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Attribution

Why media agnostic, third-party advertising measurement will become mainstream

By Cuebiq Marketing Team / 2 minutes

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Over the past few years, companies like Facebook and Google have released their attribution tools for marketers. Even Snap acquired location-based startup Placed, to prove brands that advertising on Snapchat drives store visit (among other things). While one could argue that the more attribution solutions available in the marketplace the better – to drive some good old-fashioned competition – all three announcements were received with growing concern by marketing executives, worried about the lack of separation between the entity running the media and the entity measuring its effectiveness. Ultimately, how trustworthy can you be if you run the media and give yourself great reviews on how it performed?

The importance of media agnostic, third-party verification is a serious topic of conversation in the industry right now, extending beyond attribution to all measurement areas. In 2017, Marc Pritchard, P&G’s chief brand officer, made it clear that platforms need to implement MRC-accredited third-party viewability measurement or risk losing P&G’s business. In 2021, Nielsen‘s local and national TV ratings services lost its accreditation, which set the tone for what’s next in 2022. According to a ANA survey on Walled Gardens, 89% of ANA members want independent MRC audits for the big digital platform players.

As a marketer, a media planner, or a media buyer this should come as great news: the industry at large is moving in the right direction, recognizing the potential conflict of interest of a media company also powering verification and measurement.

As a media company, embrace this powerful trend and partner with (not buy) independent measurement companies, from viewability to attribution.

To quote Crossmedia’s CEO Kamran Asghar, who in a Digiday article said his agency would never use attribution services from Google or Facebook, “We do our best to avoid any vendors — be it media or tech — that pose a conflict of interest. Google is a media company, and, therefore, clients should monitor it — and all channels — with credible third parties who are independent of selling media.”

Learn more about Cuebiq’s measurement capabilities here, or set up a chat with a member of our team.

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Cuebiq Marketing Team

The Cuebiq Marketing team is a group of data-driven marketers with a focus on strategy and a flair for the creative! Our team is broken down into Growth and Product Marketing departments, and we work on everything from running the Cuebiq website, to developing thought leadership content, to sales enablement and pipeline generation.