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Jul 05 2019

What you need to know about header bidding

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What is header bidding?

Header bidding is a programmatic advertising technique that allows publishers to offer their inventory to multiple ad exchanges simultaneously before sending requests to ad servers (ie. Google Ad Manager). 

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Jun 12 2019

Seasonality and the summer slowdown

Earlier this year, we discussed how it’s important to understand how seasonality affects CPMs in order to effectively benchmark, and forecast and predict revenue. As we move into July and August, publishers in the northern-Atlantic regions, like North America and Europe,  may experience one of their weakest quarters of the fiscal year. There’s no need to panic—this is a common occurrence in the advertising industry.

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Dec 19 2017

Looking Ahead to 2018: Give Publishers the Data They Need to Thrive

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As the new year approaches fast, we're thinking about what trends will surface in 2018. In this instalment, Ashly Knox, our Head of Sales Engineering, shares his thoughts on the plight of publishers.

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Jan 26 2017

Top Five Ad Ops Conferences to Attend in 2017

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We return with our second installment of ad ops conferences to attend for the year.

Most of our picks from last year are back, and we've updated the dates, locations, and costs for each. These events are great places to stay up-to-date with the ad tech industry — what to expect, what is important, and where the industry is headed.

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Nov 22 2016

The Spectrum of Publisher Ad Stacks

One of the benefits of working with a large number of publishers is that we’re able to gain a deep understanding of their unique needs. As we’ve learned more about how publishers set up their ad stacks, we’ve realized that there are a lot of points that we cover over and over again.

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Nov 04 2016

RTB Explained: How Ad Tech Learned From Big Finance

The computerization of the finance industry began in the 1970s when they began to use computers to efficiently route orders through the exchanges. Realizing the utility of these machines, they added tasks and responsibilities to these automated systems in order to speed up processes that were traditionally completed by humans.

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Oct 20 2016

How AdX Pricing Rules Can Affect CTR

Have you ever wondered if the price floors and other preferences you set in your Google Ad Exchange (AdX) settings actually affect the performance of your campaigns? Well, we were curious, and so we managed to find data that indicates to what degree setting pricing rules for direct response campaigns could actually change the campaign’s performance.

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May 18 2016

Does Above The Fold Really Matter?

Above the fold (ATF) inventory has always been in high demand and at a premium. Advertisers want to ensure that their brand creatives are highly visible, located front and center when a visitor lands on a page. It’s assumed that these high visibility slots will also pay high CPMs (Cost Per Thousand), and publishers are often eager to stuff their pages with above the fold inventory in an effort to capture those high CPMs. But are all above the fold slots created equal? Are ATF slots the only way to ensure high CPMs? And are the ads even being seen?

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Apr 28 2016

13 Google AdSense Alternatives

As a publisher, you probably think a lot about optimizing and improving both your advertising operations and the revenue that you generate from ads. It might keep you up at night, pouring over CPM data and trying to do side-by-side comparisons of different advertising options.

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Mar 10 2016

How Header Bidders Affect Latency

Back in January, I posted the findings from an experiment we ran to measure what happens when you increase the number of header bidders, and how that impacts CPM. We found that there is a strong correlation between increasing bidders and increased average CPM performance; we saw a 58% increase in CPMs when running 6 bidders versus none.

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