Brands and Agencies: Here’s What the Chrome Ad Filter Means for You

Harmen Tjaarda, JustPremium’s COO gives insight into the latest Google Chrome’s regulations and describes the meaning behind the coming changes for Brands and Agencies.

You’ve probably already heard that, starting Feb. 15, the Google Chrome browser will begin blocking a number of unpleasant ad experiences by default. Specifically, Chrome will stop showing ads that do not comply with the standards developed by the Coalition for Better Ads.

As a proud member of the Coalition for Better Ads, and a fervent supporter of holding digital ads to a higher standard, JustPremium is pleased to report that our rich media ad units are fully compliant with the Better Ad Standards and expected to remain viewable within the yet-to-be released version of Chrome. Ultimately, we see the Chrome ad filter as a positive step forward in raising the bar for online advertising experiences. Better ads mean better experiences for consumers as well as advertisers, whose ads should be not just seen, but also appreciated.

Now is an important time for brands and agencies to be reviewing their ad creatives and templates, as well as their publishing and ad tech partners, to ensure they’re adhering to the Better Ads Standards. Given that the Chrome browser has a more than 50 percent share of the browser market, its ad filter is expected to have a significant effect in weeding out noncompliant ads. As the industry increasingly trends toward higher standards for online ads, it makes sense to begin treating the Better Ads Standards as minimum acceptable criteria for your creative. Going forward, your advertising partners should be committed to ensuring that your ads are both engaging and compliant with the new standards.

The initial prohibited types of desktop ad experiences (four in total) through the Better Ads Standards are as follows:

  • Pop-up ads
  • Auto-playing video ads with sound
  • Prestitial ads with countdown
  • Large sticky ads

The mobile standards include all of the desktop experiences above, as well as the following:

  • Flashing animated ads
  • Poststitial ads with countdown
  • Full-screen scrollover ads
  • Ad density higher than 30 percent


JustPremium joins Coalition for Better Ads

At JustPremium, we’re committed to raising online advertising standards for the benefit of consumers, advertisers and publishers.

Over the past year we’ve developed new ad units that are both more effective and give advertisers greater scope for creativity. We’ve also signed up new publisher networks across 25 countries, offering brands targeted and ‘safe’ advertising environments..

However making better advertising part of our DNA has to mean more than just developing products and signing partnerships. It also has to mean taking a leadership position when it comes to promoting the different issues relevant to our industry.

As a result, we’ve now joined the Coalition for Better Ads. This is an industry-wide grouping that is committed to rolling out standards that will improve consumers’ experiences with online advertising.

The Coalition for Better Ads (CFBA) does so by leveraging consumer insights and cross-industry expertise to develop and implement new global standards for online advertising that address consumer expectations.

Being a member of the Coalition for Better Ads means we will directly help shape industry best practice when it comes to safe, secure and fraud-free ad experiences in consumer-friendly digital environments.

Better ads are of course ads that are creative. But it is about more than just creativity.

Better ads are also well targeted. They are fraud-free. They sit in trusted environments. And they enhance, rather than spoil, the user’s browsing experience.

Our CFBA membership will see us help drive policy that will benefit the online advertising industry as a whole. An industry that has seen so much growth and has the potential to be so much more for consumers, advertisers and publishers alike.