Smart Alternatives to Third-Party Cookies

Consumers Shouldn't Fear Third-Party Data, Just Bad Marketers


What are Smart Alternatives to Third-Party Cookies?

Google’s latest guidance is that it expects to end support for third-party cookies sometime in 2024.  Meantime, professional marketers are scrambling to test smart alternatives to third-party cookies.

Why?  Well, we’ve become very reliant on them.  And bad marketers who misused third-party data messed it up for all of us.

Consumers Shouldn’t Fear Cookies, They Should Fear Bad Marketers

Consumers, spooked by the idea that anyone is tracking their on-line activity, have risen up and demanded greater on-line privacy.  Google took a leadership role on this front, followed by Apple.  But, really, they just pounced on the market opportunity consumers inadvertently created.

Now the owner of your device, website, or app you’re using becomes the sole arbiter of first-party data between you and it — and most EULA (End User License Agreement) language says something to the effect of, “we’ll let you block third parties, but not us.”

The entire “move to privacy” has a strong chance of backfiring on consumers.  Be careful what you wish for, because lazy marketers will just go back to “spray and pray” tactics that will likely INCREASE irrelevant advertising in the near term.  Oops.

How To Be a Responsible Marketer

Let’s take this in a more positive direction.  Quickly.

If you want to be a responsible marketer who targets relevant prospects who actually want or need your product or service and you don’t want to annoy uninterested bystanders, there some smart alternatives to third-party cookies that have proven to work well so far.

Some of these tactics are even out-performing campaigns that have relied on third-party cookies for a long time:

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After 3 decades as a professional marketer, serial entrepreneur and business consultant Steven Ludwig shares his best practices for small business marketing for owners, managers, and marketers with limited time, money, and expertise. Steven started his professional marketing career in broadcasting in the early ‘90s in Chicago after attending Valparaiso University. After a brief stint at an advertising agency specializing in entertainment and sports marketing where he worked with radio and television stations, movie theatre companies, record labels, musicians, and professional sports teams, he moved to Nashville to form The Marketing Group with his long-time business partner, Jim Wood. Having worked with some of the largest brands in the world, in 2010 he returned to local marketing primarily out of an interest and excitement for working with small business owners to build stronger companies. That desire comes out of early days in radio, where he worked closely with everything from car dealerships to restaurants, insurance and real estate agents, banks, home services companies, and specialty retailers of all kinds. Over the past decade, he has been on the bleeding edge of digital marketing technology, constantly seeking to understand complex strategies employed by giant corporations and then translate those capabilities into tactics small businesses can execute at a local level. Today, in addition to other business ventures with his wife and other long-time business partners, he still lives outside Nashville in Franklin, Tennessee and currently serves as Executive Chairman of EmpowerLocal, a digital marketing company building a nationwide network of digital, hyperlocal news and lifestyle publishers to provide efficient advertising opportunities for local, regional, and national brands.


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