ASA will charge for accreditation logo.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is to charge online advertisers an annual fee to be part of its accreditation scheme, which is scheduled to go live this autumn.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is to charge online

advertisers an annual fee to be part of its accreditation scheme, which is

scheduled to go live this autumn.



The ASA is working in partnership with its branding agency to develop the

logo and branding of the scheme. Advertisers will be able to download the

logo onto their ads or at the first point of clickthrough from the site

provided they accept certain criteria for ad content. The fee is expected

to be under #1,000.



The scheme will be based on the code written by industry body The

Committee for Advertising Practice. The code draws attention to issues

such as ads not being clearly identifiable as such, giving misleading

information or being inappropriate in their market and media context.



”If people think online ads are trustworthy, they’re more likely to

interact with them and advertisers are more likely to get responses,” said

Chris Reed, external affairs manager at the ASA. He said the organisation

had received 87 complaints about net-related companies in 1998, 161 in

1999, and had already received that number so far this year.



Danny Meadows-Klue, chairman of the Internet Advertising Bureau, said:

”The ad industry has a great tradition of self-regulation and it’s

important we preserve this.”



In its latest monthly report, the ASA upheld complaints from Freeserve,

Cable & Wireless, BT, ISP Business Online and comparative shopping site

Valuemad.



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