Method and systems for directing profile-based electronic advertisements via an intermediary ad network to visitors who later visit media properties

CAFC
  • US 9,508,089 B2
  • Filed: 12/04/2015
  • Issued: 11/29/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/16/2006
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of directing electronic advertisements, performed by a behavioral targeting (BT) company'"'"'s computer system comprised of one or more computers, the method comprising:

  • for each of a multitude of visitor computers of different visitors visiting a first website, automatically with the computer system;

    (a) at a first time, redirecting the visitor computer to an ad network computer controlling advertising space on at least one third party media property, without transferring to the ad network computer any profile information related to the visitor;

    (b) wherein, as a result of the act of redirecting the visitor computer, the ad network arranges to electronically tag the visitor computer, which tag is readable by computers within a domain of the ad network and identifies the visitor computer as associated with the BT company;

    (c) recording, in a profile of the visitor maintained by the BT company, profile information collected during the visitor computer'"'"'s visit to the first site;

    (d) providing the ad network with a price cap that the BT company is willing to pay the ad network for allowing delivery of an advertisement within media property advertising space controlled by the ad network; and

    (e) at a second time, later than the first time, upon receiving an electronic request from the ad network, causing a selected advertisement to be served to the visitor computer while the visitor computer is visiting one of the media properties that has ad space controlled by the ad network, which advertisement is based on profile information in the profile of the visitor maintained by the BT company, in exchange for a price not above the price cap.

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