- Jan 10, 2023
How does cookieless tracking work?
Cookieless attribution is accomplished through a variety of methods, such as device fingerprinting, server-side tracking, and cross-device tracking. Device fingerprinting involves using a combination of information about a user’s device, such as the device type, screen size, and installed fonts, to create a unique profile that can be used to identify the device and track its activity. Server-side tracking, on the other hand, involves using the user’s IP address, user agent, and other information from the server’s logs to track and identify the user. Finally, cross-device tracking involves using data from multiple devices associated with a user, such as their desktop and mobile devices, to create a comprehensive profile of the user’s behavior across multiple devices.
The benefits of cookieless tracking for marketers
Secondly, cookieless attribution allows for more accurate tracking and identification of website visitors, even if they block cookies in their browsers. For example, device fingerprinting is able to create a unique profile of a user’s device, even if the user has blocked cookies. This allows marketers to track and analyze the behavior of users who block cookies, and to target their advertising and marketing efforts more effectively.
Thirdly, cookieless attribution can provide a more comprehensive view of the user’s behavior across multiple devices. For example, cross-device tracking allows marketers to track the behavior of a user on their desktop, mobile, and tablet devices, and to analyze the data to identify patterns and trends in user behavior. This can help marketers to gain a deeper understanding of their customers and target their advertising and marketing efforts more effectively.
Despite the advantages of cookieless attribution, there are also some limitations to this approach. For example, device fingerprinting can raise concerns about privacy, as it involves collecting a significant amount of information about a user’s device and can be used to track the user’s activity across multiple websites. Additionally, as the technology advances, so too do the methods used by users to hide their activity and unique identifiers, making it hard to track.
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