This week's review of ad fraud and quality in the digital advertising space.
1. Pixalate CEO Jalal Nasir featured in Harvard Business Review about marketing and the evolution of TV
The Harvard Business Review conducted a survey on marketing and the evolution of TV, sponsored by Google. "Television is in the midst of an enormous evolution where consumers can watch programming on any internet-connected device with a screen," wrote HBR.
"For example, Jalal Nasir, founder and CEO of Pixalate, a firm specializing in providing fraud protection and analytics for advanced TV advertising, stresses that the evolution of TV is on the cusp of dramatic growth," the research report reads. "According to his firm’s research, 40% of U.S. households with an internet connection already own an internet-connected TV device. By 2020, that number is expected to climb to 80% or more." Read more on our blog.
2. Default ad-blocking within Google's Chrome goes live
Google has turned on the default ad-blocker within its Chrome browser. "Google will start automatically blocking intrusive ads within its Chrome browser for desktop and Android from Thursday 15 February," wrote The Guardian. "The change, announced in June, will see the dominant browser that is used by over 56% of internet users block some of the most intrusive ads including full-page prestitial ads, flashing animated ads and auto-playing video ads with sound."
3. Unilever CMO Keith Weed calls out ad fraud and 'toxic' content on social media
"Consumer goods giant Unilever ... has fired a warning shot across the bows of social media giants by threatening to pull ads from digital platforms if they don’t do more to mitigate the spread of what it dubs 'toxic' online content — be it fake news, terrorism or child exploitation," reported TechCrunch. "Unilever’s Weed also takes aim at ad fraud in his speech, noting how it’s partnered with IBM to pilot a new blockchain tech for advertising," the article continued.
4. Only 6% of companies are fully prepared for the GDPR
Per eMarketer, "Just 6% of firms are completely prepared for the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), according to a November 2017 survey of IT professionals by data modeling company Erwin." The article added: "One of the reasons more companies aren’t prepared for the GDPR is because it is expensive to become compliant with the new laws."
5. The audience is there for OTT, so where are the marketers?
"OTT audiences are prevalent and engaged," wrote AdExchanger. "But while advertisers are buying, they’re not exactly beating down the doors." The article continued: "The main issue is buyer confusion about how to transact on OTT inventory, as well as how to measure it."
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