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Google to start warning sites about bad ad experiences

Last year, Google helped form the Coalition For Better Ads, an organization intended to develop new global standards for online ads that improve user experience. 

This March, based on research derived from surveys of 25,000 consumers, which sought to identify the least preferred ad types, the Coalition published an initial draft of Better Ads Standards for desktop and mobile. 

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As companies embrace Amazon advertising, some SMBs struggle

For years, while it attracted headlines for its retail and cloud businesses, Amazon has quietly been building an ad business that could make it a big force in digital advertising as early as this year.

Behind Amazon's potential to become a digital ad giant is a powerful trend: more and more consumers are using Amazon as a product search engine.

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Why Google 'news feed' seems like a risky idea to me

Last week you will have seen the news that Google has introduced a news feed experience to its app.

The GIF below shows what this experience looks like – the homepage will display news stories, videos and music based on a user's search history.

Whilst I understand all the arguments for introducing a feed, I can't help but get a sinking feeling. Clutter is about to descend on a service so iconic it should have Grade 1 listing.

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Following YouTube's brand safety backlash, will ad relevance take center stage?

Earlier this year, Google found itself facing a major boycott after YouTube advertisers discovered that their ads were being displayed alongside offensive content.

Google was forced to respond. It promised advertisers better technology to weed out inappropriate content. And it got stricter about which content it allows to be monetized through ads, much to the chagrin of some of its biggest content creators who generate their revenue solely through ads.

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Google Analytics will soon be able to answer questions in plain English

"How did traffic from search change year-on-year in June?"

In the coming weeks, Google Analytics users will be able to ask questions like this and have them answered in seconds thanks to natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning (ML) technology Google is integrating into its popular analytics platform.

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Ads.txt, a new standard for fighting inventory spoofing & unauthorized sellers: What you need to know

At the beginning of this month, the IAB's Tech Lab announced the release of the final Version 1.0 specification Ads.txt, which aims to help prevent inventory spoofing and unauthorized sellers.

Here's what publishers and advertisers need to know about Ads.txt.

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How Europe's $2.7bn Google antitrust fine could impact the internet economy

On Tuesday, the European Commission (EC) announced that it is levying a $2.7bn fine on search giant Google for abusing its dominant search position to illegally favor its own vertical shopping search offering, Google Shopping.

In explaining the record fine for breaking EU antitrust rules, EC Commissioner Margrethe Vestager stated:

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Survey reveals the most disliked ad formats

In 2004, Neilsen Norman Group (NNG) conducted a survey to determine which ad formats internet users in the U.S. disliked the most.

More than a decade later, it decided to revisit its survey and see what has changed given the considerable changes in the digital advertising ecosystem.

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Site search after Google – the clock is ticking to find a replacement

Websites big and small are (or should be) re-evaluating their search strategy, as Google turns its back on site search.

Both Google Search Appliance (for bigger sites and enterprise search) and Google Site Search (for smaller sites) are now on the way out.

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Google Contributor: What you need to know

With annual advertising revenue exceeding $60bn, Google is one of the companies that stands to lose the most from the rise of ad blockers.

Recognizing that ad blockers are here to stay, Google is trying to make sure it has a seat at the table and can influence the ad blocking ecosystem. For instance, it joined the Coalition for Better Ads last year, and just announced it is preparing to build an adblocker into its Chrome browser that will remove ads that don't meet the Coalition's standards.

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What marketers need to know about Google Attribution

Despite the fact that it has been a priority for years, attribution remains one of many marketers' biggest challenges.

Now, Google is trying to change that with the unveiling of a new attribution offering called Google Attribution.

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