The Impact of GDPR on Publishers

The Impact of GDPR on Publishers

It’s a new world post-rollout of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a European digital privacy law with global economic impact. An enormous amount of time, energy, and expense has been spent across the digital advertising industry “ from SSPs and DSPs, to publishers, marketers, and networks “ to integrate these new consumer privacy protections into their businesses. And with good …

Building a smart place to work and proving it

Building a smart place to work and proving it

Building a company is more than just creating a product and hiring people to sell and maintain it. (This is a simplistic way of looking at it, I know–but bear with me.) You also need a vision for a company culture. An idea for a company culture is one thing. It seems easy, imagining a utopian place to work: Fair …

On Sortable Analytics

On Analytics

Before we get going here, I’m going to provide some context around how I view digital publishing. I’m an engineer, and Sortable got into the publishing industry by launching a number of product comparison websites, powered by technology we created. Digital publishing is full of inefficiencies, and we were fortunate to have the engineering resources internally to develop solutions through …

What Does Facebook's Rise in Ad Tech Mean for the Open Web?

What Does Facebook’s Rise in Ad Tech Mean for the Open Web?

The reality is that Facebook is one of the most powerful companies in the tech industry – and arguably, the world. The rise of Facebook The Advertising Company has been impressive. Only a couple of years ago, it was still just a social networking company, and it wasn’t until recently that Facebook  officially became the second largest digital advertising company. …

Counting What Counts: CPM vs. Revenue

Counting What Counts: CPM vs. Revenue

It’s common for publishers to use CPM to compare the performance of ad partners. However, CPM doesn’t take into account a variety of factors, and can leave publishers confused when the CPMs on partner dashboards don’t translate to revenue. In order for publishers to truly understand how partners are performing, they need to look at eCPM and revenue, not just …

VPAID and VAST: Standards for Video Advertising Technology

The effects of implementing the Video Player Ad-Serving Interface Definition (VPAID) standard have sparked several discussions online (Reddit, Hacker News) among dissatisfied users. There have even been in-depth breakdowns of the closely related Video Ad Serving Template (VAST) standard, digging into the potentially excessive amounts of data consumed on some mobile sites using these technologies. The consensus seems to be …

Google Isn’t Going Anywhere

A few weeks ago, we contributed an article to AdExchanger’s Data-Driven Thinking column about the civil war within the advertising industry. In the article, we discussed that the industry factions could be in trouble ” with the exception of Google. We wanted to expand on why and how Google became such a powerful player in the online advertising industry. Depending …

above the fold

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 …

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. I received a number …

Christopher Reid - Sortable.com

Why I bought my company back

I think I’ve scared the bejesus out of the marketing department (aka Brenden and Kelly, who sit next to me) with the decision that the CEO wants to write some long form content on why I bought back my last startup, Snapsort. We’re going to hit send on this, look at some heatmaps and realize 80% of people bailed at …