Published October 2017
By Ginny Marvin, Marketing Land
Google hopes its browser initiative will obviate consumer demand for mobile ad blockers.
Asked about the impact of the ad-blocking capability coming to Chrome next year, Ramaswamy said, “We have to get a handle on the whole problem.”
Google will peg what is and what isn’t a user-friendly ad against the standards laid out by the Coalition for Better Ads, an industry group founded by Google and others to address the rise of ad blockers. With the Chrome update, ads that don’t pass the Better Ads Standards will be blocked automatically when viewed in Chrome. Google will provide publishers a report with screen shots of ads that Google’s system detects “are likely to annoy your users.”
“We spent a lot of time looking at various experiences,” Ramaswamy told the audience of publishers, which included representatives from The New York Times, NewsCorp, USA Today Network and WebMD. Google says just 5 percent of publishers the company surveyed expressed doubts about the coming change.
“Our hope is once this is in place, there’s no need for ad blocking on mobile,” Ramaswamy told reporters Tuesday.
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