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What is Zero-Party Data?

Last Updated: August 5, 2022

We’ve entered a new era of data privacy with increasing global privacy regulations, a cookieless future, and ad-blocking. The future of marketing will look a lot different than what we’ve seen in the past decade.

It’s true the industry is forcing websites away from the use of third-party data. But the good news is there’s a better opportunity to collect data: straight from your customers, a.k.a. Zero-Party Data.

Zero-Party Data is typically higher quality and quantity and allows marketers to take the guesswork out of identifying your target audience. It derives from trust, not third-party cookies.

Difference Between Zero-, First-, Second-, and Third-Party Data

There are four different types of data organizations collect and utilize for their marketing efforts. While they all have one thing in common – the collection and housing of consumers’ personal information for more targeted campaigns – they differ in how data collection takes place.

Here’s the difference between zero-, first-, second-, and third-party data:

  • Zero-Party Data: Often considered a subset of first-party data. It’s directly provided by consumers, usually addressing communication preferences.
  • First-Party Data: While also originating directly from consumers, first-party data may be collected to support a transaction or as a support or service requirement.
  • Second-Party Data: Usually refers to someone else’s first-party data. Purchasing data from another organization or sharing data through a partnership falls within this category.
  • Third-Party Data: A variety of sources collect third-party data. Behavioral data, advertising data, browsing data, etc. A lot of times, third-party cookie tracking collects this data – a topic causing controversy especially as Google looks to end it’s use of third-party cookies on its Chrome browser in 2023.

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