Zero party data discussed and explained by our experts

What is Zero party data and how is the audience collected?

Teresa Gilabert: The simplified definition of zero party audiences would be “making research addressable at scale”, while the technical definition of zero party data would be “when a customer intentionally and proactively shares data with a brand / entity”. This is valuable information which provides insights about their awareness level, preferences, and the relationship they have with a brand.  

This type of data can be collected through in-house industry research, or specific tactical surveys launched across the publisher platforms that we represent. I believe that the magic takes place at the questionnaire stage, because they can be designed to capture any brand data signals and make them addressable. Depending on the brand’s objectives and goals, the research team will create suitable questions. To give you some examples, we can capture users’ awareness, consideration or/and intention, their perception, emotions, lifestyle statements, and the list goes on and on. There are no limits to the addressable audiences that we can create through surveys. All responses are linked to our data management platform (DMP) where they are scaled at high accuracy through look-alike models to create zero party audiences. This makes it possible to target users based on their own answers, wants, and desires.

Why is Zero Party Audiences better than the conventional audiences?

Teresa Gilabert: All types of audiences complement each other, and each plays a role in driving impact to the brand from upper to lower funnel. If we want to position zero party audiences when it comes to activations, they drive targeting towards precision marketing.

Looking at the performance of zero party audiences, and taking into consideration 25 activations, we can see a significant increase in brand and media metrics. For example, a recent case study which we created utilized zero party audiences for PepsiCo during their Dubai Expo2020 campaign, achieved +125% CTR and +37.4% VTR on zero party data vs. conventional audiences. Our aim for this campaign and the reason why we opted for addressable research was to reach audiences specifically based on their level of intention to visit Expo2020 and their awareness for the Pepsi collaboration taking place at the event. This targeting strategy and personalized customer experience allowed us to tap into greater engagement and enhanced customer loyalty.

Looking at other industries such as automotive, we achieved an average of +68.6% increase in CTR and +29.3% VTR on zero party audiences vs. conventional. When analyzing brand metrics, we found an increase of +39% in Ad-Recall and +21% in Brand-Consideration when targeting addressable audiences. We believe this was due to the alignment between the campaign’s purpose and the data's accuracy, as the data was created specifically to cover a need or objective.

What is the way forward? Are you seeing more demand from clients?

Georges El Hani: Clients are not entirely focused on third-party data, and instead are willing to consider zero party audiences, as this type of data is not collected by tracking pixels, cookies, or cross device identification, but rather directly from their own customers. When users willingly share insights with a brand, we can safely say that they trust the brand to leverage their data responsibly. 

Understanding users through addressable research is enabling brands to fuel better targeting and communication strategies. This is allowing brands to target accurately at scale while delivering personalized messages.  

What is required from brands to launch a campaign with Zero party audiences?

Georges El Hani: The key here is to work alongside the brand as one team, and to really understand their media activation goals. This allows us to create the right survey and capture the users which they are seeking. Inaccurate or random questions will not serve effective and can even go against the campaign's objectives. That is why it is crucial to align with the brand on the purpose and involve the research team to ensure a framework that can drive precision in creating audiences and meeting the brand's objective. Activations of this nature depend greatly on pinpointing precise campaign objectives as well as the availability of sufficient data from the clients’ end to back-up their chosen direction. Zero party audiences are typically used to create personalized customer experiences while reaching specific declared audiences.