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Tag: interactive advertising bureau

IAB’s New Guidelines for Multiplatform Publishers Using Online Ads

The new version of the IAB Standard Ad Unit Portfolio is a must-know for multiplatform publishers using online ads as part of their audience strategy
The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) has a major impact on the characteristics of online ads that many multiplatform publishers use to sell products and build a larger audience. Today we’ll take a

Publishing Business News: Major Reorganizations for Major Players

The media companies making the latest publishing business news include Conde Nast, Time Inc., and IAB
The watch word in recent weeks has been “reorg” when it comes to the publishing business news we’re following. Top-tier personnel changes, the elimination of the staff title “publisher,” and big waves being made in the advertising world are signalling

Online-Only Magazines: News on Audience Development, Mobile, and More

Monitoring the latest media trends for online-only magazines and other publishers
These are interesting times for online-only magazines: The industry, like a growing child, is changing every day, and just chasing it around can be exhausting.

Ad tech, mobile monetization, audience development, ad blocking and viewability, data and analytics, and other considerations – and, some would say,

Programmatic Native Push From Hearst Heralds New Age of Advertising

Lots of news on the ad tech side of the industry, which really shouldn’t come as news, given all of the advancements happening on what seems like a weekly basis from publishers, vendors, and search & social giants. For instance, if you thought marketers and publishers would leave programmatic and native ads in their separate camps and call it a day, you were mistaken. Meet the programmatic native model, currently being showcased by Hearst!

Also in the works: Ad blocking solutions, including a summit from the IAB and more from Google in the effort to solidify their hold on digital advertising. MediaPost has it all handled to start the week. Let’s get to it!

Publisher Analytics: Google, Ad Viewability, User Data

In recent news from the world of publisher analytics, we see Google share the top factors for search, the IAB’s latest pronouncement on ad viewability, the efficacy of data monetization, and more

Print to Web Success: Stories From the Digital Publishing Industry

Going from print to web is no longer the terrifying proposition for entrenched traditional publishers it was 10 years ago, but it’s still an intricate migration that requires you getting all of your ducks in a row (see what we did there?).

Publisher-Advertiser Alignment Crucial for 2016

The publisher-advertiser dynamic has always been a fragile one, but it needn’t be a fractious one. After all, it’s a symbiotic relationship, and the success of each, in theory, depends upon the success of the other.

And the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Digital Media Industry Trends: Tablet Magazines, Ad Blocking, Mobile-First Design

The digital media industry trends dominating the headlines at the end of 2015 share some overlap with the digital media industry trends we started the year with — monetizing mobile and video, for instance — but there are some that came out of nowhere and now have the business scrambling around somewhere between casual concern and crisis mode.

You guessed that one, all right … ad blocking.

Meanwhile, multiplatform publishing — our focus since we started Mequoda — has gone from optional strategy to absolute necessity for digital magazines making any sort of serious bid for success.

Online Ad Revenue Experiences Unprecedented Growth

For some digital magazines, the effort to generate online ad revenue can evoke a verse from Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner: “Water, water everywhere, / Nor any drop to drink.”

Here’s the thing: The money is there to be had. Marketers are ready to spend — are spending as we speak — across desktop and mobile. On sites, apps, and social media channels.

But if you don’t have the right infrastructure, content distribution strategy, audience development, and magazine business model in place, it’s like stepping inside one of those old game-show cash chambers with your hands tied behind your back.

Mobile Publisher Outlook on Ad Blocking

If you’re a mobile publisher trying to monetize an already challenging platform for digital magazines, no two words strike more fear into your heart than “ad blocking.”

Ad blocking programs are not some flash in the pan gimmick that’s fading with time; they’re proliferating, and gaining in popularity with key demographics for audience development (ie, Millennials and other young consumers). How damaging a potential pitfall they are when it comes to digital ad revenue remains to be seen, but some in the mobile publisher market are bracing for a big hit. Others are biding their time, while still others are planning some blocking of their own, in the form of possible litigation.

But is it all a case of much “ad”-o about nothing?

The Wall Street Journal’s CMO Today blog recently checked in with media companies about the wrath of ad blocking, and they also interviewed the head of the Interactive Advertising Bureau to find out his thoughts. Let’s see what they had to say.

Social Media Standards Released by MRC

With so many digital magazines and brands deploying multiplatform content on the likes of Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, devising social media standards for measuring data for advertising purposes was only a matter of time. Now, the Media Rating Council has done just that. Keep in mind, of course, that no matter how these guidelines shake out, you must maintain a regimen of your own when it comes maximizing the potential of social platforms. Minding your own store with best practices on social media will make it a lot easier to generate digital ad revenue down the line.

MediaPost reports on this development and several other interesting ones in recent articles.

Ad Blocking Programs Continue to Vex Marketers, Publishers

How are entities like Vox Media, Quartz, the IAB, and the ANA combating ad blocking programs?
As ad blocking programs proliferate and become more popular with consumers – especially younger consumers like Millennials – marketers and publishers are feeling the heat in trying to confront what they consider a common enemy.

Recent news about Google’s efforts to

Mobile Video Trends: Spending, Vertical, Social

The phrase mobile video trends combines two challenges for publishers into one mega-challenge: conquering cross-device advertising and mastering multimedia with strong production and distribution platforms. More and more, the two go hand in hand: If digital magazines are going to succeed on tablets, smartphones, and phablets, the thinking goes, they’re going to need more than just strong content and good design. They’re going to need mobile savvy and video chops.

Metered Content: Another Digital Magazine Goes for It

More and more, metered content is becoming de rigueur for digital magazines looking to generate higher revenues with higher quality product. As big believers in smart subscription strategies, we love to see this shift. From The New Yorker to Pando to Time Inc. digital, publishers are molding their content around monetization with experimental tactics and finding results. This isn’t just a smart bet; it’s smart strategy: As our 2015 Digital Magazine Market Study shows, consumers are willing to spend on metered content done right. MinOnline is on top of this industry trend, as always. Let’s take a look at their coverage of the latest metered content adoption, plus other recent posts.

What Is Native Advertising and Its Impact on Consumers?

We’ve covered the question “What is native advertising?” several times, stressing that it’s not a new component of publishing revenue, but rather a fresh take on advertorial for the digital age. Another term for it? Sponsored content. In other words, content that brands craft themselves to resemble surrounding magazine content and then pay for placement, or content that brands pay the magazine’s in-house studio to create plus place. This includes article-like text, video, infographics, and more. One important caveat here is that brands – or the publishers they’re paying, for that matter – cannot, by law, mislead consumers. That line has been bent, stretched, blurred, and seemingly redrawn over the years, with various parties weighing in. But rarely have we had the opportunity to hear what readers actually think about the native ads they’re expected to digest. MinOnline reports on a recent study that provides just such an opportunity. Let’s start there today!

Digital Advertising Trends: Data, B2B, and the Two-Horse Race

Knowing the latest digital advertising trends can translate into dollar signs for publishers. In this roundup, drawing on a handful of articles from MediaPost’s Media Daily News, make note of the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s new data initiative, as well as the indicators present in the recent B2b ad revenue jump.

Bryan Welch, Mequoda Master, Resigns from Ogden to Head Up B the Change Media

Let’s start the week with personnel moves both major and minor, per Folio:, plus a look at how digital ad revenue did in 2014 according to the IAB.

Native Advertising Rules and Regulations the FTC Wants You To Know

Native ads have been around for a while, although they have gone by many other names in the history of media over the centuries. The legal concerns that come with them have been around just as long, too.

During the Federal Trade Commission’s workshop “Blurred Lines: Advertising or Content?,” attorney Lesley Fair stepped to the podium and announced “an FTC law enforcement action … a settlement in the area of native advertising,” as she called it, to a crowd of representatives from the largest publishers and agencies in the country.

Mobile Ad Viewability a Focus for Facebook, MRC

Ad viewability on mobile devices is an emerging issue for publishers, and Facebook – along with the Media Rating Council – has taken the lead on developing workable measurements.

Most Digital Ad Impressions Not Seen

Digital marketers are constantly trying to get the most from their digital ads. Some recent data from Google is a little disheartening to those relying on them, though.

Digital Ad Revenues Higher Than Ever

There’s a major surge in digital advertising. Mobile digital advertising has grown significantly and the digital revenue being generated is higher than ever before. Talking New Media reports on new data from IAB.

Is the Mobile Gap Closing?

Total mobile ad spending nearly doubled in 2013 to $19.3 billion globally, indicating that the gap between traffic migration and monetization might be narrowing, Folio: reports. According to the Interactive Advertising Bureau, the overall rate of growth for mobile ad revenue is 92%.

Storytelling in Advertising Important for Online Readers

Keith J. Kelly reports in a recent New York Post Media Ink column that two-thirds of online readers are looking for advertising that tells a story rather than pushing a product, according to an Interactive Advertising Bureau and Edelman Berland study. The results were based on data from 5,000 respondents.

Branded Media Finding Mobile Success

Data released this month by Sharethrough shows that 29% of spending on mobile is for sponsored editorial content via native, in-feed ads, and engagement is up to 2.2%, eMarketer reports.

Digital Advertisers Spending More

Online ad spending was up 19% to 11.6 billion in the first quarter of 2014 based on data from the Interactive Advertising Bureau and PwC US, MediaPost reports.

Programmatic Ads: Publishers Can Improve

According to a recent study from MediaPost, 50% of publishers’ ad deals account for 10% of their revenue. “Automated guaranteed” advertising can help close that productivity gap.

Advertising Metrics Need Governance, ANA Says

Advertisers, losing patience with what they perceive as unreliable performance tracking, are clamoring for more oversight and authority.

Online Video Advertisers Want More Standards

The New York Times recently took a closer look at the efficacy of online video ads, and concluded that the industry is at an “inflection point.”

Web Ad Revenue Outpaces Broadcast

Digital advertising revenue in 2013 was higher than broadcasting’s for the first time, according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau.

Rising Stars Ads Get Sky-High Ratings

The Interactive Advertising Bureau’s Rising Stars ads – which use rich media, video, and other breaking technology in brand-friendly units on both desktop and mobile – are seeing 70% more click-throughs than standard placements are, according to recently released data from PointRoll. And while their interaction rates lag slightly behind those of banners, eMarketer reports, the actual time spent by consumers with them is 36% higher.

PopSci Axes Comments

Popular Science took the necessary steps to clean up their online community. They’ve permanently disabled comments, all in the name of science. Suzanne LaBarre, online content director for Popular Science writes

Native Ads Aren’t New, Time to Ditch Yahoo Accounts, Advertisers Get Picky

All this hype about native ads gave us a chuckle in yesterday’s weekly Mequoda editorial meeting. In case everybody’s forgotten, native ads aren’t new, a fad, or even advertising’s hottest thing. Remember advertorials? Magazines have been selling them, and publishing them, for decades! Digiday’s interpretation made me laugh, saying the name switch is like “putting lipstick on the advertorial pig.” Some would disagree because the ads are supposed to replace traditional online advertising, but AdWeek editor Mike Shields tweeted early on, saying “we’ve had ‘sponsored sections’ since 90s. Ditching banners is what’s revolutionary.”

Big Predictions for Digital Advertisers

If digital advertising goes along with your digital magazine publishing activities, you may want to consider these predictions

With all the technology available within the marketplace, it’s easy to wonder which advertising formats will garner the most attention in years to come. Advertisers and publishers alike want to pay attention to the ad formats that are most desirable, to create engage and generate revenue.

Internet Ad Revenue Hits New High

There is a power in curation. Publishers get the opportunity to show their audiences the breadth of their knowledge on a subject by providing them with the best content – and providing extra value through insight and perspective.

Curators are valuable in today’s digital world, where there is so much content that users have a hard time sifting through it all. In addition to providing your own content, do you curate any information relevant to your industry?

Update on Do Not Track; Mozilla, Google Take Action

Do-Not-Track Proposal Update: Mozilla and Google Respond

First, some background. On Dec. 1, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) “issued a preliminary staff report that proposes a framework to balance the privacy interests of consumers with innovation that relies on consumer information to develop beneficial new products and services.”The report also called for a Do Not Track mechanism on consumers’ browsers.

“Technological and business ingenuity have spawned a whole new online culture and vocabulary—email, IMs, apps and blogs—that consumers have come to expect and enjoy,” said FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz. “The FTC wants to help ensure that the growing, changing, thriving information marketplace is built on a framework that promotes privacy, transparency, business innovation and consumer choice. We believe that’s what most Americans want as well.”

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