Anyone who works in ad tech knows how much the industry loves its jargon. Here are some quick explanations for a whole bunch of ad tech and media buzzwords that were thrown around this year, so you can gain a working knowledge in minutes. Note: Many of these have been covered more extensively in our explainers before. What: ‘Written-word’ media houses and publishers investing heavily in creating video content. Why: Because video inventory (on mobile and desktop) is selling like hotcakes and they want in on the action. How: By laying off writers to create video teams instead, as MTV News, Mic, Vocativ, Fox Sports, and a few others reportedly did. Mashable is testing the model. Reddit announced its own investment in video. The fad (for that’s what it is) has had the side-effect of audience shrinkage. According to comScore data, the publishers that pivoted to video this summer have seen at least a 60 percent drop in their traffic in August compared to the same period … [Read more...] about 10 Ad Tech and Media Buzzwords of 2017: Explained
Different programmatic deal types
Remember, in April this year, Google was beta testing native ad formats for AdSense? Four months later, Google launched native ads on DFP ad server, this time with demand for AdSense and DoubleClick Ad Exchange publishers. In this post, we’re going to cover how the new native ad format in DFP works and all the ways it can enrich your ad inventory. When you are delivering a banner, you receive a complete creative asset from the advertiser and you deliver it exactly as you received them from the advertiser. In the case of DFP native ads, instead of getting a rigid banner that is completely unresponsive towards the content environment that it is placed in, what you will receive is separate components. It’s up to you to organize these components in a way that represents advertiser interests and also blends in well with your website or app. Right there is a level of unprecedented control for publishers. You take a single set of assets, and you’re able to modify those … [Read more...] about The Beginner’s Guide to DFP Native Ads
Not all impressions are created equal. So why trade them wholesale without distinction? It’s a good and democratic way to trade all your impressions in open RTB environment (akin to AdSense)—all publishers get the same data and price floor, the highest bidder wins, end of story. But that sort of “throw it to the market and let them decide” approach severely limits yield and barely scratches the surface of all the capabilities of programmatic selling. In this primer, we are discussing all four of programmatic deal types, along with their potential merits and disadvantages for media sellers. Also known as: Open exchange, Open marketplace, RTB Participation: All (eligible) buyers on a platform Ad Server Priority: Lowest (just above in-house ads) An Open Auction is the Wild West of auctions. — IAB It’s a lot like plug-and-play trading on AdSense: Every advertiser on an exchange/SSP/ad network gets the impression call, they all bid, and the highest … [Read more...] about Explainer: The Four Types of Programmatic Deals
There’s more to selling your inventory than signing up with AdSense. Savvy publishers will often silo their inventory and sell it via multiple channels to get the best value for every available impression. You’ve got: Semi-automated programmatic deals: Programmatic preferred (no fill rate commitment) and Programmatic guaranteed (fixed fill rate) are one-on-one deals with buyers for specific inventory packages at pre-negotiated CPM. Automated RTB: Real-time open and private auctions. Highly scalable and less resource-intensive model for selling impressions (and not just the remnant kind). Direct deals: There are also direct orders (manual direct deals) for native ads (roadblocks, sponsored content, page takeovers, etc.). And that’s without even throwing header bidding into the mix. How these techniques are prioritized is determined by types of impressions and buyers — with the goal being to sell every impression at best price. This is called an ad stack. In … [Read more...] about How Top Publishers Organize their Ad Stack
Earlier this month, we published a simpler guide to header bidding technology. A programmatic technique that works from within the user’s browsers and gives unprecedented uplift in yield; header bidding is a game changer in programmatic buying and selling. Years ago, people used to say the same thing about RTB. RTB is like online shopping… at once a mere convenience and also a game changer. Did we shop before the internet? Yes. And yet now we have more options, shop more efficiently, can personalize our experiences, and yes – often find better prices. As a result, we shop more and the total commerce pie has expanded. — Josh MacFarland, CEO, TellApart (Source) In this short post, we compare header bidding vs RTB and see how the two programmatic techniques differ. What is RTB? It stands for Real Time Bidding. Simply put: RTB is an impression-level auction happening in real-time (in the time between the user requesting a web page and the page load completion). … [Read more...] about Header Bidding vs RTB: What’s the Difference?