Please Turn Off Your Ad Blocker is over.
that comes out, the more that
please turn off your ad blocker messages on
web sites are starting to look irresponsible or
just plain scary. Asking users to turn off the ad
blocker sounds like the web version of
can't open lottery-winner-wire-transfer.zip,
turn off your antivirus. Let's
have a look at a few recent malvertising examples.
Laurie Sullivan: Google DoubleClick Network Hit With More Malvertising.
maartenvdantzig: Liveblog: Malvertising from Google advertisements via possibly compromised reseller
Malwarebytes: Booby-trapped Hugo Boss Advert Spreads Cryptowall Ransomware
These aren't skeevy ads on low-reputation pirate sites. Malvertising attacks are coming in on big-budget sites such as AOL's Huffington Post, and included in fake ads for real brands such as Hugo Boss. They're using A-list adtech companies. The ongoing web ad fraud problem is hitting users now, not just advertisers. And so far the response from the ad networks has been a few whacks at the problem accounts.
Users already trust web ads less than any other ad medium. Malvertising takes a form of advertising that's a bad deal for the user and makes it worse. (If sewer rats are coming out of the commode, users are going to put a brick on the lid. If the rats have rabies, make that two bricks.)
Ad blockers are a problem for ad-supported sites,
but having users run entirely unprotected
is worse. When an ad medium is optimized
for direct response rates, it loses value for brand
Fortunately, new tracking
features and tools are a third alternative,
one that works for users, sites, and brands.
For users, tracking protection stops the
creepy ads that follow you from site to site.
For sites, tracking protection is a barrier to data
For brand advertisers, tracking protection enables
signaling, not just automated cold calls.
Instead of unrealistic
turn off your ad blocker
messages, or getting into a blocker vs. anti-blocker
fight that will just help the ad blockers improve
their update systems, or feeding the "acceptable ads"
sites can help promote tracking protection.
For example, add a tracking test to a site, replace confusing AdChoices links with a safer alternative, or encourage users to get protected by offering some content behind a reverse tracking wall.
Web advertising, so far, is much less valuable than print advertising. Brands need to replace print as the print audience goes away. With tracking protection, sites have an opportunity to move out of commoditized direct response advertising into valuable brand advertising.Don Marti · #