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Apple has released an update in iOS 10 that lets users opt out of interest-based advertising by masking their device’s IDFA (Identifier for Advertisers).

While Apple has allowed users to opt out of interest-based advertising since iOS 6 by resetting their IDFA or by activating Limit Ad Tracking (LAT) in user settings, developers were still able to use IDFAs for functions like frequency capping, fraud detection and attribution.

But not anymore. With the release of iOS 10, Apple has completely hidden the IDFAs of users who enable LAT, obscuring the identifiers with a string of zeros. Roughly 10-15% of iOS users are expected to activate the setting, according to Singular’s analysis and industry estimates, causing concern among marketers who wonder whether masked IDFAs will create a hole in their attribution data.

But fear not, Singular’s got you covered. The Singular Attribution Engine attributes new and re-engaged installs and events regardless of whether an IDFA is available (and without any action required from customers who have the Singular SDK installed).   

Here’s how we do it: For the vast majority of iOS users who do not enable LAT, it’s business as usual: Singular continues to attribute users by applying its deterministic, IDFA-based attribution.

But in instances when a valid IDFA is not detected, Singular’s fingerprinting-based matching algorithms kick in to connect unique device attributes (derived from the user agent, IP address and other properties) and assign an identifier for future attribution of these devices. Our fingerprinting engine automatically limits the attribution window to 24 hours, where the accuracy rate is over 95%.

As an additional measure, to achieve the highest level of accuracy, Singular works closely with our integrated ad partners to build tracking links that are optimized for data granularity, with multiple macros passing available identifiers into our attribution engine.

All in all, we support Apple’s latest push to prevent bad actors from cross-marketing to users who opt out of interest-based advertising, and we’ll continue to stay ahead of software updates across all mobile platforms to ensure that Singular delivers the most advanced attribution solution for the top marketers in the world.

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The Final Stretch


We’re almost at the finish line. Just a little further! That’s probably what you’re thinking right now as we wind down this last, final quarter of the year. But things never quite slow down at Singular and, like most of you, we’re already looking at 2016 and working on how can we continue to build technology to make this ecosystem just a little bit easier.

So, on that note here are a few features we’d like to highlight that we know are going to make your lives just a little bit easier. Continue reading Tis the Season of Cool, New Features

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Granularity is no longer an option:  It’s a necessity.  See how far you can go with Singular Stack


If you’re an experienced mobile marketer you know that getting clicks, conversions, installs and CPI is just the start on the road to understanding the performance of your ad campaigns.  Ultimately,  the metric you’re really after is ROI (or some industry-specific proxy that gives you a ratio of spend to return).   ROI really tells you what matters most:  what was the gain I obtained from investing to acquire a user on a specific ad network or campaign.    

The magic of Singular Analytics (our core product) is that by unifying all your data in one place (cost and revenue) we make it much easier for you to derive ROI no matter how many sources of traffic you use.  

The challenge for today’s mobile marketers is that as competition heats up and the cost of acquiring users increases, you need to get more and more granular to identify pockets of high value users that might be too expensive on larger, more established networks.  Understanding the ROI across OS’s, countries and ad networks is no longer enough.   You need to go even deeper. Continue reading Surviving a Hyper-Competitive Mobile Install Market

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In the Age of Installs and App Rankings, ROI is King

The mobile app market is booming like never before. According to Statista, the App Store and Google Play alone will generate an estimated 179 billion mobile app installs by the end of 2015 (accumulated to date). In terms of revenue, the US alone is forecast to see developers and brands spend an estimated $4.6 billion dollars this year and up to $6.8 billion in 2019, according to Business Insider. Continue reading Which Mobile Marketing Metric Should Marketers Track?

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Unifying all your mobile ad spend and app revenue is never easy. But what’s harder still is making sense of it all once you have it in one place. We know that for mobile marketers having all your data laid out before you in a way that is simple, clear and concise helps you draw conclusions more quickly and, therefore, make decisions more efficiently.

That is why we’re excited to announce some important updates to the Singular Analytics Dashboard. Continue reading Improve Your View of the World: Enhanced Dashboard

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