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Distribute Custom Segments to Data Buyers

For data sellers, there are two available options to distribute custom segments to a data buyer. See the appropriate sections below for more information.

Caution

All custom Data Marketplace data shared to other accounts must adhere to LiveRamp policies, and you must have a direct agreement in place with receiving accounts for the relevant data and use case(s).

Advantages of Custom Segments

A custom segment is a segment that is created for a particular campaign for a specific advertiser. This is distinguished from a standard segment that is available off the shelf and that has been created without a specific campaign in mind.

In general, custom segments tend to perform better than standard segments because they are more targeted. The LiveRamp Data Marketplace has been designed to allow data sellers to quickly and easily distribute custom segments to data buyers.

Why talk to your data buyer clients about custom segments?

Get in front of clients to help inform their buying decisions and showcase data they cannot find directly in the DSP or DMP they are using to select data for their digital campaigns.

With the workflow the LiveRamp Data Marketplace provides, your sales people can be more directly involved with clients’ data decisions when it comes to digital media by recommending unique or custom data segments tailored to the clients’ needs, leveraging the LiveRamp workflow to deliver the data where the client wants to use it, and receiving reporting after the campaigns to understand the use of the data.

Benefits:

  • LiveRamp can easily make your custom data available for use by your clients on nearly any digital marketing platform, including social platforms, while keeping other data buyers from seeing campaign and segment information.

  • Platform selection: When distributing directly to platforms, selecting platforms from LiveRamp’s "custom ready” list will ensure that the data are quickly and easily delivered, and that advertiser-level reporting can be provided back to you.

  • Sales reporting: From “custom ready” platforms, we can report the specific advertiser(s) who used specific datasets, so you can understand data use and revenue creation.

Available Distribution Options

You can distribute custom segments in two ways:

  • You distribute: You can distribute the segments to the data buyer’s desired platform(s). This method is the most common, and is useful when your data buyer does not have a LiveRamp account. The segments will appear in the platform UI for the data buyer, but no other buyers in that platform will see those segments. Note: This method is not available for Advertiser Direct (fka "Consumer Social") workflows (such as distributions going to Advertiser Direct (fka "Consumer Social") platforms, like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Snapchat, or TikTok).

  • You share: You can “share” the segments with the data buyer in Connect and the data buyer distributes the segments to their desired platforms. Custom segment sharing is often useful for long-term campaigns, and is required for the segments to be used in Customer Profiles or in Advertiser Direct (fka "Consumer Social") workflows (such as distributions going to Advertiser Direct (fka "Consumer Social") platforms, like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Snapchat, or TikTok).

In either method, be sure to talk to the data buyer about their desired destination platforms before beginning the process.

Distribute Custom Segments to a Platform

The steps to distribute custom segments to a platform are essentially the same as distributing standard segments. The main difference is that when you enable the segments as Data Marketplace segments (usually through uploading a segment metadata file), you must specify that the segments are custom segments and provide platform IDs for the platforms you want to allowlist (so the segments can appear in those platforms).

The overall steps are:

  1. Upload the segment data files.

  2. Enable the segments as Data Marketplace custom segments by uploading a segment metadata file.

    Tip

    For information on finding platform IDs, see the “View the Approved Platforms List” section of this article.

  3. Distribute the segments to the destination platforms.

Specific instructions on performing these steps can be found in “Selling Data with the Data Marketplace”.

Note

For distributions to Google: See "Google Data Marketplace" for additional information.

The data will be available for your buyer to use in the destination platform 1-2 days after you distribute the segments.

Usage reports are provided each month for the prior month’s data usage. For clarity, the price set above will be included in the total media price the advertiser pays the platform. The platform will then pay LiveRamp, and LiveRamp provides a usage report and pays you.

Share a Data Marketplace Custom Segment to a Data Buyer

When a data buyer wants to use your custom segments in Customer Profiles or distribute your custom segments to one of our Advertiser Direct (fka "Consumer Social") platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Snapchat, or TikTok), you can “share” the custom segments to the data buyer’s Connect account. The “sharing” method can also be used when the data buyer wants to use the segments for a long-term campaign where they want more control over distributions.

Note

To distribute your custom segments to a platform, follow the instructions in the “Distribute Custom Segments to a Platform” section of this article.

  1. Make sure that the data buyer has had LiveRamp allowlist you as an eligible data seller to share custom segments to the data buyer’s account.

    Note

  2. Upload the custom segment. See "Getting Your Data Into LiveRamp" for more information on uploading segments.

  3. After the segment is visible in Connect, enable the segment as a Data Marketplace custom segment by uploading a Data Marketplace segment metadata file. See "Selling Data with the Data Marketplace" for more information.

    Caution

    • Make sure to allowlist the platform(s) where the data buyer will be using the custom segment by including that info in the “Allowed Platforms” column of the Data Marketplace segment metadata file. For information on finding platform IDs for allowlisting, see the “View the Approved Platforms Reference Sheet” section of this article.

    • The segment metadata file must include all necessary pricing fields for allowlisted platforms. For example, if Advertiser Direct destinations are being allowlisted, the segment metadata file must include percentage of media pricing information in the Advertiser Direct column. For more information, see "Updating the Segment Metadata File".

    Note

    For segments that will be used in Customer Profiles, make sure to enter “Y” in the "Opt-in for Combination Segments" column.

  4. From the Data Marketplace navigation menu, click Sell Data to navigate to the Data Marketplace - My Segments page, or click the Sell Data tile from the Welcome page.

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  5. Check the check box for the segment to share, and then click Share.

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    Note

    Segments that are not “live” in the Data Marketplace are not shareable.

  6. Check the check box for the data buyer to share the segment with, and then click Share Segments.

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The data buyer is then notified via email and a notification in Connect that the segment is available for distribution through the appropriate destination account.

Note

  • Distributing to a Advertiser Direct (fka "Consumer Social") platform (such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Snapchat, or TikTok)? Make sure you have the "Direct to Buyer" media channel enabled in your contract settings (see "View Data Marketplace Contract Information" for instructions). If that channel is not enabled, contact your LiveRamp representative.

  • When you upload new data for a custom segment that you've shared, you do not need to re-share the segment again.

  • If the data buyer is not seeing the segment in their desired destination account, make sure that you have allowlisted the platform(s) where the data buyer will be using the custom segment by including that info in the “Allowed Platforms” column of the Data Marketplace segment metadata file. For information on finding platform IDs for allowlisting, see the “View the Approved Platforms Reference Sheet” section of this article.

View the Approved Platforms Reference Sheet

To get a list of all the platforms that can receive custom segments, along with their platform ID:

  1. From the Data Marketplace navigation menu, click Sell Data to navigate to the Data Marketplace - My Segments page, or click the Sell Data tile from the Welcome page.

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  2. Click the drop-down arrow next to the Download button, and then select "Reference Sheet" to download the reference sheet.

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    You can then use the reference sheet to find the platform IDs for the platforms you want to allow to receive custom segments.

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    Add the appropriate platform IDs to the "Allowed Platforms (Custom Segments Only)" column (column W) in the appropriate segment rows of the Data Marketplace segment metadata file.

    Note

    The platform IDs are listed in the first section of the reference sheet. The reference sheet also contains advertiser names (to be used when blocking advertisers from your Data Marketplace segments) and data sources.