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Summary of Significant Accounting Policies (Policies)

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Summary of Significant Accounting Policies (Policies)
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2018
Accounting Policies [Abstract]  
Basis of presentation The consolidated financial statements presented are for Inuvo, Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries. The accompanying unaudited consolidated financial statements have been prepared based upon SEC rules that permit reduced disclosure for interim periods. Certain information and footnote disclosures have been condensed or omitted in accordance with those rules and regulations. The accompanying consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2017, was derived from audited financial statements, but does not include all disclosures required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP"). In our opinion, these consolidated financial statements reflect all adjustments that are necessary for a fair presentation of results of operations and financial condition for the interim periods shown including normal recurring accruals and other items. The results for the interim periods are not necessarily indicative of results for the full year.
Use of estimates The preparation of financial statements, in accordance with GAAP, requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, net revenues and expenses and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities. The estimates and assumptions used in the accompanying consolidated financial statements are based upon management’s regular evaluation of the relevant facts and circumstances as of the date of the consolidated financial statements. We regularly evaluate estimates and assumptions related to allowances for doubtful accounts, accrued sales reserve, goodwill and purchased intangible asset valuations, lives of intangible assets, deferred income tax asset valuation allowances and stock compensation. Actual results may differ from the estimates and assumptions used in preparing the accompanying consolidated financial statements, and such differences could be material.
Revenue Recognition In May 2014, the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09 (Topic 606) "Revenue from contracts with Customers." Topic 606 supersedes the revenue recognition requirements in Topic 605 “Revenue Recognition” (Topic 605) and requires entities to recognize revenue when control of the promised goods or services is transferred to customers at an amount that reflects the consideration to which the entity expects to be entitled in exchange for those goods or services. The Company adopted this guidance on January 1, 2018 using the modified retrospective approach. The adoption of Topic 606 from Topic 605 had no cumulative impact on retained earnings and no impact on revenue reported as of September 30, 2018. Effective January 1, 2018, we recognize revenue following the five-step process outlined in Topic 606. We identify and have on file contracts with all customers. Our contracts with our major search partners pay upon delivery of a click. Additionally, our contracts with advertisers pay upon the serving of impressions. Our performance obligation is met when we deliver a click to a search partner or serve an impression to a digital publisher. We satisfy the performance obligation and recognize revenue when a click occurs from advertisements served to our digital properties or to those of our publishing partners in the period in which the click occurs. We serve as the principal in our contracts because we control the service to be performed by our publishing partners. The Company is ultimately responsible for fulfilling the promise to its customers and has latitude in pricing and publisher selection.
Recent accounting pronouncements In February 2016, the FASB issued ASU No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842). This standard will require all leases with durations greater than twelve months to be recognized on the balance sheet and is effective for interim and annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2018, although early adoption is permitted. We believe adoption of this standard will have an impact on our consolidated balance sheets. Although we have not completed our assessment, we do not expect the adoption to change the recognition, measurement or presentation of lease expenses within the results of operations.