Google extends Chrome ad blocking to global markets on July 9

On February 2018, Google implemented ad filtering for “annoying” and intrusive ads in Chrome in North America and Europe. This had been pre-announced in 2017 and was intended to compel publishers to adopt advertising standards established by the Coalition for Better Ads.  Chrome has 64% of global browser market. The Continue Reading

SMXcast: Tactics to improve your YouTube video ad performance

For search marketers, YouTube offers access to 1.9 billion logged-in global users per month, making it the second largest search engine. And, Google reports that advertisers buying YouTube video ads in addition to search ads see, on average, 8% higher search conversion volume, 3% higher search conversion rates and 4% Continue Reading

Mary Meeker: Social media usage is flat globally, mobile ad spend continues to climb

Mary Meeker Internet Trends Report – Source: Hootsuite & WeAreSocial Digital 2019 report (1/19). Mary Meeker has released her annual internet report, giving marketers a glimpse of where we are globally in terms of social media use and online ad spend, among other trends. While overall internet usage keeps growing, Continue Reading

The middle ground for single keyword ad groups (SKAGs) Search Engine Watch

Aside from perhaps the most unfortunate acronym in the industry, do single keyword ad groups (SKAGs) have a role in modern paid search? For many years, single keyword ad groups were the hallmark of good PPC strategy. And aside from a slight feeling of unease when saying the word, SKAGs Continue Reading

Class-action lawsuit accuses Google of improperly withholding refunds for ad fraud

In 2017, Google agreed to provide refunds to selected advertisers using DoubleClick Bid Manager (now called Display & Video 360) where ads were served on sites that had fraudulent or invalid traffic. Reportedly, hundreds of marketers were eligible, but a class-action lawsuit by AdTrader asserts that Google improperly withheld those Continue Reading

What counts as a video view? A refresher on how social platforms calculate video ad views

This article has been updated to reflect changes and include video ad view count information from more platforms. Advertisers allocated a quarter of all digital ad spend — $27.8 billion — to video ads last year, according to eMarketer. video has become big business for social platforms. Twitter attributes more Continue Reading

Reddit US ad revenues could top $100M this year amid added focus on ad products

Over the past year, social community site Reddit has aggressively rolled out improvements to its ad offerings — introducing native promoted posts in its mobile apps, native autoplay video ads, calls to action in ads,  performance-based ad units and app install ads. Now, new figures from eMarketer indicate the efforts are Continue Reading

Retail manufacturers, Walmart wants your ad business

Walmart says its ready to start monetizing its shopper data and become a go-to ad network for retail manufacturers — both online and in-store. With Amazon’s rapid ad growth looming large, Walmart is bringing its ad sales in-house, bridging the divide between store and digital ad teams as part of Continue Reading