Well hello again. I’m Krista, your friendly neighborhood digital news deliverer. Today, we’ll examine three hot topics in the online ad world:

— Pause-vertising: Stop Now Means Play

— Ford Detours from “Built Ford Tough” In 5 Markets

— Yes, Ad Fraud Affects You — And Everyone You Know

Pause-vertising?

A possible new ad format is popping up in the streaming content space, where ads play when the viewer hits the stop button. Although there are mixed industry reviews surrounding this hot topic, Hulu and AT&T are already planning to give it a try. With video services booming (reaching about $20.1 billion in revenue last year), advertisers are competing to look for new ways to reach consumers. Pause-vertising may be the answer to the concerns of subscription fatigue and to hit binge-watchers alike. The strategy behind pause-vertisements is to be creative, while being less intrusive by giving consumers control. Hulu and AT&T are looking to creatively tailor ads to be aligned with the reasons why viewers pause a stream (doorbell, running to the kitchen, etc.). These types of ads will be one of many new formats coming to the digital advertising scene in 2019. For more information, please find the article here.

Ford Ranger’s New Campaign

Ford’s new Ranger campaign will target five cities with a hyperlocal approach. Ford is segueing from their normal messaging of “Built Ford Tough” in order to focus on more niche marketing for this 2019 Ranger campaign. This campaign will focus on consumers in Los Angeles, Seattle, Boston, Denver, and Phoenix. The spots labeled as “Tough Has More Fun” show men and women engaging in various extreme sports such as skiing, surfing, and mountain climbing. Ford will also team up with The Weather Channel to promote this campaign with digital billboards and website images that can dynamically update to match real time local weather reports. Their national campaign ad is called “Strange Creatures” and will highlight thrill-seekers who participate in challenging physical activities. Ford is aiming to seek a more personable approach overall via these new local and national lifestyle ads. The full article can be found here.

Digital Ad Fraud

As mentioned a few weeks ago, digital ad spend will surpass traditional ad spend this year and will account for $250 billion globally. However, it is of no surprise to advertisers that with this increase in digital investment, also comes a rise in ad fraud. Tel Aviv-based cybersecurity firm “Cheq” reports that about 20% of media on average will be affected by ad fraud. New and advanced fraud talent is now coming from other industries such as financial sectors. The short-term problems consist of data privacy issues, but the long-term consequences involve the deterioration of trust amongst the system. This directly threatens the relationship between advertising and the free internet. When more is taken away from advertising, the less money publishers and content producers receive, as they essentially make the stuff we see for free. The ad industry is being warned to re-examine their fraud prevention measures and to make sure it is being monitored very closely. And yes, Baker Street is all over it. Check out the full article here.

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