Major media players have been operating inside “walled gardens,” making it difficult for marketers to assess campaigns. There is also lack of transparency when it comes to how marketers’ advertising dollars are spent in the programmatic online buying process.

ACA strives to shine a light on these practices so that marketers can understand their true media costs and make better media buying decisions. Our goal is for the market to be fair and transparent to benefit the entire industry.

To try and shed light into this, we partnered with our U.S. counterpart, Association of National Advertisers, as well as marketing analytics specialists Ebiquity and Ad/Fin, on a recently released study.

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