September 21, 2015 ad block ad verification Connect malvertising mobile fraud user experience Gavin Dunaway

The latest wave of advertising is giving me some chilling flashbacks to the age of endless animated MySpace banners, pop-unders and other horrors of the aughts. Instead of learning from that assault of awfulness, digital advertising has somehow grown more intrusive and annoying – in-feed units, auto-play video (with sound?!?!), auto-expanding banners, oh my. 

With an ever-increasing amount of Internet users consuming more digital content than ever on a plethora of devices, ire towards advertising is greater than ever. Not only are users irritated by the advertising, they’re worried that page bloat is affecting their mobile data usage and more concerned than ever about...

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August 25, 2015 Ad Server Connect holistic yield management Private Marketplaces RTB yield management Gavin Dunaway

Match every impression with the channel likely to garner the most revenue – seems like the stuff of operational daydreams, but I’m not going to tell you to snap out of it. Such dynamic inventory allocation is real, oh-so-real, and it’s referred to as holistic yield management. I know that sounds like one more piece of empty industry jargon, but it’s actually a pretty appropriate name for what goes on.

Fortunately I had Vijay Balan, Head of Client Services at LiveRail, give me the lowdown on holistic yield management. In addition to defining the term, we deliberated on the revenue opportunities that should encourage publishers to forage beyond the direct/indirect divide and the compensation and organizational hurdles to dynamic inventory allocation.

GD: When I did a little...

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August 18, 2015 Connect Deal ID pmp Private Marketplaces programmatic TV programmatic video video Gavin Dunaway

I feel like I've been eating, breathing and sleeping programmatic video over the past year. But have no complaints as this has to be one of the most exciting areas in advertising technology. Oh, you think I'm joking? Why don't you download our new playbook on private marketplaces and advanced studies in programmatic video and see who's clowning?

First, consider the money – according to eMarketer, programmatic channels will account for 28% ($2.8 billion) of all U.S. digital video ad spending in 2015. But you shouldn’t just be excited by revenue figures – a hefty percentage of those billions will be transacted through private marketplaces, which...

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August 13, 2015 complexity Connect management mediamint outsourcing quantcast Workflow Rob Beeler

Call me a borrower, a copycat or even a thief. Many years ago, Adrian D’Souza led the first AdMonsters session that had a large impact on me, and the outline of his operational process at CNET became the model for building out my department at Advance Digital. To this day I have no regrets about snatching his ideas for my own processes.

Following his tenure as VP of Ad Operations at CNET, Adrian headed up Media Revenue Operations at YouTube and the Google Display Network for several years before moving to Quantcast. Through his hard work with the IAB and AdMonsters, Adrian has helped raise the status of operations within the industry, which was why two years ago we recognized his accomplishments with a Digital Media...

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July 6, 2015 Connect demand side platforms mobile Gavin Dunaway

Location, location, location is not just the mantra of real estate agents anymore. The ability to reach your audience where you want to reach them – and hopefully when they want to be reached – has long been a top perk for advertising on mobile. Of course, hyper-localized targeting sounds grand in theory, but bringing it to life and scale has been a long slog. This slog has become easier to manage thanks to programmatic’s spread throughout the mobile ecosystem.

Localization has been a cornerstone in mobile DSP Avazu’s strategy since it refocused completely to mobile. And what a proving ground the company has had to develop its strategy: the burgeoning smartphone wonderland of the Asia-Pacific region, where hyper-local targeting is a necessity for advertisers...

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