2016 was one eventful year for ad tech industry. Client side Header Bidding went mainstream. Publishers got heavy-handed with anti-ad block measures with varying successes and failures. Fake news registered on the radar of mainstream media and ad tech took the flack for it. Ad viewability adoption increased, creating panic among publishers. Then, the year wrapped up with a bang as WhiteOps uncovered a ubiquitous, million-dollar ad fraud ring called Methbot. That was the abridged version; barely enough information to start a workplace debate. This post gives a more holistic view of the developments in ad tech in 2016, focussed on subjects and perspectives that you, the enterprising publisher, ought to care about, or find interesting. 1. Header Bidding adoption continues to rise despite publisher skepticism about higher latency Header bidding is all the rage these days. A complete chronology of industry developments can even be found in a post on AdExchanger. Here’s a brief summary: In 2016, the industry news revolved around various header bidding demand partners and vendors coming up with their own wrappers (and/or adaptors). Pioneer AppNexus launched its Mobile wrapper and refused to take part in bids at Google’s response to Header Bidding — exchange bidding…
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