What you see and how you will react are no longer determined by marketing managers in some boardroom argument, its predetermined based on your behavior, and the behavior of people just like you.
- Content is dynamically created based on the term you typed into Google
- Content is dynamically created based on how you browse a website
- Recommendations are made based on what people like you did when they visited a website
- The advertising you see is based on what content you consumed on other websites
- Visit Match.com and you'll start seeing a lot more dating ads
- Visit Expedia and you'll start seeing a lot more travel ads
- Product recommendations are dynamically driven by consumer behavior
- People who bought Web Analytics an Hour Day also bought
But to answer the above questions, Microsoft says it could use only a person's first name. AOL and Yahoo could use a full name but only on their sites, not the other sites on which they place ads. Google isn't sure; it probably could, but it doesn't know the names of most of its users.
How does behavioral targeting work?
Behavioral targeting is an advertising methodology in which content is shown to users based on the sites they visit and/or what the users do on those sites. Segmentation is usually fairly broad, but it can be very specific too, users who put this product into the shopping cart but did not check out should receive this offer 5 minutes later. Or users visiting our blog should receive free shipping. These are pretty straight forward rules, where behavioral targeting gets interesting is when the site is dynamically updating the offering based on group consumption.
I watched a fascinating demonstration from Baynote.com last week where search queries are reorganized based on how users consume the results. It used to be that we would search for blue widgets and an algorithm would determine how to rank the results – not anymore. Now when you search for blue widgets the results are determined purely on how the thousands of searchers before you interacted with the results. Baynote drops a little watching script into the footer of every webpage on the site, and they start collecting data. Once they have enough data, the start delivering new reordered results based on the behavior of previous users. Conversion rates sky rocket. A site that learns how to fix frustration in real time, that's a site that's working on winning you as a customer.
Types of behavioral targeting
- Based on website/web page visited.
- Based on keyword searched or content that was read.
- Based on past visitors to your website.
The benefits of behavioral targeting are numerous and compelling. Simple A/B tests (with bt vs. without) show massive a lift in conversion rates, and content consumption rates. The internet is undergoing a paradigm shift, from static to intuitive and dynamic.