Nine announces major changes to digital advertising business

The changes include an ongoing overhaul of ad inventory across the websites

Nine has announced a range of major changes to its digital advertising business, aimed at providing marketers and their agencies with greater transparency around issues such as viewability.

Central to the changes have been an ongoing overhaul of the advertising inventory across the websites, a commitment to meeting the MRC viewability standard, as well as providing advertisers with the ability to now transact on viewable impressions across display, with video to be available by the end of this quarter.

“The industry has struggled with viewability for a long time,” Alex Parsons, chief digital and marketing officer at Nine, said. “We want to lead the way in this discussion. We know that we are rapidly moving to a world where viewability – in terms of whether someone has seen your ad – can’t be an added extra. Rather, it should be a baseline marketer expectation.”

Nine director of sales, digital Ben Gunn

Amid the ongoing industry debate around viewability Nine also announced that it:

• Is optimising its websites to load faster and therefore improve user experience and ad viewability
• Has designed new sticky ad units to optimise viewability on websites to improve ad performance
• Has partnered with two of the largest third-party verification vendors in Australia, Integral Ad Science (IAS) and Moat, to enable marketers using either vendor to have discrepancy-free reporting
• Is implementing third-party viewability tracking in the 9Now iOS and Android apps to provide in-app verification for Nine’s on-demand video products

“In making these changes our absolute commitment is to provide premium viewed impressions that will be seen by humans and will therefore deliver greater results for marketers,” said Ben Gunn, director of sales, digital.

“We believe the solution needs to be broader and focused on what achieves the best results for our clients. In this way we will deliver a win/win for both marketers and their partners.”

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