What You Need to Know About Apple’s iOS 14 Update

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In conjunction with the iPhone operating system version 14, Apple released updated User Privacy and Data Use terms that will start impacting how Facebook receives and processes conversion events from their pixel and App DSKs. The biggest change from the Apple side is that apps will now ask the user for permission to track them across apps and websites. Additionally, Facebook is notifying platform users that there are other possible adverse impacts:

an announcement from apple that there will be an ios 14 update

Facebook is working on a way to begin processing pixel conversion events from iOS devices using Aggregated Event Measurement. This will support your efforts to preserve user privacy and help you run effective campaigns.

We recommend that you take the following actions to prepare for this update:

  • Verify your domain in Facebook Business Manager. To complete the business verification, you must demonstrate that you are connected to your business by either receiving a verification code or completing domain verification. For domain verification, your webmaster must place a special code on your website. Only a person with admin access to your business can do this, and it may require a web developer’s support (depending on your comfort level). Get instructions for doing this here.
  • Set up event configuration within Events Manager. Advertisers will need to select from the 8-event limit for account optimization. Facebook will provide recommendations for events optimization as well, based on recent ad account spend.
  • Review and update all ad sets that will be impacted after the transition.
  • Update your Business App, if applicable, to Facebook’s SKD for iOS 14 V.8.0 to help personalize ads delivered to devices on iOS 14, and to continue receiving app conversion events reporting from iOS 14 devices. This can be done from Events Manager, but only app admins can make the required changes.

Facebook has created a Resource Center available through Ad Center with personalized checklists to help guide you through the necessary actions. 

facebook's userface talking about the upcoming apple ios14 update

Oneupweb has been taking the following steps for our paid media clients:

  • Exporting your campaign data from Facebook Ads Manager
  • Analyzing different attribution windows to better anticipate any changes in reported conversions that result from moving to a 7-day default
  • Updating the attribution window for your automated rules to a 7-day click attribution window now to help avoid unexpected changes to your automated rules later

What to expect moving forward:

  • Ad limitations
    • The Facebook pixel may only optimize for a maximum of 8 conversion events for each domain.
  • Reporting and optimization limitations
    • Reporting may be delayed up to 3 days.
    • Results will be estimated using statistical modeling.
    • Breakdowns for age, gender, region and placements will not be available.
    • Attribution will belong to each ad set, not each account. The default for all new campaigns will be 7 days, or what’s provided by Apple’s SKAdNetwork API.
  • Targeting limitations
    • The size of your targeted audiences will likely decrease, including custom audiences and remarketing lists.

At Oneupweb, we have been preparing for about a year by downloading campaign data and adjusting conversion windows where applicable. We are actively mitigating any performance decreases from this upcoming change.

Let us know online or call (231) 922-9977 if you have questions or wish to discuss this further with a member of our team.

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