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Thinking Back and Looking Ahead at the Programmatic Ecosystem – Brand Safety is No Longer a Pipe Dream

Back in 2017, the programmatic marketplace was tainted by multiple controversies—all surrounding concerns around brand safety and the legitimacy of content where ads were being placed. Most notably, brands began pulling ads from YouTube due to instances where advertisements were being programmatically placed alongside various forms of controversial content (from extremist propaganda to hate videos and more). Google was quick to respond with more than just an apology—mapping out a plan for how they would continue to…

Brand Safety Requires Effective Identification Measures

White Paper from Advertising Standards Organizations Urges Industry to Adopt Identifiers Across Ad Assets, Businesses, and Consumers A new white paper released by five leading advertising standards organizations highlights the importance for brand safety of adopting effective identification measures across the digital advertising supply chain. Released by the Brand Safety Institute (BSI) in coordination with Ad-ID®, EIDR, Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG), and IAB Tech Lab, "Identification: It's as Easy as ABC"…

IAS Partners with Mindshare and Google Marketing Platform to Achieve over 99% Brand Safety and Suitability on YouTube for Diageo

The need for advertisers to get brand suitability right in digital environments has never been more important. Integral Ad Science (IAS), the global market leader in digital ad verification, along with Mindshare and Google Marketing Platform were able to achieve over 99 percent brand safety and suitability on YouTube in a case study for global beverage leader, Diageo. With billions of hours of digital video content watched per day on YouTube, there exists a significant opportunity to reach highly engaged audiences. At the…

Follow The Disney Principle: Move From Brand Safety to Consumer Trust

At a recent panel about brand safety, Lisa Valentino EVP, Client & Brand Solutions at Disney provided some great insight about her company’s approach to brand safety; they think about it as building consumer trust. Disney being the company that it is does a very good job of building consumer trust, and they have very strict guidelines to keep it that way. With such a shining example of positive brand building on the panel, the other conversations about brand safety that followed seemed, frankly, too narrow. And that’s…

Brand Safety Alert: How Toxic is Today’s Programmatic Digital Advertising Environment to Brands, Advertisers, and Publishers?

Ad Tech startup tribeOS innovates digital advertising solutions to best combat brand safety risks  Digital threats to brands represent a powder keg of risk with a short, burning fuse that can explode at any moment, costing brands thousands -- maybe even millions of dollars. First, ad fraud theft can steal anywhere from 5% to nearly 50% of an advertiser's total ad spend. Next, pile on brand safety risks that can damage a brand's reputation, sales and future marketplace presence. Welcome to today's problematic reality…

DoubleVerify Launches Semantic Science Division to Bolster Brand Safety & Performance Solutions

What does “park” mean? Is it a verb or a noun? Is a “crane” construction equipment? Or is it a bird? Is “sex” a physical activity or male/female categorization? Usually, it is the context of how a word is used that conveys the true meaning. In a world full of words, phrases and acronyms with multiple interpretations, it may be challenging for automated systems to determine the correct meaning of online copy and text. There have been significant advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence over the years.…

Nielsen and OpenSlate Form Strategic Alliance to Integrate Leading Audience and Brand Safety Measurement for Global Marketers

Answer to Marketers’ Demands for Increased Transparency and Safety in Digital Advertising Nielsen announced it has entered into a strategic alliance with OpenSlate, the leading independent provider of brand safety and content suitability measurement across global digital platforms. This collaboration combines OpenSlate’s expertise with Nielsen’s comprehensive suite of independent, third-party audience measurement offerings. Nielsen will initially bring together OpenSlate’s technology with its Digital Ad Ratings.…

Putting Brand Safety in Context for Digital Publishers

Publishers generally view brand safety as a necessary means to protect their advertisers. Hard news sites and user-generated forums tend to toe the trickiest of lines when it comes to advertiser brand safety. No publisher wants to plant a sign saying "Danger: Beware of Unsafe Content" which inherently scares off a revenue source. But there may be a little bit of not seeing the forest for the trees in the sell-side’s aversion to brand safety technology integrations. I’m not the first person to suggest that publishers might…

Dailymotion Makes Global Investment in Brand Safety

Industry Veteran Grégory Jamet Joins as Dailymotion’s First Global Head of Brand Safety Dailymotion, the Vivendi-owned video platform dedicated to creating a trusted home for premium video content, announced its global efforts to ensure brand safety across its holistic offering for advertisers and publishers. Spearheading these initiatives is Dailymotion’s first-ever Global Head of Brand Safety, Grégory Jamet. In response to the advertising industry’s need for more transparency, Dailymotion has implemented enhanced…

Survey Finds Brand Safety Crisis Can Prompt Consumer Backlash Against Brand

More than 80% of Consumers Say They Would Reduce/Stop Purchases of Products That Advertised Near Extreme or Dangerous Content A new survey of US consumers highlights the significant financial risk to brands from a potential brand safety crisis involving their advertising. Conducted among 1,017 respondents via SurveyMonkey by the Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG) and Brand Safety Institute (BSI), the survey found more than 80 percent of consumers said they would reduce or stop buying a product they regularly purchase…

ADK, Japan’s Third-Largest ad agency, partners with CHEQ for Brand Safety and Anti-Fraud Prevention

ADK, Japan's third-largest ad agency has chosen military-grade ad-verification firm CHEQ to provide AI-based brand safety, viewability and anti-fraud prevention for its roster of advertisers. In a statement announcing the pilot, the agency said: "We are committed to offering an ad-serving environment that keeps advertisers safe. In order to make the sector more healthy, we have been making huge strides. The services offered by CHEQ, using AI, ensure protection before an ad is served. Marketing Technology News:…

Brand Safety Institute Opens Training & Certification Program For Brand Safety Officers

Sign-Ups and Training for First BSO Accreditation Program Now Underway; Adobe, Facebook, OpenX, Oracle Data Cloud Join as Founding Sponsors Launched last summer to professionalize the field of brand protection, the Brand Safety Institute (BSI) opened its doors to the ad industry's first accreditation process for the executives who manage brand safety and related issues within their companies. Sign-ups and initial training modules for the Brand Safety Officer (BSO) accreditation process are now available through…

Oracle Data Cloud and Reddit Collaborate to Build Brand Safety Solution for Dynamic User-Generated Content

First-of-its-kind Integration Will Use Oracle's Contextual Intelligence to Help Advertisers Avoid Unsafe User-Generated Content Oracle Data Cloud announced a first-of-its-kind collaboration with Reddit to provide new brand safety controls for advertisers around a real-time feed of user-generated content (UGC). Leveraging Oracle's Contextual Intelligence technology, the integration will provide real-time content review and classification across industry-standard brand safety categories, giving advertisers greater control…

DoubleVerify Global Study: Brand Safety Incidents on Mobile Apps Increase Three-Fold, as Ad Budgets Shift to Mobile

Fraudulent CTV & Mobile Apps Grow 120%, as Advertisers Target Premium, Emerging Media DoubleVerify ("DV") the leading independent provider of marketing measurement software and analytics, released its 2019 Global Insights Report, providing a market-by-market benchmark on the current and future state of media quality on the Internet. The Report explores global trends in brand safety, fraud and viewability, with a number of key findings. The new 2019 data indicate that mobile app brand safety violations have grown…

OpenSlate Launches YouTube Brand Safety Solution In Six Additional Languages

Global Offering Provides In-Language Content Controls for Marketers OpenSlate, the leading independent provider of video content data across the world’s largest digital platforms, announced the launch of its YouTube offering in six new languages. The launch combines OpenSlate’s proprietary data science and SlateScore with local language expertise to provide marketers with pre-campaign brand suitability controls at scale. The world’s largest advertisers already use OpenSlate in English and Spanish to take control of where…

Nearly Two-Thirds of Advertisers Say Brand Safety Tools Are Not Fit for Purpose

Brand Marketers Say They Would Forgo the Use of Solutions If They Were Not Achieving Adequate Reach Though almost all advertisers are using technology to prevent brand safety incidents, almost two thirds (61 percent) are seriously concerned that such tools are not fit for purpose, according to a new report from military-grade cybersecurity company CHEQ and media publisher Digiday. The survey of 300 brands, agencies and publishers found that 85 percent of brands have used safety technology for more than a year, 11…

DoubleVerify Expands Mobile App Brand Safety Protection to Over 75 Content Categories

New Brand Safety Capabilities Expand Brand Reputation Coverage in Mobile App Environment  DoubleVerify ("DV"), the leading independent provider of marketing measurement software and analytics, announced the launch of its expanded mobile app brand safety solution – augmenting quality coverage within this high-priority channel. “DV innovated mobile app brand safety in 2017, and has continued to build our coverage within this important channel,” said Matt McLaughlin, COO of DoubleVerify. “DV’s expanded solution lets…

GroupM and The 614 Group Announce Agency Partnership on The Brand Safety Series

GroupM Has Partnered with the 614 Group to Produce the Only Executive-Focused Event Dedicated to Addressing Brand Safety's Toughest Challenges The 614 Group and GroupM announced a strategic event partnership to bring educational content on brand safety to the global online advertising and marketing community. The partnership marries GroupM's valuable industry perspective and The 614 Group's expertise around educating media leaders on current brand safety initiatives. As a first step in the partnership, John…

ADYOULIKE Verified by ABC to JICWEBS Brand Safety Principles

ADYOULIKE has been verified to the JICWEBS Digital Trading Standards Group (DTSG) Good Practice Principles by independent industry body ABC.  The aim of the Good Practice Principles is to enhance transparency in the UK digital display advertising market, ultimately giving brands greater confidence that their advertising will reach the right audience and will not be associated with content that could jeopardise brand reputation. ADYOULIKE, the global leader in Native Advertising provides AI-driven Native Advertising…

ADYOULIKE Verified by ABC to JICWEBS Brand Safety Principles

ADYOULIKE has been verified to the JICWEBS Digital Trading Standards Group (DTSG) Good Practice Principles by independent industry body ABC.  The aim of the Good Practice Principles is to enhance transparency in the UK digital display advertising market, ultimately giving brands greater confidence that their advertising will reach the right audience and will not be associated with content that could jeopardise brand reputation. ADYOULIKE, the global leader in Native Advertising provides AI-driven Native Advertising…