Survey of 400 U.S. marketers examines ad creative preferences and strategies as device IDs and cookies are disappearing

San Francisco, CA – [July 12, 2022] Emodo, an Ericsson company providing high-impact audience, inventory and creative advertising solutions, today released brand new data findings from its Voice of the Marketer Research Series, analyzing ad creative in a privacy-centric world. This report provides a snapshot of marketers’ creative preferences and adoption trends – particularly among marketers concerned about, or experiencing, the impact of ID loss.

The study, conducted by Emodo’s research arm, Emodo Institute, is a quantitative survey of 400 pre-qualified marketers, focused on marketers’ preferences and adoption of creative formats, views on the appeal and effectiveness of specific creative formats, and correlations between creative strategies and concerns around the loss of tracking data.

Key findings include:

Augmented Reality – The emergence of Augmented Reality (AR) in advertising is well-timed with the waning of device addressability as AR ads can be targeted with or without IDs. Additionally, 3.5 billion devices globally currently support AR experiences* and 74% of consumers agree that these ads are “more likely to capture [their] interest or attention than normal ads”.**

To that end, Emodo found marketers concerned about privacy are 84% more likely to prioritize immersive creative formats, such as AR.

“As the industry becomes more privacy-centric, we’re seeing a real creative renaissance,” said Jake Moskowitz​, Head of the Emodo Institute & Emodo’s VP of Data Strategy. “AR ads, with  the level of scale possible today and with the ability for consumers to self-personalize their own experience even without ID-based targeting, are becoming integral to privacy-forward campaigns, and at just the right time.”

Dynamic Creative Optimization – Dynamic Creative Optimization (DCO) algorithms determine dynamically which elements within an ad will be displayed for each user. Those algorithms continually learn and improve automatically, based on audience responses to specific variations. Marketers who have used DCO have found it to be quite effective. Emodo’s study reveals that 85% of users say DCO has driven “substantially better results” versus non-DCO ads.

But challenges remain in lieu of ID deprecation. Like other advertising techniques that rely on signals from tracking IDs, traditional DCO is becoming less effective as those signals fall away. DCO’s algorithmic optimization is based on the known characteristics of consumers which come directly or indirectly through tracking data that’s being deprecated. In fact, Emodo found that DCO users are more than 2x as likely to be experiencing effectiveness issues as a result of ID changes.

“Fortunately, there are new, emerging variations of DCO for marketers to consider,” added Moskowitz​. “The post-ID class of DCO doesn’t require device or cookie data to dynamically predict and build relevant, user-tailored ads.”

Native Advertising – For years, the prevalence and availability of tracking data put ID-defined audiences front and center in almost every media plan. The content and format of the publisher’s environment was a very secondary focus. That balance is ripe for change.

Native ads, with their value, appeal and relevance, may be taking a leap forward as a result of the shift to a post-ID world as Emodo found that marketers concerned about privacy and identity are 63% more likely to be regular users of native inventory.

“Native ads can be effective even in scenarios in which tracking data isn’t available,” said Moskowitz. “Particularly in privacy-sensitive ad environments, native can feel like a less intrusive way to ask consumers for their attention.”

To view the full Voice of the Marketer Series report, visit

To learn more about Emodo advertising solutions and how they can improve ROI, visit

* Includes nearly 3.5 billion iOS and Android smartphones, desktop computers and AR/VR headworn devices.

**Ericsson Emodo 5G and Augmented Reality Consumer Study, April 2021

About Emodo

Emodo is the independent provider of high-impact audience, inventory, and creative solutions that elevate campaign results through the application of machine learning (ML) technologies. The company’s machine learning models proactively identify top-performing inventory and audiences, pre-bid. Emodo’s ML models are continuously trained by the industry’s most accurate truth sets, including exclusive data from mobile telcos and networks. Through its unified ad platform, Emodo Marketplace also offers supply- and demand-side capabilities and a highly optimized path for both buyers and sellers. Emodo solutions are available through every leading DSP and through Managed Service, making it easy for advertisers to buy however they wish.