The IAB is looking to move beyond its role as a cheerleader for digital with the establishment of a new client committee, designed to identify and address the issues facing marketers in digital advertising.
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TV’s reign as the biggest contributor to annual ad spend has come to an end with news from the IAB today that advertisers spent more than $800 million on interactive advertising in 2015.
According to Mary Meeker’s latest report, online attention minutes continue to grow in the US (with mobile now accounting for over half the time spent online). And the gap between attention and ad spend is also starting to close. That trend is evident here too, and the latest IAB/PwC Online Advertising Report showed that the sector generated $180 million in the first quarter of 2015, a 53 percent increase year on year.
Ad-blocking software company Adblock Plus claims that its software has already been downloaded over 300 million times across the world, and WARC wrote a story last year showing five percent of all internet users used the technology (in the US, 41 percent of 18-29 year olds claimed to use adblock software). This means that millions of ads served throughout the world on desktops and laptops do not reach their desired targets. Now the German company has announced that it is currently trialling an update of its ad-blocking software that enables Android users to block ads on their smartphones. So what’s the industry doing about it?
All around the world, the advertising cash is flowing online. But, in some cases, it’s been proven to be flowing to the wrong places. The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) in the US has been doing all it can to deal with sophisticated scams involving non-human traffic that are thought to be stealing billions from advertisers, and the New Zealand outpost is attempting to ensure its house is in order too with the formation of a new standards and guidelines council.
Publicis Mojo’s Spread the Warmth campaign for the Auckland City Mission Winter Appeal, which pitted Auckland neighbourhoods against each other to see who was the most generous, has won the IABNZ Online Creative Award for August 2012.