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What Can Blockchain Really Do for Advertising in 2020?

Back in 2018, there was a lot of hype about blockchain saving advertising and Senior Editor Lynne d Johnson was riding the wave—high. Now that the hype is over, there are actually quite a few projects proving every day that blockchain and related technologies like cryptography and permissioned ledgers can…

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Best of Decoder 2019: AdMonsters Ad Tech, Ad & Rev OPs and Strategy Explainer Series

Decoder is AdMonster's content series that makes sense of digital media and advertising's alphabet soup. We take a deep dive into the technical aspects of ad tech but also bring clarity to challenges and strategical solutions that help to propel ad ops, rev ops, data, programmatic and marketing forward. Here's…

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What’s the Difference Between Blockchains and Permissioned Ledgers?

In digital advertising, the sovereignty of a blockchain isn’t required to track impressions, counter ad fraud or help consumers regain control of their privacy. Thus the work required to set up a blockchain and maintain consensus isn’t worthwhile. Simple permissioned ledgers will do the job just fine. These ledgers, and…

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What Is Cryptography?

If blockchain is the infrastructure that underpins Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, cryptography is the infrastructure that underpins blockchain. When you boil it down, the core problems cryptography solves are identity validation and data verification. Blockchain’s big value prop is the ability to facilitate transactions without a middle man. But, both…

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Advertising’s Future Is Advertising Futures

Early on in my tenure reporting on the digital advertising space, I was fascinated by the concept of audience futures—enabling publishers to guarantee sales of audience segments that could be transacted programmatically. This seemed to be an evolution of both digital direct guaranteed sales and TV-buying, but unfortunately the market hasn't…

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These 5 Data Trends Will Totally Reshape Ad Operations—hopefully for the Better

Privacy regulations, cookieless web, identity resolution, the value of first-party data, better personalization—are just some of the many data trends shaping publishers' strategies today. The road ahead is being paved as much by user and governmental concerns as it is by the duopoly and other significant players in the ad…

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