CDP Institute Mulls “Marketer Control” as Part of CDP Definition

The CDP Institute has been publicly wondering whether it should remove “marketer-controlled” from its formal definition of Customer Data Platforms. So far, the feedback has been in favor of keeping it, mostly because marketers are the real buyers and we wouldn’t want to chase them away, would we? But we’d love to hear your thoughts, Dear Reader.  You can post them as blog comments or send an email to

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comScore Expands Facebook Ad Measurement

April 19, 2017

More on ad measurement: comScore has expanded its “validated Campaign Essentials” to measure audience demographics, reach, frequency, and GRPs as well as viewability for Facebook display ads. The product already provided similar metrics for Facebook Audiences, Twitter, and Instagram. This is part of advertisers’ increasing resistance to unverified audience claims by the big social networks and to the networks’ power in general.

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Google Kills FLoC, Runs Out of Bird Metaphors, Offers Topics API

January 26, 2022

Google has given up on its FLoC cookie-less targeting initiative, which faced insurmountable privacy objections. The replacement, which mercifully does not reference anything bird-related, is Topics API, which will offer three recent interests for each individual based on sites they have recently visited.  The loss in targeting and tracking power is so huge that you wonder if Google is purposely showing what tighter privacy is costing the industry. Or maybe they’re just kneecapping competitors.

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