Is the New ‘No Track’ Button a Threat to Ad Industry?


In a Wall Street Journal story today, a coalition of Internet giants including Google Inc. has agreed to support a do-not-track button to be embedded in most Web browsers—a move that the industry had been resisting for more than a year.

If you are an online display banner advertiser-you know that this has been coming for a while. If you are new to online advertising,  it is important to be aware of this new consumer tool  that lets them control what they see or don’t see when they are surfing the Web and visit sites that accept ads.

In spite of all the hype, school is still out on how much of an impact this will really have on the revenue of Google and other Ad giants’  like Yahoo, MSN, Facebook and others.

I also wonder how many consumers really care if they are exposed to ads that are increasingly “audience targeted“. This refers to display ads that are only delivered to  consumers that match their exact profile including demographics, lifestyle and web behavior.

This is a win-win as I see it. Consumers with the “No Track” button on their Web browser can grant permission to be exposed to audience targeted ads by default, or opt-out by clicking a button . The online Ad industry makes  a long overdue decision to police itself and keeps the government from intervening in something they have  no clue about.

Steve Emory, co-author DM Deja vu

President, Managing Partner Emory Digital

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