According to Business Directory, piggyback marketing is defined as: “Allow cost market entry strategy in which two or more firms represent one another’s complementary (but non-competing) products in their respective markets.” Companies have engaged in piggyback marketing for a longtime, and more recently, online piggyback marketing (also known as tag redirects, daisy chains, hops and/or cookie synching) has been effective for brands sharing each other’s digital content to help increase traffic and brand awareness.

Historically, marketing firms faced a challenge with online advertising, as they could be limited by domain-specific cookies, which restrict their ability to collect information and display relevant ads to website visitors. These restrictions drastically reduce the potential audience companies are trying to reach. In an effort to overcome these restrictions (and drive more revenue), marketing firms have developed online piggybacking methods to reach a broader audience by exchanging data across different platforms and sites. The classic case of piggybacking occurs when you’re visiting an e-commerce site and add an item to your shopping cart; when you later browse a different site, you may see an ad for that item you put in your cart on the first site.

There are several items to be aware of when your website includes piggybacked tags:

  • Privacy regulation noncompliance  You have limited visibility regarding what information a piggybacked tag receives, which can put you  out of compliance with global privacy regulations like the GDPR and CCPA.
  • Data leakage – Your customer data can be passed to a piggybacked tag without your knowledge or consent, which can lead to you losing your customers’ trust.
  • Poor website performance – Every tag that loads on your website affects your site performance. Research has shown that users don’t want to wait for pages to load, which can lead them to navigate away from your site.
  • Malicious code installation–Tag piggybacking can allow malicious code to be installed on your site or on your customer’s device, which is a major data and security risk.

If you use piggybacking, it’s important to make sure your site complies with GDPR andCCPA. How Clym can help:

  • Automatic cookie website scanner that identifies all the cookies used on the website, what data they collect and automatically assigns them to a processor from our repository of 100+ third-party vendors.
  • Comprehensive cookie consent management through our advanced cookie tag manager, cookie indexation, supplier whitelisting and piggybacking prevention.
  • Brandable cookie notice layouts with your company’s logo and colors for a consistent user experience.
  • Customizable opt-out/opt-in configuration for non-essential cookies.
  • Consent collection for loading embedded content such as videos or forms.


Contact Clym today to schedule a demo or talk to one of our representatives!