BAT Balloons 220% in 2019, Disruption is Next for Brave's New Ad Platform

By CCN.com: Privacy-focused browser Brave has launched its ad platform, as its native token, BAT, gains 220% in since the turn of the year. Should advertisers be worried?

Brave Ads allows users to earn rewards by opting-in to watch ads, and blocking advertising they don't want to see.

It's an attempt to disrupt the current model and upset the $600 billion-plus ads market, and it might just work.

A pop-up ad on Brave's ad platform, bottom-right. | Source: Brave

Rewards

Users can earn 70% of ad revenue share in the plaform's native ethereum-based basic attention token (BAT) cryptocurrency as a reward for giving their 'attention' to an ad, with Brave keeping the rest.

The blockchain-powered platform, created by Brendan Eich, founder of Mozilla and JavaScript, is driven by a philosophy that places users privacy and security first, and only shows them ads from brands they are interested in.

Brave new world?

The current global advertising model is based on tracking user behaviour, reporting that to publishers, and serving people ads based on their browsing habits, and in a world where privacy and data breaches from the likes of Facebook occur on a daily basis people are getting fed up, and are increasingly looking for alternatives.

So, should advertisers be worried? Well, yes and no - or at least, not yet.

While its native cryptocurrency has skyrocketed more than 250% in the first quarter of 2019 from $0.12 to $0.43 per token, that's not necessarily a measure of success, cryptocurrency markets are largely driven by sentiment after all, not actual results.

For that, we need to look at real-world examples of websites that have implemented Brave Ads, and for that, the results are not quite as rosy.

On the up? Brave's native cryptocurrency the basic attention token (BAT) posted 250% gains in the first quarter of 2019. Source: Coinmarketcap

For example, Archive.org, one of the biggest websites in the world and which receives millions of visits per day, received a measly $2,500 in micropayments from users of the Brave website.

While growth of the Brave browser, measured in monthly active users (MAU), is on the rise with more than 5.5 million users recorded in January this year, and more than 20 million downloads of its browser, it's still a long, long way from the market share of the world's most popular browser, Chrome, which is used by more than 60% of web users.

However, Brave points to the signing up of 55,000 content creators, websites and Youtubers as "verified Brave publishers" as a growing sign the tide is turning against the traditional way ads are paid for and served to users.

Brendan Eich said:

With Brave Ads, we are launching a digital ad platform that is the first to protect users’ data rights and to reward them for their attention. Brave Ads also aim to improve the economics and conversion of the online advertising industry, so that publishers and advertisers can thrive without the intermediaries that collect huge fees and that contribute to web-wide surveillance. Privacy by design and no tracking are integral to our mission to fix the Web and its funding model.”

At the time of writing, BAT is changing hands at $0.42 per token and has a market share of $531 million.

Last modified (UTC): April 25, 2019 8:32 AM

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Chris Chiddle

Former national journalist and editor at some of the UK's top daily newspapers and broadcasters. Now, working in the crypto and blockchain space. Passionate believer in the potential of distributed ledger technology to disrupt the status quo, and reshape the world we live in.

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