Leading Operations Online

In today's labyrinth ad operations world, it can be hard at times to gauge your company's efficiency and effectiveness in the ever-evolving landscape of digital advertising. AdMonsters, in conjunction with Acceleration, seeks to unmask key data points surrounding the operations of online publishing organizations with the Publisher Maturity Index. With the PMI, digital ad leaders can gain a leg up and evaluating their companies' own efficiency by comparing their organizations' technologies and processes to those of their peers. 

Bowen Dwelle, AdMonsters Founder and CEO, said “AdMonsters is committed to serving the digital operations, media and ad technology community. Qualitative peer benchmarking has always been a key part of the AdMonsters experience. With this survey, members of the AdMonsters community will now be able to refine their understanding of how they compare to their peers with...

December 2, 2013 Joshua R. Weaver

Today marks the first real snowfall here in New York. And, as the wintry white blankets the city, it can only mean one thing – the season for cheer and revelry is finally upon us. AdMonsters' philosophy runs on community; and, we're lucky to have the most loyal, outspoken and informed lot of peers in the industry.

In the spirit of the holidays, join Rob, Bowen and the AdMonsters team at Ward III in Tribeca on Wednesday, Dec. 18 in New York for a few drinks and merriment. We'll be kicking things off at 6 p.m. Come by for a drink on us, some nibbles and a few laughs as we bid farewell to 2013. Feel free to just pop in or RSVP on Facebook to give us a heads up. See you there!

November 27, 2013 botnet fraud malware Gavin Dunaway

By Zeus, I declare this holiday Botsgiving!

Although bots have long been a menace to digital media (remember click fraud?), bot fever has been spreading like wildfire across the industry this year, probably in response to some dire statistics. The latest, from Integral Ad Science, suggests 14% of all impressions out there are fraudulent, and the company admits the number may be conservative. Estimates of wasted spend vary, but it’s definitely billions of dollars yearly.

But aren’t you curious about how bots accomplish this feat? After all, as ops pros, we’re always concerned with “how the sausage is made” – so how do bots go about their menacing ways?

Through a...

Image from a sponsored Industry Panel session at this year's London Screens.

Last week I chaired my last AdMonsters conference for now. It was the conference looking at the second screen, omni-screen attribution, and the multi-channel aspect of advertising.

Luckily, I had a second moderator too, so the day was a little less stressful compared to previous conferences. Below you find my key take aways from the day:

Twitter had a presentation, and I am often wondering how they will make money, particularly that they are now a public-limited company. But they started to connect TV and social, the public conversation, through a little hashtag. The conversations around a product, a TV show or a topic can be scaled and brands or advertisers can engage and get communicating. Actually, this is a great way of utilising the second screen to TV, the mobile, from which 82% of all tweets are sent.

Often, I wonder what we did in the time before Twitter. I...

November 18, 2013 mobile Gavin Dunaway

I was honored to head a panel at the Street Fight Summit a few weeks ago, and I’m not finding it too awkward to watch myself on the video now. The topic was a doozy – basically how do you use measurement to justify the value of location-based digital marketing? Sure, location-based couponing tends to end in a recorded conversion, but is couponing the be all and end all of this channel?

My panelists – Duncan McCall, CEO of PlaceIQ; Lee Karchawer, National Sales Manager at Placecast; and Carolyn Eckhaus, Head of Data Management & Analytics for MapQuest – had good reason to disagree and made a strong case for location-enabled tools being used to connect online and offline behavior.

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