Media & Data

Ongoing news and analysis of brand safety and suitability,
programmatic and automation, advertiser protection, and more.

Guidance & Resources

Advertising Assurance

With technology providing numerous options for consumer access to content, we collectively have the responsibility to safeguard consumers and the brands we work.

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Advertising Assurance
Ad Blocking

Business Insider estimates ad blocking could cost digital media companies $10 billion this year. Dive into the issue with our collection of resources and primers, or keep an eye on the latest updates.

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Ad Blocking
Programmatic

eMarketer predicts most mobile display and video ad dollars will be automated by 2018. We understand the impact and have curated a list of resources and learning opportunities.

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Programmatic
Transparency

Explore the issue and discussions of media transparency (or media buying practices). Since 2015, this has continued to be a central point of discussion between agencies and advertisers.

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Transparency

Related to Media

IAB & 4A’s Release Terms and Conditions Addendum for Long-Form Video

The terms define long-form digital video as professionally produced content, eight minutes or longer in duration, that is dynamically ad served and delivered in a digital environment.

Letter to Creative Agencies Regarding Compliance With the Coalition for Better Ads Standards |

Media Services

The world of digital advertising has seen much change in the last few years – there are a multitude of technology platforms, advances in brand safety and verification – and a lot of work to optimize message delivery across the digital landscape. However, with all these changes, come two very important issues: Adblocking and Ad Loads.

Swellshark Names Daniel Schaeffer Digital Integrity Director

4A's Member

To further deliver on addressing industry-wide digital marketing operations issues such as transparency, brand safety and inefficiencies across multiple platforms and partners, media agency SwellShark has appointed Daniel Schaeffer as Digital Integrity Director.

Media Inflation Report (Havas Media, 2H 2017/1H 2018)

This report, created by Havas Media and shared with the 4A’s community, estimates media inflation rates for the second half of 2017 and first half of 2018.

Ad Industry Powers Consider Adopting Ad Blocking on a Wide Scale

Third Party Content

The discussions are taking place among members of the industry’s Coalition for Better Ads.

White Paper: Current Practices in Attribution and ROI Analysis

This white paper outlines the attribution and cross-platform ROI landscape. It includes a forward-looking discussion of best practices for both advertisers and agencies.

4A’s MSA Guidance: Client Audit Guidance

4A’s Client Audit Guidance recommends that agencies and advertisers collaborative to design effective efficient controls and verification procedures related to significant marketing expenditures. This document is an updated version of the Client Audit Guidance issued in October 2014.

Facebook faces class action suit over inflated video metrics

Digital Technologies

Revelations in September that Facebook overstated video viewing metrics by as much as 80% has spurred a class-action lawsuit from angry marketers, reports Marketing Dive.

The Atlantic Moves Against Ad Blockers

Digital Technologies

The Wall Street Journal reports the publisher is moving to an ad-free subscription model. This is a valuable read for 4A’s Members, as ad blocking continues to be a major concern for the industry.

Nancy Hill Announces Two 4A’s Initiatives Regarding Media Transparency

Marketing & Communications

In this Member Bulletin, 4A’s President and CEO Nancy Hill outlines two new initiatives related to the issue of media transparency.

2016 Schedule of Member Meetings on Transparency

Media Services

A number of meetings have been scheduled to further discuss the issues related to media transparency.

Almighty Joins Connelly Partners to Challenge Ad Agency Landscape in Boston and Beyond

Marketing & Communications

Almighty’s digital experience design power combined with Connelly Partners’ established brand marketing agency will give clients an edge in customer experience rooted in empathy. BOSTON (June 29, 2016)— Steve Connelly, President of Connelly Partners and Chris Smith, CEO of Almighty announced that the ad agencies have joined forces to provide clients with Almighty’s masterful digital […]