Understanding Third-Party Cookies
Third-party cookies are created by domains other than the one the user is currently visiting. They are typically used by advertisers to track a user's browsing history across different sites to display personalized ads. While useful for marketing purposes, third-party cookies have raised significant privacy concerns.
Why Third-Party Cookies are Problematic:
Privacy Invasion: They enable tracking of users' browsing habits across various sites without their explicit consent, leading to privacy invasions.
Security Risks: They can be exploited for malicious purposes, leading to potential security vulnerabilities.
Lack of Transparency: Users often aren't aware of the extent of tracking and how their data is being used.
The Shift Away from Cookies
In response to the growing concern for user privacy, browsers and regulatory bodies have started to take a stand against third-party cookies.
Reasons for Browser Hostility Towards Cookies:
Privacy Regulations: Laws like GDPR and CCPA have put strict rules on data collection, making third-party cookies less viable.
User Demand: Increased awareness of privacy issues has led users to demand more control over their data.
Browser Competition: Browsers are distinguishing themselves by offering better privacy protections, leading to a race to restrict third-party cookies.
The Relevance of Deep Tracking
As third-party cookies become less reliable, businesses need alternative methods to track customer behavior without compromising on privacy or accuracy. This is where Salespanel's Deep Tracking comes in.
Advantages of Deep Tracking:
First-Party Data Focus: Deep Tracking uses first-party cookies and unique IDs, ensuring data is collected directly from your website with user consent, maintaining privacy and compliance.
Cross-Domain Tracking: Unlike first-party cookies, Deep Tracking can track user behavior across your domains, providing a comprehensive view of the customer journey.
Resilience to Browser Changes: As it doesn't rely solely on cookies, Deep Tracking remains effective even as browsers phase out cookies altogether!
Enhanced Accuracy: By assigning unique IDs, Deep Tracking provides precise tracking of individual user behavior, leading to more targeted and effective marketing strategies.
Setting Up Deep Tracking with Salespanel
Deep Tracking is a cutting-edge solution by Salespanel designed to navigate the modern challenges of customer journey tracking in a privacy-focused world. It's a cookie-less solution that ensures accurate and compliant tracking across multiple domains. Here's how you can set up Salespanel Deep Tracking on your website to get the best of both traditional and innovative tracking methods.
Step 1: Accessing Deep Tracking
Visit the Salespanel website and navigate to salespanel.io/deep-tracking
. Here, you'll find comprehensive information and the necessary resources to begin setting up Deep Tracking for your website.
Step 2: Choose Your Tracking Method
Salespanel offers two primary options for Deep Tracking:
Deep Tracking with Cookies: This option combines the robustness of traditional cookie-based tracking with the advanced capabilities of Deep Tracking. It's recommended for those looking to enhance their existing cookie-based systems without completely moving away from them.
Cookie-less Deep Tracking: For those seeking a completely cookie-less solution, this option ensures tracking is done without relying on any browser cookies. It's ideal in scenarios where maximum privacy compliance is desired, or where users are highly likely to block cookies.
For the best of both worlds and to ensure a smooth transition, we recommend starting with "Deep Tracking with Cookies."
Step 3: Implementing the Tracking Code
Once you've decided on the method, it's time to implement the tracking code on your website.
Replace the Standard Code: Locate the standard Salespanel tracking code on your website. This is typically found in the header section of your site's HTML. Replace this standard code with the Deep Tracking code provided by Salespanel.
Ensure Cross-Domain Functionality: If you're operating across multiple domains, ensure the same Deep Tracking code is implemented across all sites. This consistency is crucial for maintaining accurate tracking as users navigate through your different domains.
Step 4: Understanding the Deep Tracking ID
Deep Tracking operates by assigning a unique, generated ID to each visitor. This ID:
Ensures First-Party Compliance: It acts as a first-party alternative to traditional cookies, aligning with consent-based tracking regulations.
Facilitates Cross-Domain Tracking: Unlike domain-specific cookies, the Deep Tracking ID is managed by Salespanel and remains consistent across different domains, ensuring seamless user tracking no matter where they navigate.
Step 5: Testing and Verification
After implementing the Deep Tracking code:
Test Across Browsers: Check the functionality across various browsers, especially those known for stringent privacy settings. Ensure that the Deep Tracking system captures data as expected.
Verify Cross-Domain Tracking: If applicable, navigate through your different domains to ensure the Deep Tracking ID maintains its continuity and accurately tracks the user journey.
That's about it! Please let us know if you need more help with this.