Last Week in Digital Marketing News – June 12, 2017

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Google Is Getting Ready to Make Changes to Chrome That Could Block Bothersome Ads by Marty Swant, June 1, 2017
Ad-blocking technology continues to be a battleground for browsers and publishers. As third-party tools and plugins get traction within browsers, a monetization opportunity is being missed and an erosion of confidence on the part of advertisers also surfaces.

“Publishers that don’t meet Google’s standards for creating good advertising experiences might want to up their game: an upcoming version of Google Chrome could block more ads on mobile and desktop.

Early next year, [Chrome] will come pre-installed with ad-blocking technology to automatically filter ads that are deemed to be too annoying or burdensome.”

By introducing their own tools, Google can now have greater control over which ads a consumer sees as well as which they don’t.

Viewability Standards have a Gaping Hole: Mobile Apps by Ross Benes,, June 6, 2017
Two of the big trends in digital media aren’t compatible: The drive to enforce viewability standards and the shift to mobile, particularly apps.

Ad buyers say they receive misleading mobile viewability reports because measurement vendors struggle to integrate into publishers’ apps. In effect, they know the figures reported aren’t true. Until more pubs adopt third-party checks against their app inventory, buyers should be aware the mobile viewability scores that get reported to clients are unlikely to represent the campaign’s true metrics.

Amazon Has Surged Ahead of Facebook, AT&T and Visa in Ranking of World’s Most Valuable Brands, by Christopher Heine,, June 8, 2017
Kantar Millward Brown’s annual BrandZ top 100 study is being released today and suggests that Amazon is the tech company that’s gaining the most ground. The ecommerce giant cracked BrandZ’s top 5 for most valuable brands worldwide for the first time, coming in at No. 4 and jumping ahead of Facebook (5th), AT&T (6th) and Visa (7th).

Google (1st), Apple (2nd) and Microsoft (3rd) remain the globe’s most valuable brands, according Kantar Millward Brown’s study. Its rankings combine raw financial value in terms of revenue dollars with “brand contribution,” which entails a percentage that’s based, according to the WPP-owned company, on the “proportion of financial value generated by the brand’s ability to increase purchase volume and charge premium.”

Amazon’s value, per the study, increased 41 percent since last year, when it ranked seventh on BrandZ’s list. And as the stats below reveal, Google and Apple are the world’s most valuable brands by a wide margin.

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