The cat’s out of the bag. Brands now know that a huge chunk of their ad dollars are wasted on ads that never appear before a human. That’s part of the reason why the biggest media buyers are insisting on MRC (Media Ratings Council) accredited ad verification. For those not yet familiar with this bit of ad tech, IAB has a definition (edited slightly for clarity): Ad verification is a service that offers technology to ensure (buyers) that ads appear on intended sites and reach the targeted audience. Ad verification is supposed to be integrated with every ad networks, exchanges, SSPs, basically anyone who sells advertising space online, to provide a safeguard for brands, advertisers, and agencies that buy it. IAB guidelines specify five key areas covered by ad verification vendors: Site Context Geo-Targeting Ad Placement Competitive Separation Fraud Detection: Click fraud and impression fraud Some vendors will also bundle ad viewability and audience measurement services with … [Read more...] about What Publishers Need to Know About Ad Verification Companies
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Bitcoin is back in news again after trading at a record high of $4483 per coin this month. Many cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin are powered by a technology known as blockchain, and its potential use cases extends far beyond just the financial world—it continues to find use in government, healthcare, real estate, security, and many other industries. At events and in publications that cover the advertising industry, blockchain has been a hot topic as a candidate for bringing in more transparency into ad tech and solving problems such as opaque supply chains and ad fraud, how much of it is hype and what are the facts? Before getting into how blockchain could help ad tech, let’s understand what it is and how it works. Each “block” in a blockchain typically contains a hash pointer to the previous block, timestamp, and transaction data. A blockchain is a growing list of records, or blocks, linked together and secured by cryptography. Stripped to the basics, … [Read more...] about Can Blockchain Fix the Problems of Digital Advertising Industry?
Google’s DoubleClick for Publishers is the go-to ad serving platform that major publishers gravitate to. With 30% of the market share, Doubleclick for publishers or DFP as it is known in common parlance is considered the best ad serving technology out there, be it for web, mobile, or video. Launched in 1996 as an independent, and then revolutionary, ad serving agency for the web, DoubleClick Inc. was later purchased by Google and redressed as DFP. One of the major reasons why DFP remains the most used ad-serving technology is their ability to unleash innovative and vertical focused solutions, guides and knowledge throughout the year. Take look at the innovation of DFP in 2014 and you’ll see why publishers, big and small, love DFP. So we decided that since we have already spoken quite a bit about DoubleClick for Publishers and its pros and cons, how about we take real world examples and success stories of major publishers who scaled their publications with … [Read more...] about 6 DoubleClick for Publishers Case Studies to Learn From
Home » Blogging » If You Had Just $100 to Spend on Launching a Blog, What Should You Buy? We like to think that blogging is a really cheap thing to do… You don’t need any office space, or real estate, any transportation, or other expenses common to every brick-and-mortar business. You just need a laptop, and some internet access. However, blogging is not actually free. No matter what, you still have to buy a domain and a hosting account. That is, of course, if you want to do this properly, otherwise you can simply get a free blog at wordpress.com. The cheapest domain and a 12-month hosting plan will cost you around $50-$60. And even though half of our budget is gone already, we still have $40-$50 to work with, and that’s a lot of money. What to buy, then, to make your start into blogging just a little easier, and to take one more step towards success? There are a couple of possibilities here, so first let me list them, and then I’ll share my … [Read more...] about Launching a Blog? What to Buy if You Just Have $100