Ad Blocking

Media Pitch: How Blockthrough Helps Publishers Recover Millions in Ad Revenue
March 18, 2019 at 3:38 pm

Ad blockers have grown into a massive problem for online publishers. Some analysts estimate that by 2020, publishers will lose nearly $75 billion annually to ad blockers. This movement is fueled by users’ exasperation with intrusive ad experiences and growing privacy concerns. Despite user backlash, online advertising is not going the way of the dodo,…

Google's Proposed Changes to Chrome Could Weaken Ad Blockers
January 28, 2019 at 11:13 am

THE WEB CAN be an annoying and creepy place. Big animated ads try to distract you from what you’re reading, while ads for products you’ve already bought stalk you. That’s led many people to install ad blockers or other tools to inhibit websites from tracking them. According to a survey by…

Audience Development Shifts Focus from Facebook Traffic to Generating Revenue
October 31, 2018 at 10:14 am

Audience development pros have always been crucial to how publishers reach new readers. But increasingly, they’re all about the revenue, trying to get people to return to the site in hopes they eventually sign up for a membership, subscribe or buy a ticket to an event. Travis Bernard, director of…

Reality Check: Is Ad Fraud Up Or Down?
August 1, 2018 at 1:05 pm

Last year there was some good news for the ad tech industry when the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) announced that they believed ad fraud would drop from $7.2 billion in 2016 to $6.5 billion in 2017. As the founder and CEO of a cybersecurity solution, this cheered us up because…

Should Publishers Raise Prices on Subscribers Who Use Adblockers?
June 22, 2018 at 11:51 am

Do you use an adblocker? Would you pay the local news organization that you subscribe to an extra dollar or two a month to be able to use their site with an ad-blocker? Those are the questions Associated Press reporter Ryan Nakashima has spent the past six months researching over the…

Apple Says it is ‘Shutting Down’ Tracking From Like & Share Buttons and Conversation Platforms
June 6, 2018 at 11:11 am

Apple further entrenched its strategic positioning as privacy protector against the ad tech ecosystem at WWDC, its annual developer conference, on Monday. Apple is taking aim at Facebook’s Like buttons, Disqus comments widgets and other third-party APIs that can be used for data collection, tracking and ad targeting. Last year, Apple shrugged at industry pushback that…

Google to Hold Talks With Publishers Over Their GDPR Concerns
May 21, 2018 at 11:11 am

Alphabet Inc.’s Google has agreed to meet with a group of publishers next week at four of its global offices to discuss their concerns about its preparations for Europe’s forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation, according to people familiar with the matter. Some publishers have been critical of Google’s stance on the sweeping new data-protection law…

Four Publisher Groups to Google: Your GDPR Proposal ‘Severely Falls Short’
May 2, 2018 at 10:29 am

In March, Google issued some indications of how it intends to comply with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), going into effect in about a month. Now, four major publisher trade groups have released a five-page joint letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai with a basic message: nope. The groups are Digital Content Next, European Publishers Council, News…