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What’s Ahead for the Header

“I hate the term header bidding,” a friend and industry resource told me over a cold beer. “It’s too catchy—it sounds like another piece of ad-tech buzzword BS.”I’d argue “tagless tech”—the first name I heard in reference to header-based executions—was far worse (and horribly untrue). But my friend’s dislike really…

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What Is the Waterfall?

You may hear a lot these days (particularly on a header-cheerleading site like this one) about the ad-server waterfall being vanquished like some fairy-tale villain. Well, it’s not entirely gone, and similar to many foes in children’s stories, it wasn’t always such a bad thing—it was simply exploited. In the…

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A Few Good Units: Mobile Challenges Going Into 2017

Back in August of 2016, the Google Webmaster Blog announced that come Jan. 10, 2017, “pages where content is not easily accessible to a user on the transition from the mobile search results may not rank as highly.” A little cryptic, no? Google was really taking aim at a variety…

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New Vision For the Header: A Conversation With PulsePoint

In the relatively brief amount of time since digital publishers have adopted header bidding en masse, the header has become jam-packed with demand partners. With new header solutions being built each day, publishers are now wondering how to manage—from who to let into their header to what criteria is available…

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How the Wrapper Won the Header: A Conversation With Index Exchange

It may sound like a joke, but Index Exchange has been coordinating trips to Toronto for numerous major publishers and DSPs to meet their squad of 200 engineers. Many a wiseacre would comment they’d rather avoid engineers entirely than travel long distances to meet them, but Index Index Exchange President…

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The Dawn of Real-Time Guaranteed: An Interview With OpenX’s Dmitri Kazanski

Possibly the biggest reason header bidding is such a game-changer is because it gives demand sources insight into more—if not all—of a publisher’s inventory. This enables buyers to better evaluate inventory and bid more acutely in real-time buying environments. (If you feel a need to revisit the horrors of the…

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