Everything about:

Real-Time Bidding

SSP and DSP Value Is in the Eye of the Publisher

As the main feeder exchanges settles at three—GAM, Amazon's Transparent Ad Marketplace (TAM), and Prebid—there’s a great deal more murkiness in the middle; even more cross-pollination as SSPs pine for advertiser spend and DSPs tighten their bonds with premium publishers. The question of “how many intermediaries are actually necessary?” is…

Read More

Unified Auction Brings High Anxiety to GAM City

Before the news of Google’s ad department reorganization broke, publishers had already been getting quite itchy over the machinations of Google Ad Manager. Now outgoing Director of Product Development Jason Bigler officially announced in a blog a few weeks ago what publishers had been hearing from their GAM account managers: the…

Read More

The New GAM Auction Logic

Many a publisher has gotten lost in pondering the ramifications of Google Ad Manager's move to first-price auctions and introduction of a "unified auction."In gauging the effect of this enormous industry shift, we've got to start with what we know—namely, what is actually changing. Cafe Media's Paul Bannister decided a…

Read More

Bad Ads Took a Dip in Q3, Says Confiant; Bad Actors Be Forewarned

Bad ads are a pretty terrible thing for the entire ad ops ecosystem. By 2025 ad fraud—malvertising redirects and malicious IBV to name a few—will cost advertisers more than $50bn, accounting for 30% share of the overall digital market, so warned The World Federation of Advertisers back in 2016. But…

Read More

Will Exchanges’ Call for Better Programmatic Marketplace be Enough?

Our new Senior Editor Lynne d Johnson dives into the "Principles for a Better Programmatic Marketplace," an open letter to the industry from six exchanges that seems to grant programmatic buyers all their transparency wishes—fee transparency, no hidden auction machinations, traffic filtered for IVT... We're surprised they didn't throw a…

Read More

Spread of Bad Ads Pretty Terrible, Confiant Reports

In its eye-opening new report on ad quality , Confiant finds that 1 out of every 200 ad impressions from the open exchanges is malvertising. If 1 trillion ads are being served through the open marketplace monthly, Confiant estimates that 5 billion are malicious. Make sure you have smelling salts…

Read More

From Location Data to Movement Science: A Conversation with Verve’s Mark Fruehan

The widespread availability of location data has long been the central lure of the mobile advertising space, but to be successful in an increasingly competitive mobile space, advertisers and publishers need to be thinking beyond location to an array of data points, including uses, transactions, and patterns over time. Verve…

Read More