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Guidance & Resources

Consumer Privacy

As legislators and regulators in Congress and the states continue to address privacy concerns in a fragmented fashion, agencies are often left with questions as to what exactly they are being asked to do, and how exactly they should go about accomplishing it.  Privacy can be an amorphous topic to wrap your head around, so we’re here to help.

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Consumer Privacy

For decades, we have been deeply committed to diversity, equity and inclusion within the advertising industry. We hear and see our Black colleagues and stand up as anti-racist. It is up to all of us to continue to play a role in dismantling the racial issues in our country and we call on all of our members to continue to do the work that will drive change.

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As programmatic media evolves, our thinking must evolve with it.  As buyers and sellers continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible, agencies need advice and guidance from a trusted source.  The 4A’s is here to help.

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Brand Safety & Suitability

With technology providing numerous options for consumer access to content, we collectively have the responsibility to safeguard consumers and the brands we work with to ensure balanced environments where brands and consumers can coexist with trust.

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Brand Safety & Suitability

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The 4A’s Member Code of Conduct

The 4A’s Member Code of Conduct (formerly known as the 4A’s Standards of Practice) sets forth core principles, best practices and guidelines to which 4A’s members agree and adhere.

ROI/Attribution Providers: A Comparison of Leading Providers of Media Performance Analyses

This white paper, prepared by the 4A’s Media Measurement Committee, the Coalition for Innovative Media Measurement (CIMM) and Sequent Partners, looks at offerings from the prominent providers in digital, cross-platform, multi-touch and television attribution, and marketing mix modeling, using comparable criteria.

4A’s Data Summit Report 2018

More than 250 marketing professionals gathered at the 4A’s 5th annual Data Summit, a one-day event that brought together leaders from brands, agencies, media outlets and data firms. In this report, we highlight topics covered at the event — including unconventional uses of data, preparing for the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, cross-device measurement and targeting, and upcoming industry standards.

Fair Play Charter — Minority-Owned and Minority-Targeted Media

The Media Leadership Council (MLC) of the 4A’s is issuing this Fair Play Charter to its members as guidance and agreement to fair and equitable treatment to owners of minority-owned and -targeted media. Fair Play represents a recommitment to nondiscriminatory practices in media buying process.

Data Fuels an Intelligent World: the 4A’s Hosts Fifth Annual Data Summit

The one-day summit brings together leaders from brands, agencies, media outlets and data firms like Bank of America, Air Canada, GroupM, Cadreon, Google, Facebook, Viacom, Domo and Deep Root Analytics to discuss everything from smart data and programmatic to cross-device implications and opportunities afforded by AI.

4A’s and TVB Ask Nielsen to Replace Live Only Data Stream with Live +1

The 4A’s and the Television Bureau of Advertising (TVB) have come together to propose a change to Nielsen’s published data streams that will better approximate daily consumer consumption and capture more delayed viewing behavior.

4A’s Local Video & Audio Committee Point of View: Replacing Live Data Stream with Live +1 (Day)

This communication serves to notify the local buying community and partners of the 4A’s, of our combined point of view, and proposes that the 4A’s will formally request Nielsen to change the local data streams in 2018.

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.


Welcome to the second report in our series “Imagine: Forces of Change.” In our first report, we focused on the expanded and redefined media landscape as one of five forces of change challenging marketers to reconsider the way media is defined, leveraged and orchestrated. In this report, we focus on a second force of change […]

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

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

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.