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The Interactive Advertising Bureau Issues Rich Media Measurement Guidelines for Public Comment

Furthers Its Commitment to Online Metrics

NEW YORK, NY (November 12, 2007) – The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) today announced a 30-day call for “public comment” on a set of Rich Media Measurement Guidelines, which determine at what point a rich media ad impression is counted. Rich media advertisements are defined as those with which users can interact as opposed to solely animation, and they include such formats as transitionals and various over-the-page units such as floating ads, page take-overs and tear-backs. The guidelines, issued by the IAB’s Measurement Council, are primarily applicable to Internet media companies, ad serving organizations and rich media vendors.

“Consistent and reliable metrics play a vital role in creating efficiency in the interactive marketplace,” said Randall Rothenberg, President and CEO of the IAB. “These guidelines further establish the industry’s commitment to providing agencies and marketers with the highest possible levels of accountability and transparency.”

In keeping with the principles of the Global Ad Impression Guidelines, measurement is recorded as late as possible in the delivery of creative material to the user’s browser and therefore closest to the actual opportunity to see by the user.

“As new ad formats proliferate, it is important to maintain confidence in the currency of interactive media,” said Mike Donahue, of the American Association of Advertising Agencies (AAAA). “We support the IAB’s continuing efforts to create guidelines which will be extremely useful to our agency members and their clients.”

Members of the industry (advertising agencies, advertisers, online publishers and technology vendors) are encouraged to read the proposed guidelines and submit comments on the IAB site at www.iab.net/RMM. After the 30-day comment period, the feedback will be reviewed and the guidelines will be finalized and publicly released.

These guidelines represent the next phase of the Measurement Certification Initiative led by the IAB, and facilitated by the Media Rating Council (MRC), and are meant to be an addendum to the existing IAB Ad Impression Measurement Guidelines published in 2004. Those guidelines can be viewed here.

About the IAB:
Founded in 1996, the Interactive Advertising Bureau (www.iab.net) represents over 300 leading interactive companies that actively engage in and support the sale of interactive advertising. IAB members are responsible for selling over 86% of online advertising in the United States. On behalf of its members, the IAB is dedicated to the continuing growth of the interactive advertising marketplace, of interactive’s share of total marketing spend, and of its members’ share of total marketing spend. The IAB evaluates and recommends standards and practices, fields interactive effectiveness research, and educates the advertising industry about interactive advertising.

IAB Media Contact:
Marla Nitke

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