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The Future of Cookie-less Programmatic & Display Advertising

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With display & programmatic advertising going cookie-less and privacy becoming the priority for the martech platforms and marketing world, learn what’s next

The world of advertising has harnessed data, mainly through the use of cookies, to learn better about audiences and target them for the past decade. But various data breaches have raised concerns for customers about the data that is collected about them. Pertinent questions like

  • Who is collecting the data?
  • How are they using the data?
  • Is the data being handled keeping the privacy compliances in mind?

This has led to the assembling of the programmatic industry with wide changes that prioritize customer privacy. GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) led the way, and Facebook and Google have also made voluntary changes, the latest one is the removal of third-party cookies from internet browsers. Apple’s Safari blocked these third-party cookies in 2017, Followed by Mozilla Firefox late last year, and Google Chrome, which accounts for around 62% of browsing, has recently announced a two-year transition period to do the same.

So programmatic advertising is going cookie-less, but is it the end of digital advertising? The answer is yes as well as no, to understand in detail, let’s dive into the article.

What exactly are Third-Party Cookies?

Third-Party Cookies are the cookies created by domains other than the one visited by users, instead, they are usually used for tracking and online-advertising purposes. It is used to collect various user information such as user behavior on the site, location, type of device, etc.

Now, let’s see the impact on programmatic advertising if these cookies are blocked.

Impact on Programmatic Advertising

When it comes to digital advertising, the third-party cookies are like its backbone but the Consumer Privacy Acts such as GDPR, CCPA which wants to make sure that user data tracking are happening with their consent and transparency, but some third-party is utilizing the fine-grained user data to retarget them on the basis of their past web activity which irritates most of the user.

The Impact of scrapping the third-party cookies is reflected on all the components of the programmatic advertising environment because for almost 2 decades we have been dependent upon third-party cookies for various purposes such as Retargeting, conversion tracking, etc.

Impact on Publishers:

Supply-side platforms and Ad Exchange won’t be able to recognize users on websites in the same way they can now by using third-party cookies.

Impact on Data Management Platform (DMP):

The end of third-party cookies in web browsers means that DMP’s won’t be able to create audiences that can be later utilized for audience activation and targeting by advertisers.

Impact on AdTech Platforms:

Adtech platforms can’t map the relevant user to display the ads on the browser since cookie sync won’t happen anymore so their targeting, frequency capping, and conversion tracking needs to be handled with a different approach

Impact on Advertisers:

They used to depend on the third-party data to target reach relevant users need to work on building first-party audiences data and tie-up with a relevant publisher to by the inventory directly.

What’s Next for Programmatic Advertising?

It’s the perfect time to focus on alternative strategies to target relevant users. Building their own First-Party Data, using Contextual Advertising, preparing the White List, developing Universal ID, etc. are some of the ways companies can develop their programmatic advertising for the future.

Recently Aqilliz Integrated with BritePool to offer a blockchain-enabled cookieless ad targeting solution. The launch of this offering shows that advertisers are preparing for the future. The addition of blockchain for ad targeting will further ensure the privacy of the users.

To sum it all up:

Moreover, recently released Media Quality Report for H1 2020 by Integral Ad Science (IAS), advertisers in APAC are seeing programmatic gains, also the advancements in programmatic technology are continuing to enhance the quality of impressions. This report also showcased the decrease in Ad Fraud Rates, which is also a good sign for programmatic advertisers, as their efforts post-cookieless ads will have a more relevant outcome.

Going cookieless will have positive as well as negative impacts on the advertising industry, but we as audience and advertisers need to decide, what’s more important for us, personalized and trackable ads or audience data?

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Aashish Yadav
Content Writer, Martech Cube
Aashish is currently a Content writer at Martech Cube. He is an enthusiastic and avid writer. His key region of interests include covering different aspects of technology and mixing them up with layman ideologies to pan out an interesting take. His main area of interests range from medical journals to marketing arena.

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