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Specific Media unveils further measures to provide brand safe environments with ABC verification

London, 2nd May, 2014: Specific Media further secures their advertisers' brand safety with verification from ABC.

Specific Media has been among the first to be issued the JICWEBS Digital Trading Standards Group (DTSG) Good Practice Principles kitemark following verification of its brand safety policies and practices by independent industry auditor ABC. The aim of the Good Practice Principles is to inject greater transparency into the UK digital display market, ultimately giving brands greater reassurance that their advertising is more likely to reach the right audience and is not associated with content that could jeopardise brand reputation.

Paul Oronoz, Specific Media UK country manager comments: "For over 15 years, we have felt strongly about our responsibility when it comes to the ad environments for our clients. As our industry continues to grow and evolve quickly we are constantly looking for ways to deploy higher standards for our clients through improved practices and advanced technologies. We are committed to the standards set-forth by DTSG and want to ensure advertisers and agencies feel confident where their ads are placed when partnering with us."

As a JICWEBS approved Verification Provider, ABC supplies the online media industry with a trusted and robust currency on which media space can be bought and sold. For more information on ABC UK's Verification Service please go to: www.abc.org.uk/dtsg.


About Specific Media
Specific Media is a leading global media company connecting brands with consumers across one of the largest audiences worldwide. Our exclusive data partnerships, multi-screen and multi-format targeting capabilities, and innovative advertising solutions enable brands to influence purchasing decisions as they are being made. With over 500 premium publishing partners, superior reporting methodologies, and a suite of proprietary products, Specific Media allows for smarter and more efficient campaigns.

Specific Media is headquartered in Irvine, California, with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Dallas, Boston, Detroit, Atlanta, and Minneapolis. Our international offices are located in The United Kingdom, France, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Germany. For more information, visit specificmedia.co.uk and find us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

About ABC
ABC inspires confidence in the market across the media world by delivering a valued 'stamp of trust'.
ABC underpins the way billions of pounds worth of advertising budgets are traded across the converging media landscape in the UK and beyond. It has two roles:

  1. To bring the industry together to agree standards that define media measurement and determine best practice.

  2. To offer independent audit and compliance services, delivering certification which verifies that data and processes meet the industry-agreed Reporting Standards.

ABC is governed by the industry, for the industry. ABC's board consists of advertisers, media agencies, media owners and trade bodies. They represent the differing interests of the media industry and meet regularly to agree new standards and make strategic decisions as to how ABC is run. With Board consensus, ABC has the ability to provide certification for any platform. As advertising platforms develop, ABC continually innovates and evolves to ensure its portfolio of products and services delivers to the media industry's needs.

ABC UK was established in 1931 and is a founder member of the International Federation of ABC (IFABC), of which ABC UK CEO, Jerry Wright, is president. Richard Foan, Group Executive Director of Communication & Innovation, ABC UK, also chairs the IFABC Web Standards Group, which works to deliver global standards and establish digital good practice across the world.

For further information please visit www.abc.org.uk or contact David Cohen or Isabel Napier-Wilson at Eulogy! on 0203 077 2000/ [email protected]

JICWEBS www.jicwebs.org is the Joint Industry Committee for Web Standards. This industry‐owned organisation meets 4 times a year to ensure independent development and ownership of standards for underpinning online ad trading. This provides credibility, comparability and transparency, which is particularly important for advertisers who then have a universally recognised set of principles to work with. ABC audits digital media and systems to these industry‐agreed standards and verifies that the principles have been applied.

Representatives on JICWEBS encompass all areas of the digital industry including advertisers, agencies, media owners and technology providers from the following trade bodies: IPA, IPA digital, ISBA, AOP, IAB, NS, NPA.

Many of the JICWEBS standard definitions have been adopted by all IFABC (International Federation of Audit Bureaux of Circulations, www.ifabc.org) members. The IFABC World Wide Web Standards Group reviews these global metrics every year to make sure they remain relevant to the people spending money on online advertising

For more information please visit www.jicwebs.org

About the Digital Trading Standards Group (DTSG)
The DTSG comprises representatives from the following sectors of the digital display trading ecosystem: advertisers, agencies, agency trading desks (ATDs), demand side platforms (DSPs), advertising networks, sales houses, advertising exchanges, supply side platforms (SSPs) and publishers.

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