December 2012 Archives

My Experience as an IAB Rising Stars Awards Judge

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The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) is known for creating display, mobile and video guidelines for the advertising industry. In 2010, the IAB created its first ever Rising Stars initiative as a means to highlight successful user experience and brand equity in display, mobile and video advertising. Last week I had the opportunity to judge dozens of the digital video submissions from leading brands and media moguls like Microsoft, Google, YouTube and Hulu as part of the IAB Rising Stars digital video ad format competition. The goal of the competition is to work with brands to develop digital video advertising standards to capture innovation and creativity for the good of the industry.


In 2012 the digital advertising industry experienced an explosion of new advertising opportunities and with it, an increasingly complex landscape within which to develop powerful digital video advertising. My job, in collaboration with the other Rising Stars digital video judges, was to narrow down fifty-five final entries to six. Being part of the judging process with colleagues across digital, media and advertising agencies was an awe-inspiring experience. We focused on selecting new formats, which will allow creatives to develop rich brand experiences within video advertising.

The new digital video industry standards are currently being finalized and will be announced February 2013 at the IAB Annual Leadership Meeting.

About the Author

Jeannie Fratoni

Jeannie Fratoni

Jeannie Fratoni is Creative Director and Co-Founder at Red Door Interactive.


Don't Let the FTC Steal Christmas

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The Federal Trade Commission is undertaking a revision of their rules enforcing COPPA, the Federal law that protects families from the unwanted collection of personally identifiable information about their children. The interactive advertising industry supports COPPA and recognizes that a lot has changed in the 14 years since its passage, including the rise of the internet and, more recently, the growth of the mobile marketplace — but we must embrace innovation and the benefits they have brought to families. Recent proposals made by the FTC would conflate benign data transfers, which present no discernible threat to children’s online safety, with very real concerns about the unauthorized collection of information that might allow strangers to contact our children.

IAB hopes that the FTC will not undermine legitimate commercial practices that have revolutionized the way kids learn and play in the digital age. This holiday season let’s celebrate innovation and technology instead of playing scrooge to American families.


About the Author


Mike Zaneis

Mike Zaneis is SVP & General Counsel at the IAB.