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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…

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Begin Pondering ‘Begin-to-Render’ Impression Counting

The rendered ad future just got a bit more nuanced following proposals for new measurement standards from the IAB and MRC.During the Austin Publisher Forum in August 2016, a swath of ops professionals gathered for a breakout on an issue that was only beginning to breach the surface. Discrepancies were…

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#OPSPOV: Preparing for the Rendered Impression Revolution [UPDATED]

Read the latest developments in impression counting—the "begin-to-render" movement—here. (1/5/2017)Chatter about discrepancies can always be made out during a Publisher Forum, but for latest gathering in Austin this August, the talk was louder and more anxious. With good reason, though – some demand-side ad servers are reportedly counting when ads actually…

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Breaking Out of the Two-Class System: Talking Holistic Yield Management With LiveRail’s Vijay Balan

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…

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The History of Ops, Part I

“This industry is literally 20 years old,” comments Michael Alania, EVP at Outsourced Ad Ops and witness to the at-times insanely rapid evolution of digital advertising and the operations role at its core. “You look at where we are now versus where we’ve come from, it’s pretty staggering. And with…

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The Ad Ops Investment: An Interview With OAO’s Craig Leshen and Michael Alania

It’s hard enough overseeing the ad operations tech stack and processes of one publisher; imagine juggling multiple publishers. But that’s exactly the mission companies like Outsourced Ad Ops (OAO) have taken on – and they have to do it well enough to be profitable and grow as a company. While…

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