Apple app store ads are losing their premium sparkle.
Weekly ad revenue from Apple’s app store has been declining since February, according to a Singular report — and when iOS 14.5 launched on April 26, it fell faster.
Meanwhile, Android app store’s weekly revenue has been on the uptick.
This is striking for two reasons:
- Apple isn’t known for playing itself. It’s a $2T company!
- Apple’s app store ads are invasive. If you search for an app, the only fully above-the-fold result is a promoted (often unrelated) app.
Will this last?
It lasted through June. From June 1 through July 1, Apple ad store revenues dropped by about 33%, and Android app store revenues rose about 10%, the Wall Street Journal reported.
It’s not necessarily a permanent shift, though.
More likely, advertisers shifted some spend from the Apple app store to the Android one as they retool how they measure ad performance, said MarketerHire’s director of paid media Marc Barraza.
The Apple app store is struggling momentarily — but resilient.
“In my experience, iOS users are more valuable from a revenue and lifetime value standpoint,” Barraza said.
That’s hard for advertisers to give up.