Why You Should Care About ID-Less Inventory

Cookie deprecation may be delayed, but that doesn’t mean you should delay in preparing for this new era.

In a previous article, we looked at alternative user identifiers, but as advertising continues its shift towards a cookieless world, identity remains a key topic. Here’s what you should know about ID-less inventory and how to prepare to make the most of it. 

What is User Identification and Why is it Important?

User identification is essential across programmatic to enable advertisers to efficiently target users and accurately monitor campaigns. Based on a third-party cookie that includes a unique user ID, it is allocated to every unique user by each actor in the value chain before synchronizing with each other. 

However, the new GDPR regulations in Europe and, more recently, the new ATT Framework released by Apple have brought the issue of user consent to the table. Looking at data from our SSP for example, in the UK only 8% of in-app iOS 14.5+ inventory has positive consent. This, combined with browsers limiting third-party cookies by default, enables users to easily keep their data private and prevent user identification. 

As of today – even with Google delaying cookie phase out – Smart’s ID-less inventory counts for more than 30% of our traffic. Ultimately, this means the industry’s approach to digital advertising will need a reset and it is well-past time to get prepared.

The Opportunities for Non-Personalized Ads

While navigating this new ID-less environment is challenging for advertisers, its safe to say that new changes bring new opportunities. Google’s delay allows the adtech industry to get adequately prepared before the end of cookies. So, if you haven’t yet had the opportunity to test and learn, today is the right time to start. 

Here are two good reasons not to delay: 

  • Seizing the opportunity to test and learn before it’s too late gives you more time to educate your partners and rethink your success KPIs. 
  • ID-less inventory can help you reach your goals with lower eCPM and lower CPC.  
Lower eCPM
June 2021
Lower CPC
March 2021

How You Can Seize These Opportunities

We make ID-less targeting easy for your with Smart Auction Packages. As the user ID is not sent in the bid request, our Auction Packages are based. on inventory where a single cross-publisher deal ID is available within your DSP. Check out the catalog of  custom ready-to-use deals we offer for your location. 

With lower eCPM and CPC, you will need to adapt your media planning and the way you measure performance. Some ways still available to do so include:

  • measuring with indicators such as CTR, CPM, and brand safety
  • targeting audiences with advanced options such as semantic contextual
  • performance targeting such as minimum viewability or completion rate

Understanding the stakes in the shift towards an ID-less environment can help you best prepare for and benefit from this change. We are here to help you reach your goals and accompany you through the test and learn process. Reach out to our team to discuss your campaign strategies.

Our Smart Identity Indicator features the latest global identity trends

screenshots of smart identity indicator summer 2021

Related News

We deliver scoop on the latest in ad tech! Get news, tips and thought leadership focused on programmatic, quality, mobile, video, gaming, innovative formats, ad serving, quality and more. Smart covers it all!

Leading the way in transparency

Buyers.json: Leading the Way on Buy-Side Transparency

Until now advertising transparency standards were focused on the sell-side. Recently, the IAB introduced the buyers.json and DemandChain Object standards to serve as the buy-side counterparts. At Smart, we are excited to take the lead on embracing buyer transparency initiatives with our LiquidM DSP being the first to adopt buyers.json.

Read More

Ad Tech’s Challenge: Authentically Engaging the U.S. Hispanic Market

According to the 2020 U.S. Census, over 62.3 million Hispanics live in the U.S. But, the scale and influence of this audience isn’t always reflected in the amount of media spend being invested by marketers. Here we share takeaways from our discussion with a panel of experts around how ad tech can better engage with the U.S. Hispanic market.

Read More