Verizon Media Rolls Out Connect ID To Replace Third Party Cookies
Verizon Media this week rolled out a new unified identity solution Connect ID in an industry-wide effort to help advertisers and marketers to transition from using third-party data as the center of online ad targeting.
The third-party cookies will soon be redundant as Google and Apple take steps to limit audience tracking owing to consumer data privacy concerns. Though the advertising industry has seen numerous innovations by many growing companies such as Lotame introduced Panorama ID, Verizon claims Connect ID is powered by direct relationships with 900 million global consumers.
The company has valuable first-party data about the activities of millions of customers based on its 30+ owned and operated consumer brands including Yahoo (content, search, and mail), AOL, and TechCrunch. Verizon Media will generate 200 billion data signals based on deterministic first-party data to create an identity graph that can help advertisers target and track audiences across devices. With Connect Id, the company aims to provide audience targeting on a large scale.
The company is promoting Connect ID to more advertisers and publishers to use its programmatic platform to buy and sell digital ad placements in an ongoing effort to capture the market share of the industry’s biggest players. The company has a full-stack advertising technology solution with a demand-side platform (DSP) for buyers and a sell-side platform (SSP) for content providers like Newsweek that are looking to unlock the full value of their advertising inventories. Dev Pragad, CEO of Newsweek, said,
We want to deliver the best experience possible for our audiences as well as maximize revenue for the premium content we produce. To ensure we can maximize our clients’ user experience while maximizing our revenues, we need partners like Verizon Media who can connect our audiences with quality advertisers and experiences, maximize yield and ensure our audiences’ privacy choices are respected. That’s why we’ve signed up for Verizon Media ConnectID.
As a part of the launch of Connect Id, the company also announced several partnerships with leading data providers like Acxiom, Adstra, Equifax IXI, Experian, Neustar, TransUnion, and Throttle. Concurrently, Verizon Media Connect Id is also working with IAB Tech Lab programs to develop industry-wide pro-privacy solutions for addressability with accountability. Jordan Mitchell, SVP, Head of Consumer Privacy, Identity, and Data, IAB Tech Lab, said,
IAB Tech Lab is proud to have Verizon Media involved in the development of new privacy-preserving addressability standards and industry accountability programs through Project Rearc, and we look forward to their support of these standards and programs once they are released.
The unified ID helps advertisers buy, measure, and optimize ads while enabling publishers to manage, monetize, and navigate audiences–all without third-party cookies. The company says adoption of the unified solution delivered a 33% lift in performance compared to third-party cookies. Iván Markman, Chief Business Officer at Verizon Media told AdWeek,
Most of the identity solutions out there are largely dependent on third-party integrations. Most of the companies don’t really own the customer relationships, and more important they won’t have the assets [such as a news website or email services] to provide a value exchange.
Presently, Verizon Media ConnectID is available in North America, APAC and select LATAM markets at launch and will soon roll out to more markets.