TRUSTe placed an icon near ads featured on the site PCHlotto.com. Consumers clicking on an icon saw a pop-up window explaining the behaviorally targeted ads were based on Web history. The content also explained a process to learn more about the ads, set preferences to opt out, and give feedback about the process.
More than half of site visitors who saw the icon and clicked through to the opt-out and control process admitted they found the notice helpful. Only 1% chose to opt out of all advertising networks, and 0.3% chose to make small changes to their preferences. More than 40% consistently chose to maintain existing preference settings.
The icon was displayed to an estimated 20 million consumers and was accessed approximately 56,000 times and is now also being implemented on PCHgames.com.
The findings also suggest consumers want to learn more about behavioral advertising, and that only a small percentage, once informed, will change their preferences.
Today, about 80% of ad campaigns involve some tracking, according to the Internet Advertising Bureau. Consumers realize having online advertising has become necessary to support all the content they receive for free. There are many surveys that suggest consumers would prefer to have relevant ads and offers delivered to them and find them less annoying. It's proven that relevant ads served up less frequently convert more often. I can attest to that.