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Integral Ad Science Q2 2015 Report Shows Continued Viewability Challenges for the Industry

NEW YORK, NY — (Marketwired) — 08/13/15 — Integral Ad Science, the leader in quantifying digital media quality, today released its . Integral found that while advertisers and publishers have shown improvement at keeping fraudulent players at bay, the industry has been slow to improve viewability despite increasing pressure from media buyers.

Compared to Q2 2014, overall viewability dropped by over 5 percentage points, or nearly 11 percent, from 49.4 percent to 44 percent. Viewability rates for ads sourced directly from publishers steadily declined since last year from 55.5 percent to 50.1 percent, and rates for ads from networks and exchanges declined from around 45 percent to 39.9 percent over the same period.

“In an effort to bring transparency and improved health to digital advertising, Integral continues to research and monitor critical media quality metrics for the industry as a whole,” said Scott Knoll, CEO of Integral Ad Science. “The decrease in viewability rates year over year shows us that there is still a great deal of work to be done. Integral will persist in improving viewability rates by providing the best data and resources to our customers and partners.”

Integral found video media quality and engagement improved from last quarter, with fraud decreasing from 14.1 percent to 11.2 percent. Consistent with the previous quarter, the most common player size observed was 300×250, suggesting that the industry is still mostly serving in-banner video advertising, as opposed to in-stream, pre-roll advertising.

TRue Advertising Quality (TRAQ) for display media increased since Q1 2015 for networks and exchanges from 551 to 584. TRAQ decreased for publishers from 673 to 656. Also to note, this quarter saw more impressions being served in law, government and politics. Integral anticipates this number to continue to increase as candidate announcements for the 2016 U.S. Presidential election ramps up.

Findings are based on the hundreds of billions of impressions Integral processes quarterly. To view the full report, visit .

Integral Ad Science is a technology company focused on ensuring safe, quality media environments for online advertisers. Employing the industry–s only media valuation platform, Integral Ad Science evaluates the media environment and establishes a TRAQ Score (TRue Advertising Quality), a first-of-its-kind, quantifiable measure of media quality that ultimately benefits every media buyer, seller, publisher and trading platform. TRAQ Score supports an advertiser–s ability to plan, execute and target their audience in an environment that reflects their brand image and drives ROI, while simultaneously setting benchmarks for publishers who wish to improve the quality of their content and design to attract premium advertisers. Integral is headquartered in New York with operations in San Francisco, Chicago, Washington DC, London, Berlin, Sydney, Melbourne, Singapore and Paris. Learn more at .

Luke Gillespie


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