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How AccuWeather engages adblock users, without interrupting them

How AccuWeather engages adblock users, without interrupting them
By VJ from Blockthrough • Issue #10 • View online
Hello and welcome to the September issue of Inside AdTech!
If there’s one thing we know about Internet users: It’s that they hate being interrupted. In fact, interruptive experiences are the primary driver of ad avoidance and the growth of adblocking.
This is why engaging adblock users with a “messaging wall” is a bad approach. Most users install an adblocker hoping to avoid precisely the kind of experience perpetuated by whitelist request pop-ups.
Steve Mummey is the SVP of Digital Ad Revenue and Technology at AccuWeather—the global leader in commercial weather forecasting. Here’s what he says about their experience with a messaging wall:
We tested a handful of solutions, including a message wall approach. While we did see a conversion rate of around 10 percent, we felt the combination of the friction of a message wall, plus the code needed to run the wall, ran counter to our broader goal of providing the most accurate weather forecast to all users as fast as possible.
After their experiment with the messaging wall, AccuWeather switched over to Blockthrough’s adblock recovery solution, which filters ads based on compliance with the Acceptable Ads Standard.
Since then, AccuWeather has recovered over 240 million (and counting) adblocked impressions. But the best part? They are able to achieve these results without interrupting their users with annoying pop-ups or notices. Read more in our case study here.
Here’s what else you’ll find in this newsletter:
  • Explainers on all the three Core Web Vitals, namely Cumulative Layout Shift (CLS), First Contentful Paint (FCP), and First Input Delay (FID).
  • Blockthrough’s announcement of being named a Great Place to Work® after a thorough, independent analysis 🎉
  • The most important industry news for web publishers
We hope you enjoy this issue. If you have any feedback about this newsletter, just hit reply and send me your thoughts!

Latest articles from our blog
Monetizing 240M adblocked impressions for AccuWeather
Cumulative Layout Shift (CLS): What it means and how to improve it
How to optimize the Largest Contentful Paint (LCP) metric
Understanding and improving First Input Delay (FID)
Blockthrough celebrates Great Place to Work® certification
What's making news in ad tech
Consumer attitudes toward digital advertising: 2021 report
The world's largest ad blocker launches a DSP
Data protection 'shake-up' takes aim at cookie pop-ups
Google’s vague privacy cure-all is showing up in new proposals, but some say it could break the internet
Mozilla slams post-cookie ad tech proposals SWAN and UID2
About Blockthrough
Blockthrough is the most popular adblock revenue recovery solution among the top-150 Comscore publishers. It provides a light ad experience compliant with the Acceptable Ads Standard to opted-in adblock users, using real-time filtering built on Prebid.js.
Industry recognition
Winner, 2021 Readers’ Choice Best in Tech Partner Award for Best in Ad Blocking (Ad Recovery) Solutions, Adweek
Winner, 2021 Programmatic Power Player; and Finalist, 2019 Best Early Stage Technology Company, AdExchanger
Finalist, 2021 Best Sell Side Innovation, The Drum
Learn more
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VJ from Blockthrough

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