How to save budget testing new content


TikTok advertisers are facing challenges in budget decisions due to the impact of the SKaN platform and reduced testing budgets. Yoke Network has implemented a technique of using different Ad Groups per Campaign to extract maximum value from the available options and remain ahead of the competition. This approach allows for a smaller testing budget while still accessing vital CPA data, and reduces testing wastage. Additionally, it is advised to run audience segments as separate TikTok campaigns to avoid bidding against oneself and more effectively attribute performance to specific demographics.

Here's a simple trick to radically optimise your testing budgets...

We’re in the midst of a recession. TikTok Advertisers have to make a lot of tough decisions, because every penny is a prisoner. This is compounded by the impact SKaN has had on our industry, and many are rightly worried that reduced testing budgets may cause them to fall short of the Privacy Thresholds. 

Failing to reach these thresholds (of approximately 100 installs per day per campaign) blocks you from understanding post-install performance, making it near impossible to effectively optimise towards those vital CPA actions on TikTok.

We can’t avoid SKaN’s parameters and limitations, but we can learn how to extract maximum value from the available options. Since the advent of SKaN - here at Yoke Network - we have been testing and iterating on a wide variety of loopholes, exploits, and tactics to remain ahead of the competition. 

My favourite breakthrough was discovering how we could test content in a more cost-effective manner.

It all starts with a deceivingly simple and common setup, using TikTok’s maximum available allowance of 2 Ad Groups per Campaign. Ad Group A is our dedicated testing ground, with Ad Group B reserved for only the proven best performers. For the below example we are testing on a live campaign, with Ad Group B starting with three of our previously best performing content.

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Ad Group Testing Structure (Photo)

Privacy Thresholds are set at the campaign level, so this technique allows us to push the majority of spend through best performers. This allows a proportionally smaller testing budget to access vital CPA data. As content in Ad Group A reaches its allocated test budget we manually pause it. Only the best performers are upgraded to join Ad Group B, and this allows us to drastically decrease the minimum spend required to pass both Privacy and Optimisation Threshold. Reducing testing wastage during a time when every cent spent is under the microscope.

If you are looking to test different audience segments, we advise that you run them as separate TikTok Campaigns and ensure they don’t include any overlapping audiences. When multiple Ad Groups are aimed at the same audience, you are likely bidding against yourself and driving up the costs. It also allows you to more effectively attribute performance to specific demographics in a way that isn’t available with wider targeting.

For a more comprehensive structure on how to develop a long term user acquisition strategy, I discussed this last week in the blog SKAN Campaign Strategies On TikTok

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be revealing more behind-the-scenes knowledge, strategies, tactics, and observations as TikTok’s most successful App Marketing Network. Tricks that have allowed us to remain profitable and growing at a time when our competitors are downsizing and folding.

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