Android (63% vs 48%), and use attribution methods such as probabilistic attribution or fingerprinting (91% vs 70%). 

Worth noting. What is most worrying to most (84%) mobile advertisers is Google introducing something like ATT for Android. 

Read next: Android to follow the iPhone in restricting cross-app tracking

Why we care. This survey was based on US and UK companies, which explains the ad spend bias toward iOS. Apple phones have a 57.4% market share in America and just under 50% in the United Kingdom. This is radically different from the rest of the world where Android has 70% of the market. If ad spend continues to shift toward Android (and this is by no means certain), would Apple reconsider or modify its privacy protections?


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Constantine von Hoffman is managing editor of MarTech. A veteran journalist, Con has covered business, finance, marketing and tech for CBSNews.com, Brandweek, CMO, and Inc. He has been city editor of the Boston Herald, news producer at NPR, and has written for Harvard Business Review, Boston Magazine, Sierra, and many other publications. He has also been a professional stand-up comedian, given talks at anime and gaming conventions on everything from My Neighbor Totoro to the history of dice and boardgames, and is author of the magical realist novel John Henry the Revelator. He lives in Boston with his wife, Jennifer, and either too many or too few dogs.

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Salesforce winter 2023 release: The business executive’s guide

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Salesforce winter 2023 release: The business executive's guide

More than 150,000 companies are Salesforce customers. Salesforce’s share of the CRM market is about 25%. 

Few customers take advantage of the thrice-yearly release updates rolled out to every Salesforce user. I get it. Folks aren’t always paying attention to the releases because they’re focused on running their business, tending to the million things that come up each day. 

The full edition of this Winter’s ‘23 Release comes in at over 700 pages. The boiled-down, brass-tacks summary is still 32 pages.

Few business executives have the time and bandwidth to keep up with the ins and outs of these updates. Your admins and marketing operations people may slog through the whole doc but may not connect the dots between business initiatives and platform functionality. 

This series will connect those dots. I’ll summarize what you need to know about the latest release in five key categories: commerce, sales, service, marketing and loyalty programs.

I’ll cover the features that will help you make better decisions for your business and maximize how you use the platform. 

Based on features in this release, Salesforce is focused on:

  • Improving the base platform (adding ease that your hands-on admin and developer teams have requested for a long time).
  • Creating even more ways to connect with customers.
  • Offering more industry-tailored options that bring value to a business more quickly.

Robust support for subscription selling added to Commerce 

Adding a subscription pricing model benefits most businesses, whether you’re a fan belt manufacturer or an artisan dog food company.

Making it easier for your customer to buy your product is always a win-win, and this release makes implementing subscriptions more seamless from the backend with the Connect API tool. 

Connect API resources now support subscriptions and multiple product-selling models: 

  • One-time sales where products are sold for specific prices once. 
  • Term sales offer time-limited subscriptions. Products are sold and renewed for a specific amount of time, e.g. 12 months. 
  • Evergreen subscriptions offer products on a recurring basis until canceled.

Configuring charges for collecting local taxes in international jurisdictions was also enabled. 

Dig deeper: Salesforce unveils features to boost automation for marketing and sales


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Additions to sales enablement functionality

Overall, I’m loving the general focus on enablement through enhancements with dynamic forms, screen flows, and Slack integration. 

Teams can now build and launch enablement programs that drive to the most important KPIs for your business. You can now focus on specifics, like programs for a particular region or product, and offer incentives to drive business from them. 

And, dynamic form improvements mean end-users have more flexibility with fields and sections to display on page layouts. 

Sales teams can now better access, update, share records and get important notifications on their key accounts directly within Slack using a new integration. Sales can collaborate in account- and opportunity-focused Slack channels while accessing Salesforce data. 

And, you can make it easier for sales teams to work with colleagues throughout the enterprise in departments such as fulfillment, shipping, and finance. This is enabled using Slack and providing real-time access to data stored in Salesforce to everyone who needs it.

Next time, I’ll dive into the latest service, marketing, and loyalty programs features included in the Winter 2023 release.


Opinions expressed in this article are those of the guest author and not necessarily MarTech. Staff authors are listed here.



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Joe Anzalone

Joe is Vice President, Salesforce Technology at Shift7 Digital. As a member of the Shift7 leadership team, Joe works to craft solutions and architectures that meet ambitious client goals using the power of the Salesforce platform, including product ownership for Shift7’s Industry GTM Accelerators. Joe brings more than 20 years of experience implementing Salesforce and other digital platforms including enterprise solutions and complex technology implementations. He sits on the Salesforce B2B Commerce product advisory board. Shift7 Digital is a Salesforce Ventures-backed agency, revolutionizing the digital experience for manufacturers, distributors, and their customers.

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