Interesting Forbes column by Lewis DVorkin:
It was my first day of class as a first-time Skype instructor, so I got right to it: “How many of you pay for content?” I asked a dozen or so University of Iowa journalism students as the fall semester got under way at my alma mater. Two, maybe three, gently raised an arm. Then came my follow-up question: “How many of you use ad blockers?” Nearly everyone put a hand straight up, proudly admitting to installing software that snuffs out display ads from their daily Web browsing experience. “That’s wonderful,” I said. “You don’t want to pay for content and you don’t want to see the ads that fund the content you don’t want to pay for. You might want to consider another profession.”
He goes on to describe how Forbes tackled the problem.
Since Dec. 17, 2015, a small percentage of those with ad blockers received this message:
Thanks for coming to Forbes. Please turn off your ad blocker in order to continue. To thank you for doing so, we’re happy to present you with an ad-light experience.
The remainder of visitors using ad blockers became the control group. They didn’t receive a message and continued to have full access to the site.
And the results?
1) From Dec. 17 to Jan. 3, 2.1 million visitors using ad blockers were asked turn them off in exchange for an ad-light experience.
2) 903,000, or 42.4%, of those visitors turned off the blockers and received a thank you message.
3) We monetized 15 million ad impressions that would otherwise have been blocked.
As important, the ad-light experience has focused our attention on faster delivery of our digital screens to consumers.
Interesting. And resourceful.