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Skimlinks Makes Millions of Shoppers Available for Product-Level Programmatic

Skimlinks Makes Millions of Shoppers Available for Product-Level Programmatic


The web pages a consumer browses in the research stage can now inform product-level programmatic ad targeting, without any consumer action.

Content monetisation company Skimlinks is now able to use its masses of shopper intent data to reveal pre-purchase intent at a product level for the first time.

The development will allow programmatic advertisers and agencies to target customers and prospects by the “product they’re actively seeking” beyond just retailer type or brand, and doesn’t require users to visit a site first, like cookie-reliant retargeting.

The update forms part of Skimlinks’ Audiences - data initially made available to programmatic ad platforms in 2015 and now including data from over 1.5 million publishers - but says “pre-targeting” has only been made possible recently.

Unlike retargeting, which targets user intent based on the product pages they’ve already visited a retailer’s site, this doesn’t require any action from the consumer, based instead on content a consumer has engaged with, “especially when researching a product”.

“Microwaves or Sony products"

While most data vendors already use page impression data and URL analysis to predict interest, Skimlinks has used machine learning to analyse each page impression URL, all product links and the corresponding metadata for each product link on that page - including brand, product category and price.

That’s enabled them to produce 900 product categorizations, allowing programmatic advertisers to target ads for products as granular as “microwaves or Sony products”, for example.

The company claims to have shopping predictions available on 600 million of its 1.1 billion anonymously monitored customer profiles. The remaining 500 million, it’s confident, are “demonstrably not currently in the market for any specific type of product.”

“For data buyers today, scale is still important, but increased conversions and measurable performance are becoming key metrics,” said Navarro, “Shopping intent data that is granular and optimised towards achieving a conversion is going to delight advertisers more than broad and unspecific socio-demographic data, which has long been the industry norm.”

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Mark  Jones

Mark Jones

Mark manages all aspects of editorial on PerformanceIN as the company's Head of Content, including reporting on the fast-paced world of digital marketing and curating the site’s network of expert industry contributions.

Going by the ethos that there is no 'jack-of-all-trades' in performance marketing, only experts within their field, Mark’s day-to-day aim is to provide an engaging platform for members to learn and question one another, helping to push the industry forward as a result.

Originally from Plymouth, Mark studied in Reading and London, eventually earning his Master's in Digital Journalism- before making his return to the West Country to join the PI team in Bristol.

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