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March 31, 2015

DAA’s New Mobile Choice Tools: A Journey, Not a Destination

February 2015 was a milestone month for the Digital Advertising Alliance.  Last month, we announced public availability of two new tools for smartphone and tablet users in the U.S.:  (1) Consumer Choice Page for Mobile Web – a mobile-optimized version of our long-standing “desktop” Consumer Choice Page, and (2) AppChoices, our first mobile application enabling transparency and choice for cross-app data collection and interest-based advertising in app environments.

Together, they represent a “Promises Made, Promises Kept” moment for DAA – a commitment we had made to stakeholders. It has been a disciplined and deliberate journey which first resulted in the release of our Mobile Guidance to companies on how to adhere to DAA Principles for multi-site (and multi-app) data collection for applicable DAA business purposes, principally interest-based ads.  Next we developed creative specifications for placement of the DAA Icon in mobile interest-based ads.  Then in launching AppChoices and Consumer Choice Page for Mobile Web, DAA...

January 12, 2015

DAA's 2014 Year in Review: Momentum, Engagement & Presence

As Advertising Week 2014 drew to a close this past September, there was one remark I heard that I found to be particularly impactful, and true to its core. During one of the sessions, a U.S.-based digital marketing executive spoke of self-regulation as the “gold standard” on how to grow a realm of responsible multi-screen data collection and use for interest-based advertising. He was referring to the Digital Advertising Alliance.

What DAA’s self-regulation program has achieved to date is extraordinary – certainly unprecedented in the advertising discipline overall – and perhaps a new model for cooperation, coordination, participation and partnership in business self-regulation, both domestically and globally. As I look back on 2014, it was a year of momentum and engagement with so many of our stakeholders – proving the value of meaningful self-regulation for all of the DAA Participants whose current and future success is tied to bringing relevancy to consumers on “desktop,” mobile web or in-apps.

In 2015, DAA continues to evolve to meet the demands of the multi-screen market and to help marketing organizations build trust by enabling a consistent consumer experience each of the 1 trillion times per month the DAA icon is served globally. In just a couple of weeks, for example, we’ll be launching our first consumer-facing app – AppChoices – and we encourage your participation there to help give app users transparency and choice regarding in-app...


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November 17, 2014

Reminder: Enhanced Notice & Choice to Consumers is a ‘Shared Responsibility’

Recently, our accountability partners at the Council of Better Business Bureau’s (CBBB) Advertising Self-Regulatory Council (ASRC), made public its compliance work with five Web sites to ensure enhanced “real-time” notice is given to consumers when data on their sites, within the scope of Digital Advertising Alliance Principles, is being collected and used by Web sites’ third-party partners.

According to ASRC,

“Notice and choice on interest-based ads are delivered through the familiar Advertising Option Icon (AdChoices Icon). Over a trillion impressions of the AdChoices Icon are served each month, according to DAA statistics, evidence of the depth of compliance among advertisers and third parties responsible for delivery of in-ad enhanced notice. Today’s decisions remind website publishers that they must shoulder their responsibility to ensure that the delivery of enhanced notice is just as ubiquitous when third-parties are collecting data for OBA [interest-based ads] on their websites. In either situation, a consumer should be able to click on the enhanced notice link and go directly to a place where they can learn more about interest-based advertising and find an opt-out tool.”

There needs to be live links to explanations of the data collection,...

October 23, 2014

Poll: Consumers Tell Us They Want Privacy Tools That Look and Feel the Same on Any Screen

With Zogby Analytics’ newest consumer polling, we’ve tapped consumer opinions about their use of mobile, and their attitudes toward data collection and interest-based advertising – and we’re seeing not only gratifying results overall, including a preference for relevant advertising on mobile screens specifically.

This shouldn’t be too surprising: last year consumers said much the same for their general online experience.

In our latest commissioned poll, nearly 6 in 10 U.S. adult respondents said they would feel more favorably toward companies and brands that provided ubiquitous, real-time choice regarding their advertising practices symbolized by our now ubiquitous icon.

Source:  Zogby Interactive Survey of 1,015 US Adults – 10/03/14 – 10/05/14 Margin of Error ±3.1 Percentage Points.

Our goal at Digital Advertising Alliance is to build tools that enable a reliable, consistent consumer...

October 13, 2014

Online & Mobile Display to Keep Growing Strong – Largely Driven by Relevance

With Forrester Research reporting online display growing by a compound annual rate of 13.7 percent through 2019, “fueled by advancements in programmatic, video and mobile media,” as reported by MediaPost last week, and with mobile expected to generate 42 percent of global ad spend growth through 2016, according to ZenithOptimedia, now is a superb time to be part of the interest-based advertising supply chain.

It is important to understand how important data collection is, and how important responsible use of data in this environment is, to ensuring consumer acceptance and trust along this growth trajectory.

Ad revenue for digital and mobile display doesn’t grow if the analytics behind the data exchanges involved do not work. Insight is only gained from an accurate read of accurate data. We know from our own Digital Advertising Alliance-commissioned research earlier this year that publishers enjoy a premium for enabling relevant ads – and advertisers are more than willing to pay for it.

Programmatic media buying depends on rich understanding of target audiences – in many respects, advertisers are effectively buying...


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