Update: Native Ad Compliance and the FTC

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Is it good business for your native ads to comply with FTC guidelines?

By Todd Krizelman

It’s been a little over a year since the FTC published guidelines for native advertising. In just 12 months this has led to a significant shift in how native or sponsored content has been implemented. In our original analysis, MediaRadar discovered that in year 2015 75% of publishers hosted native campaigns without any mention of the content being advertising. With the FTC’s guidelines in place however, that number has dropped substantially. Over January we’ve re-run our analysis. Now just 5% of publishers fail to mark native content at all. This is a significant shift in accountability and transparency.

At the time the regulation was announced, some in the industry was concerned that such thorny legalese would dampen adoption of native advertising. But this has not been the case.

  • There are 16,000 native advertisers buying ads in the past year, up 73% from 2015.
  • Programmatic native exchanges have become very good at amplifying native, placing 4,182 native advertisers in calendar year 2016.
  • There have been very few fines over publishers or advertisers violating the guidelines.

It is true that there are still examples of native content that is not complaint with FCT guidelines. But in the big picture, with our country focused on fake news, there is more emphasis on premium content, and premium transparency, than ever before.

Read full article and learn more about Native Advertising and the FTC Guidelines here.

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Disclaimer:  This article is provided for informational purposes only. It’s not legal advice, and no attorney-client relationship is created. Neither the author nor FTC Guardian, Inc. is endorsed by the Federal Trade Commission.

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