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MediaPost MediaDailyNews: Only Two-Fifths Of Ad Execs Say Their Agencies Don’t Take Kickbacks

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Nearly one in five ad executives acknowledge that ad agencies now take payments directly from their media suppliers to offset downward compensation pressure from clients, according to results of a survey of advertisers and agencies conducted by Advertiser Perceptions for MediaPost.

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Adweek: 3 Ways Agencies Are Delivering Transparency to Advertisers

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In recent years, marketers have made it clear that they need greater transparency in their digital advertising. Concerns about ad fraud and viewability, measurement and a more data-centric mindset have all contributed to the new assertiveness among marketers. A study from the World Federation of Advertisers (WFA) found that 90 percent of advertisers are reviewing contracts and demanding greater accountability.

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MediaPost MediaInsider: Has Anything Changed Since ANA’s Report On Media Transparency? Why, Yes!

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Digital News Daily Editor Tobi Elkin wrote an article earlier this week asking if anything has changed in the marketing/ad world since the release of the Association of National Advertisers (ANA)’s Media Transparency Report about a year ago.

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MediaPost: Has Anything Changed A Year After ANA’s Report On Media Transparency?

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It’s been slightly over a year since the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) released its report with K2 Intelligence on the state of media transparency in the U.S. ad industry.

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ReedSmith – Adlaw by Request: [Happy] Anniversary

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A year ago today (June 7, 2016), K2 Intelligence released an Association of National Advertisers’ commissioned study entitled, An Independent Study of Media Transparency in the U.S. Advertising Industry. The painstakingly-researched and detailed report identified numerous non-transparent business practices that were alleged to be pervasive in the U.S. media ad buying ecosystem. Reminiscent of the Barbarians at the Gate and the Big Short, the findings sent shock waves throughout the industry by suggesting a fundamental disconnect between advertisers and their media agencies. The report disclosed that long-standing rumors of complicated schemes to hide and divert rebates and other incentives were well-founded and that media agencies were not necessarily acting in the best interests of their clients by, among other things, wrongfully retaining rebates and other incentives given to them by media platforms/publishers that were rightfully the property of the advertisers. Some headlines read “…CEO Alleges Widespread U.S. Agency Kickbacks” and “Kickbacks. Yes. They’re Real.”

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The Wall Street Journal: Havas Launches Platform to Track ‘Every Penny’ of Digital Ad Buys

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Advertising agency group Havas on Tuesday will announce the launch of a platform that will let its clients see exactly how much money they are spending with different vendors online and how those ads are performing, in real-time.

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The Wall Street Journal: The Rise of Transparent Digital Ad Buying

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As marketers push for greater transparency in how the murky world of digital ad buying works, agencies are rethinking their approach.

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Automotive News: Honda Split With Media-Buying Agency Over Lack of Trust, Report Says

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When Honda Motor Co.’s U.S. operation said it was awarding media-buying duties to RPA in January, the company cited its desire “to return to a more consolidated structure” for its media, social and content creation as a reason for the move.

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Evening Standard: Gideon Spanier: Pressure on for Clean-up in Advertising’s Digital Wild West

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There is a crisis of trust facing the digital advertising industry, and it might just have reached a tipping point.

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Arab News: Mideast Media Agencies Holding Publishers’ Fate In Hands

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DUBAI: “Media agencies sit down every year and consolidate who they buy with — they literally cut off publishers from a list,” said Richard FitzGerald, the founder of Augustus and the publisher of Lovin Dubai. “We can’t even get on that list.”

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