Posts Tagged: IAB

Mobile World Congress 2012 – the IAB’s ten top takeaways

Jon Mew at MWCBarcelona is slowly starting to recover from another amazing Mobile World Congress.  The stands are coming down, the bars are still counting their takings and the Catalans can start to use their 3G network again.

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Enhancing transparency in social media

The internet is a great enabler of choice, helping us to make decisions about our everyday lives. Oceans of information – to inform, educate and share – are available at our fingertips, wherever, however and whenever. Many of us lap up new fast-moving technology and enjoy the opportunities it brings. However, for some it is bewildering and confusing.

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The need for speed

Martha Lane FoxX-Factor’s Stacey Solomon isn’t the most obvious person you’d expect to appear at a conference promoting the importance of digital inclusion. However as Martha Lane Fox explained at this year’s National Digital Inclusion conference (ND11), the logic of the choice was that she is currently focusing on encouraging existing partners to work together “in a creative way to do surprising things”. Read more on The need for speed…

Enhanced Transparency and Consumer Control in Online Behavioural Advertising

New advertising techniques – such as online behavioural advertising – require the trust and confidence of consumers, industry, regulators and policy-makers to be successful. Our digital economy depends on it. In March 2009, IAB UK launched its Good Practice Principles aimed at providing notice, choice and education for consumers. The Principles were complemented by a website where consumers could find out more about behavoural advertising, how privacy is protected and – if they wanted to – to turn it off. This week sees the launch of a pan-European initiative – building on the Good Practice Principles – aimed at enhancing transparency and consumer control for this technique. Read more on Enhanced Transparency and Consumer Control in Online Behavioural Advertising…

Keeping safe and social


week the IAB hosted an event on ‘How to be safe and social’ to explore
how brands and consumers are protected when engaging in social media. This
follows research from the IAB and ISBA that found that only 55% of UK
brands currently have a social media policy with many also cautious about
the perceived lack of control they face when using social and embarking upon
real-time conversations with consumers. Read more on Keeping safe and social…

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Five things to look out for in digital media public policy in 2011


2011 will see our ever-growing appetite for all things digital continue to change and evolve the marketing landscape. As technology keeps pace to meet consumer demand, so the spotlight continues to shine brightly on regulatory and public policy issues, notably privacy. On one front 2011 will be a year of ‘delivery’. But – as ever with this sector – the New Year will introduce further challenges to digital advertising business models. Read more on Five things to look out for in digital media public policy in 2011…

Diversity of advertiser solutions means online offers something for everyone

Online advertising in the UK continues to grow, this time to just under £2 billion for the first half of 2010. Exciting, but this growth isn’t the real story. The most interesting thing is that the latest IAB / PwC figures show that digital advertising offers the advertiser a really broad range of advertising solutions – meaning that it can accommodate the needs and objectives of any marketing campaign – from direct response to brand building.

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Five facts about online behavioural or interest-based advertising

Here are five facts about online behavioural or interest based advertising:


Advertising helps fund a wide range of the content, services and applications online (often overlooked or not understood by policy makers and / or regulators). For example: search engines, helping us to navigate and explore a world of information online (and all at the click of a button), are advertising funded. Customised advertising (for example behavioural or interest based display advertising) seeks to make this more relevant to our interests, helping us to find what we are looking for.


People prefer this – particularly if it gives them the content and services they want at little or no cost. IAB research found that over half the online UK population would prefer to see more relevant online advertising and an even higher proportion would prefer this if it allows them to enjoy this for little or no cost.


The advertiser (or its contracted partner) does not know who you are or where you live. Interest based advertising is non-identifiable. If information collected is used with data that can identify you (eg registration data) the user is informed as required by strict data protection law. Good practice requires the provider to make the user aware of any data collection and use for this purpose and also make available ways for users to control this.


There is no commercially live business in the UK practising behavioural or interest based advertising via (what is known as) deep packet inspection techniques. The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) recently concluded that “in the case of behavioural advertising based on deep packet inspection techniques…the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) considers that active opt-in is required to indicate consent”.


You can also tailor privacy (and other) preferences via the web browser used to access the internet. Here are some helpful user tips.

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Search specialists – where are you?

The IAB’s National Search Marketing Barometer 2010 revealed that 36% of brands struggle to find skilled search staff; does this feel high to you?

With search marketing increasingly being used for brand building (78% said search can build brand either directly or as part of the full user journey) and with budgets set to stay the same or increase over the next year it is vital for every marketer – not just specialists – to understand the importance of search.

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BP search strategy spills over

What do you do when you’re rapidly becoming the most reviled company in the world and are the focus for intense international criticism for your response to an enormous ecological disaster?

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