Behavioral Targeting

What is Behavioral Targeting?

Behavioral targeting is a technique used by online publishers and advertisers to increase the effectiveness of their campaigns through information collected on an individual’s Web-browsing behavior, such as the pages they have visited or the searches they have made, to select which advertisements to display to that individual.

The technique helps deliver online advertisements to the users who will be the most interested in them. Behavioral data can also be combined with other user information such as purchase history to create a more complete user profile.


How Does Behavioral Targeting Work?

When a user visits a website a cookie is placed onto the computer. The cookie has details about your visit that help separate you into a specific group. From that point, websites that use behavioral targeting will only show you information that is relevant to you.


Benefits of Behavioral Targeting

Proponents of behavioral targeting believe that it is beneficial for the user and the online property. A more targeted experience will naturally be more interesting to a user and provide an improved visitor experience.

Advertisers are also able to benefit because users will be more engaged in targeted advertisements. This leads to improved click-through-rates and higher levels of interaction.


Behavioral Targeting Discussion

Mark Ghuneim (CEO and Founder, Wiredset) and Jack Myers (Media Economist and Investment Advisor) lead a discussion on Behavioral Targeting.

Companies can identity users who blog and discuss particular topics through social media channels and target them with specific advertisements based on web-browsing behavior and history. Information can be gathered on consumer behavior, popular products and services, and trends. Is this a good way for brands to develop trust with their consumers?


Behavioral Targeting Resources

The Web’s Cutting Edge, Anonymity in Name Only
4 Ways Behavioral Targeting Is Changing the Web
Behavioral Targeting: Profiling or Perfecting User Experience

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