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10 March 2022

IAB Europe Launches Latest Comprehensive Update To Third-Party Cookie Guide to Help Companies Prepare in 2022 and Beyond

Authored by Industry Leaders From Across the Digital Advertising Ecosystem 

The Latest Version of the Guide Provides the Most Recent Updates to Support the Digital Advertising Industry in the Transition Period and Beyond

10th March 2022, Brussels: IAB Europe, the leading European-level industry association for the digital advertising and marketing ecosystem, has today released its latest comprehensively updated ‘Guide to the Post-Third-Party Cookie Era’, to enable brands, agencies, publishers, and tech intermediaries prepare for the impending post-third-party cookie era.

The Guide has been developed by experts from IAB Europe’s Programmatic Trading Committee and Post Third-Party Cookie Task Force. It succeeds the second edition of the guide, which was released in February 2022. It provides the latest insights into the many alternative solutions that are being developed to replace third-party cookies when they are depleted in 2023, including context, identity, the use of telco data, and the Google Topics initiative, and expands into new challenge areas including measurement and attribution.

It is clear that innovation around alternatives to third-party cookies continues, and the industry will have multiple solutions available. As such, the Guide continues to help and encourage the industry to keep testing, learning, collaborating and developing across 2022, right through to the newly extended deadline for cookie deprecation in late 2023.

Commenting on this latest work, Lauren Wakefield, Marketing & Industry Programmes Director, IAB Europe said “Although the deadline has been extended to 2023, the digital advertising ecosystem must continue to collaborate, innovate and deliver on the solutions that are outlined in the latest update of the Guide. As the European-level association for digital advertising and marketing, we must continue to help our members embrace these changes, educate the market on what is available and offer support to ensure we create a thriving future for programmatic advertising.”

Explaining the reasons for supporting this initiative, contributors highlighted the integral role of the guide in keeping brands, agencies, and publishers updated on the technological advancements and evolving opportunities available with identity. A new contributor this year is Amobee. Their Head of Growth, EMEA, Piper Heitzler, commented What's happening in the world at large and more closely within the ad tech industry is a renewed appreciation for the power of collaboration. IAB Europe’s Post Third-Party Cookie Guide is an excellent example of what can be produced when experts from diverse principles, like our own Solutions Engineering lead in EMEA, Zara McDonald, work together to aggregate collective insights that are refined and reviewed by each other's experience and perspectives. A must read for brands and agencies looking to stay up-to-date on technological changes and opportunities in the Identity space." 

Rémi Lemonnier Co-founder & President of Scibids, who is also a new contributor this year, continued, "Given the importance of the topic for the industry, we were more than happy to contribute to the update of IAB Europe's Post Third-Party Cookie Guide and share the expertise we have gathered in the past years, building a private by design AI. As marketers navigate this new era of privacy, we are convinced that providing knowledge and clarity will help the industry move forward!" 

This was echoed by Tanya Field, Co-Founder and CPO at Novatiq who said, “The updated IAB Europe Guide could not come at a more important time. With protocol updates from the major platforms, lawsuits from privacy campaigners, and continuous industry innovation, the market is at risk of fragmenting, as interoperability challenges hinder growth. It is clear that advertisers and publishers need clarity on the best way forward. This is what the Guide provides and why Novatiq was delighted to contribute towards its creation.” 

The extensive Guide provides a comprehensive and complete deep-dive into the following key themes:

  • The three main contributing factors to the depletion of third-party cookies
  • The impact on stakeholder usage of proprietary platforms
  • The impact on measurement and ad verification
  • A detailed overview of the current non third-party post-cookie solutions
  • Information on how stakeholders can contribute to the ongoing development of these solutions

Commenting on the depth of knowledge contained within the Guide and the importance of this continued conversation, Chair of the IAB Europe Programmatic Trading Committee and Integral Ad Science’s Head of Programmatic and Publisher Development, Nick Welch, said “Ensuring consumer privacy in digital advertising is essential and the demise of third-party cookies is one such industry initiative that aims to achieve this. Advertisers today must be armed with the right resources to deliver efficient and effective campaigns that meet the needs of consumers and must have the tools available to thrive in a post-cookie world. This Guide has been produced by IAB Europe’s Programmatic Trading Committee in a collaborative effort to include expertise from across the value chain to support brands, agencies and publishers in this new era. It aims to show the latest updates and solutions available, it demonstrates how far we have come and the opportunities we have to continue to move forward together.”

IAB Europe will be continuing the conversation and education around the post third-party cookie era throughout 2022 in a series of workshops, blogs and podcast conversations. 

The IAB Europe ‘Guide to the Post-Third-Party Cookie Era’ is available here.

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