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Do Consumers Think Brands Are Endorsing Ads Appearing Alongside Offensive Content?

April 24, 2017

Brands that advertise online have growing concerns that their brand's image may be adversely affected by the placement of ads near certain types of offensive content. How bad is the risk? A new YouGov survey of more than 2,000 US adults reveals that almost one-third of US adults who see an ad alongside offensive content believe that the brand being advertised is endorsing that content. Read more »

The Biggest Challenge for Video Advertising Today is the Consumer Experience

April 12, 2017

Video advertising may be one of the most difficult channels to measure for ROI, but a new FreeWheel study [download page] says there's a bigger problem: the ad experience. At least that's the (slight) consensus among the people who should have some thoughts about this - decision-makers who've spent at least $1 million on video ads in the past year. Read more »

The US Out-of-Home Ad Market Continued to Grow Last Year

April 11, 2017

US out-of-home advertising revenues increased by 3.1% last year to reach $7.6 billion, per the Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA). While the growth rate for 2016 didn't match the 2015 figure of 4.6%, out-of-home advertising has now grown for 27 consecutive quarters. Read more »

Top 10 Marketing Charts of the Month – March 2017

April 10, 2017

This month's quick-hit set of top charts includes the following topics: email list growth and deliverability metrics; shopping around vs. loyalty; Millennials' new media milestone; financial status, by generation; improving digital ads; obstacles to marketing analytics; CMOs and brand-building; corporate reputation drivers; and CX leader. Read more »

US Display Ad Viewability Benchmarks, by Unit, in H2 2016

April 10, 2017

Viewability continues to be a key concern for media buyers when planning digital campaigns. So what percentage of display impressions in the US actually are in view for at least 1 second? Integral Ad Science (IAS) dug into the data [download page] from its platform to reveal viewability benchmarks for various ad units. Read more »

How Much Riskier is Programmatic Than Direct Publisher Buys?

April 7, 2017

There's been a lot of talk lately about brand safety, owing in part to brands' ads being displayed in front of extremist videos on YouTube. Programmatic digital ad buyers indeed are prioritizing brand safety to a great degree, according to recent research. So how much riskier is it to buy programmatically than direct? Integral Ad Science (IAS) reviewed its data from H2 2016 to provide some answers in its latest Media Quality Report [download page]. Read more »

Marketers More Confident Measuring ROI From Paid Search & Email Than Other Digital Channels

April 5, 2017

Measuring the ROI of marketing and advertising efforts has been a consistent obstacle for some time, brought to light by greater pressures from the C-suite to prove marketing's value. Digital advertising - for all its growth - hasn't been spared this challenge, but some channels seem easier to measure than others. Indeed, respondents to SEMPO's latest State of Search Report seem relatively confident in their ability to measure the ROI from paid search and email. Read more »

Spanish-Language TV Networks’ Ads Most Trusted By Viewers

April 4, 2017

Almost half of Spanish-language network viewers (48%) strongly trust the ads on those networks, according to a newly-released GfK survey of roughly 10,000 US adults. Spanish-language networks netted far more trust in their advertising than other network categories, including news (31%) and kids & family (31%) networks. Read more »

Which Digital Capabilities Are Advertisers the Most – and Least – Confident About?

March 31, 2017

Some sobering results from Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Google Digital Academy: on a 100-point scale, marketers working at advertisers around the world score their organizations' digital capabilities at an average score of just 57. Worse yet, that number hasn't budged since the last time the survey was fielded 18 months earlier. So where are advertising organizations having the most trouble? Read more »

As Digital Ads Become More Expensive, How Can They Be Improved?

March 29, 2017

Marketing budgets have been pouring into digital media in recent years as advertisers try to maintain pace with consumers' new behaviors. But digital advertising has seen its share of problems, from viewability to transparency and fraud. Several digital ad formats also frustrate consumers due to their interruptive nature. So how can online ads be improved? Adobe Digital Insights (ADI) asked consumers that very question in its recent Digital Advertising Report. Read more »