In the dynamic world of digital marketing, the landscape is continually evolving and we are very used to change. However, the transformation in third-party cookie tracking is currently making waves through the industry. 

In this blog, we have waded through the endless information online, to bring you the bits that you really need to know about.  

What are Third-Party Cookies?

Third-party cookies are small pieces of data created by websites other than the one a user is currently visiting. They are commonly employed for cross-site tracking, enabling advertisers and marketers to monitor user behavior across different domains. These cookies play a crucial role in delivering personalized ads based on users’ online activities, interests, and preferences.


Third-Party vs. First-Party Cookies

First-party cookies are generated by the website a user is actively visiting, contributing to a seamless and personalized browsing experience. They remember user preferences, login information, and other site-specific details. On the other hand, third-party cookies extend their reach beyond individual websites, enabling tracking and data collection across multiple domains. While first-party cookies enhance on-site personalization, third-party cookies facilitate personalised advertising across the broader online ecosystem.

If you are worried about being able to track users who visit your website, don’t panic! These are first-party cookies and will not be affected but the upcoming changes. 

Why are Cookies Being Removed?

A growing mistrust in big tech companies has led to people demanding to have more control over their data and where it’s shared. As users become more aware of online tracking practices, and regulatory bodies strengthen privacy regulations, there’s a collective push towards enhancing user control over their data. Additionally, high-profile data breaches and misuse of personal information have fueled the call for increased privacy measures.

Web browsers and tech companies have taken note of these concerns and initiated efforts to restrict or eliminate third-party cookie tracking. Browsers like Safari and Firefox have already implemented measures to block third-party cookies, and now, it’s Google’s turn.

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What Does This Mean for Marketers?

The evolving landscape of third-party cookie tracking brings forth challenges and opportunities for marketers.

  • Shifting Toward First-Party Data: With third-party cookies losing prominence, marketers must focus more on cultivating and leveraging first-party data. This includes strategies for obtaining user consent and encouraging users to share their preferences and interests directly.
  • Contextual Targeting: Marketers may turn to contextual targeting as an alternative. This approach involves understanding the content of the page a user is currently viewing and delivering ads based on that context rather than individual user behavior. While it might be less personalised, it respects user privacy and still offers relevance.
  • Collaboration and Partnerships: Collaboration with trusted technology partners can become crucial. Marketers may explore new methods and partnerships that comply with privacy regulations while still allowing for effective targeting and advertising.
  • Emphasis on Transparency and Consent: Transparency and obtaining user consent will be central to any successful marketing strategy. Building trust with users by clearly communicating data practices and offering opt-in choices can foster positive relationships.

In conclusion, the changes to third-party cookie tracking signify a shift in digital marketing. While challenges lie ahead, the transition also opens doors for innovation and more ethical data practices. As marketers adapt to these changes, focusing on user-centric strategies and respecting privacy will be essential for long-term success in the evolving digital landscape.

At Posh Cockney, we believe that the best marketing is built on trust and opens conversations between brand and customer. Now, it’s time to take that trust one step further. If your brand is adding value to a customer, they will be more than happy to tick yes to that data capture box. 

Contact us today if you need help implementing a customer first strategy that enhances your data tracking processes and prepares you for a cookieless future.