Early next year, Google will introduce a blocker in the Chrome browser that will block ads classified as annoying or intrusive to users– such as videos that autoplay with sound or interstitials that take up the entire screen.
The implications of this announcement may seem daunting, but we have your back. Follow the tips below to learn how you can adjust your ad strategy.
1 – Run a Google Ad Experience Report
Check the status of the ad experience you’re providing by running a Google Ad Experience Report. You’ll know if your ads will pass through the filter or not. Google will even tell you what adjustments to make before the rollout!
2 – Switch to high impact non-intrusive formats
Parallax, Native, and Video-Read are ideal formats to use to reconcile performance and improve user experience.
Average CPM 4€*
Draw viewers’ attention with an auto-play video nested in high quality content.
*CPMs observed on Smart networks, October 2017. CPMs can vary by location.
3 – Be conscious of creative size
In Chrome browsers, when ads on a mobile page take up more than 30% of the vertical height of the main content portion of the page, it will downgrade your ad experience rating. Our formats* are Better Ads Compliant, which means they will not be impacted if you comply with this guideline.
Creative size < 30% of the screen estate
Creative size > 30% of the screen estate
*Please note that our interstitial formats are excluded.
4 – Start out-stream videos muted
Video ads that automatically play with sound are considered disturbing for many users, and will be blocked by the Chrome Ad Filter. To avoid this occurrence, select the “Start Muted” option while setting up your out-stream templates.