There is a fierce battle raging online right now between brands and consumers, and the effects it will have on the state of marketing is difficult to understate. At the heart of this debate, many will find the past, present, and future of digital marketing, as well as the user’s advertising experience. To put it bluntly: consumers are sick and tired of traditional online ads that they label “interruptive.” One of the ways they have fought back is through ad-blocking. At least 419 million people are blocking ads on the mobile web, and global usage of ad blockers grew by a shocking 41% from 2014 to 2015.
Almost all traditional media content found online today is free and readily accessible to the reader. The most well-known and often-read publishers like Vice, Mashable, and ESPN, among others, offer largely unfettered access to their daily writings and video content. The primary source of revenue for these sites, of course, is display advertising.