Wunderman unveils adtech solution to replace cookies

data_10Wunderman Thompson has joined the stampede to devise new adtech solutions to replace brands’ reliance on third-party cookies, by launching what it claims is the industry’s first private personalisation technology of its kind.

Dubbed Resolve, the platform uses AI to help brands better recognise and reach customers so they can personalise CRM, media and ecommerce experiences without sharing their data or using third-party tracking.

From early 2022 Google Chrome will no longer allow the tracking of third-party cookies, meaning brands will lose access to much of the data they currently use to target audiences and drive online sales. Other browsers and mobile devices have made similar moves to block third-party tracking in recent months.

According to the Statista Digital Advertising Market Outlook 2020, more than $100bn a year of advertising spend is currently targeted and measured using third-party tracking, so the stakes are high to get new technology in place.

Wunderman claims Resolve enables brands to prepare for a world without third-party cookies and take ownership of their customer data to create direct relationships and more personal and powerful experiences.

Resolve is an AI-powered solution that sits inside a brand’s owned cloud data platforms (such as Google Cloud and Amazon Web Services). The WPP agency insists this ensures privacy sensitive data never leaves the brand’s control.

Resolve works alongside existing marketing technology and analytics, using deep neural AI networks to learn patterns in consented consumer data. And Wunderman also maintains that Resolve delivers results quickly; brands will see a 20% to 45% increase in their ability to re-identify consumers, by deploying Resolve to make better use of the first-party data they are already capturing today, the agency claims.

Wunderman Thompson chief data officer EMEA Alex Steer said: “People have shifted from being irritated by the advert for shoes that follows them across the web, to being concerned about the data sharing that allows it to happen.

“Resolve does three things – it recognises customers based on their behaviours not just their cookies, it learns more about customers as people, and it finds the brand’s next best customers. It does all these without sharing customers’ data. We think people are right to be concerned about how their data is used, and brands need to show they take a stand on behalf of their customers’ privacy.”

Wunderman Thompson chief operating officer of marketing automation and personalisation Chandra Benjamin Mostov added: “Marketers are encouraged to stay focused rather than distracted by the third-party adtech panic of the next few months. Instead, Resolve will help brands focus on accelerating the path to first-party relationships with its customers.

“Ambitious brands will seize the opportunity presented with Resolve, which brings true business value in a way that respects the consumers’ need for privacy.

“Resolve is for businesses who refuse to share their consumer data with agencies and technology companies – inspiring confidence among consumers who care about privacy and security in their lives.”

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