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Meeting Header Tags Head On: What’s Working and What’s Next

Have you heard of header tags? Of course, you have – even ops people living under rocks have been inundated with tales of header tags, and it’s quickly become the new norm for programmatic-focused publishers. However, the tech is not without its controversies: while proponents claim header tags establish fairer…

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Splashing Around in Outstream: New Video Opportunities for Publishers

The boom town in digital is being built in a video player, and the dilemma created by the boom is now a pretty famous one: There's more demand from advertisers for premium video inventory than most publishers can reasonably accommodate. That's where outstream video comes in. The promise of outstream…

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Popular Demand: How Yield Management Can Attract New Buyers, Higher CPMs View Documents Log Edit Track

If you want to hear about real-life examples of how a historic, trusted but largely regional publication can adapt to and thrive in digital, Ray Faust is one of those people you’d want to talk to. The VP, National and Emerging Sales at the Star Tribune Media Company helped lead…

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State of Ad Ops 2015

Just what is the state of ad ops? It’s complicated. Literally. As AdMonsters Publisher Rob Beeler suggests in his executive summary to the State of Ad Ops 2015 (sponsored by Sizmek), complexity is more foe to a digital publisher than competing sites. Indeed, that’s why digital pubs are willing to…

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Tearing Off the Flash Band-Aid: Publishers and the HTML5 Creative Opportunity

We’re two months past Sept. 1, the date when Google Chrome started detecting and pausing any Flash content it deemed “unimportant” to a page’s main content — in other words, Flash ads. Mozilla’s own Flash-blocking practices preceded Chrome’s, in practice. And yet, not only has the internet not broken itself,…

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Reaching Inward to Reach Outward: DMP Success Through Teamwork

There’s a curious thing about DMPs: Publishers generally understand it’s a good idea for them to be aligned with one. A DMP is supposed to help publishers get the most value for their proprietary data, and to pass along the value of its audience extension capabilities to advertisers. But at…

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Broadcasting in a Programmatic World

The tangle of channels that makes up programmatic TV is drawing a lot of attention right now -- and generating a lot of confusion. Traditional TV broadcasters are entering the digital space rapidly, and they're influencing the way digital media is transacted and measured. Meanwhile, broadcasters find digital distribution channels…

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Where User Experience and Ad Ops Collide

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?!?!),…

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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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Efficiency Within Complexity: A Conversation With Quantcast’s Adrian D’Souza

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…

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