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Empowered to Say No - The Role of a Compliance Officer

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At the recent Advertising Technology Marketplace conference, I chatted about bad friction and good friction. The IAB Tech Lab was established to reduce friction by enabling standards creation, tools, and standards certification. At the same time, ironically, we also need to manufacture healthy friction to strengthen the barrier of entry.   

Standards do not just create interoperability for growth and shape markets. Standards create layers of transparency that lead to a healthier supply chain. This includes programs supported by IAB, Digital Advertising Alliance, and Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG).  

This year, I am asking for every company to identify a compliance officer who is an inventory quality and audience specialist.  He or she should have executive powers with the support of the executive committee of the organization. 

Publishers, your compliance officer should know your traffic sources. Organic search, social, and purchased are all forms of sourcing.  The compliance officer should be reviewing the marketing, advertising operations yield management, and audience growth strategies and tactics. For example, if a partnership is growing audience at an unnatural rate for you in the off hours, it is time to find a new partner.  

Platforms, some of you have a compliance officer identified in the TAG programs. He or she should keep weeding out the wolf selling sheep’s wool to create further transparency that we all need and want in business transactions. This individual must be empowered to deny new inventory, recruited by the supply team, that goes against your internal controls and checklist of quality supply. 

Buyers, viewability is the new currency we’re striving toward. Low cost CPMs, even to refresh your audience pool, can harm the efforts to move to the new currency if not executed appropriately. Your compliance officer can help weigh the pros and cons.  

Small companies, take note. You are entering a market with ideas and innovation—a market with growing resources to provide guidance for best business practices and tools. I encourage you to use them.    

If you don’t have a compliance officer, get one. And in your organization, this individual needs to be empowered to say no.  This is not about growing business for the sake of top line revenue alone, it is about growing business the right way, which leads to the health of the bottom line and supply chain. Human Resources departments should support this executive with transparent, educational dialogue to the staff. The compliance officer is visible, public, and a trusted internal source for personnel.  

Finally, if your company uses standards, it’s important to declare your version centrally and keep it up to date with the latest issued in the market. Legacy versions of a standard, or enhancements to a current standard, need to be declared upfront in the pre-sales process. The compliance officer can help with these internal operations and language in your market transactions.  

IAB has a portal for your declaration. I encourage your company to keep this record up to date.  

For more information about the IAB Tech Lab, please visit, and to understand more about IAB Compliance programs, visit


Content Marketing: Who's The Boss?

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Leading publishers and technology providers discuss innovative, collaborative content sharing efforts

While it is the year of data, mobile, and the snake, 2013 also continues to revitalize the age-old trend of content marketing and syndication. It seems these ideas are so old they’re new again.

John Deere has been doing it since 1895 with “The Furrow,” so what is making content marketing so attractive now to the modern marketer? While there is no clear cut definition of content marketing, I would put forth that it is content created by a brand, that even if the branding were removed, that the content would still be valuable and engaging to a reader. If done well, it creates positive brand connotation. And if we work with that definition, it makes sense that the modern marketer (much like the modern publisher) wants to get the attention of content-ravenous consumers, most of whom have one or more devices attached to them at any given moment with which to consume.


CM Town Hall Kontera.jpgiabcmjoepanel.jpgLast week, the IAB held a Content Marketing Town Hall to foster a discussion around both the concerns and opportunities publishers have in the content marketing and syndication space. The IAB AdLab was packed to the brim. Publishers came with some fears about brands honing in on the content business. To open the day, Andrew Susman, President & CEO of StudioOne and ICSC Board Chairman, reminded us with calming voice that,iabcmforbes.jpgiabcmMinniumMartini.jpg“Currently the industry sees branded content as a type of media buy, but actually it’s a type of content. If you bring audience to branded content - you get content marketing.” 

Joe Pulizzi, Founder of the Content Marketing Institute, delivered the opening keynote of the day, outlining the opportunity for publishers and brands to work together to deliver relevant content to consumers, whether branded or editorial, because, as Jonathan Perelman, VP Agency Strategy and Industry Development at BuzzFeed later noted, “Great content finds its audience.” So it seems that the name of the game is getting engaging content in a place where your readers will consume it, whether you’re a publisher embracing branded content on your site, or you’re looking to syndicate out your editorial content to brands. 

One concern did resound in the room around advertorial content. Should there be guidelines that clearly denote advertorial content? Do ethical standards need to be set for branded content and along with it, best practices on transparency and disclosure? Do we need to create sponsored content labeling conventions? And especially as automated platforms serve up content, how can we ensure that we’re seamlessly integrating advertorial content but not duping readers? The need to ensure will undoubtedly be an ongoing conversation within the IAB, among our membership, and in the industry as a whole.

Download Content Marketing Insights from IAB’s January 2013 Town Hall 

The IAB Content Marketing Town Hall was held on January 24, 2013. Moderated by Susan Borst, Director, Industry Initiatives, IAB, the following industry leaders presented at this IAB member-exclusive event:

Amy Hyde, Product Strategy & Business Development R&D Ventures, New York Times Company

Andrew Susman, President and CEO, StudioOne; Board Chairman, ICSC

Asli Hamamci, Director, Digital, Mindshare

Bill Powers, EVP - Corporate Development, Swoop

Brett Curtis, Global Business Director, Thomson Reuters

Greg Cypes, Director of Product, AddThis

Hal Muchnick, President, Kontera

Joe Pulizzi, Founder, Content Marketing Institute

John LoGioco, SVP & GM, Outbrain

Jonathan Perelman, VP Agency Strategy & Industry Development, Buzzfeed

Ken Zinn, DVP of Marketing - Online Business Unit, Sears Holding

Mark Howard, SVP - Digital Advertising Strategy, Forbes Media

Michael Goefron, Director of Operations, Unruly Media

Peter Minnium, Head of Digital Brand Initiatives, IAB

Shafqat Islam, Co-Founder & CEO, Newscred

Skip Brand, CEO, Martini Media

Tim Clark, Corporate Blogs Editor-in-Chief & Social Media Strategist, SAP

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Julie Van Ullen

Julie Van Ullen is the Vice President of Member Services at the Interactive Advertising Bureau. Ms. Van Ullen oversees member acquisition, participation, and retention programs. In addition, she works with designated member leaders to develop strategic, market-marking initiatives for execution within IAB’s Committees and Councils.

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