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  • Writer's pictureTor Olav Haugen

Google's Impact on Attribution Models: How Advertisers Are Losing Control


Google's Dominance in Advertising: A Threat to Custom Attribution Models

Google's stronghold on the advertising industry has led to significant changes in how marketers measure campaign performance, particularly regarding attribution models. With Google redacting UserIDs from its ad server and acquiring custom attribution providers only to shut them down, the online advertising ecosystem has witnessed a substantial shift. In this blog post, we will examine the repercussions of Google's actions on the attribution landscape and discuss the growing demand for custom ad analytics.

The Decline of Multi-Touch Attribution: An Industry in Peril

Multi-touch attribution was well on its way to becoming a crucial part of the advertising industry, helping brands and marketers allocate credit to different channels more accurately. However, Google's actions have stifled this development:

Google has cited privacy concerns as the reason behind redacting UserIDs, but custom attribution models simply require understanding when the same user is exposed to multiple ads.

As a result of Google's moves, several custom attribution companies have gone out of business, effectively evaporating the custom attribution marketplace.

The Future of Attribution Models: A Demand for Custom Ad Analytics

Despite the setbacks, there is still a growing demand for custom ad analytics, as evidenced by industry professionals like Adam Heimlich and Jeff Green. Brands and advertisers recognize the importance of more accurate and customizable attribution models that better reflect the impact of various marketing channels.

As Google's attribution rules continue to pose challenges for buy-side competitors, it's clear that this issue will remain relevant for the foreseeable future. Companies like The Trade Desk are advocating for the industry to find ways to circumvent these restrictions and unlock the true potential of custom attribution models.

Conclusion: Advertisers Need to Regain Control Over Attribution

The advertising industry needs to recognize the significance of accurate attribution and push for more control over their own data. By supporting the development of custom ad analytics and alternative solutions, advertisers can optimize their campaigns, drive better results, and create a more competitive landscape. This will ultimately help brands and advertisers to thrive, even in the face of Google's dominance.


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