Brand Safety Cannot Be The Duty Of Everyone But The Responsibility Of No One

“Data-Driven Thinking” is written by members of the media community and contains fresh ideas on the digital revolution in media. Today’s column is written by Phil Schraeder, president and chief operating officer at GumGum. The question of who exactly bears the responsibility for ensuring brand safety has typically been a gray area, with no oneContinue reading »

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Facebook Gives Advertisers More Info On Where Their Ads Are Running – But Is It Enough?

As of Monday, all advertisers on Facebook will be able to see a full list of contextual placements where their ads might appear before a campaign starts and where they actually ran after a campaign ends. Facebook has been testing this capability for more than a year. As of last autumn, advertisers were already ableContinue reading »

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Brand-Safety Fear Factor

“The Sell Sider” is a column written by the sell side of the digital media community. Today’s column is by Paul Bannister, co-founder and executive vice president at CafeMedia. It’s unquestionable that brands need to use brand safety platforms to ensure their ads run in safe and appropriate environments. While these platforms were developed with positive intent, they also createdContinue reading »

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Brand Safety Institute Aims To Smarten Up The Digital Ad Industry

It’s safe to say the ad industry has a thing for trade orgs. On Wednesday, a new one – the Brand Safety Institute (BSI) – opened its doors with the mission of helping advertisers, agencies and publishers get smart about managing brand safety issues. The group was co-founded by Neal Thurman, who was also recently appointed directorContinue reading »

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Will Instagram’s IGTV Help Calm Brand Safety Anxieties?

Instagram dropped its answer to YouTube on Wednesday, and the timing couldn’t be riper. Ad spending across the top 70 YouTube channels is essentially flat, with only a 0.2% increase this year, according to ad sales intelligence business MediaRadar. Why? Marketers are increasingly worried about their brand reps on YouTube, said MediaRadar CEO and co-founderContinue reading »

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Bruce Falck Revs Revenue One Year In As Twitter’s Ad Products Chief

In Bruce Falck’s office, there’s a piece of paper tacked to the wall with a list of important reminders: GDPR, MRC, transparency, measurement. But rather than focusing on “external factors,” the GM of Twitter’s revenue product and his growing team are “getting back to basics.” Twitter has spent the last two years striking content partnerships,Continue reading »

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Agencies Team Up Under 4As To Launch Brand Safety Consortium

Brand safety has become such a hot-button issue for advertisers that competing holding companies and agencies are ditching their territorial natures to fight it together. The 4As said Tuesday it has formed an industry consortium called the Advertiser Protection Bureau (APB), a cross-holding company and agency effort to better share knowledge around brand safety incidentsContinue reading »

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Politico: ‘Politics Are Unavoidable – Just Be Smart About Who You’re Reaching’

During the 2016 US presidential election, news publishers experienced an uptick in engagement. The Trump era has kept that engine going. Politico is no exception, where traffic is up more than 30% year over year. That’s one of the reasons why Politico overhauled its website on Tuesday, showing more stories above the fold and optimizingContinue reading »

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Pixability Says It Will Refund Clients’ YouTube Buys That Don’t Meet Their Brand Safety Criteria

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Pixability, a platform that originated as a tool for identifying high-performing YouTube channels, is putting its money where its mouth is. The company will refund advertisers for views that run on YouTube inventory that is not brand-safe or fails to meet an advertiser’s agreed-upon brand safety terms, either through cash or TV-like “make-goods.” Although PixabilityContinue reading »

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Twitter: The Not-So-Little Engine That … Might?

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Twitter is a company that always seems on the verge of flight. The potential is there, but the question remains: Will the platform ever be able to fulfill it? Instability in Twitter’s C-suite doesn’t help. On Tuesday, COO Anthony Noto – second in command to Jack Dorsey – became the most recent top Twitter exec to flyContinue reading »

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