The advertising world is in a lot of trouble right now, due to the global pandemic taking a heavy toll on the economy. With marketing budgets being pulled back and some businesses even shutting down altogether, ad spend is at a low that’s unnatural for this time of the year. But wait, there is some good news in all this. Just because the market is down, it doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do as a publisher to recover some lost revenue. Over the past month we’ve been hard at work to come up with a response to the crisis and this is what we found.
In these uncertain times, Google made its stance on third-party cookies very clear. The announcement to phase out the use of third-party cookies within the Chrome browser brings it up to speed with Apple’s Safari and Mozilla Firefox. After both GDPR and CCPA forced publishers to rethink consent, the cookie is now a key issue. To clarify, the commodity here is internet users’ cookie IDs. Let’s look at what the future of the cookie looks like and what this means for publishers and advertisers.
You may have heard the words California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) float around for the past few months. With the industry evolving at its rapid rate and the introduction to new systems and processes, there is a need in the industry for regulations that enforce best practices. Privacy and how consumer data is currently being processed within different parties has become one of the biggest concerns, especially since the Cambridge Analytica scandal. In this article, you will learn more about what CCPA is, how it works, who it applies to and what you may need to do in order to be compliant.
2020 has been a tough year so far, to say the least, and with this outbreak upon us it seems that the worst is not yet behind us. As a company, we firmly believe that in times of crisis, such as this, we have a shared responsibility and should all do our part to overcome the threats before us. Since COVID-19 became an international pandemic, we’ve taken every precaution to make sure we don’t contribute to its spread and have been dedicating efforts to support our communities in any way we can. With this message, we aim to share how our organization has responded to the situation and hopefully influence our affiliates to participate as well.
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.
Firefox blocks third-party tracking cookies by default to allow users to have more control over the information they are willing to share across the web. Since 3 September 2019, Enhanced Tracking Protection is automatically turned on by default for all users around the globe as part of the ‘Standard’ setting in the Firefox browser and will block known “third-party tracking cookies” as per the Disconnect list. Firefox’s statement: “We first enabled this default feature for new users in June 2019. As part of this journey, we rigorously tested, refined, and ultimately landed on a new approach to anti-tracking that is core to delivering on our promise of privacy and security as central aspects of your Firefox experience.”
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.