TrustedOut for Xandr: First results

What we’ve learned so far.

A month ago we announced: “TrustedOut partners with Xandr to bring new intelligence in targeting capabilities

Collaboration went very well and a month later, here’s what we’ve learned about TrustedOut for Xandr:

100% Industrializable.

To make the process totally frictionless, we profile the destination site and use this profiling to build a similar corpus and get the list of media from it. This list of media is then connected to Xandr, as the trusted whitelist.

100% Safe.

100% of the whitelist coming out of the corpus created, and if necessary, fine-tuned and/or validated by the brand manager, is following TrustedOut’s holistic profiling process

100% Premium.

Nothing but Safe Media.

No Games, No Directory, No Platform.

And all local. If you select the country and/or the language, 100% will be from your selected countries and/or languages.

Higher Engagement.

We’ve enjoyed significantly more impressions viewed per domain.

Cheaper CPM.

While Premium, we’ve also noticed cheaper CPM.

Bottom line: TrustedOut is frictionless because industrializable, totally safe and Premium for your brand.

Want to give it a shot? Let us know!


Lessons for growing publisher revenue by removing 3rd party tracking*

*Source: Brave

The end of 3rd party cookies

On January 14th of this year, Google wrote: Building a more private web: A path towards making third party cookies obsolete

How personal data are “broadcast”.

We highly recommend this document, “Behavioural advertising and personal data”, from Dr Johnny Ryan, where we can read:

“…every time a person loads a page on a website that uses real-time bidding advertising, personal data about them are broadcast to tens – or hundreds – of companies. Here is a sample of the personal data broadcast.

●  What you are reading or watching
●  Your location (OpenRTB also includes full IP address)
●  Description of your device
●  Unique tracking ID or a “cookie match” to allow advertising technology companies to try to identify you the next time you are seen, so that a long-term profile can be built or consolidated with offline data about you
●  Your IP address (depending on the version of “RTB” system)
●  Data broker segment ID, if available. This could denote things like your income bracket, age and gender, habits, social media influence, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, political leaning, etc. (depending on the version of “RTB” system)”

“We used to read the newspaper, now the news reads us.”

This quote from the Global Editors Network. We strongly encourage you to read the article using the quote as a title and try the section “What happens when you read an article online”. Below is a screenshot for

1 out of 5 happy for their data to be shared (UK, 2017)

In 2017, GFK was commissioned by IAB Europe (the AdTech industry’s own trade body) to survey 11,000 people across the EU about their attitudes to online media and advertising. GFK reported that only “20% would be happy for their data to be shared with third parties for advertising purposes”. [source]

Finding#1: Removing 3rd party tracking/AdTech and investing in Context increases revenue!

The first chart and the chart below are from the article from, “lessons for growing publisher revenue by removing 3rd party tracking” both demoing the revenue increase is attributable to removing 3rd party tracking and adtech.

NPO and its sales house, Ster, invested in contextual targeting and testing, and produced vast sales increases even with sites that do not appear to dominate their categories.

The Covid-19 market shock shifted the market from video to display

Finding#2: “legitimate publishers of all size can increase revenue”. The New York Times example…

On their site,, they wrote: “As of April 2019, we [The New York Times] removed all third-party data controllers from our homepage, section fronts and articles. … This reduced the amount of data we shared with third-party data controllers by over 90 percent. We are working on ways to improve this number…”

Finding#3. “Context is powerful.”

“NPO properties now provide no geotagging, no frequency capping, and no cross device measurement. Despite the absence of these features, extensive testing with advertisers has proven that the ads are effective, and advertisers are spending more with NPO than before.”

Next read:

TrustedOut partners with Xandr to bring new intelligence in targeting capabilities

Introducing the Brand Safety Report

The game is rigged: A former marketer shows you how Big Tech’s advertising practices harm us all

You have questions? Let us know!


Introducing the Brand Safety Report

Download Corpus Profile
Click to download

Get a report on your ad campaign  whitelist.

You are running or ran an ad campaign and want to make sure your brand is/was safe? Now you can. Simply get the profile of the corpus used for your campaign.

Here is an example of a Corpus profile for a campaign active on July 8th and 9th (of course, you can get as many corpuses and corpus profiles within a campaign)

An holistic Corpus Profiling

As announced in last week post, Holistic Media Profiling is us, Corpus profiles cover the 3 facets: Content & Expertise (taxonomy of what is published), Perception (Spotted as toxic) and Orientation (Political, Religious, Satirical)

A brand new Editorial Trends page.

Visualize how the list of media in your corpus evolved in the past 7 days compared to the past month and the past quarter:

Picture where your brand was exposed

Still work in progress but this page in the report shows if your brand was exposed in a toxic and/or religious and/or Humorous/Satirical environment.

Want to dive into a Spotted area?

From above, you’d like to get the Media spotted as Religious > Christianity?

Simply add the following condition to your Corpus:

… and get the Media list (Media > Get > Download > Media):

Finally, you decide to remove Media spotted in Religious > Christianity, simply add the following condition:

Questions? Let us know 🙂

Holistic Media Profiling is us.

Profiling Content & Expertise + Perception + Orientation

After 2 years of development, we are proud to announce the completion and immediate availability of our holistic media profiling including the 3 facets: Profiling Content & Expertise + Perception + Orientation.

What makes us unique:


Our goal is to listen to every article every media publishes in every country. At this point, we cover France and the USA but adding a country is just a matter of teaching our AI systems.

Permanently updated. Unbiased. Universal.

Our AI systems always update every classification with new expressions found in a country and a language. It also guarantees the absence of humans biais would introduce and a constant level of competencies on every subject.

Universal and live taxonomy weighting expertise.

The very first profiling we worked on was building a unique universal taxonomy to recognize the editorial focus of a piece of content. Our taxonomy can be connected to another one, like the way an Enterprise organizes its businesses, per industry for example. This allows Enterprise customers to use TrustedOut in their own environment.

Universal, because with our Nationwide total coverage of what is talked about in media our taxonomy had to cover every matter, everything. We did it.

Live, because our AI updates the bags of words that identify a classification and the taxonomy itself is updated.

The use of words or expressions shows the level of expertise in a classification.


We believe toxic content, such as fake news, junk sciences… is a perception. For example, what is fake for someone is not for someone else. We are not about fact checking which can also be disputed but instead, we gauge how a media is perceived.


Orientation is the detection of a political, a religious and/or a humoristic/satirical angle. Political detection is either: Negative (no orientation detected), Far left, Left, Right or Far Right. Religion detection is either: Negative, or, in alphabetical order, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism. Humoristic/satirical detection is either positive or negative.

Next read:
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Questions? Let us know!

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Media covering Preventive Medicine also talk about…

Click to zoom. Note: Preventive Medicine is part (leaf) of Medicine and Health (stem) in our taxonomy.

Preventive Medicine next to what other Editorial Classifications?
In France? In the US?

Radar charts above are made to show the Top 6 editorial classifications and their respective weights. Data are for the week from June 22nd until June 29th 2020.

Here’s a more detailed view:

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Interesting to notice within the Top6:

  1. Unsurprisingly, Media in both countries are focused on Medicine & Health, but Pharmacy & Drugs is almost as high as Preventive Medicine in the US (Way less in France).
  2. Media in the US are Personal, Family and Care, when France talks Disease, Dermatology and Dentistry/Odontology
  3. In the US, right after Medicine & Health is Economy & Enterprise, heavy on Employment & Unemployment, Communication and Career. Health has a strong link on Jobs. Not present in France
  4. In France, right after Medicine & Health is Politics, heavy on Political Party, Civil Defense, Public Services and Administration. #6 in the US with Public Services at the same level.
  5. Lifestyle is present in both countries. Only with Kids in France, more classical Lifestyle with Home and Eating & Drinking in the US.
  6. Healthcare is only present in the US, heavy on Hospital & Clinic while Sports is only present in France with Fans/Community and, unsurprisingly, Football and Cycling

Why it’s important


In these uncertain times, you might want to avoid content related to the current pandemic, so instead of managing the unmanageable, always out-of-date, black list of keywords, simply add the following condition to your Corpus, export/connect to your DSP… voilà.


If you choose to target the Medicine & Health > Preventive Medicine content, it’s important for the consistency of your brand to know what type of content is within the Media you will authorize in your white list or your PR effort or what kind of content you choose to analyze.

Questions? Tell us!

TrustedOut partners with Xandr to bring new intelligence in targeting capabilities

We are extremely proud to announce that TrustedOut is now available to buyers through the Xandr platform.

Through this collaboration, marketers and agencies using Xandr’s strategic buying platform, Xandr Invest, will have access to unique and granular contextual targeting capabilities that will allow them to bring intelligence to their campaigns.

Xandr, ex. AppNexus, is AT&T’s advanced advertising company, provides an advanced buy-side and sell-side advertising technology enabling buyers and sellers to access and trade premium inventory in a trusted and streamlined environments.​

TrustedOut through ‘Corpus Intelligence’ enables buyers to identify trusted environments and deliver their contents and their campaigns with  uniquely profiled, AI-fed and permanently updated media database.

“Xandr seeks out sophisticated solutions to offer advertisers looking for alternatives to cookie-based solutions for finding valued audiences. We are excited to welcome TrustedOut as a technological collaboration on our platform and have them contribute to increased contextual targeting capabilities for Xandr customers,” says Paul-Antoine Strullu, VP & Managing Director, Southern Europe at Xandr

“This partnership with a global leader such as Xandr is a fantastic milestone for TrustedOut. We could not be more excited to partner with Xandr to bring contextual targeting technology to another level!” adds Freddy Mini, TrustedOut’s President and co-founder.

TrustedOut’s Solutions for Online Advertising


1. Brand Safety | 2. End of Cookies | 3. Reporting Laws

1. Brand Safety: What we are fixing:
How can we make sure a Brand is totally safe?

A major issue. Brands take years to build and can be detroyed in a moment. To avoid having your brand displayed in an unsafe environment, the brand must define what is safe and build a whitelist accordingly.

How we are fixing it:
Build and Manage your Whitelist with your definition of what is safe for your Brand.

Create a Corpus corresponding to the media profiles safe for your brand:

For a campaign, you are looking for media and sources:

  • Widely covering Driving as a Lifestyle during the past Quarter in America
  • But not related to Racing, cars or motorbikes
  • And without any political orientation
  • And not perceived as Fake or Hate news
Click to zoom

TrustedOut, at this very moment, found 2,667 media and 6,017 sources. Finding corresponding sources is important to laser target part of a media. Click on [Get] to have a look at the list. You can always fine tune the list with more conditions…

Click to zoom

Ready? click on [Download] and [Media (CSV)] to download your whitelist.
You can also [Connect] with your DSP so updates on the list get sync’ed with your DSP.

Bottom line: The whitelist is made of media profiles you select.

2. End of Cookies: What we are fixing:
How to target audience in absence of cookies?

Following Apple, Google has announced the end of cookies, and context, which means targeting will no longer be done using these classic methods.

How we are fixing it:
Grab Intelligence from the targeted article’s classifications.

Without insights from cookies, most of the intelligence resides in the article where the ad might be placed and its URL.
From the previous corpus, you can visualize how articles from a source are classified.
For example here, from the Media “InsideEVs”, we have for the source “InsideEVs – Features” the following articles:

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The URL indicates the source (feed) which is also profiled giving even more intelligence on the article.

Furthermore, Classifications of an article not only detect editorial orientations not dependent on the presence or absence of keywords but those classifications also evolve over time. Meaning what is perceived in a way at publishing time, might be perceived in a different way later… This is a unique guarantee ad targeting, and thus Brand Safety, will remain relevant and secure over time.

Read Classification vs Keywords to understand the huge benefits of Editorial Orientations AND the evolution of classification over time.

Classification vs Keywords

3. Reporting laws: What we are fixing:
How to deal with government reporting laws such as the Avia law?

    • First France and, according to the Guardian, other countries will follow, Brands will have to display, on a monthly basis, sites where they bought advertising. A way to show who finances who.

How we are fixing it:
Report Media with their profile made by TrustedOut. AI-Powered. Unbiased, Universal and always Up-to-date.

    • Reporting laws, such as the “Avia law” in France are explained here:

The Political role of Advertisers

    • To follow up on previous example above, a brand advertising on “Inside EVs” could link to this TrustedOut Media Profile



This Solution is also available here.

Other solutions from TrustedOut :

Business Intelligence | Business Watch | Publishers

Questions? Let us know!

How Health is covered depending on Political Orientations. US vs France.

In the radars above, we analyzed Editorial Classifications in Media in the US and France, in between June 13th and June 20th using the following Corpus:

. Country is “France”, and then, “USA”
. Source Taxonomy is “Sciences>Medicine & Health” OR “Industries>Healthcare”, “Covered” AND over the “past week”
. Spotted as Political is “Left” OR “Far Left”, and then, “Right” OR “Far Right”, and then “Negative”

Top 6 Editorial Classifications in the USA:

  1. No Political Orientation has Medicine & Health significantly #1 and ahead of #2 and #3
  2. Both No Political Orientation and Right/Far Right have Medicine & Health as #1, which seems obvious looking at the Corpus definition, but Left/Far Left has it at the lowest percentage, #3, below Society and Lifestyle
  3. Interestingly, all have Politics in the same range.
  4. Right/Far Right has Economy & Enterprise higher than No Political Orientation and Left/Far Left have Economy & Enterprise, both at the same level.
  5. Both No Political Orientation and Left/Far Left have Entertainment & Leisure. Right/Far Right does not but has Law instead.

Top 6 Editorial Classifications in France:

  1. All 3 have Medicine & Health as #1 and in similar range.
  2. All 3 have Lifestyle and Economy & Enterprise in similar range.
  3. All 3 have Society and Politics but higher when a Political Orientation is spotted
  4. Only when No Political Orientation is spotted do we have Formal & Earth & Universe Sciences
  5. Only when Left/Far Left Orientation is spotted do we have Human Sciences
  6. Only when Right/Far Right Orientation is spotted do we have Entertainment & Leisure

Content Orientations can be helpful.

Many times, Content Orientations are banned but, in the light of charts above, depending of your communication goals, Political Orientations may be helpful.

Want to know more? Contact us!

Introducing Religious Orientation in Media

Learnings on Editorial Coverages: Media Spotted as Religiously Oriented in the USA vs France.

Last week, we announced the new Spotting of Political Orientations, this week, we’re introducing the new spotting of Religious Orientations in Media!

All these analytics where done on the period 3/17-6/17/2020.

Today, we are looking for coverage of the following religions:  Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism, deliberately listed in alphabetical order as, should it be necessary to mention: In no way, we are pushing, nor valuing any religion, one vs another, or in general.

Above, we are comparing the Editorial Classifications of Media spotted as Religious in both, USA and France.

We can see Editorial classifications are very similar except for Economy and Enterprise, only in the USA and Medicine and Health, only in France.

What makes Media Spotted as Religious different?

In the USA:

Here, we are comparing ALL media vs those spotted as Religious, both in the USA.

The Top 6 Editorial Classifications for Media spotted as religious:

. Has Society as #1
. Shares the same Top 3
. Does not have Sports and Entertainment and Leisure
. Has Economy and Enterprise and Humain Sciences

In France:

This time, we are comparing ALL media vs those spotted as Religious, both in France.

The Top 6 Editorial Classifications for Media spotted as religious:

. Like in the USA, has Society as #1
. Unlike in the USA, does not share the same Top 3
. Does not have Tech and Sports
. Has Human Sciences and Medicine and Health

Country vs Country+Language

Next, we had a look at the difference between a language and the same language spoken in a specific country.

The Top 6 Editorial Classifications for Media spotted as religious in English, in the USA vs anywhere:

. Same Top 3 but stronger in Society and Politics in the USA
. USA has Economy and Enterprise
. Anywhere has Law

The Top 6 Editorial Classifications for Media spotted as religious in French, in the France vs anywhere:

. Same Top 6
. Stronger in Society, Lifestyle and Politics in France

How is Christianity covered?

Now, let’s focus on one religion. We picked Christianity, out of Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism because its coverage is the largest within both countries.


The Top 6 Editorial Classifications for Media spotted as Religious > Christianity in both countries:

. Both have Society as #1 with heavy scores. 
. Both have Lifestyle, Politics, Human Sciences, Culture and Arts
. Only France has Medicine and Health
.Only USA has Education.

Interested? Let us know below:

Introducing Political Orientations Spotted in Media.

Learnings on Editorial Coverages: Far Left vs Far Right and US vs France.

New: We can now spot Political Orientations in Media! In a coming post, we will explain how we are able to do this.

In today’s post, we decided to analyze extremes in the Political spectrum, Left and Right and in France and the USA (we only considered editorial classifications greater than 1%):

Today, we’ve also decided to start with some of the learnings and give you more depth afterwards. (Let us know if you liked it?)

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Editorial coverages in both countries

Far Left: #1, Politics, #2, Society
Far Right: #1, Society, #2, Politics.

Politics+Society =
In the US: 46.3%, Far Left, 48.8%, Far Right
In France: 24.7%, Far Left, 29.3% Far Right

Political Party is a Far Left thing.

Political engagement high for both wings.

Unions but in opposite wings: Far Right in France and Far Left for the US

Lifestyle in both wings but covers Child, Teen and Youth in France and Masculine in the US.

Only Far Left in both countries covers Home

Editorial coverage specific to the US.

Both wings cover LGBTQ and Religion.

Both wings cover both Civil and Military Defenses.

Only US Far Right does not cover Foreign Affairs

Both wings cover Law > Constitutional and Criminal. Far Left also covers International

Both wings cover Human Sciences > Philosophy

Editorial coverage specific to France.

Both wings cover Immigration and diversity

Only Far Left covers Social and Labor

Far Left does not cover Medicine and Health

Far Left does not cover Human Sciences

In more depth:
Spotted Far Left in France

Politics – 14.9%
Public Services (Social/Health) – 9.1%
Foreign Affairs – 2.1%
Government – 1.7%
Political Party – 1.2%
Society – 9.8%
Political Engagement – 5.1%
Immigration and Diversity – 2.1%
Law – 9.1%
Social and Labor – 6.4%
Economy and Enterprise – 9.0%
Economy – 1.5%
Employment and Unemployment – 1.0%
Medicine and Health – 6.3%
Care – 3.2%
Lifestyle – 5.8%
Child, Teen and Youth – 2.8%
Home – 1.3%

Spotted Far Right in France

Society – 19.2%
Political Engagement – 8.2%
Misc News – 4.5%
Religion – 2.5%
Immigration and Diversity – 2.0%
Politics – 10.1%
Foreign Affairs – 2.7%
Political Party – 2.6%
Public Services (Social/Health) – 1.5%
Civil Defense – 1.3%
Government – 1.2%
Lifestyle – 6.9%
Child, Teen and Youth – 2.0%
Medicine and Health – 5.4%
Veterinary Medicine – 1.2%
Care – 1.0%
Economy and Enterprise – 4.8%
Union – 2.1%
Economy – 1.2%
Human Sciences – 3.9%
Philosophy – 1.2%
Psychology – 1.1%

Spotted Far Left in the USA

Politics – 29.8%
Political Party – 12.5%
Foreign Affairs – 6.9%
Government – 5.1%
Public Services (Social/Health) – 2.5%
Military Defense – 1.5%
Civil Defense – 1.0%
Society – 16.3%
Political Engagement – 7.7%
LGBTQ – 3.4%
Religion – 2.1%
Economy and Enterprise – 8.5%
Economy – 5.1%
Union – 2.9%
Law – 5.5%
Consitutional -2.7&%
International – 1.4%
Criminal – 1.0%
Lifestyle – 4.5%
Masculine – 2.8%
Home – 1.0%
Human Sciences – 3.9%
Philosophy – 2.5%

Spotted Far Right in the USA

Society – 26.6%
Political Engagement – 7.5%
Religion – 6.9%
LGBTQ – 5.4%
Misc News – 2.7%
Humanitarian Aid – 1.4%
Politics – 22.0%
Political Party – 8.9%
Government – 5.2%
Public Services (Social/Health) – 2.1%
Military Defense – 1.4%
Civil Defense – 1.2%
Law – 6.5%
Consitutional – 3.3%
Criminal – 2.2%
Lifestyle – 5.2%
Masculine – 1.5%
Medicine and Health – 3.8%
Care – 1.0%
Human Sciences – 3.7%
Philosophy – 2.6%

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Nielsen’s Ad spent vs TrustedOut Editorial classifications. What is bought, What is written.

Where advertising budgets went in Q1

The chart above is from MarketingCharts showing the Top 10 Advertising Categories in Q1 2020 using Nielsen Worldwide data. MarketingCharts adds: “Figures show the percentage share of advertising spend across 21 countries: Australia; Belgium; France; Germany; Indonesia; Ireland; Italy; Luxembourg; Malaysia; Netherlands; New Zealand; Norway; Phillipines; Portugal; Puerto Rico; Singapore; South Africa; Spain; Thailand; UK; USA.”

What was written in the past 3 months

Knowing where ad dollars went from January to end March 2020, we decided to compare with our AI-powered classifications in the past 3 months (3/3-6/3) to gauge if there was a correlation. TrustedOut, at this point of its development, solely focus on the US and France.

Reminder: the goal of this post is to match numbers between what is spent and what is written.

1/ Matching Nielsen’s categories and TrustedOut’s taxonomy

The 10 categories from Nielsen, representing 72% of the ad budget spent in Q1 must be compared to TrustedOut’s taxonomy of  24 branches and 292 classifications.

We use this method of matching 2 taxonomies with large accounts so they can continue to use their own.

For this exercise, we asked our Head of Information and Editor in Chief to do the work.

2/ Editorial weights per country over a period of time

Each and every article is profiled to get its weight in the relevant classification (here’s how TrustedOut works).

Example: This article from CNN: American Airlines expands its US flight schedule for July is classified as:

59.6% Industries › Transportation › Air
40.4% People › Entertainment And Leisure › Tourism And Travel

3/ What is spent and What is written

The cumulation of those weighted classifications over a period of time gives the Editorial weights as shown in the table below

A dry run to demo capabilities.

We are comparing 2 different periods of time, January-March for Nielsen and March-May for TrustedOut and 2 different geos, 21 countries (including France and the US) for Nielsen, and 2, France and the US, for TrustedOut to showcase what can be read from this exercise.


Of course, we offer these analytics to customers with selected set of data.

72% bought vs 36-40% of what is written

Or, another way to say it, 60+% of what is written is NOT within 70+% of budget spent.

Screaming Opportunities…

According to Nielsen, Food attracts 8.9% on Ad Spent but the Editorial Offer is only 1-1.3%.

Yes, we are talking ad revenues that have to do with page views. But when the discrepancy is so important it might be a good idea to boost exposure of those pages and since dollars are coming in, to have more pages to satisfy the demand.

… and Crowdy areas

To the contrary, Entertainment gets 7.5% of the budgets but has 12.4-14.6% of Editorial offer. Might be a good idea to switch to more ad-opportunistic classifications

Editorial reactivity

An interesting case is the Top1: Healthcare. More than 1 USD over 10 spent on this Nielsen category. And, again, that’s for January-March 2020. In the past 3 months, TrustedOut measured 6.8-7.2% which high compared to normal times before Covid-19.

To gauge if this focus did last over time, we looked at the numbers for the past month (compared with past quarter):

+91% articles on Healthcare in the US. +53% in France.

Actions from here.

Our goal is to help make greater decisions with greater insights.

For Ad buyers: Be Nielsen in this example.

Contact us with customer budgets and let’s map the Editorial opportunities. Basically, you will replace Nielsen in this example and compare your numbers with ours, updated daily to optimize your ROI.

For Publishers: Get more inventory where budgets are.

Contact us with the projection you have on ad spent trends and let us map how to be best positioned in terms of inventory and competitive offering.

Interested? Contact us!