Recency means everything in marketing… Recency is relevant
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Recency is relevant
If you ran a pizza delivery service, who would you pay more to advertise to: a person locked into a “Pizza Lovers” segment, or someone you know searched for pizza delivery in your ZIP code two seconds ago? In this case, the old saying “timing is everything” turns out to be true. Audience targeting value varies significantly based on when an action or behavior took place.
Second-generation demand-side platforms work around this issue by creating micro-segments based on time, but we live in a real-time world. By the time these micro-segments are made, users may have moved on from their intent. Using unstructured data, we retain the date and time stamp associated with every piece of data we can target, bid, optimize, and report on, allowing us to offer variable recency from instant recency up to 30 days.
Range of recency
Range of recency is important because not everyone needs to target someone who just took an action. Some marketers need to target people while they are researching a purchase. Others want to catch them at the point of purchase. And yet others might want to time a message for after a purchase as part of a loyalty strategy. Being able to leverage recency in programmatic marketing makes it possible to place the right ad in front of the right person at the right time. Isn’t that what advertising is all about?