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Admonsters Playbook: User Experience

The prominence of revenue operations as a critical function within the digital media world has had its ups and downs. While programmatic and other indirect channels have proven ops as a serious revenue center, it’s also forced the department into highly unfamiliar territory such as creative development and user experience.…

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What Is Malware?

Malware is a blanket term that applies to any software planted on the user’s device with malicious intent. It’s come a long way from that old bogeyman of the rogue hacker launching “gotcha!” viruses, which captured the public imagination in the ‘90s. Now it’s a very different bogeyman, and malware…

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Transparency Is a Team Sport

For years, we’ve joked that brands don’t care how the digital advertising sausage is made. Their modus operandi seemed along the lines of: Let the agencies and publishers deal with the frustrating minutiae involved in making digital media transactions work.Funny how quickly things change. As increased spend hits digital channels…

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What Is Blockchain?

Blockchain is commonly referred to as a ledger—a shared, decentralized database, made up of so-called “blocks,” which are just hashed records of transactions. In each block, which is permanent and can’t be altered after it’s logged, you have a timestamp and a link to an earlier block. That gives participants…

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TAG,​ ​You’re​ ​It:​ ​Beyond​ ​TAG​ ​Malware​ ​Scanning​ ​Guidelines

When​ ​the​​ ​​Trustworthy​ ​Accountability​ ​Group​ ​(TAG)​ ​released​ ​its​ best practices​ ​for​ ​malware scanning​​ ​in​ ​October,​ ​anyone​ ​seeking​ ​a​ ​more secure advertising supply chain would have been eager to read through the first-of-its kind, 16-page document. ​In a quest to outline basic malware scanning processes,​TAG​ ​delivered ​plenty​ ​of​ ​suggestions​ ​about​ ​when​…

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#OPSPOV: Appealing to the Ad Blocker’s Conscience

“Who are these ad blocking folks anyway?” asks the latest survey from the IAB.Come on, we all know the answer to that: they’re a bunch of millennial brats that think they’re entitled to all the content in the world without being a little bit annoyed by brand messaging. They don’t…

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Quality Climbs Up the Chain: A Conversation on Security and QA with The Media Trust’s Chris Olson

As the ultimate destination for advertising and interface for users, digital publishers have long borne the responsibility of preventing malvertising and other nasty business from sneaking through. However, quality control is imperative for all the players in the advertising chain – and in the last few years, exchanges and other…

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QA in the Videoscape: Keeping Quality in Line with Demand

As demand among buyers for quality video inventory has risen, so have the channels for transacting on video--programmatic video, video private marketplaces, programmatic TV. At the same time, so have the platforms into which advertisers feel enthusiastic about buying video inventory, with in-demand media bursting into outstream, mobile and other…

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