Top 3 Tips When Using People-Based Marketing

People-Based Marketing: Get To Know the Buzzword

By: Kramer Caswell


One of the hottest buzzwords in marketing today is People-Based Marketing (PBM). Similar to Account-Based Marketing, PBM takes the ideas of mass campaign distribution through print, media, and digital, then narrows them down to the thing that truly matters in advertising: people. Before one jumps on the bandwagon and launches a People-Based Marketing campaign, here are three helpful tips to understand this brand new approach.


  1. People-Based Marketing leverages offline data

Offline data is becoming more and more important for targeting online. With technological advancements towards bridging the tangible offline world with the intangible online world, People-Based Marketing approaches are starting to become the most advanced way to target a single individual. Offline data, in this sense, is data based on demographic, geographic, and psychographic traits that have been gathered by in-store purchases, bank statements, credit information, and any other form of identification one has opted in to. Data companies are beginning to see the real benefits of collecting consumer information. It’s a cash-cow when selling to marketing firms.


  1. People-Based Marketing relies heavily on collected online behaviors, called web profiling, which can sometimes be a problem

The PBM idea, in most cases, is reliant on web-based information gathered by a user’s online activities, stored within a server, and essentially made into a bidding profile. This information is collected the same way as a cookie, behaves similarly to a cookie, but isn’t exactly a “cookie.” With access to this web behavior profile, it’s now easy to narrow down an individual with offline actions. When pairing these two, some amazing marketing insights can be mapped together. While still keeping the sanctity of the home through privacy fences, Demand Side Platforms (DSP) can now target a single person. Hence the name, People-Based Marketing.

However, when you’re dealing in this cookie-like system, some problems can come up. Cookies, or in this case, web profiles, are easily manipulated and run rampant with bot fraud. While visiting websites all day long, your web profile can become filled with invalid information regarding who you actually are in the offline world. If you’d like to see what your own cookie profile looks like, check out Blue Kai. This is a great way to show you what your PBM profile would look like.


  1. People Based Marketing is useful when leveraging IP targeting technologies

When done right, targeting a specific person with relevant advertising is the best way to influence a consumer to action. That’s why taking offline data and pairing it with IP targeting is one of the most useful strategies while using this approach. IP targeting doesn’t use cookie or web profiling information, cutting out the fraud and miscommunication one may experience when dealing with these systems. By taking the physical address provided on the offline data list, PEAK Targeting’s patented IP Targeting algorithm identifies the IP address associated with that home. From there, People-Based Marketing can be achieved via digital banner and video advertisements.

People-Based Marketing is becoming the single most effective use case in digital advertising today. PEAK Targeting has been a pioneer in this industry, connecting thousands of clients every day to people. If you’re interested in learning more about PEAK Targeting’s technologies and approach to People-Based Marketing, we’d be happy to connect!