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Think Small: Why Big Data Isn't For Everyone

Posted by Nina Piccinini on Tue, Jan 6, 2015 @ 09:45 AM

adage-logoA topic all too familiar to marketers around the globe – Big Data. In Ad Age today, our Chief Product Officer Jeff Hassemer shares why big data may not be for everyone and how marketers can use “small data” to better target customers. And while he’s at it, he’ll also provide a nice handy dandy explanation of what exactly “small data” is to get you started ASAP. Here’s a snapshot:

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Topics: Ad Tech, Data

What a Buy-Side First-Party Ad Server Can Do That a Buy-Side Third Party Ad Server Cannot

Posted by Tim Mayer on Thu, Dec 11, 2014 @ 12:09 PM


Many people often wonder what the difference is between a First-Party ad server, such as Trueffect, and other ad servers that are part of the third party ecosystem. The rise of the buzz word “First-Party data” compounded this confusion. A First-Party ad server is a technology that handles First-Party Data and other data types in a unique and special way, but it is not exclusive to just First-Party Data. 

In this article, O’Neill Stanleigh, Trueffect’s own Director of Solutions, explains the difference in how First-Party ad serving technology operates and what unique capabilities and benefits the technology provides. Excerpt below:

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Topics: Ad Tech

Why Does an Advertiser Need an Ad Server?

Posted by Tim Mayer on Tue, Nov 25, 2014 @ 10:53 AM

We get this question quite often so we thought we’d take a couple of minutes to cover off on it here and of course, open it up for any questions or comments you may have in the string below based upon your own experience.

With that, let’s jump into our Q&A:


Publisher or Advertiser Ad Server? What’s the difference?


Let’s first define the difference between a publisher (sell-side) ad server and an advertiser (buy side) ad server. When a user visits a web page, take for example, there is ad space available on the page for advertisers to purchase if they want to get in front of ESPN’s audience. A publisher ad server determines which advertiser will be offered which ad space on any given page. Once it is decided which advertiser is serving the impression, a call is then made to the buy-side ad server to decide which creative should be used and then serves the chosen creative to that user on the publisher site.


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Topics: Ad Tech

Proposed Measurement Solutions and Their Pitfalls

Posted by Martin Smith on Tue, Nov 19, 2013 @ 03:21 PM

Hot off the heels of our Trupath measurement announcement, today we’re covering measurement in more depth.

 A bit of background, digital media is the only channel where the advertiser has presence at the point of delivery and where the advertiser actually participates in the advertising process rather than handing it off to a media provider. It should therefore be regarded as strategic and considered carefully by both agencies and advertisers. For context, it is important to understand the full needs of the advertiser and the scope of measurement and data integration before fully embracing any model. Against this strategic context, we are then better able to determine the viability of the models in the market place.Measureurement

Distributed use of First-Party Cookies overcomes many of the core limitations in the current third-party model regarding deletion, audience measurement and authenticated multi-device association as well as utilization of audience variables at point of delivery. Stability and user volumes are also impressively high. However while the framework is a substantial improvement on the traditional third party framework it also requires integration of alternate measurement techniques to provide a fully validated model to support all media, marketing and channel analytics effectively.

While the traditional third-party measurement model continues to degrade the incremental models also require careful review as their ability to be scalable, secure, provide adequate privacy control and align to targeting needs to be carefully understood.

Ubiquity: Advertisers need a measurement standard that can be deployed universally across media. However, a centralized model in a predominantly sell-side company seems a stretch. It could push us back to the days of having 25 different measurement models. The pro here is of course having effective consolidation across the Chrome environment will alleviate some of the impacts.

Server-Side vs Client Side: is also an important part of this discussion. The model where the data is pushed from the browser and re-compiled at the server side creates some very interesting scenarios. It is outside any user control, but it is also outside that view. This is not unique to this model as Locally Shared Objects (LSO) and, to some extent, finger-printing have similar characteristics; however, the sheer concentration of data and the depth of associations will be of concern to regulators and consumer advocacy groups.

Constructive vs Constrictive: It has become clear over the last few comparative/competitive analysis exercises that the real meat in the data requires a lot of granular management to get to really actionable and meaningful information.

The embracing of the merely obvious actually constricts the advertiser and agency’s ability to deliver a differentiated and competitively advantaged solution: Hey Coca-Cola we’re going to pool your data with the same data as Pepsi and you can have the same vanilla reporting! Procter & Gamble, we’re going to level the playing field so your competitors are equally advantaged or disadvantaged as you, even though you spend $XX more!

Pooled Targeting: A further extension of the point above is that this opens up pooled targeting and proliferation of user behavioral data: your best customer just became your competitor’s best prospect.

New Blocking Techniques: The delays in Firefox 24 point to another area of significant risk in a server-side model, namely, a very proactive consumer advocacy group in the browser community. The proposed Stanford revisions identify cookie-level controls that could significantly disrupt this type of model (excluding Android and Chrome). 

Compliance: Finally, it should also be remembered that anything an advertiser allows needs to align to their own privacy policy and compliance. Obviously, this has significant impact in markets where advertisers carry liability; however, the brand impact should not be discounted in all markets. Most advertisers’ privacy policies may not be aligned to federated data sharing model. Additionally regulated areas such as Cable Multi-System Operators (MSO), Communication, Government and Financial Services may also have significant regulatory restrictions. 

The association on measurement and its near neighbor targeting also has impact on an advertiser’s overall data strategies. The increased investment and management of all media data by advertisers is becoming a significant reality. Measurement is not confined to media consumption elements but is increasingly being integrated across channels and linked to brick and mortar. That’s why it’s so important to have the very best measurement based on the very strongest data. 



This good data in, good data out philosophy was the guiding force for our development of Trupath. Using millions of data points spread among several big data clients, the initiative made us think of measurement in a next level manner. Building on our understanding of data and our First Party technology, we took Trupath to an evolutionary place.




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Topics: First-Party Data, Trueffect, Ad Tech, First-Party Advantage, Targeting

Stop Getting Lost in Inaccurate Data, Find the Trupath

Posted by Team Trueffect on Wed, Nov 13, 2013 @ 11:19 AM

Trupath is Trueffect’s next generation measurement tool. Blending First Party technology with the power of multi-media data collection, Trupath allows clients greater insight into the effectiveness of ad campaigns.

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Topics: First-Party Data, Trueffect, Ad Tech, First-Party Advantage, Targeting

Three Lessons on Motivating Response

Posted by Team Trueffect on Tue, Oct 22, 2013 @ 01:54 PM

Does your message move people? Recently we wrapped up an important project here at Trueffect and in the process learned a bit more about how we can help ourselves and our clients to get a better response from their target audiences. The results offers insight to the problems our customers face on a grander scale.

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Topics: First-Party Data, Third Party cookies, Trueffect, Ad Tech

New: 2 Minute Video Overview on First-Party

Posted by Nina Piccinini on Thu, Oct 17, 2013 @ 03:31 PM

With the changes currently taking place in the industry regarding Third-Party cookies, now  more than ever, Marketers are looking for alternative solutions and First-Party technology is at the top of the list. Since we’re all things First-Party, we’ve created this quick, two minute video, to highlight the benefits. Think of this as your “CliffNotes” version of First-Party!

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Topics: First-Party Data, Third Party cookies, Trueffect, Ad Tech, privacy

Trueffect Doubles Down on Performance Data

Posted by Team Trueffect on Wed, Oct 9, 2013 @ 03:11 PM

This past Summer, Trueffect introduced new Performance reports to provide our Customers with streamlined knowledge of how their campaigns are performing.  Over ten different metrics – including Impressions, Clicks, CTR, Spend, Impression Reach, Click Reach and more – can be viewed for Campaign, Creative and Media. Today we introduced Geography (Geo) and Technology reporting to this mix. The combination of these five standard reports extends insight for Clients to intelligently optimize their campaigns.

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Topics: First-Party Data, Third Party cookies, Trueffect, Ad Tech

Shifting Your Marketing Strategy To Fit Your Market

Posted by Nina Piccinini on Fri, Oct 4, 2013 @ 02:26 PM

describe the imageWe’re wrapping up our lessons-learned from our Executive Partner Summit and today we’re covering  how your strategy has to shift to fit your market and what you can learn from the way the other half lives.

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Topics: First-Party Data, Third Party cookies, Trueffect, Ad Tech

Retail Tracking – Two Views

Posted by Nina Piccinini on Thu, Sep 26, 2013 @ 12:37 PM

It's Throw Back Thursday so we thought we'd re-visit some of the lessons-learned from our Executive Partner Summit. We had a blast at the event and even better were the sessions from Keynotes like Eric Sherman, Senior Manager of Acquisition for Rue La La and Kelly Perdew , Co-Founder and CEO at TargetClose. They had a brilliant panel that looked at retail advertising from two directions - as a seller and an agency.

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Topics: First-Party Data, Third Party cookies, Trueffect, Ad Tech

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