Do not let advertising compromise your brand consistency.

The first step to achieving consistent branding is realizing that you have to ultimately gain control of your branding so that everyone is singing from the same song sheet. [source]

Is your brand consistent?

“An inconsistent brand is a confusing and unreliable brand. These are traits that drive customers away, not attract them. ” says Crowdspring, “If your brand constantly changes, it’s hard for customers or clients to wrap their minds around what it’s about. And, it’s even harder to gain trust, confidence and customer loyalty.”

Why would you compromise a hard and long gained brand consistency by advertising on media not consistent with your brand?

“Your brand promises must be consistent with the reality of your customers’ brand experience.

Every company has a brand identity.

This is true for your company whether you’ve made a single conscious branding decision or not.

And that’s why it’s vitally important to make conscious, consistent branding choices. The decisions left unmade, and a brand left untended may hurt your business.” [source]

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Brand Safety, the most misleading proxy for quality that an advertiser can use.

This post is our takeaways from this AdExchanger article.

Brand Safety Is Not Synonymous With Quality.

“I find brand safety one of the most baffling contradictions of our industry. It often represents the exact opposite situation in which any quality media owner should want to put itself, and it is the most misleading proxy for quality that an advertiser can use.

As programmatic RTB grew, quantity gained priority over quality, and everybody fell into the trap. Advertisers pursued a delusional quest for unlimited scale, blinded by the illusion of a perfect cross-device, cross-domain view of the user. Quality media brands dangerously allowed themselves to be thrown into a big bucket with almost every type of inventory, ranging from fake to garbage on up to the top of the premium content pyramid: their own.”

A “lifecycle of rubbish”

“As a result, marketers saw their ads run on sites and apps that, at worst, promoted hate speech, terrorism, pedophilia, violence and even harmed the users’ devices, and, at best, alongside very low-quality content and environments with horrible UX.

When these problems surfaced, advertisers should have demanded that the programmatic platforms remove the rubbish at the source, which could have fixed the roots of the issue (but it also would have threatened the potential revenue for ad tech and agencies and the illusion of scale). Instead, advertisers barked without biting and deployed systems to filter out as much of that rubbish as possible, adding further costs to the system.

This created a “lifecycle of rubbish,” flowing in and out by design.”

The obsession with brand safety is taken to an extreme, while advertisers willingly join an environment plagued by the worst possible problems in marketing and advertising.

“One could think that the introduction of brand safety tools was the point where premium media owners finally won, with their quality inventory highlighted, protected and made available to premium brands. This is where the painful path took a slightly different twist instead.

In addition to the sites or apps that no respectable business would want to be associated with, advertisers started to include in their blacklists terms and topics predominantly focused on current facts and news, such as Trump, Brexit or #MeToo. This practice also existed for decades in print but with a much more reasonable and balanced approach.

These topics are part of perfectly safe and balanced pieces of content when belonging to quality media environments, but in this “brand safety” era they are all to be carefully avoided.

Programmatic RTB triggered a brand safety paranoia, but it’s a paradox: The obsession with brand safety is taken to an extreme, while advertisers willingly join an environment plagued by the worst possible problems in marketing and advertising.

The result is ads from some of the top advertisers often being displayed, by exclusion, on “safe content” like silly polls, competitions or otherwise bland content of little quality and engagement. At the same time, quality media owners complain that a good amount of premium content is automatically filtered out by brand safety algorithms, affecting their revenue.”

A great opportunity for visionary advertisers and media owners.

“There is a great opportunity for visionary advertisers and media owners who understand that infinite scale is not only impossible but even counterproductive. There would be enough reach in a media environment that is high quality, walled garden-like, brand safe by nature and user-centric – separate from the programmatic open marketplace and complementary to Google and Facebook.

The industry’s marketing and advertising pitches constantly cite the customer experience at the forefront of their promises, but let’s stop fooling ourselves, our clients and our partners.”

More than Brand Safety, Brand Consistency.

Brand Consistency > Brand Safety + Brand Suitability

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Economy and Enterprise – US vs France Taxonomies.

France’s Economy and Enterprise Taxonomy.

Let’s ask TrustedOut, for France, what is the Taxonomy of all media covering the “Economy and Enterprise” Classification group over the past 7 days.

Here’s the corpus query:

Showing 373 Medias and 750 sources

and the taxonomy DNA:

USA’s Economy and Enterprise Taxonomy.

Let’s ask TrustedOut, for the US, what is the Taxonomy of all media covering the “Economy and Enterprise” Classification group over the past 7 days.

Here’s the corpus query:

Showing 1,961 Medias and 3,645 sources

and the taxonomy DNA:


Comparisons:

France USA
General, 43.6% General, 41.9%
General > Economy and Enterprise, 20.2% General > Economy and Enterprise, 21.5%
General > Economy and Enterprise > Economy, 6.2%
General >  Finance, 5.2% General >  Finance, 5.4%
General >  Law, 6.5%
General > Tech, 8% General > Tech, 8%
Industries, 22.2% Industries, 19.1%
Sciences, 6.7% Sciences, 7.7%
People, 27.3% People, 31.2%
People > Culture and Arts, 7.3%
People > Sports, 6.6%
People > Lifestyle, 5.9%

How to read the table above: The percentage means how much of the classification datasets are in the publication. Ex: In the US,  media covering Economy and Enterprise have also 5.9% have words belonging to the classification Lifestyle which is part of People.

In France, media covering “Economy and Enterprise” also talk:

Deeper in Economy
Law
Culture and Arts
Sports

While, in the US, media covering “Economy and Enterprise” also talk:

Lifestyle

Fine tuning your corpus to compare apple to apple.

Want to compare countries for a product launch but do not want the Lifestyle classification in the US?

Simple add the IS NOT Lifestyle taxonomy:

Voila. Now run your analytics on those 2 corpuses or/and Get the corresponding whitelists…

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Brand Consistency > Brand Safety + Brand Suitability

Brands need more than Safety, more than Suitability.

Last year, 4A’s (the American Association of Advertising Agencies serves 700+ member agencies across 1,300 offices, which control more than 85% of total U.S. advertising spend) announced: ” Advertiser Protection Bureau Delivers Brand Suitability Framework and Brand Safety Floor In Move to Help Advertisers Assess Risk”

… and predicted “the content classifications will streamline the conversations between all parties regarding what placements are appropriate by brand.”

Unsurprisingly, we could not agree more.

“It is time to take brand safety to the third level or ‘brand care’ level…”

says Admantx, and continues “… one that gives far greater prominence to the meaning, context and potential implications of online content, specific to the actual brand’s needs.”

Again, we could not agree more.

That third level or brand care level is Brand Consistency.

Why Brand Consistency is so important?

Consistency Builds Brand Awareness
Brand Consistency Communicates Credibility
Consistency Makes Your Brand More Trustworthy
Consistency Helps Manage Perceptions
Consistency Takes Marketing to a New Level
Consistency Builds Brand Equity

This equity comes in part because of customer loyalty. Access Development gives the statistic that 86% of consumers say that loyalty is driven by trust. Twenty-six percent of consumers specifically call out “consistency” as part of this loyalty.

TrustedOut builds and preserves your Brand Consistency:

  • Manage lists from AI-profiled sources. Unbiased. Universal. Up-to-date.
  • Feed directly ad delivery systems 24/7/365.
  • Align centrally all lists per brands, regions, campaigns.
  • Optimize budgets using media profiles to detect most efficient media.

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