In this article, we discuss which aspects of conversion values app marketers should consider when selecting a measurement model.
If you’ve read about the conversion value before, you know there are some technicalities involved. Integers? binary code? “bits” of data? What’s next, random timers? Wait, that’s already a thing 😱.
Worry not. In this article, we’ve included concrete examples (with images!) to show some of the most common applications of measurement models and which limitations to consider when defining your own conversion value.
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The conversion value is the new campaign data, at least in Apple’s App Tracking Transparency framework (ATT). All the post-install engagement insights we’re used to are now combined in ONE conversion value that can be set up to track campaign data.
This conversion value is an integer with a 6-bit value (more on this below) defined by the advertisers. Marketers can opt to include this value in the SKAdNetwork install postback sent to the DSP or ad network responsible for the install.
Keep in mind: with SKAdNetwork attribution, we cannot connect a specific install to a user, but we can connect it to a group of impressions/clicks within a unique ID, functioning as a “cluster” of users or variables.
Because it is the “make it or break it” of SKAdNetwork. The conversion value can be set up to collect valuable performance insights that wouldn’t be recorded otherwise when using SKAD—and these insights show us how valuable each cluster of users is.
By working with growth partners to effectively map out conversion values, advertisers will be able to access campaign data like ROI, user retention, and in-app behavior. These insights will allow app marketers to answer questions such as:
Each conversion value is defined by 6 bits of binary data. This means each bit holds the value 0 or 1, which can be used to symbolize whether each bit is turned “on” or “off”.
These 6 bits of data can be combined to generate multiple measurement options. Still with us? Read on for some concrete examples of how to measure conversion value.
There’s no definite solution when it comes to measuring the conversion value, but app marketers are mainly leveraging three methodologies:
#1 Using all 6-bits to track 1 metric: each 6-bit value represents one metric, such as revenue. Following this logic, 000000 could represent $0 revenue, 000011 could be over $5, 001010 would be over $20, etc.
#2 Using 6-bits to track 2 metrics: dividing the 6 bits of data to create two different “groups” that track two different KPIs. For example: using 2 bits of data to track the amount of in-app purchases and the 4 remaining bits to track revenue. As a result, a single conversion value could represent users who conducted over 3 in-app purchases and generated over $5 in revenue.
#3 Using 6-bits to track 3 or more metrics: this method uses at least one bit for identifying a yes/no indicator (such as “subscribed to monthly plan: yes/no”) and splits the remaining bits into two or more groups to track other metrics. Using this method, a conversion value could identify which users conducted over 3 in-app purchases, generated over $5 in revenue, and subscribed to a monthly plan.
While these are the main factors to consider, there are a few more technical limitations that may affect the campaign postback. For example: when updated, the value can only be increased (if changed from 20 to 15, it won’t be accepted). That’s why app marketers should rely on their growth partners to learn how to best handle these limitations, and which other technicalities to look out for.
Short answer: no. Long answer: advertisers need to map out their own conversion value according to their specific app, growth goals, and in-app events.
We advise marketers to keep it simple and start working with their growth partners ASAP. The first step towards an effective SKAdNetwork campaign is testing. Figuring out conversion values is hard, but not impossible.
If you feel like you haven’t nailed your conversion value mapping yet, or if you’re still getting started with SKAdNetwork, don’t hesitate to contact us. For more information on all things ATT, IDFA, and SKAD, visit our iOS 14.5 dedicated hub.