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September 22, 2015

Advertising Week 2015: Celebrate Competition & Content Diversity Made Possible by Responsible IBA

In our attention economy - where marketers compete for the attention of consumers - I'm struck how data collection for interest-based advertising (IBA) enables support for a wide range of small publishers and niche content providers, some of whom derive most or all of their income from ad network-supplied IBA. Without IBA, much less advertising in general, these entities could not survive.

Among all the parts of our advertising ecosystem we honor and recognize during Advertising Week 2015, I'd like to toast these startups and small businesses which are thankfully among us.

The "long tail" of companies on the Internet, and the impact they have on both competition in the marketplace and the diversity of user content they create, cannot be discounted or ignored. Were the long tail to be undermined economically, it would be a travesty for small business and consumers alike. Who would help you with BBQ recipes, or travel deals, or DIY projects, or the copious amount of bicycling research I like to do - just to think of some of niche content sites I use?

Why IBA is so vital to small publishers is precisely because of the niche content many of these publishers provide: these sites could never command attention to sell ads directly to brands, yet much of their content is so specific to one subject matter or another, they deliver to brands a highly qualified audience of engaged users. Ads are seen on these thousands of sites - and because of responsible...

September 8, 2015

Cross Border: How the DAA Program Matters to Global Advertisers

[Photo: Peter Kosmala, senior vice president of government relations at 4A's (standing) introduces the DAA Summit 2015 panel, "Cross Border: How the DAA Programs Matter to Global Advertisers." Seated left to right: Julie Ford, executive director Digital Advertising Alliance of Canada; Jeanette Fitzgerald, chief privacy officer at Epsilon; and Chris Payne, public affairs manager at the World Federation of Advertisers and board member of the European Digital Interactive Advertising Alliance.] Big Idea: Amid an ever-expanding global environment, responsible online data collection is taking hold abroad. Representatives of DAA sister programs in Europe and Canada and a global ad company discuss the approaches to self-regulation in international markets. The final panel at DAA Summit 2015, held in June in New York, featured the Digital Advertising Alliance programs in Europe and Canada, as well as the perspective of a global agency and data services provider, who discussed the importance of the DAA program and Principles, and what responsible data collection means for global stakeholders and advertisers. Peter Kosmala, senior vice president of government relations at 4A's, began the panel by discussing the well-established DAA affiliated programs in Canada and Europe and how they provide a more global perspective for responsible data collection, interest-based ads and...

September 1, 2015

DAA Mobile Guidance Enforcement Begins Today: Why That’s Important

As of today (September 1, 2015), companies which collect and use data across mobile sites or mobile apps for interest-based advertising purposes will be required to demonstrate compliance with the Digital Advertising Alliance Principles as they relate to mobile activity. Importantly, the DAA Principles also include obligations for accessing and using precise location data and personal directory data (such as directories, contacts, photos, etc.).

The announcement of the start of independent accountability in mobile is an important milestone for DAA -- our two enforcement partners Council of Better Business Bureaus and Direct Marketing Association -- and for all of our trade association partners who have helped support self-regulation.

It is important because it continues the drumbeat of DAA delivering on our industry's ecosystem-wide promises for easy-to-find, easy-to-use consumer privacy controls.

It is important because it demonstrates a commitment to meaningful, independent accountability.

It is important because it helps preserve the promise of convenient and relevant mobile engagement between brands and consumers.

It is important because we've demonstrated time and again that nimble self-regulation is the appropriate answer for a dynamic advertising ecosystem.

As you can see, I believe this is ... well, important.

Included here are links to resources that may be helpful to you in your DAA Mobile Guidance plan of...

August 27, 2015

Building Audience Experiences across Devices and Platforms

[Photo: Interactive Advertising Bureau CEO Randall Rothenberg speaks ahead of the Digital Advertising Alliance Summit 2015 session “Building Audience Experiences Across Devices and Platforms.” Session participants included left to right: Charles Curran, senior advisor to DAA (moderator); Vivian Chang, Tapad; Martin Gilliard, Experian Marketing Services; Kevin McGowan, Millennial Media; and David Weiner, Oracle.]

Big Idea: New technologies are helping advertisers and publishers address audiences across different devices. As these technologies emerge, industry is looking to the DAA to develop a sensible approach to consumer transparency and control for device linking.

Our Digital Advertising Alliance Summit 2015, held in June in New York, included a conversation with leading advertising technologists that explored emerging marketplace practices and considerations regarding new cross-device and cross-platform technologies – all of which are being developed to facilitate consumer-brand interactions and help improve consumer experiences across the devices they use.

How Cross-Device Enables Better User Experiences

“The goal of this panel is really to bring and raise our understanding of exactly how cross-device linking technology works,” said Chuck Curran, discussion moderator and senior advisor...

August 17, 2015

DAA Thought Leader Interview | Kathryn Farrara of Unilever

Kathryn Farrara, Unilever, spoke at DAA Summit 2015 and provides here additional thoughts on the company’s participation in the DAA Program. She is a senior marketing counsel at Unilever, a multinational consumer packaged goods company.

The DAA Thought Leadership Series features top leaders discussing current and emerging trends in interest-based advertising derived from responsible data collection online. Changing consumer habits, expectations and evolving technology continue to shape the world of digital advertising. The Thought Leader Series discusses the ethical questions that arise with the changing technology that encompasses digital advertising. In this series we sit down with experts in the industry to discuss the DAA program, consumer privacy and security, and insights around transparency and choice with the consumer.

In this session, we talk with Kathryn Farrara, senior counsel of marketing at Unilever, about the DAA Principles and the importance of remaining transparent while collecting consumer data.

“The true focus is how to ensure that we are meeting the consumers’ needs and getting them information that they need no matter where they are in that process, and that’s called Omni-channel.”
 – Kathryn...


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