As you may know, Chrome is adding an ad blocker/filter, and has announced that it will start working on Feb 15. This post outlines:
At our company, we like to publish articles and opinion pieces about the key issues facing the partner and affiliate industries. This piece, which ran in Forbes, explains why some marketers are actively exploring and implementing API-based integrations to replace pixel tracking. Here's an excerpt:
Today, the trade journal Martech Today published a byline from our CTO Pete Cheyne entitled, Is Pixel Tracking Dead? In the piece, Pete explains the rise of pixel-based tracking and then outlines some of the challenges that make it increasingly difficult to track using this technology. While companies like ours work very hard to deliver outstanding tracking through pixels, many in marketing are seeking alternatives that take control of data flow away from the browser publishers. Here's a brief except to whet your appetite.
Working in the martech industry, one question I hear a lot is ‘How do I increase the value of my data?’ There’s over 2.7 zetabytes of data available in the digital universe today and we’re hearing about ‘big data’ more than ever before. Marketers are now strongly focused on becoming data-driven, yet 87% of marketers still consider data their most under-utilised asset. So, how can you increase the value of your data when it’s often difficult to understand where to even start?
When it comes to partner marketing, ‘finance’ and ‘innovation’ are not typically two words you’d expect to see in the same sentence. Since the differentiation between financial services products like credit cards tends to be more subtle than between travel offerings like flights or retail merchandise like apparel, they seem to lend themselves more towards static CPA-style commission structures which are more difficult to customise. Additionally, a smaller number of highly-specialised partners dominate the industry, which can sometimes restrict innovation.
Bob Glazer, founder and managing director of our partner, Acceleration Partners, just released his first book, Performance Partnerships: The Checkered Past, Changing Present and Exciting Future of Affiliate Marketing!
Over the last ten years, we’ve seen the traditional affiliate landscape evolve into the much broader partner and affiliate marketing space we know today. Brands are now looking towards a forward-thinking partner marketing model based on data, scale, and analytics. Transformational partnerships are the next step in this digital marketing progression, allowing brands to drive customer acquisition and stronger customer loyalty as well as become more efficient with their time and resources.
A fundamental principle of partner marketing is that a brand's partnerships should be tracked, recorded and rewarded based on their performance.
To sift through the sea of information, identify trends, and distill actionable insights, advertisers must develop strategies for ingesting and managing their data streams, identify the key metrics that align with their overall business goals, and ensure those are analyzed in a relevant and meaningful context.
Over the last seven years, major brands have been shifting towards technology to manage their partnerships and affiliates—which means that the service required to support them has evolved too.
Pandora's Managing Director A/NZ Jane Huxley at Innovation Day 2017
Five years ago, Pandora Radio came to Australia. How did a music streaming service carve—and cement—a space for itself in a market that equated its name with high-end jewellery? By forging innovative partnerships that drove tremendous growth for the brand.