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Big changes are coming for digital cookies, the text files that track consumer behavior online, as Google Chrome phases them out by 2022. The good news for advertisers is the change only impacts third-party cookies, which are placed on a site via a third party — hence the name. First-party cookies, which are created and stored by the site a user visits — and help browsers remember user-specific data like passwords and the items shoppers…

There has been a lot of chatter around cookies recently, and not just because it’s Girl Scouts season. Web cookies — which, for years, have impacted how we shop, browse, and search online — are undergoing major changes with enormous implications for ad publishers, users, and brands.  We know how difficult it can be for marketers to keep track of the flurry of activity surrounding web cookies. This guide provides an in-depth overview of how web…

Cybersecurity: It’s an issue consumers, business owners, and marketers need to be on high-alert about — more so than ever before. It doesn’t help that the lexicon of internet privacy terms continues to grow as new hacks are created in the ongoing war between web users and the organizations that want their data.  We know it can be hard to keep up with all the acronyms and technical lingo involved in that tug of war…

If there’s one constant in online marketing — or life in general, actually — it’s change. Marketers are conditioned to adapt to everything, from algorithms changing and channels rising and falling, to acronyms coming in and out of popularity and strategies constantly evolving. But the silver lining is while these changes can be challenging, they also yield opportunities. Now in 2021, marketers are facing another dual challenge and opportunity: the death of third-party cookies, resulting…

When Google Chrome stops supporting third-party cookies in 2022, it will be the end of a nearly 30-year era in digital marketing as the industry decisively shifts toward consumer privacy. Though marketers shouldn’t lose sleep over the coming change to data collection practices, it’s important to spend 2021 securing alternate data sources to compensate. One of the primary ways that you can ensure you’re ready for this cookie-less future is by collecting your own sources…

The word “cookies” is no longer limited to describing a tasty treat. Today, we understand the term through the lens of tech — cookies are a way for websites to improve digital experiences, serve personalized ads, and save passwords.  Though helpful, our affinity toward cookies has dwindled in recent years. We’ve grown warier of digital ads and more concerned about user privacy and data protection. In light of regulations such as the EU’s General Data…

Big changes are coming fast for advertisers who rely on cookies from third-party players to power their online advertising strategies. It’s been a long time coming given the growing drumbeat of consumer privacy worldwide — and we still don’t know what alternative browsers like Google will offer to make up for it — but now is certainly the time for advertisers to prepare for what’s to come. Here’s a comprehensive guide to first-party cookies vs.…

Consider this marketing experience: A banner promoting blue-light filtering glasses on an article listing the best books of 2020. Or a video ad for sports equipment that’s shown before a YouTube fitness tutorial. Maybe even text ads for a weekly produce subscription box on the sidebar of a recipe site.  It’s a no-brainer that marketers see the best results when they showcase their brand alongside content that their target audience pursues online. In fact, it’s…

Since arriving on the digital marketing scene in the mid-90s, cookies have remained an integral tool for understanding their customers. However, evolving public expectations for user data privacy have catalyzed a shift away from the use of certain cookies — specifically, third-party cookies — to track consumers online. In response, major legislation such as Europe’s GDPR law and the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA) pushed significant changes in how marketers manage, trade, and use customer…

When Lou Montulli began his work on web browsers in the early 1990s, he became interested in restoring user sessions when they returned to visit a web page. Lou devised a way to store small data files locally to make it faster and easier for these users to pick up where they left off. He began describing these data files as “cookies,” a term commonly associated with certain operating systems and programming languages of the time. …