There could be a resurgence in email if Google’s new targeting program gets off the ground.
Reportedly, Google is discussing ways to allow advertisers to target ads in search results at their existing customers. If advertisers hand over customer information such as email addresses, Google could then use that information to target ads.
This is partly a result of the jockeying between Facebook and Google. In 2012, Facebook launched “custom audiences,” a move that helped the social network chip away at Google’s lead in digital advertising. Facebook reported ad revenue growth of 65 percent to $11.5 billion in 2014 while Google’s advertising revenue grew 17 percent to $59.1 billion.
“The proposed ads highlight the increasingly sophisticated ways that Internet companies track users’ online and offline activities for marketing purposes,” according to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ). “Such tactics might raise questions about how well customers understand what businesses do with personal information they volunteer to a website or through a store loyalty program.”