First, AdWeek says that eBay is now prepared to open up their big data box to advertisers. With both buyers and sellers and their parental link to Paypal, eBay has access to an enormous amount of customer data.
eBay’s head of digital display in North America, Stephen Howard-Sarin spoke about the change at AdExchanger’s Programmatic I/O conference;
Someone might be OK with—and even appreciate—eBay knowing who they are and what pair of shoes they’ve bought or are looking to buy. However, “they expect eBay not to tell anybody else who they are. But that doesn’t mean we can’t create segments of shoe shoppers and let someone like Zappos—or actually not Zappos [which is owned by Amazon]—to target against those shoe buyers.”