Facebook enforcing policy change to crack down on high ad-to-content ratio web pages

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Facebook is cracking down on publishers with low quality web page experiences, and this will have a big impact on publishers running content recommendation widgets. Sites like Facebook, YouTube, and others have been called to account for promoting fake news and questionable content. Advertisers are starting to pay attention to where their ads are being displayed and what content they …

What does Facebook’s rise in Ad Tech mean for the open web?

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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. …

Why the Ad Tech industry should consider a move to first-price auctions

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First, what is the difference between the two? The current industry standard is the second-price auction: each bidder submits their price for the impression. The highest bid wins, but only pays the price (plus some minor surplus) of the second highest bid. The auction is conducted like this to encourage bidders to submit a bid that reflects the true value …

Stats show viewability outlook still unclear

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We’ve taken a look at our desktop and mobile ad units network-wide to help our customers improve and understand their viewability performance. Here is what data we’ve found, and how you can use what we’ve learned: Conclusions we can draw: Previously we made the case that viewability was not the metric of the future, and it seems that the industry …

The spectrum of publisher ad stacks

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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. There are a few key factors that …

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How AdX pricing rules can affect CTR

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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. Our data shows that …

Ad refresh and its effects on CPMs

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TL;DR Many techniques are used to draw more value out of an impression on a web page. These can vary from placing more ads to the page, to adding higher paying units (like video), making ads larger, or placing them in front of the page’s contents and forcing interaction. Another technique that can be used is the practice of refreshing, …

Google isn’t going anywhere

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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 …

Does above the fold really matter?

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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 …