Seasonality

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 …

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Ad Refresh, Reconsidered

There are a lot of tools and techniques that web publishers can use to maximize ad revenue such as A/B testing, header bidding, lazy loading ads. A commonly used technique is ad refresh. This strategy refreshes ads which can increase the number of ads shown to the user, which in turn should produce higher revenue-per-session for the publisher. Ad refresh is …

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Are Google’s recent moves game-changers for publisher monetization?

On the surface, at least, the move to first price auctions should simplify and unify the mechanics of auction behaviour. In the past, if a single exchange was responsible for auctioning off an ad impression, a second price auction would award the highest bidder the right to serve the ad, at a penny more than the bid of the second …

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Let’s talk about session RPM

The few occasions we see session RPM decrease are when CPM decreases, there are fewer pages per session, or a lower value user visits the site (for example, a non-English speaking user visits an English-only website). Our team works with publishers to continuously optimize session RPM and address issues where we see session RPM decrease. Here are a few ways …

Seasonality, CPMs, and You

Seasonality, CPMs, and You

As the new quarter begins, you may have noticed a drop in your CPMs. Seasonality (looking at how you–and the ad industry–are affected by the time of the year) impacts advertiser spend and thus, CPMs. While some verticals are impacted more than others, it’s important to understand how seasonality affects CPMs as they play a key role in forecasting and …

Why the Ad Tech Industry Should Consider a Move to First-price Auctions

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

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 …