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Optimizing Mobile Game User Acquisition with SKADNetwork


User acquisition is a crucial aspect of mobile game marketing, and with the introduction of Apple's SKAdNetwork (SKAN), it has become essential for mobile game developers to optimize their user acquisition strategies accordingly. Here are some key considerations and best practices for optimizing mobile game user acquisition with SKADNetwork

  • Understand SKADNetwork

Gain a thorough understanding of how SKADNetwork works and its limitations. SKADNetwork provides limited attribution data and requires a different approach compared to traditional attribution methods. Familiarize yourself with the attribution windows, privacy thresholds, and data limitations imposed by SKADNetwork.

  • Set Clear Campaign Objectives

Clearly define your user acquisition goals and campaign objectives. Whether it's driving installs, in-app purchases, or specific in-game actions, align your campaign objectives with measurable key performance indicators (KPIs).

  • Implement SKAN-Compatible Measurement

Ensure that your app's code is updated to support SKAN-compatible measurement. Integrate the necessary SDK updates and configure your app to collect the necessary conversion values and SKAN parameters.

  • Optimize Conversion Value Strategy

Conversion values play a crucial role in SKADNetwork attribution. Define and optimize your conversion value strategy based on the specific actions or events that indicate user engagement and value within your game. Assign meaningful and incremental values to different conversion events to accurately measure their impact on user acquisition.

  • Segment and Target Audiences

Leverage audience segmentation to target specific user groups that are more likely to engage with your game. Use SKAN-compatible ad networks to reach these audiences and tailor your creatives and messaging to resonate with their interests and preferences.

  • Test and Iterate Creatives

Perform A/B testing with different creatives to identify the most effective ad formats, visuals, and messaging for driving user acquisition. Continuously iterate and optimize your creatives based on performance metrics such as click-through rates (CTRs), install rates, and post-install actions.

  • Collaborate with Ad Networks

Work closely with ad networks that support SKADNetwork attribution. Collaborate with them to align your user acquisition strategies and leverage their expertise in optimizing SKAN-compatible campaigns. Stay updated with the latest features and offerings from these ad networks to take full advantage of SKADNetwork capabilities.

  • Monitor and Analyze Performance

Regularly monitor the performance of your user acquisition campaigns through the aggregated data provided by SKADNetwork. Analyze metrics such as install rates, post-install events, and retention rates to assess the effectiveness of different campaigns, ad networks, and targeting strategies.

  • Optimize Ad Spend Allocation

Leverage SKADNetwork data to optimize your ad spend allocation across different campaigns and ad networks. Focus on channels and campaigns that deliver better ROI and allocate your budget accordingly to maximize user acquisition efficiency.

  • Leverage Post-Install Engagement

User acquisition is just the first step. Prioritize post-install engagement and retention strategies to ensure long-term user value. Implement in-game events, personalized messaging, and rewards to keep users engaged and increase their lifetime value.

  • Stay Informed and Adapt

SKADNetwork is an evolving ecosystem, and it's crucial to stay informed about any updates, changes, or best practices. Keep up with industry news, attend relevant webinars or conferences, and engage with the mobile gaming community to stay ahead of the curve.


By optimizing your mobile game user acquisition strategies with SKADNetwork, you can effectively measure and optimize campaign performance, drive targeted installs, and maximize the return on your marketing investment. Stay proactive, test different approaches, and iterate based on data-driven insights to continuously improve your user acquisition efforts in the evolving mobile gaming landscape.


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