IAB states position on digital’s biggest issues

Posted on: Monday 24 August 2015

The IAB is releasing 5 statements clarifying its position on one of the five biggest issues facing digital advertising through the "IAB Believes" initiative.

Read the statements below

The five issues* being covered in successive days are brand safety, viewability, fraud, (ad verification issues) and ad blocking and privacy (consumer-led issues).

Dubbed “IAB Believes”, the initiative is in response to mounting criticisms about digital advertising.

“The increasing role of data and automated technologies in the online ad trading process means ad verification – be it viewability, ad fraud or brand safety – and privacy, has rightly come under increasing scrutiny,” says IAB UK’s CEO Guy Phillipson. “However, it’s time to turn up the volume on the solid progress we’re making in tackling these issues in collaboration with partner trade bodies – domestically and overseas – and technology vendors.”

Each statement sets out a concise industry position, the direction for each challenge and demonstrates how they are being tackled.

Phillipson states: “I’m confident that in 12 months’ time issues such as viewability, ad fraud and brand safety will be simple, straightforward hygiene factors for display advertising – as long as all those in the industry follow guidelines set by groups such as the Joint Industry Committee for Web Standards (JICWEBS) and the Digital Trading Standards Group (DTSG).”

Digital advertising is the fastest-growing ad medium in the UK – worth £8.6bn, up 16.4% year-on-year. It accounts for approximately 39% of the total UK ad market.

Phillipson concludes: “My call to action is to focus energies on working together on the evolving programme to tackle digital’s biggest issues, rather than complaining from the sidelines. We’re all in it together – it’s not just an IAB problem, these are shared issues on what is a global platform.”

 “IAB Believes”: Summary of the five statements

  1. The IAB believes in brand safety online. Maintaining processes that ensure a safe environment for ad trading, thereby minimising the risk of misplacement, protecting the integrity and reputation of brands, and stifling the funding of content and services that infringe copyright.

  2. The IAB believes in maximising ad viewability. Working across the industry with accredited technology partners to develop cross platform standards, our goal is to achieve effective viewability, engagement and attention for advertisers' online campaigns.

  3. The IAB believes in tackling ad fraud. We are committed to ensuring that the significant investment brands make in digital advertising is effective and reaches the right audience. Working with our industry partners, we will issue practical advice, and accredit technology solutions to stamp out fraud in the supply chain.

  4. The IAB believes in an ad funded internet. Our goal is to minimise Ad blocking by making all forms of digital advertising more effective, acceptable and relevant to people's interests. We want to help brands reach their audience and to provide revenue to publishers so they can continue to make their content, services and applications widely available at the appropriate cost. We believe ad blocking undermines this approach.

  5. The IAB believes in privacy. Together with our industry partners across Europe and beyond, we are working to ensure advertising businesses give citizens greater transparency and control over the information that is collected and used to make advertising more relevant and effective.

Nigel Gilbert, VP Strategic Development EMEA at AppNexus, states: “As a company fully committed to creating a better internet, we are really excited about the IAB Believes initiative, which recognises the progress made in addressing some of the most controversial issues facing digital advertising. In an industry that has long wrestled with the twin challenges of quality and verification, it is time to acknowledge that big strides have been made and that solutions and policies ensuring a transparent and reliable marketplace for online inventory are now available, making a responsible online adverting ecosystem a reality, while marking the beginning of a new golden age of digital understanding. "

AOP’s, Managing Director, Tim Cain said, "AOP sees the IAB Believes initiative as being in alignment with the key issues and challenges for premium content digital publishers, and is working alongside IAB and other industry associations as part of JICWEBS to address these challenges"


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