Adform’s first-party IDs solution ready to solve the cookie problem

Adform Integrated advertising platform (IAP) Adform, has launched the first demand-side solution using first-party IDs that unlocks the power of personalised advertising and data in a world without third-party cookies. The demise of third-party cookies is already a headache for advertisers and publishers on some browsers, and all players in the ecosystem are looking to future-proof their offering and tech stacks.

A joint collaboration between Adform, the European publishing group Sanoma, marketing agency Dagmar, and global group IPG MediaBrands, the initiative is demonstrating how the advertising ecosystem is solving the grip of walled garden alternatives that threaten a more open and competitive market. By sharing first-party data and IDs with Adform, the participating agencies have the power to personalise advertising, target specific audiences, and report results – all without the use of any third-party cookies.

The move to first-party based data not only provides a safeguard for the future but also presents the opportunity for improved personalised advertising in cookie-less environments, like Firefox and Safari browsers. Publishers are particularly eager to secure ad revenue, and advertisers are primarily looking to better target and frequency cap their ad buying.

Without the need for hundreds of third-party cookies, compliance with regulations such as GDPR and CCPA will be easier, while also offering a better user experience. In addition, first-party IDs and data live longer than third-party cookies, providing significant advantages for most brands and the quality of data in general.

With first-party IDs from publishers and advertisers forming the transactional backbone of the supply chain, impressions and data use become fully traceable which increases transparency – helping issues with discrepancies, accountability, hidden fees, arbitrage, and ad fraud, while significantly decreasing the risk of data leakage.

IponwebSo far, publisher announcements around first-party data have represented positive yet individual approaches, now it’s clear that working together presents a more powerful way to ensure profitability for independent publishers. In fact, the evidence of how impactful shared first-party IDs can be has already led to many agencies and sales houses to express interest in moving spend away from media giants.

Jakob Bak, CTO, Adform