Is the Facebook Ad Boycott an Opportunity for Publishers?

In less than one week, a campaign by a coalition of civil rights groups aimed at encouraging businesses to pause advertising on Facebook's platforms has already achieved some tangible results. Last Thursday, the digital ad agency 360i, a Dentsu Group subsidiary whose clients include Burberry, Discover Financial and United Airlines, stated its support for the boycott. A day later, outdoor apparel brand The North Face said it would halt paid advertising on Facebook-owned properties until the company implemented stricter policies to halt the spread of "racist, violent or hateful content and misinformation" on its platforms. In the four days since, outdoor retailers REI and Eddie Bauer and The North Face competitor Patagonia, as well as a handful of smaller tech brands, have announced similar pledges. Although execs at General Motors and Unilever fell short of fully committing to the boycott despite expressing sympathy for the cause in a Wall Street Journal report Monday, it's clear that the message is being heard by marketers ever mindful of ensuring that the environments in which their advertisements appear align with their public-facing corporate values. For publishers, who have long positioned themselves as brand-safe advertising alternatives to tech platforms, unprecedented scrutiny of Facebook's $80 billion global advertising business could mean a chance to recoup some lost ground. "It does present an opportunity," said an executive at a large digital media company,... Continue reading at 'Folio Magazine'

[ Folio Magazine | 2020-06-23 18:20:35 UTC ]
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