Privacy Changes - What I Need To Know Now

Part II - MPA Q&A with Ryan Sullivan from Bench

A couple of weeks back, MPA sat down with Ryan Sullivan from Bench to talk about the key factors in digital privacy. Today MPA and Ryan talk about what these changes mean for advertising campaigns.

Q: So Ryan, picking up from where we left off. We’re starting to experience the impact of changes in our campaigns aren’t we?

Ryan: It’s fair to say that almost all marketers will have already started experiencing some impact to their campaigns and I have no doubt that this will continue for some time. The impact will have been felt more acutely by certain marketers, those who were overly reliant on Facebook conversion-based campaigns. We need to also be aware that the wheel of change hasn’t stopped turning yet and more changes are inevitably on the way. Continual agility and adaptability will ultimately be the key to your future success. Greek philosopher, Heraclitus said “change is the only constant in life.” Whilst that phrase is on more motivational memes than I care to count, it is extremely poignant in the media industry at this time.

So yes the goalposts have definitely been moved, there’s no getting away from that. The implications are far-reaching and you will have no doubt already begun to experience the challenges that they bring. The way I see it is the changes fall into three distinct categories; targeting, retargeting and measurement

Q: So I guess this means audience targeting will be affected? 

Ryan: Both Apple and Google’s announcements will impact your ability to target audiences and optimise your campaigns based on online consumer activity. What this means is two-fold. First, you will have very limited access to targeting and tracking iOS users that have opted out. Second, whenever Google actually gets round to deprecating cookies you will no longer be able to target users using 3rd party cookie data on Chrome. When you consider that Chrome has around 51% browser market share and Safari and Firefox combined makes up about 38% that makes for a bleak future for 3rd party cookie targeting.

Q: Does that affect retargeting as well?

Ryan: I separated this out from targeting because I believe it needs to be understood in its own right. Here’s the kicker, once 3rd party cookies are no longer, retargeting will realistically cease to exist as we know it. That means that if a consumer visits your site and does not give you permission to track them, then you will not be able to serve that user personalised retargeting ads. Cue jaw-drop. 

Q: So then, what about campaign measurement?

Ryan: Apple’s most recent release of iOS14.5 was a big game-changer when it comes to measurement.  To safeguard privacy, Apple will aggregate and delay data coming from iOS 14.5 users. The restricted flow of data will affect your ability to accurately track conversions across your varied media campaigns. Facebook will be affected more than most because their performance was underpinned by such granular conversion tracking. What this means for you though is far less actionable data flowing through and an inability to comprehensively measure conversion source. That’s not to say your conversions will drop, you just won’t know where some of them are coming from.      


Read the full article which appeared on the MPA blog in June, 2022.

Read Part I about key factors in digital privacy.