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Weekly Roundup: Adtech Trends For Publishers, Google First-Party Data, GDPR Breach And More.

“The draft ruling will apparently identify infringements of the GDPR by IAB Europe, but it will also find that those infringements should be capable of being remedied within six months"

Summary

  • The US digital ad spending will continue its strong growth in the coming years. But, most of the money is making its way to the triopoly of Google, Facebook, and Amazon.
  • Red Ventures has created an information hub for Lonely Planet and Healthline to guide travelers during the pandemic.
  • TripSavvy has increased the number of businesses from 70 to more than 1000 in its editor’s choice awards. Doing so will help the publisher with targeting a larger audience.
  • McClatchy is monetizing the audio versions of its articles with pre-roll and mid-roll ads. Its audio player attracts a CTR of up to 5%.
  • As per IAB’s recent press statement, the Transparency and Consent Framework can be in breach of GDPR. Most publishers use this framework to collect consent for cookies in the EU.
  • Google has announced that publishers will be able to share their first-party data with its programmatic demand via PPIDs. It’ll help in serving relevant ads and increasing revenue.

Ad Tech Trends for Publishers

The US digital ad spending will continue its strong growth in the coming years. But, most of the money is making its way to the triopoly of Google, Facebook, and Amazon. eMarketer reports that the ad spend will grow to $200 billion this year, a 38.8% increment from 2020. The triopoly will make up 64.0% of it. The share of non-triopoly businesses will continue to remain around 35% in the coming years.

US Ad Spend and the share of triopoly

The big tech companies aren’t just dominating the ad tech industry; they are outgrowing legacy media companies too. The ad revenue of companies like ViacomCBS, NBCU, Fox, and Discovery was either negative or single-digit during the third quarter. But, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube have grown their ad revenue between 60% to 90%.

Legacy Media vs Big Tech Ad Spend

Strategies From Top Publishers

Holiday Editorial Plans From Travel Publishers

The travel industry is picking up slowly with the subsiding impact of the pandemic. The holiday season can further accelerate the recovery. The coming days will be an opportunity for travel publishers to earn revenue by helping their readers with their plans. Many publishers have already started implementing their editorial strategies to stay ahead of the curve. Digiday’s report has covered a few great publishers:

  • Red Ventures has created an information hub for Lonely Planet and Healthline to guide travelers during the pandemic. Border restrictions, mask mandates, test mandates, and other similar updates will help the readers to stay prepared. The publisher plans to provide the info in real-time.
  • TripSavvy conducts annual editor’s choice awards to find the best places to visit. Last year, the list featured only 70 businesses, but the number has increased to more than 1000 this year. The publisher has added international destinations because cross-country travel has eased down. Doing so will help the publisher with targeting a larger audience.
  • Culture Trip is helping travelers with its 30 itineraries for small-group adventures. The publisher is providing a “COVID Booking Guarantee”. It means, if regulations cause any changes in the plans, the publisher will do the rebookings for free.

Monetizing Audio Versions Of Text Articles

Many publishers offer audio versions of their articles. There are many solutions in the market that convert text to audio. McClatchy went with the trend and implemented the same. It has added an audio player above the articles, and it attracts a CTR of up to 5%. The publisher has started monetizing the audio stream with pre-roll and mid-roll ads. In this way, the publisher has created a new source of revenue from content. If you’re a publisher whose articles can perform well in audio form, you should try this strategy too.

Audio Monetization

IAB And Cookie Pop-Ups Can Be In Breach Of GDPR

IAB Europe introduced the Transparency and Consent Framework to standardize the cookie consent collection process in a GDPR friendly way. But, the Belgian Data Protection Authority (DPA) claimed that the framework isn’t GDPR compliant. The DPA claims that TCF doesn’t follow the principles of transparency, fairness, accountability, and lawfulness of the processing. The regulatory body came to these conclusions after its investigatory division analyzed TCF. As you’d expect, the IAB discards DPA’s claims. As a result, both parties are in a legal battle.

As per IAB’s recent press statement, the Transparency and Consent Framework can indeed be in breach of GDPR. It says that “the draft ruling will apparently identify infringements of the GDPR by IAB Europe, but it will also find that those infringements should be capable of being remedied within six months”. IAB expects the draft ruling to reach other European DPAs in the next two to three weeks — they get 30 days to review it and potentially file objections. If the other DPAs won’t agree with the findings, the European Data Protection Board will take the final call.

Multiple parties complained about the framework earlier. One of them was The Irish Council for Civil Liberties. It came into action as soon as IAB accepted its defeat. Its press release says: 

“IAB Europe designed the misleading ‘consent’ pop-ups that feature on almost all (80%+) European websites and apps. That system is known as IAB Europe’s ‘Transparency & Consent Framework’ (TCF). These popups purport to give people control over how their data are used by the online advertising industry. But in fact, it does not matter what people click.”

Irish Council Against IAB

IAB defended TCF for the past months, and now it accepts that the framework is not privacy-friendly. This incident casts a bad light on IAB. The whole industry trusts the entity as its representative. Many ad tech businesses are dependent on it for standardization and best practices. It should ensure that its solutions are impeccable. We expect more responsible behavior from any entity that works for the welfare of the industry.

Publishers Can Share First-Party Data With Google

Google has announced that publishers will be able to share their first-party data with its programmatic demand via PPIDs. Google Ad Manager will first convert the PPIDs to per-publisher partitioned IDs, so users cannot be identified across other publishers’ sites. Google Ads and Display & Video 360 will aggregate the anonymized data to build audience segments. Eventually, advertisers will target these segments to serve ads.

Google says that the new functionality will help in delivering relevant ads. Cross-device reach, frequency management, and creative optimization will be possible in programmatic inventory without the need for third-party cookies or other identifiers. As a result, the revenue of publishers will improve.

Cross-site profiling wouldn’t be possible for advertisers because the PPID will be unique for each publisher. The audience segments will be available only when there’s no other identifier present during the auction. It means that PPIDs will have no impact on publishers’ programmatic inventory where third-party cookies or other identifiers are still provided. PPIDs passed to Ad Manager cannot contain personal information or device IDs.

Would the solution work for you? Targeted ads will always command higher rates than generic ads. If you can deliver targeted ads, your revenue can increase irrespective of the identifier you are using. The main concern is whether you are privacy-compliant during the process?

Moments That Matter

Expensive, boring, and wrong: Here are all the news publications people canceled and why – Nieman Journalism Lab

Gartner’s 2021 Ad Tech Magic Quadrant – AdExchanger

News organizations have a few things to learn from charities – Nieman Journalism Lab

AMP Has Irreparably Damaged Publishers’ Trust in Google-led Initiatives – WP Tavern

Automatad Team

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