The coronavirus (or COVID-19) has now become a global threat and has thrown whole nations out of their typical daily lives. While some countries like China and Italy have suffered a significantly harder hit than others, the repercussions of the outbreak are starting to ripple throughout the whole world. Although we’re yet to see how events will unfold in the months to come, it is certain that if things progress the digital advertising industry will not be out of the impact area. Here are our early predictions and analysis of the situation from a publisher’s point of view.
Nowadays the digital publishing industry is taking users’ consent more seriously. With the enforcement of GDPR, ePrivacy Directive and, CCPA online businesses had to readjust the way data from internet users is collected, used and stored. It became highly advisable (and in some cases obligatory) for online businesses to adopt a system that is notifying the web consumers and requiring their consent for collecting their data during their visit. This is where a CMP (a.k.a Consent Management Platform) comes to the rescue, especially for large scale digital properties with high volumes of traffic, where the adoption of a far more structured approach is required.
A couple of weeks ago, Google rolled out another significant update affecting the first page of search results. The update happened quickly, 100% globally and from now on webpages with featured snippets will not appear twice on the first page. So, what does all this mean for digital publishers?
Page speed will become a ranking factor this July, as just recently announced by Google. They are calling it “The Speed Update” and it will change how your website ranks on mobile searches. Content is king, some say, but it seems that speed will become a very important factor for all publishers in the digital space.