A third point of view: Fix the User Experience First (source: Digiday speaking with Chairman of GroupM Connect)
Publishers are losing out on ad revenue due to the rise in ad blocking. According to comScore, 16.5 percent of users aged 18 to 24 are employing an ad blocker. Other studies found that 26 percent of time spent watching video on desktops in the U.S. was not monetized due to ad blockers.
GroupM, the media-buying giant, is closing off a growing alternative for publishers beset by ad blocking, called “ad reinsertion.” That method enables publishers to deliver ads to users who have ad blockers installed.
But GroupM isn’t buying it. “It’s addressing the symptom, not the cause,” said Chairman Montgomery. “Let’s fix the user experience first and then we can engage with consumers and tell them that … we made the experience as light as possible…”