When tech giants play nice, everything is nice and calm. Ads are run, dealers get quality shoppers visiting their site. It’s the “Sound of Music.”
However, when tech giants decide to make significant moves that impact other tech giants – well… it’s like the plot of the upcoming Godzilla vs. Kong movie – things get a little rough. (You can decide which one is Apple and which one is Facebook).
In January of 2021, Apple had made an announcement about new features regarding app and data sharing policies starting in the upcoming iOS 14.5.
Long story short, Apple’s new App Tracking Transparency “will require apps to get the user’s permission before tracking their data across apps or websites owned by other companies.”
This includes Facebook’s app.
This means that Facebook users on devices with the upcoming iOS 14.5 (iPhone or iPads) will need to explicitly agree to be tracked by Facebook.
If the user gives permission to be tracked, then Facebook will be able to use that users’ data to target them for advertising.
If the user does NOT give permission, then Facebook will NOT be able to see website data from that user and won’t be able to target them as effectively for advertising.
For Dealers, this will mean that some of your Facebook ads will not be as targeted as it once was for users on iOS 14.5.
Godzilla lands the first blow (I guess I’ve chosen that Apple is Godzilla).
Apple is pretty tight-lipped about when the actual release date, but as of right now, the beta version is already out, so the update is fairly imminent.
Short answer, Yes.
As you can imagine, Facebook’s targeting engine will be fairly impacted when a percentage of iOS users decide to not provide permissions be tracked.
In response to this, Facebook will be relying less on direct app data and more on their proprietary “Facebook Aggregated Event Measurement” protocol. This protocol is designed essentially to help supplement the missing app data and to continue aiding the proper targeting of ads.
Kong counters with a mighty fist.
However, some configuration changes will need to be made for this to work with Dealers’ ads.
There are many small nuances, but the main items are:
The good news for Leadbox Customers is that Leadbox Account reps have already started the process of transiting Dealers to take advantage of “Facebook Aggregated Event Measurement” protocol.
That being said, minimal Dealer participation IS required to create a Business Manager Account. The rest you can leave to Leadbox.
Don’t we all, friend. Don’t we all.
While this may seem like a lot of trouble for dealerships, these new privacy policies for iOS are important. Many apps are collecting data from your devices that you may not even be aware of and these privacy features from Apple are a good way to at least provide visibility into them.
If you own an Apple device, you may be surprised which apps are tracking you beyond Facebook.
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