AAM Board Endorses New Products and Industry Initiatives

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Enhanced reporting opportunities for U.S. and Canadian newspapers


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 21, 2015) — The Alliance for Audited Media board of directors reviewed and endorsed a number of new AAM initiatives at its recent meeting, including:

  • Upcoming enhancements to AAM’s database, the Media Intelligence Center, which will significantly enhance the ability of magazine and newspaper publishers to present customized cross-media brand information to thousands of leading media planners and buyers
  • Expanded reporting opportunities for U.S. and Canadian newspapers, and
  • New developments surrounding AAM’s work with the Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG), a cross-industry organization dedicated to digital accountability and transparency.

“These ventures are representative of the many ways we’re advancing our commitment to client service, innovation and cross-media verification ─ important AAM attributes strongly reflected in our latest client satisfaction survey,” said Tom Drouillard, AAM CEO, president and managing director.

According to the findings presented to the board, over the past six months AAM has shown significant improvements in customer service, adapting to change, product development and helping clients. A majority also said AAM should be more involved in cross-media verification and combatting online ad fraud.

“Supported by this feedback, we plan to progress our role as a provider of essential information services and an impartial contributor to the development of the standards and guidelines that ensure trust, transparency and brand safety within the digital ecosystem,” Drouillard said.

Upcoming Media Intelligence Center Enhancements

AAM is developing a series of enhancements to the Media Intelligence Center, including a new reporting interface, “AAM Brand View,” that will provide all publisher clients with the opportunity to demonstrate the breadth of their multimedia brands in one trusted place. In the coming months, AAM will share more about the project and how publishers can take advantage of the dynamic reporting interface to tell a full brand story.

Key Newspaper Actions

The board recently moved forward with two new opportunities for U.S. and Canadian newspapers.

AAM Explores Survey Program for U.S. Newspapers
AAM is considering adopting a survey methodology that would allow newspaper publishers to more easily qualify and report their Sunday Select-type products. Currently, as part of the audit process, publishers are required to obtain a request from each designated household to confirm their willing participation While this request is valid for the life of the delivery service, an analysis of the age of the request documentation must be made within the audit report. The NAA/AAM Audience Metrics working group and AAM staff are currently working together to develop a survey-based qualification process and will provide the board with a progress report at its meeting in October.

Quarterly Reporting Expands to Canadian Newspapers in 2016
The board agreed to expand quarterly reporting to all Canadian newspapers in 2016 to provide timelier marketplace metrics that sync with other industry audience reporting initiatives.  Canadian publishers are expected to begin reporting full, quarterly circulation and optional cross-media metrics via a new interface in July 2016. AAM will provide more information about the transition to quarterly reporting in Canada in the coming months.

AAM/TAG Collaboration

Over the last several months, AAM has worked with staff from the Trustworthy Accountability Group to revise and expand the IAB’s existing Quality Assurance Guidelines—now under TAG management—in a way that will bring added transparency and accountability to the digital ecosystem. TAG is getting ready to release the next wave of updates to these newly renamed Inventory Quality Guidelines (IQG), drafted by AAM, including new minimum requirements for ad tech companies, publishers, ad agencies and marketers. The new guidelines will also bring added transparency to programmatic media buying and selling process, and will require companies to undergo third-party validation to achieve TAG certification.  More information is available on the TAG website.


About the Alliance for Audited Media

The Alliance for Audited Media is a nonprofit industry body founded by the Association of National Advertisers to ensure media transparency and trust. AAM provides essential cross-media verification and information services for North America's leading media companies, advertisers and ad agencies. In 2014 AAM merged with ImServices Group, one of the world’s most experienced providers of technology certification audits to industry standards established by the Interactive Advertising Bureau, Media Rating Council and Mobile Marketing Association. Visit AAM’s website to learn more.