FTC Seeks To Block IAB From Weighing In On ‘Dark Patterns’ Battle

The Federal Trade Commission is asking a federal judge to reject efforts by the Interactive Advertising Bureau and other outside groups to weigh in on Amazon’s side in a dispute over its alleged use of “dark patterns.” The Interactive Advertising Bureau last month argued in a proposed friend-of-the-court brief that the FTC’s allegations against Amazon amounted to an attempt “to regulate and punish truthful statements made in advertising.”

Future Today Joins IAB and Debuts At NewFronts Event

Future Today, a provider of ad-supported streaming, is now a member of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB). Future Today said its flagship channels — HappyKids, Fawesome and iFood.tv — “consistently rank among the […]

Shaping Privacy Rules Is ‘Priority No. 1’ For IAB

Interactive Advertising Bureau CEO David Cohen on Monday reiterated the organization’s call for a national privacy law that would override state laws. “If we don’t get public policy right and regulation right, nothing else really matters,” he said at the IAB’s public policy and legal summit here. He added that efforts to shape policy were “priority No. 1” for the ad group.

IAB: Data Clean Rooms Now Essential For Audience Insights, Measurement, Data Activation

The continuing wave of inconsistent state level privacy legislation, coupled with increased signal loss, has set the stage for data clean rooms (DCRs) to become an indispensable privacy-preserving technology. However, the […]

Dotdash Meredith’s Alysia Borsa Named IAB Chair

The Interactive Advertising Bureau on Sunday announced the appointment of Alysia Borsa to chair of the trade organization’s board of directors. Borsa also serves as chief business officer and president of lifestyle at Dotdash Meredith. Borsa, who has served on the board since February 2020, most recently as IAB board co-chair, replaces Krishan Bhatia, president and chief business officer at NBCUniversal Media. Bhatia will remain on the executive committee of the board.

IAB Projects: 2023 Overall Ad Spend Willl Be Up 5.9%

Among the many findings: Led by CTV(+14.4%), every digital channel is projected to see ad spend growth in 2023 while traditional channels will decline year over year.

IAB Finds Second-Half Ad Spending Better Than Planned, Full-Year Significantly Worse

The good news is that U.S. ad executives project their second-half ad spending will be up an average of 7% vs. what they originally planned, according to a survey released this morning by the Interactive Advertising Bureau. The bad news is that the same sample of ad execs reported their full-year ad spending will be down 31% from what was projected in a similar survey conducted by the bureau in the fall of 2021.

Court Told Texas Law Would Wreck Online Ad Platforms

Internet advertisers and others have filed a friend of the court brief at the Supreme Court in support of NetChoice and the Computer and Communications Industry Association, which are challenging a Texas social media law they say will irreparably damage online platforms as advertising vehicles.

IAB: Connected TV Advertising Will Rise 39% To $21.2 Billion

Connected TV is expected to fuel strong growth in digital video advertising spending this year, according to a new outlook from the IAB. While digital video ad spending is seen growing 26% to $49.2 billion in 2022, CTV is expected to increase 39% to $21.2 billion. CTV spending increased 57% last year and has more than doubled between 2020 and 2022. In a survey, 76% of video buyers called CTV a “must buy” in their media planning budgets.

IAB: Streaming Ad Spending Soared 57% In 2021 To Hit $15.2B

As the NewFronts start their first in-person edition in New York since 2019, streaming stats are in for 2021, and the market is officially booming. The IAB, the industry group behind the NewFronts, issued its ninth annual report on online ad spending, finding that connected TV spending exploded to $15.2 billion, up 57%. It forecasts a 39% gain in the current year, to $21.2 billion, meaning a doubling in CTV spending since 2020.

US Digital Ad Rev Jumped 35% In 2021

Digital ad revenue in the U.S. rose 35% to $189 billion last year as marketers spent more to reach consumers, according to a report from the Interactive Advertising Bureau and PricewaterhouseCoopers released Tuesday. David Cohen, CEO at IAB, believes that an increase in consumer use of online services and growth of small and mid-size businesses during the pandemic fueled the increase in digital spending — specifically in digital audio and video.

Dentsu Endorses ‘Intrinsic’ Time-In-View Attention Metric

At a time when so-called “attention metrics” are competing for share of industry mind, Dentsu International endorsed a promising one based on a new explicit measure of attentiveness, “intrinsic time-in-view.” “The average consumer sees over 4,000 ads in any given day, so it is imperative that advertisers start evaluating channels through the lens of attention metrics, which are more indicative of meaningful exposures,” Dentsu VP-Global Media Partnerships Joanne Leong, said, following a pitch for Frameplay’s solution during the IAB PlayFronts conference on Tuesday.

IAB Tech Lab Unveils 2022 Product Road Map

NewFronts Scheduled To Be Held In May And In Person

IAB Projects 8% Growth In 2022 Digital Ad Spend

A new outlook report from the Interactive Advertising Bureau, based on a survey of nearly 20 buy- and sell-side industry leaders by PriceWaterhouseCoopers and insights from other IAB research, forecasts digital ad spend to reach $165.5 billion next year.

Podcast Advertising To Surpass $1B This Year

U.S podcast advertising is poised to grow as much in the next two years as in the entire past decade, according to a podcast revenue study conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers for IAB, released during the association’s Podcast Upfront on Wednesday. Podcast advertising revenue rose to $842 million in 2020, from $708 million in 2019, helped by a particularly robust, 37% year-over-year gain in the fourth quarter.

Internet Ad Spending Surged 12.2% In ’20

Despite — or maybe because of — the COVID-19 pandemic, internet ad spending soared 12.2% during 2020 to $139.8 billion, according to a just-released annual report from the Interactive Advertising Bureau and PwC.

IAB Releases New Guidelines For AI’s Use In Digital Advertising

As ad-tech companies consider AI alternatives to cookies and other third-party trackers, the Interactive Advertising Bureau is releasing new guidelines and best practices for the use of machine learning at every level of digital advertising production.

IAB Goes Virtual, Features Fauci Keynote

The Interactive Advertising Bureau this morning unveiled highlights of the agenda for its annual conference, which will be held virtually March 8-12, and which will feature speakers such as Dr. Anthony Fauci, Sen. Ron Wyden and WPP CEO Mark Read.

IAB Tech Lab Expands Open Measurement SDK To Web Video


The extension will allow advertisers to use a single video ad serving template (VAST) tag to measure impressions and viewability for all of their digital video ads, instead of having to use separate measurement tags for each platform.

Cohen Named CEO Of Interactive Ad Bureau

David Cohen has been named CEO of the Interactive Advertising Bureau, which represents digital media, effective Sept. 15. Cohen joined the IAB as president in March. He had been a top media buyer, most recently as president of Magna.

IAB: Linear TV Ad Spend Down 24%

Advertising spending on linear television is expected to be down 24% this year, while connected TV ads jump 19%, according to a survey conducted for the IAB. In the new study, digital media tends to show increases despite the COVID-19 pandemic, while advertisers back away from traditional media. Overall, buyers expect 2020 ad spending to fall 8%, with digital up 6% and traditional down 30%.

IAB: Virus Cuts Linear TV Ad Rev By 27%

Linear TV advertising revenues are down 27% because of the Coronavirus crisis according to ad sales executives surveyed by the Internet Advertising Bureau. The executives expect that the crisis will have its biggest impact on advertising between March and June, and they said that declines in digital spending were smaller than those in traditional media.

IAB Moves 2020 NewFronts To June

The Interactive Advertising Bureau, organizer of the NewFronts, is moving the annual pitchfest to June to give presenters more time to prep their virtual showcases.

IAB Offers Virtual Upfront Options

The IAB is now offering streaming options to members who are abandoning upcoming live presentations as virtual upfronts gain momentum. The group says the option will “let consumer brands, advertising agencies, and publishers design their individual events and meetings to fit their business needs, and facilitate decision-making and buying.” The IAB’s Digital Content NewFront is currently scheduled for April 27-May 6 in New York.

IAB Taps Former IPG Vet Cohen As New President

David Cohen, who stepped down as president-North America of IPG Mediabrands’ Magna unit in June 2019 to pursue new opportunities, has been named president of the Interactive Advertising Bureau. He succeeds Patrick Dolan, a 13-year IAB veteran, who will remain a strategic adviser to the association through 2020.

Programmatic Now 85% Of Digital Ads

Programmatic media buys now account for 85% of all digital ad spending, according to estimates released in a new report from the Interactive Advertising Bureau. The estimates, part of the IAB’s “Brand Disruption 2020” report released Monday, put U.S. programmatic ad spending at nearly $79 billion — an increase of 87% from 2017, the first year benchmarked in the report.

IAB Tech Lab Working Group Releases Guidelines For CTV/OTT Devices, App Identification


Navigating The Wild West Of OTT Measurement

With no common measurement data, OTT services are playing by multiple rule books, broadcast executives say at TVNewsCheck’s OTT News Summit.


IAB Releases Newfronts Schedule, Adds Vudu

One surprising new entrant is Vudu, the Walmart-owned streaming video company. Vudu has been ramping up its content offerings in a bid to directly take on Amazon Prime Video and other streaming offerings.

IAB Rolls Out Advanced TV Targeting Primer

The document aims to create “an opportunity to provide further education to the industry as well as to provide guidance to marketers that are curious about the space,” according to a blog post from Doug Fleming, Hulu head of advanced TV, and Adam Lowy, Sling TV director of advanced TV,

IAB Pushing Programmatic Ad Education

The Interactive Advertising Bureau on Wednesday will announce the launch of a training course for digital media buyers and sellers seeking expertise in programmatic advertising technology. The intensive educational course will be taught in person and online by industry executives at LiveRamp, CBS Interactive, Pandora — all with advanced experience and knowledge on the topic.

IAB Trims Newfronts To One Week

The Interactive Advertising Bureau released the schedule for a trimmed-down version of the Digital Content Newfronts, which will be held in New York April 30-May 4. The IAB is also planning to launch a West Coast version of the Newfronts, which will be held in the fourth quarter of this year.

IAB, 4As Unveil Long-Form Video Terms

The Interactive Advertising Bureau and American Association of Advertising Agencies on Thursday released new terms and conditions for long-form video — a significant update to the T&Cs, which were last updated in 2009

IAB Releases New Ad Format Specs

The Interactive Advertising Bureau today released the final version of the IAB Standard Ad Unit Portfolio. The specs include advertising units that allow for the creative to adjust to a variety of screen sizes and resolution capabilities. Based on HTML5 technology, a move Google pushed in 2016, the specs also offer guidelines for augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), social media, mobile video, emoji ad messaging and 360-degree video ads.

IAB: 1Q U.S. Digital Advertising Hits $19.6B

The $3.7 billion jump represents the second-highest quarter of all time and follows on the heels of the industry’s strongest quarter on record, which was $21.6 billion in the fourth quarter of 2016.

IAB Releases Dynamic Content Ad Standard

The standard defines the content of an ad using metadata to describe the various components of an ad (image, copy, animation, video etc.). In doing so, the various components can be individually selected for placement based on data triggers, offering marketers the ability to accurately target on a granular basis.

IAB Chief Issues Call To Fight Fake News

Randall Rothenberg, the head of online advertising trade body the Interactive Advertising Bureau, is urging marketers, ad agencies, tech firms and media companies to take responsibility and help prevent the spread of fake news online.

Digital Ad Market Soars 20% In 3Q

U.S. advertisers invested $17.6 billion in digital advertising during the third quarter of 2016, according to the latest IAB Internet Advertising Revenue Report released Wednesday.

IAB Concerned Over FTC Native Ad Guidelines

Sensing imminent regulation of native advertising, the Interactive Advertising Bureau is asking the Federal Trade Commission to proceed with caution. Threatening the future of native ads, the agency said it believed that online ads can be deceptive when they are formatted to closely resemble news stories or other editorial content.