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Amazon plans for own identifier as Google phases out third-party cookies
Amazon is reportedly planning to introduce its own identifier to allow advertisers and publishers to track and measure activities within its own ecosystem.
The move is seen as a bid by the e-commerce and ad giant to capture business for its demand-side platform (DSP) and publisher services in the wake of Google phasing out third-party cookies, which track users across the net.
Why it matters
The move, reported by sources to Digiday, would mean a further fragmentation of internet measurement systems, amid increased focus on individual privacy. Apple’s iOS 14 update already gives users the choice to block its IDFA (Identifier for Advertisers), and Google is pushing its FLoCs – Federated Learning of Cohorts – in which users are placed into a cohort of others with similar internet interests and are all shown the same ads, but not identified individually.
- Key to Amazon’s approach will be that its identifier will only operate within its various platforms, unlike universal ones being developed by The Trade Desk and LiveRamp, for example, which Google has said it won’t support. Amazon’s data will be available to advertisers through Amazon’s DSP and to publishers via its publisher services operation, APS. According to one source, the identifier would be similar to Google’s publisher provided identifier (PPID); this is restricted to a network of owned and operated sites.
- An Amazon identifier, however, is viewed as potentially giving the e-commerce giant a significant edge in attracting digital ads following the demise of third-party cookies. It could also herald a new era for advertisers who will be forced to use different identifiers from a small group of walled gardens.
The long view
Sources suggest it’s not yet clear what timeline Amazon has in mind, but that it is concerned to get its offering right with regard to privacy, especially as Amazon currently only generates a tiny proportion of revenue from advertising. Amazon has confirmed the identifier will comply with its privacy, interest-based ads and opt-out policies.
“As advertisers look to navigate the future, they’re going to continue to look to partners in the near term who can do 1-to-1, both targeting and measurement. More than anything, the measurement front, the partners that have that closed-loop look are going to become increasingly important.” Lauren Fisher, VP Business Intelligence, Advertiser Perceptions
Sourced from Digiday
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