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July 14, 2014

Promoting Online Content Diversity and Small Business Innovation through Relevant Advertising

The following post is another part of our DAA Summit 2014 coverage series.

While much of the Digital Advertising Alliance Summit 2014 focused on the big ideas, trends and data associated with the macro world of interest based advertising, this particular panel moderated by Interactive Advertising Bureau Senior Director of Public Policy Alison Pepper, pivoted the conversation a bit toward the day-to-day benefits that relevant advertising means to small businesses operating in the online space.

Panelists Paul Banas, CEO and founder of GreatDad.com and Nick Jabbour, founder of MedChats.com, both members of the IAB's Long Tail Alliance, spoke about their business models' reliance on relevant advertising in order to keep customers and patrons returning to their sites and engaged online. The IAB Long Tail Alliance represents small digital publishers that rely on digital advertising sales and have revenues of under $1 million per year.

Both publishers spoke about how relevant advertising allows them to concentrate on the service they provide and the content they produce without having to worry about pay walls or other barriers which for small businesses would mean that consumers would turn away. The audience was treated to a walk-through of both sites that relayed the consumer...

July 9, 2014

The Multi-Screen Majority - Preserving Consumer Advertising Relevancy and Control

This post is another in a series of summaries from our recent Digital Advertising Alliance Summit 2014.

A panel keynote session at the 2014 DAA's Annual Summit, "The Multi-Screen Majority — Preserving Consumer Advertising Relevancy and Control," offered interesting perspective on how the proliferation of digital devices and their multiple and simultaneous use by consumers is changing the landscape for online advertising.

It's no secret that consumers are increasingly using a combination of multiple devices to view digital content in their daily lives. The continuous rise in the use of these multiple devices has created a new terrain for online advertisers to navigate, especially as it relates to keeping up with the evolving technology while trying to provide a personalized experience for the consumer. The DAA keynote session underscored the reality that the changing landscape presents an enormous opportunity for advertisers and for consumers' convenience, but first digital advertisers must understand the profile of the multi-screen environment and the implications for their efforts to preserve and improve relevant advertising.

One important point made: it is a business imperative that digital advertisers have a solid understanding of consumer activity and use of digital devices via multiple screens. According to moderator Mike Zaneis, who is executive vice president & general counsel with the...

July 3, 2014

DAA's First Summit on West Coast was a Sell Out! - and There Was a Mobile 'Surprise'

The Digital Advertising Alliance hosted its second annual Summit for participants – its first on the West Coast – on Thursday, June 26, at the stunning art-deco City Club of San Francisco. Interest-based marketing executives representing large publishers, leading brands, ad tech, startups and agencies big and small, came to hear two keynotes, headlined by Federal Trade Commission's Jessica Rich of the Bureau of Consumer Protection, and seven sessions that covered updates to the DAA program, current industry focus on the multi-screen user, compliance, competition and impact on small publishers, as well as the economic value and global expansion of the DAA program.

The event also gave DAA the "surprise" opportunity to announce a preview, with animation, of two new mobile choice tools for users – AppChoices, a free application that enables consumers to opt out of interest-based ads served across mobile applications; and the adaptation of the current

June 5, 2014

Testimony: DAA Program Assigns Heightened Protection to Location Data; Self-Regulation Can Adapt

The Digital Advertising Alliance recognizes that location data requires heightened safeguards in mobile environments if we are to maintain consumer trust in this fast-growing advertising medium. This is why the DAA Principles and our guidance for adherence on mobile platforms (which was released almost a year ago) require companies to obtain consent before collecting and transferring precise location data from individuals, and that users be able to revoke that consent at any time. The DAA program is a living example of how sensitive issues like location data can be addressed through a robust, enforceable self-regulatory framework while still allowing for innovation and the ad-funded support of content and services we all enjoy in the multi-screen world.

Essentially this was my message June 4, when I testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law – articulating marketers' proactive views on adopting and strengthening our code of conduct for location-based marketing purposes. A copy of our full written testimony is available here. In...

May 23, 2014

Set the Record: Consumer Attitudes (and Behavior) Toward Interest-Based Ads

Do consumers like interest-based advertising? In a word, yes.

Our own dedicated consumer surveys on this point, conducted independently by the respected research firm Zogby Analytics, bear this out. Once consumers see the value exchange inherent with interest-based ads, they largely understand and are supportive of it (our most recent survey, October 2013).

Our full disclosure of our survey questions is part of a culture of transparency built into the DAA Principles and program.

However, in the world of survey research, that disclosure is vital to credibility – which is why we are surprised that one recently published survey, critical of online advertising, was completely opaque in its methodology, that of Consumer Reports.

In our view, it's unfortunate that Consumer Reports has chosen to withhold its methodology and questions for this consumer survey, since those factors are critical in reading and fully understanding results.

The two Zogby Analytics surveys commissioned by the Digital Advertising Alliance to date, among other industry...


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