Proving that the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) speaks on behalf of advertisers and not publishers, new IAB guidelines for video cap pre-roll ads at 30-seconds. While not saying that 30-seconds is optimum (that’s to come later), the IAB does green light the broadcast standard. Listen carefully, folks. Any publisher who runs 30-second ads before streaming video is a fool.
According to Online Media Daily, the guidelines also state that it is “recommended and acceptable” to give users the ability to fast-forward, rewind, pause, and zoom during the ads–but also state that the fast-forward button need not be enabled while the ad is playing.
“Giving end-users the ability to fast-forward through ads is an anomaly, and will probably stay that way,” Allen (Larry Allen, Unicast’s general manager and a member of IAB’s broadband committee) said. “Advertisers draw the line with [fast forwarding]; they insist on some kind of a tax for content.”
That’s so 20th century.