Eyeo’s Toothless Acceptable Ads Committee

David Barton Acceptable Advertising, AdBlock Leave a Comment

Eyeo, the owners of Adblock Plus, recently revealed an external “Acceptable Ads Committee” to legitimize its extortion of publishers. The committee has considerable powers to alter the “Acceptable Ad” standard, though the process for doing so is difficult. But this control is illusory. The rules that Eyeo has written for this committee mean that its members have no power.

Scott Cunningham, IAB TechLab founder, on advertising in crisis (interview podcast) 

Dr Johnny Ryan Acceptable Advertising, AdBlock, EU, Regulation Leave a Comment

In 2015 Scott Cunningham, the founder of IAB TechLab, told world “we messed up” on behalf of the advertising industry. His was the first major industry mea culpa that began a shift toward addressing user problems with advertising on the web. When we spoke last week I challenged him about the IAB’s DEAL strategy on adblocking, which he devised, and which may lean too far toward recommending that all publishers restrict access to users. His response is worth reading, and makes clear that DEAL is not an all or nothing approach. Only a small number of publishers with very exclusive content may be able to sustain a strategy that blocks adblock users from visiting their content. Most can not. Scott shared the background to the IAB’s LEAN principles for more respectful, subdued advertising formats.…

The Need to Know Adblock Slidedeck (updated!)

Dr Johnny Ryan AdBlock, Content 1 Comment

Dr Johnny Ryan of PageFair presented at The Advertising Research Foundation in New York this month. This presentation includes The latest adblock figures globally and for the US Demographic discussion of who adblock users are Options for media owners to address adblocking, from access restriction to tamper-proof ad serving Unexpected benefits for marketers from the adblocking crisis     He was speaking alongside Omnicom, Annalect, and Intel.…

Facebook’s Q4 earnings prove how to respond to adblock

Dr Johnny Ryan Ad Networks, AdBlock, CMO, Monetization Leave a Comment

Facebook’s Q4 earnings now prove what its Q3 earnings had indicated: the unblocked web – when used appropriately – is an opportunity for marketers.  From August 2016 onward Facebook deployed tamper-proof ad serving to show ads to users who have adblock installed on their machines. Before doing this it listened to users to identify and fix problems that adblock users had with its ad formats.[1] Last week Facebook’s CFO, David Wehner, told investors and analysts on an earnings call for Q4 that “desktop ad revenue grew 22%, despite a decline in desktop usage, helped by our efforts to limit the impact of ad blockers on advertisements served on personal computers.”[2] This builds on Facebook’s Q3 earnings, when Wehner revealed 18% growth in desktop ad revenue.…

2017 Adblock Report

Matthew Cortland AdBlock, Reports 4 Comments

PageFair is pleased to release our 2017 adblock report. The state of the blocked web presents a combined picture of desktop and mobile adblock usage for the first time. Mobile adblock usage is growing explosively in Asia and is set to spread to North America and Europe as well. This report also includes the results of our latest survey of adblock users, which used improved screening questions to specifically identify adblock users.…

The Rules of Adblocking: How Block Lists Work

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This note is a layman’s guide to how the “block lists” that power adblocking work. A block list contains tens of thousands of rules that govern how a website should be displayed. There are two types of rules. “Filter” rules define what should be blocked. “Exception” rules define what content should be displayed. The most popular block list, “EasyList”, contains tens of thousands of these filters and exceptions.

How much extra revenue will Facebook make by advertising to the blocked web?

David Barton AdBlock, Advertising 2.0, Monetization 1 Comment

Facebook’s decision earlier this year to start serving ads to adblockers is already starting to bear fruit. In last week’s Q3 earnings call, the company said that “desktop ad revenue grew 18%, which is higher than growth rates in recent quarters, and was aided by our efforts to limit the impact of ad blockers on advertising served via web browsers”. This post examines these figures to extrapolate the revenue lift that Facebook will enjoy from serving ads on the blocked web. We estimate that Facebook's decision to show tamper-proof ads will yield an additional $720 million over the next year.