The future of behavioral targeting is in danger. With an ongoing Congressional investigation and growing privacy concerns, it looks as though consumers and regulators are not keen to have advertisers track web surfing behavior online. But there’s another side to the story — does behavioral targeting even work?
The idea is that by following users online, they can get a clearer idea of people’s buying habits and serve more relevant advertising to them. If that is not true, the case for behavioral targeting falls apart. And if preliminary results from Google’s nascent attempts are any indication, BT does not appear to be working for the search giant.