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Virtual Minds, Ströer and OS Data Solutions Increase Campaign Reach of By Up To 78% with the ID5 ID

Published: 29 Jun 2022

Companies test identity solution to support buy-side’s migration to the cookieless world in German market

London and Berlin, 27 June 2022 – Virtual Minds, Ströer, and OS Data Solutions have increased the advertising reach across all relevant browsers by up to 78% and achieved a higher return on investment for the advertiser by utilizing the ID5 ID instead of third-party cookies.

Due to the restriction of third-party cookies in browsers such as Firefox, Safari and Edge, 40% of all online traffic* in Germany is unaddressable. This number will only grow once Google Chrome phases out the cookie in 2023. To address this issue, programmatic specialist, Virtual Minds, and Ströer SSP, along with its joint venture OS Data Solutions, have been working on building alternatives that will enable advertisers to continue to reach users in  cookieless Environments.

The ID5 ID is a next-generation universal identifier that publishers, advertisers and ad tech platforms can use to recognize users and deliver campaign objectives across different types of devices without relying on traditional identification methods.

Working alongside Mediascale and a German advertiser, the ID5 ID was integrated into the Ströer SSP, Virtual Minds’ Active Agent DSP (by Adition Technologies) and OS Data Solutions’ audiences and tested against two data segments: one using the ID5 ID and the other using third-party cookies.

“Restrictions on third-party cookies have been a concern for advertisers and agencies for some time,” said Julian Simons, Managing Partner at Mediascale. “The results of the test with the ID5 ID promise a remedy: With ID5, not only can additional reach be generated in a targeting campaign, but the return on investment is also significantly improved.”

By working with ID5, brands and their agency partners can operate efficiently in both cookieless and cookie-based browsers, connecting different signals to the same individual and/or household, thus improving match rates with partners and maximizing advertising results.

"This case shows the power and efficiency potential of cookie alternatives like ID5 on key KPIs of programmatically played campaigns,'' said Tom Peruzzi, Spokesman of the Management Board and CTO Virtual Minds. “As a European full ad tech stack that fully supports the ID5 identifier and integrates it into its holistic "identity grid", we can identify and address target groups across devices and channels, opening up a wide range of new communication opportunities for advertisers."

“The market is in intense discussions on what will change when third-party cookies will no longer be present,” said Dr. Ralf Kiene, Co-CEO, OS Data Solutions. “Testing the ID5 ID has shown us that not only is ID5 a valid alternative to third-party cookies in the future but it also allows us to reach cookieless audiences today. We encourage publishers and adtech providers to test the ID5 ID and see the possible uplifts for themselves, just as Ströer.”

“The ID5 ID can help advertisers to address audiences in cookieless browsers at a lower CPM compared to Chrome given the reduced competition caused by the absence of third-party cookies,” said Mathieu Roche, Co-founder & CEO at ID5. “Reduced competition is also the reason why publishers’ CPMs are considerably low in cookieless browsers. However, recent studies have also demonstrated the publishers who leverage the ID5 ID enjoy higher CPMs in cookieless browsers as their traffic becomes addressable and, therefore, more interesting for the buy-side.”

*Source: Browser Market Share Germany Mar 2021 - Mar 2022,