Ad Blocking

Media Pitch: Admiral Stems Ad Block Losses With Personalized Ad Experiences
November 15, 2017 at 8:00 am

Admiral is helping publishers reclaim billions of dollars lost in advertising revenue by taking a personalized approach to ad block prevention. The startup measures ad block rates as well as revenue lost to ad block users and provides publishers with the tools to reengage those users. The startup empowers readers to choose which ad experience…

U.S. Publishers: $15.8B Annual Revenue Lost To Ad Blocking
October 17, 2017 at 1:55 pm

Consumers in Europe are more likely to block ads, but the United States isn't far behind. About 26% of U.S. consumers use some sort of ad-blocking software, according to data released Monday. And soon, Google will give consumers another way to block ads, through its Chrome browser scheduled to launch in 2018. The OnAudience.com study…

Publishers Are Already Feeling Pain From Apple’s Move Against Ad Tracking
October 16, 2017 at 1:33 pm

Apple is cracking down on ad tracking through Safari, and the first publishers to feel the pain are those who rely heavily on programmatic advertising. Programmatic publishers’ ad rates have taken a hit since Apple updated its Safari browser last month to prevent third parties from tracking users for more than 24 hours after a…

Google, Apple Leave Publishers in the Dark on Ad & Cookie Blocking Browser Updates
September 21, 2017 at 10:54 am

Today, if you wanted an ad blocker to be operational on whichever browser you most often use to surf the web, you would need to go through the somewhat arduous process of actually turning it on. For many of us, that process would involve a fair bit of downloading and Googling, and perhaps a little…

How to Stop Ad Fraud, Fake News & Ad Blocking From Tanking Publisher Revenue
September 8, 2017 at 6:00 am

Innovation often yields our toughest publishing challenges. Ad fraud, fake news, and ad blocking are three examples that stem from one such disruption: The prevalence of programmatic advertising. Ad fraud is probably the most pernicious culprit. It stems from sites, stuffed with programmatic ads, that attract bot traffic to yield false impressions, generating income that…

Check Your Inbox: Google Warns Publishers Serving Annoying Ads
August 10, 2017 at 1:09 pm

Betty Crocker might want to check her inbox Thursday. The iconic brand is one of roughly a thousand online publishers that are set to receive an email from Google warning them that they are showing "highly annoying, misleading or harmful" ads. Although there aren't many ads on Betty Crocker's website, it does have popups, especially…

Grappling With Ad Fraud And Its Nuances
June 9, 2017 at 11:17 am

Charles Dickens once penned the now famous line, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."  I am going to counter that with a quote from Art Buchwald, "Whether it's the best of times or the worst of times, it's the only time we've got." I bring this up while trying…

The Digital Advertising Doomsday Clock
June 8, 2017 at 11:01 am

The latest tick of the clock counting down to publishers’ Digital Advertising Judgement Day came on Monday, when Apple announced at its annual developer conference that a forthcoming desktop version of its Safari browser will block the annoying autoplay ads that appear on many Web pages or before online videos. The news doesn’t present a…

Why IGN Made a Big Bet on Native Advertising
June 7, 2017 at 5:16 pm

“Video gamers are some of the biggest ad blockers ever,” said Arvind Jayaram, former director of ad products at IGN Entertainment, a Ziff Davis-owned company covering entertainment and video games through events, video programming, and online news. The statement encapsulates one of the biggest challenges the IGN site faces -- diminishing advertising revenue in the…