3 Myths About Contextual Advertising

Here’s why three common myths about contextual advertising are worth challenging as advertisers reconsider their digital strategies for a privacy-adjusted era.

6 Contextual Advertising Solutions for Brands

Unlike most types of behavioral targeting, contextual targeting doesn’t rely on third-party cookies. That makes it an especially popular option in 2022, as more U.S. states pass stringent consumer data privacy regulations. Here are six contextual advertising solutions that brands are using right now.

Integral Ad Science Brings Together Contextual Targeting and Measurement

Integral Ad Science announced this morning its Control Panel, a new product that will allow advertisers to plan, measure, and optimize contextual targeting campaigns in one place.

Refocusing the Contextual Advertising Conversation on Outcomes

It’s time to stop getting hung up in the jargon. Instead, let’s talk about what really matters to marketers: outcomes and how to secure them.

Advanced Contextual Launches Contextual Targeting Enhanced by Advertiser KPIs

The contextual advertising company Advanced Contextual is announcing this morning exclusively via Street Fight that it has launched a new product, Advanced Extension, that will bring together topic-based contextual ad targeting and advertisers’ first-party customer data to drive more sophisticated privacy-safe targeting.

6 Contextual Video Advertising Platforms

Advertisers are leaning into contextual targeting as a way to connect with consumers in brand-suitable environments. They’re also investing more heavily in video advertising, upping ad spend on video by 12% in 2021 to a record $81.9 billion for the year. As we move further into 2022, the real magic looks to be in the combination of contextual advertising with video advertising, as more brands discover the power that comes with being able to reach audiences interested in their messages with video content that’s designed to engage.

Integral Ad Science Acquires Context to Power Contextual Video Advertising

When many in adtech think about contextual advertising, they likely now think about privacy and context’s power to drive advertising based on its relevance to user experiences, not granular and sometimes invasive data on user behavior. But advertisers have also prized contextual advertising for years for its ability to connect them with brand-suitable environments.

BeOp Adds Conversation to Post-Cookie Contextual Advertising

The contextual, conversational advertising firm BeOp believes it has the solution to the death of cookies. The company, which works with more than 90% of premium publishers in its home country across the Atlantic, connects advertisers with consumers reading content related to their products and services. But what distinguishes BeOp from contextual ad competitors is the style of its ads: conversational quizzes and questions that drive engagement and zero-party, or fully consensual and explicit, data collection.


Contextual Advertising Is Not Replacing Behavioral Ads. It’s Enhancing Them

Advanced Contextual does not see contextual ads as at odds with behavioral. Rather, the company wants to add a layer of contextual intelligence to the open exchange, guiding all advertising going forward.

Expert Roundup: The Cutting Edge of Contextual Advertising

Contextual advertising does not simply mean showing Macy’s ads to someone reading about fall apparel. In this roundup, leaders in contextual marketing provide insight on the cutting edge of the discipline.

Contextual Ads Power Sophisticated Content Strategies in Privacy Era

As the advertising industry turns back toward contextual, marketers will find a much more advanced technology than the one they may equate with the term. The privacy-safe ad method isn’t just serving up sneaker ads anymore; it’s powering sophisticated, content-based brand campaigns across multiple channels and target audiences.

Peer39 Uses First-Party Audience Data to Power Contextual Ads

Peer39 became one of the latest entrants in the contextual AI space just this morning, launching first-party contextual onboarding to turn advertiser intelligence into future-proof targeting categories. In practice, this means advertisers that can no longer track customers across the Web with cookies can use first-party information about them to serve them ads based on their interests.

BeOp Launches in US, Pointing to Contextual Campaigns’ Resurgence

Is contextual ad targeting the answer to our cookieless future? As brand advertisers plan for a world without third-party cookies, they’re homing in on contextual ad platforms as a possible solution to their advertising woes. That push is leading to the development and growth of a number of platforms focused on contextual, conversational, and cookieless advertising.

Contextual Ads and Brand Suitability Are the Future of Targeting

Cookies and blocklists put brands on the back foot. Brand suitability draws on perception and customization to make sure that surrounding content makes sense for the brand’s image and customer base. And, when you combine this with context-informed targeting and human intelligence, brand suitability is the more powerful approach to engage with today’s consumers and customers in a way that also helps to future-proof today’s savvy brands.

Why Contextual Ads Are Generating More Interest

Increased attention to consumer privacy is shifting the way advertisers do business. One of these shifts is the increased embrace of contextual advertising, which shows Internet users ads based on the content of the sites they’re searching, not based on their previous digital activity.

I checked in with John Clavadetscher, president and chief commercial officer at Cooler Screens, for more on why brands are taking up contextual ads and what benefits the format offers.

As Privacy Regulations Shake Out, New Winners Emerge

Not even one month has passed since the implementation of California’s newest data privacy regulations, and some winners and losers are already beginning to emerge. As companies across the country work to comply with this new state law, fundamental shifts are happening and some brands are going back to an older style of data collection and usage.

How this retreat is viewed depends on who you’re talking to. Industry veterans like Dawn Colossi, chief marketing officer at FocusVision, see the return to more traditional forms of data collection as a good thing. Others in the industry have a different view on what returning to older forms of data collection will ultimately mean for technology and marketing firms.

A Return to Contextual Advertising?

Digital advertising and marketing have long been positioned as “the future” of advertising. But with the rapid changes in media and information technology of the past two decades, the future has arrived. Google recently promoted the idea that “we’re now in an era where digital marketing is just marketing.” But as the industry advances and as new protective regulations around personal data privacy are introduced, it’s also possible that some of the change could involve relying more on previously established methods. Specifically, it is possible that we are on the verge of a return to contextual advertising as the dominant form of online ads.