An interview with Oliver Birleson of Maxsi Limited
Following on from our posts and discussions on how to best implement the cookie law by May 2012, we're going to take a look at some of the technology and consulting solutions available to help marketers comply.
Our first post is an interview with Oliver Birleson of MaxSi Limited who are offering a cookie free analytics system based on their established eVisitAnalyst product.
Question: Why have you developed your solution?
We have developed eVisit Analyst 8 due to the demand for an analytics system which retains optimal functionalisation regardless of whether or not visitors have disabled cookies. Moreover, as the Information Commissioner's Office have deemed analytics as 'non-essential' cookies, there is the need for an analytics system that is not reliant upon visitors giving their positive consent to store cookies. Users of eVisit can therefore have an analytics system which does not fluctuate dependant upon the visitors' actions on cookies.
Question: How does it avoid the need for cookies? How does the accuracy compare?
Question: Do reports follow a similar model to other systems
Our reports follow a model familiar to users of other analytics systems. Please visit the eVisit Analyst 8 features page for specific information and screenshots.
As you will be able to see from the features page, our system retains the same features as you would get from a cookie based system. Except for a cookie acceptance report, of course.
Question: Do you think there is a need for this type of solution if the EU permits opt-out through browsers as suggested by the new W3C recommendations.
We think there is a definite need for this solution should the EU permit an opt-out solution by browsers. It is anticipated that a reasonably high number of visitors would indeed choose to opt out through their browser. This would cause problems for a cookie based analytics system as their movements could simply not be tracked. However, our solution means that regardless of whether browser opt-out is the favoured solution, users can retain accurate analytics. Clearly, accurate analytics are essential for successful marketing campaigns.
Question: Have you developed this from scratch or is it an evolution of another product?
Maxsi are an analytics company who have been dealing in cookie based analytics systems for over ten years. Our clients have tended to be large organisations who require intense analytics such as banks, universities, building societies and large commercial organisations. Due to the cookie regulations we have adapted our technology to offer organisations of all sizes with a legal and accurate analytics system through eVisit Analyst 8.