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    GroupM and Google launch post-cookie technology readiness program

    GroupM, WPP’s media investment group, has partnered with Google Chrome to launch a global post-cookie technology readiness program.

    The global initiative brings together GroupM clients to accelerate their understanding of Google Privacy Sandbox APIs and their use in advertising. 

    Participating GroupM clients will get access to the learning program to assess and improve their post-third-party cookie deprecation readiness in a real-life environment, using their own products and audiences.

    Christian Juhl, GroupM’s Global CEO, said the company believes advertising can and should respect people’s privacy while delivering exceptional value for consumers and advertisers.

    “Since Google publicly declared their intention to deprecate third-party cookies, we’ve been collaborating closely with the Chrome team, our clients, and other partners to ensure our clients won’t miss a beat when the transition happens.

    “The program we’re announcing today is an exciting step forward in that collaboration that will allow our clients to test existing preparations and enable us to develop new approaches where necessary.”

    The features of the program include a unified framework designed by GroupM and informed by the U.K.’s Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) guidance for post-cookie testing, to work collaboratively with advertisers and ad tech partners to understand the scope of investment across Chrome and overlay relevant tests wherever possible. 

    It also features anonymized data to facilitate the fullest learning opportunity for each participating advertiser. GroupM will conduct an anonymized meta-analysis across individual brand tests, in addition to a brand’s own Privacy Sandbox program. This information will be anonymized and aggregated as part of collective learnings and eventually a meta-study.

    The program will also include accelerated learning. This gives participating advertisers direct access to testing across GroupM alpha/betas with global ad-tech partners. Participating clients will learn at the forefront of this industry-altering change, gaining access to GroupM’s collective knowledge.

    Google Chrome plans to deprecate third-party cookies in H2 2024 in order to better protect people’s privacy online. To support the web ecosystem in conducting real world evaluations of products and services using the Privacy Sandbox APIs, Chrome will deprecate third-party cookies for approximately one percent of Chrome users at the beginning of Q1 2024.

    It is critical that advertisers accelerate the testing of alternative approaches and better understand their readiness, in order to maintain marketing effectiveness in a world without third-party cookies. The outcome of this global program will guide GroupM’s clients on targeting, optimization, and measurement of digital investment across display and video.

    For advertisers who might not be fully prepared for the deprecation of third-party cookies, this program gives participants an opportunity to pave the way for how brands target, optimize, and measure without them. This program is one of the many ways GroupM will help clients adapt their marketing strategy to maintain relevance and effectiveness in a post-cookie world.

    Anthony Chavez, vice president, Privacy Sandbox, Google, said the program is a key step in their ongoing efforts to ready the industry for the transition to the post-cookie era.

    “GroupM is well equipped to help advertisers with their third-party cookie deprecation preparation efforts. Along with their ad tech providers, this initiative will help GroupM’s clients as they work to integrate the capabilities that the Privacy Sandbox provides.

    Through this readiness program, GroupM and its clients will play an important role in helping to create a more private internet for everyone,” Chavez added.

    By partnering with Google Chrome, GroupM will be able to better guide its clients in shaping digital strategies that leverage the Privacy Sandbox technologies. GroupM and participating clients will benefit from learnings ahead of the deadline for the planned deprecation of third-party cookies in Chrome. They can also provide feedback on Privacy Sandbox features and, alongside key ad tech partners, help define new internet privacy measures that enable publishers and developers to keep online content free. 

    The Privacy Sandbox program is being conducted using existing media plans and budgets, with no mandatory additional investment, thereby optimizing existing campaigns in a future-proofed and privacy-centric manner. 

    The post GroupM and Google launch post-cookie technology readiness program appeared first on Mediaweek.

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