1) Leverage innovative targeting and use multiple targeting tactics
Your own first-party data can help fill in a big data gap through 1:1 targeting and look-a-like targeting – so if you’ve been investing in your contact and email lists (as you most definitely should), you’ll have a leg up.
Contextual targeting can help position your brand around relevant topics, new stories and other content. While this approach has been around awhile, it’s more important than ever when the user themself cannot be identified.
It’s also imperative that you partner with compliant vendors and data providers – the best ones have already been working through solutions in preparation for this update.
2) Be flexible with how you measure success and learn about audiences
The same attribution metrics available today may not be around once the full force of the update is realized. To compensate, lean into your website data – what sort of lift do you see in traffic and conversions? Also, you can still check insights on the users who opted in through demographic tools from Facebook and LinkedIn.
Finally, there’s plenty of other survey data available on audience trends – subscriptions to eMarketer, Scarborough, Neilsen, Resonate and more can fill in your blind spots.
3) Identify opportunities to collect and securely store first party data
If you haven’t created a strategy for collecting and maintaining first party-data, now is the time! Incentivizing your users to provide their contact info through exclusive content when on your site is a great way to bulk up your lists.
A widely used practice involves launching a pop-up on your website that allows users to opt-in to cookies and a chance for you to explain what benefits they’ll get by sharing data.
Additionally, collecting information through newsletter sign-ups, loyalty programs, website or app sign-in, or other creative offers are best practices in long-term user engagement. All of these methods enable you to collect an email as well as other information like name or age.
Remember, privacy is on your audiences’ minds more than ever these days, so let your users know how you’ll be using (and safeguarding) their data.