How Google’s new restrictions affect you as an Advertiser
Google will now consider as an “Abusive Ad Experience” ads which:
- Auto-redirect the page without user action
- Resemble system or site warnings or error messages
- Simulate messages, dialog boxes or request notifications
- Depict features which do not work
- Display a “close” button that does anything other than closing the element when clicked
- Imitating Antivirus Alerts
The following ads are also considered to go against a good “User Experience”:
- Outstream autoplaying video ad with sound (*)
- On mobile, flashing animated ads with rapidly changing backgrounds and colours
(*) Please note: In-stream pre-roll video ads with sound such as the video ads you can see on YouTube are accepted and compliant. ExoClick’s in-stream video ad formats are fully compliant and can still be used.
So what does this mean for you?
On interpretation of the new restrictions, essentially any banner, ad creative or landing page that features any form of fake or misleading elements will not comply with Google’s new policy.
For a long time now, ExoClick has been using a labelling system that tags advertiser’s creatives. Although we currently do not reject all ads that do not match Google’s new policy, any misleading elements on your marketing material will mean that your ad will be labelled as containing such elements.
As we expect most of our publishers to comply with Google restrictions by blocking the relevant labels, your ads will automatically be blocked on those ad zones.
Here are some examples of ad creatives that will be labelled as misleading and considered non-compliant by Google:
Imitating Video Players
Imitating Site Pagination
Imitating Close/X/Cancel Options
Imitating Download or Play Buttons
Imitating Fake Chat Box
Rapidly Flashing Elements
Imitating browser alerts
Imitating Antivirus Alerts
To avoid losing traffic for your campaigns, we highly recommend that you immediately consider sourcing new marketing material without any misleading elements and comply with Google’s new restrictions.
Please do not hesitate to contact our compliance team or your account manager to learn more about these changes.