Taboola adopts pre-bid brand safety technology

A partnership with IAS aims to offer brand safety at scale.

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Taboola, the content discovery and native advertising platform today announced a partnership with Intergal Ad Science (IAS) to deploy its brand safety technology within Taboola’s discovery platform.

Taboola pairs a discovery capabilities, allowing publishers to place relevant content in front of a monthly audience of 1.4 billion users, with a native ad offering which monetizes the audience. IAS, which also offers ad quality and anti-fraud solutions, will deliver pre-bid brand safety controls within the Taboola platform.

Blocking ads from unsafe pages. IAS scores web pages across a range of suitability parameters, and blocks brand ads from unsafe pages based on the brand’s own risk threshhold.

The partnership is described by Taboola as an industry first. We asked them what that means. “IAS works with a variety of publishers, platforms, and advertisers, but to date, IAS pre-bid brand safety solutions are typically found in traditional demand side platforms. This integration is the first of its kind within a closed native advertising platform which operates on a CPC bidding model,” said Dave Struzzi, Taboola’s Corporate Communications Leader.

Taboola already has controls for safety, but the integration of a third party solution is important, he told us, “so that we’re not the ones ‘grading our own homework’ re brand safety.”

Why we care. While many brands handle safety by selectively buying ad inventory from premium publishers, the temptation to reach audiences at scale through programmatic native advertising, where inventory purchase is automated remains great—and fraught with risk. This is an attempt to mitigate that risk.

About the author

Kim Davis
Kim Davis is currently editor at large at MarTech. Born in London, but a New Yorker for almost three decades, Kim started covering enterprise software ten years ago. His experience encompasses SaaS for the enterprise, digital- ad data-driven urban planning, and applications of SaaS, digital technology, and data in the marketing space. He first wrote about marketing technology as editor of Haymarket’s The Hub, a dedicated marketing tech website, which subsequently became a channel on the established direct marketing brand DMN. Kim joined DMN proper in 2016, as a senior editor, becoming Executive Editor, then Editor-in-Chief a position he held until January 2020. Shortly thereafter he joined Third Door Media as Editorial Director at MarTech.

Kim was Associate Editor at a New York Times hyper-local news site, The Local: East Village, and has previously worked as an editor of an academic publication, and as a music journalist. He has written hundreds of New York restaurant reviews for a personal blog, and has been an occasional guest contributor to Eater.

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