Customized Online Ads using vast data sets

Steve Lohr of the New York Times reports in Bits that “Murthy Nukala, the chief executive of Adchemy, calls his company’s technology “statistical personalization.” It doesn’t really identify a person, he said. But by probing vast data sets, from click streams to marketing information from firms like Acxiom, Adchemy can identify the sorts of people -– by age, gender and interests -– that advertisers want to pinpoint.“We don’t hold any data. We just connect to 30 or 40 data sources,” Mr. Nukala said.”

Adchemy is a good example of the growing data collection apparatus that fine-tunes the pitch by using “customized marketing content” along with its real-time analysis.  Here’s an excerpt from its website:

Highly customized marketing based on visitor context. All prospects – even anonymous ones – can be described by multiple attributes, including publisher, placement, search query, ad displayed, ad element clicked, geography, demographics, time of day/week/month and other marketer-defined attributes. Adchemy calls the sum total of all these attributes “visitor context.” At every level of the Customer Acquisition Funnel, the Adchemy Digital Marketing Platform dynamically generates the most customized marketing content for the prospect based on the visitor context.

Continuously optimized, real-time content delivery. Based on the user’s visitor context, the best content is served to each visitor in real time without any manual, human involvement. The learning engines proactively synthesize advertising performance and respond automatically to each customer with appropriate content based on powerful patent-pending statistical techniques. Adchemy’s patent-pending statistical techniques speed up the traditionally slow process of gathering statistically significant marketing insights.

Author: jeff

Jeff Chester is executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy. A former journalist and filmmaker, Jeff's book on U.S. electronic media politics, entitled "Digital Destiny: New Media and the Future of Democracy" was published by The New Press in January 2007. He is now working on a new book about interactive advertising and the public interest.

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