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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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
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
Header bidding was supposed to solve the problem of complexity in ad operations. As the adoption picked up pace however, SSPs (short for supply-side platforms, software used by publishers to sell ads) began altering their algorithms and employing aggressive auction tactics to increase yield. This works out well for the SSPs and even publishers, at least in the short term. But in the long run, everyone loses. Gaming the Auctions Most larger publishers now use multiple SSPs to manage their ad inventory, and as with middlemen in most other businesses, SSPs will try to prioritise their own personal gains over anyone else's-including other SSPs, advertisers, even publishers. How are they gaming the system? Second-price auction has long been the default standard for RTB auctions, in it, every bidder is asked to submit the maximum amount of money that they're willing to pay for an impression, the winner then pays the second-highest bid that was collected plus a minimum increment. What are the … [Read more...] about Explainer: What is Supply-Path Optimization?
With a projected global ad spend of over $170 billion in 2016, online advertising is a vast industry with thousands of small and big players engaged in business; and developers, ad ops managers, designers, data scientists, marketers, and support teams working overtime to keep the juggernaut of internet ads running. Equally vast is the jargon that surrounds the ad tech industry; not only are outsiders confused by it, if you were to survey industry professionals, the results would surprise no one — there is a big chasm between how much we think we know and how much we actually do. Ad-tech is a super nerdy community. They want to speak their own language and it makes them feel smarter, so they teach themselves to speak Klingon, a language that’s a mystery, and nobody’s willing to ask questions as to what they mean. — Nick Dujnic, LiveIntent’s director of demand generation SSP? DSP? RTB? CPM? CPC? CPI? Programmatic? Waterfall? Daisychaining? … [Read more...] about The Best Blogs, Podcasts, and Resources for Ad Tech and Ad Ops Professionals
Before getting into server-to-server header bidding (here on out referred to as S2S header bidding), let’s quickly talk about its predecessor: Client-side header bidding. Client-side header bidding is a revenue optimization technology that many publishers have adopted to get around the problems associated with the traditional RTB waterfall set up. By opening up the ad inventory for multiple demand partners to bid on simultaneously, header bidding promotes greater transparency, reduces latency, and therefore increases ad revenue for publishers. Adoption over the last two years has been strong, with over 70% of top publishers using client-side header bidding to monetize their websites, as reported by BI Intelligence. The same report also states that publishers who implement client-side header bidding witness an average revenue uplift of 20 to 30%, a figure that can really add up to a lot of money. This is all great, and even though client-side header bidding has claimed its … [Read more...] about Server-to-Server Header Bidding: Everything You Need to Know
Note: We provide header bidding optimization services, if you use header bidding and are looking to optimize your stack, please write to us at [email protected] Despite the many leaps in ad technology in recent years such such as programmatic buying and real-time bidding, fact remains that digital advertising is still imperfect at best and inefficient and fragmented at worst. In the race to squeeze the last revenue dollar from their ad inventories, publishers are known to always be experimenting with new hacks, with varying levels of success. One such hack which has been around for some but is only recently gaining popularity is header bidding, also known as advanced bidding or pre-bidding. Should you implement header bidding too? If yes, how? Read on to find out. What is Header Bidding? Header bidding is an advanced programmatic technique which allows publishers to open their inventories to receive bids from multiple ad exchanges before making a call to their ad server … [Read more...] about Is Header Bidding The Next Big Revenue Optimization Hack?