Google’s Mobile Plans include Cookies for Ad Targeting

At last week’s FTC hearing on mobile marketing, we pressed several industry representatives to confirm that the data tracking, profiling and targeting system we now have online is being migrated to mobile. That’s what eventually we were able to get at least one mobile marketing panelist to confirm.

Meanwhile, we have learned that Google has made presentations to advertisers about its mobile marketing capabilities. It appears that mobile cookies are part of their targeting marketing plan. Google told advertisers that “Google provides mobile conversion tracking on phones that support cookies. Google can measure clicks, impressions and conversions for all campaigns.”

Google needs to explain to the public how its cookies and mobile ad tracking and targeting will work, including what safeguards it plans. By the way, we also think it’s interesting to place Google mobile in the context of its DoubleClick subsidiary. DoubleClick mobile “is an ad delivery system for mobile websites that delivers dynamic, interactive ads to mobile web pages based on specific criteria as determined by you. It supports a wide range of devices and boasts a full management and reporting suite. Now publishers can deploy mobile advertising with the same confidence and control as online display ads…Report on impressions, clicks, jump pages and third-party metrics…Full reporting for all dynamically displayed ads.”

Google’s Android does, it turns out, dream of electric ads via cookies.

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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