Penske Media Pilots ‘Player Bidding’ With SpotX And JW In A Bid To Boost Video Revenue

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Penske Media, the publisher of WWD, Variety and IndieWire and majority owner of Wenner Media, is doubling down on video across its portfolio. Its formats range from snackable, short-form clips and pre-roll to text-based video and more cinematic, long-form series. Although Penske’s video mix is diversified, monetizing that inventory to its fullest potential can beContinue reading »

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MoPub Is Working On Its Answer To In-App Header Bidding

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In-app header bidding is coming to MoPub. On Tuesday, the Twitter-owned mobile ad exchange started testing an advanced bidding solution to replace the app ads waterfall with a unified auction. Roughly a dozen publishers are testing the solution. The closed alpha test does not have a set end date. Until now, advertisers could buy MoPubContinue reading »

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InMobi Acquires AerServ For $90 Million To Get A Leg Up On In-App Header Bidding

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Mobile ad network and Indian unicorn InMobi paid $90 million for mobile video monetization platform AerServ in a bid to build a header bidding solution for apps. The deal, announced Wednesday, will bring together their respective programmatic exchanges to create “fair auction dynamics for in the in-app space,” said Abhay Singhal, InMobi’s CRO and co-founder.Continue reading »

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The Open Marketplace Works For Advance Local

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With header bidding enabled, the open marketplace works just fine for Advance Local. While many publishers and buyers are moving to closed, curated programmatic environments due to brand safety, fraud and viewability concerns, Advance Local is focused on driving yield in the open marketplace. That strategy means improving viewability and giving buyers transparent URL informationContinue reading »

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AppNexus And Index Exchange Are The Header Bidding Leaders

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AppNexus and Index Exchange have the broadest adoption of their adapters and wrappers, according to the first-ever Header Bidding Index – a report from ServerBid, an Adzerk spinoff that builds wrappers for the demand side. Seventy percent of the top 1,000 publishers running programmatic advertising use header bidding, according to the report, which ServerBid createdContinue reading »

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Rubicon Project Acquires NToggle For $38.5M To Clean Up Bidstream Traffic

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Story updated at 1:40 p.m.  Rubicon Project has acquired nToggle, a startup that builds infrastructure to streamline bid requests, for $38.5 million, the companies revealed Monday. NToggle’s technology uses machine learning to weed out impressions a DSP is better off not bidding on through a process known as “traffic shaping.” This capability is increasingly importantContinue reading »

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Header Bidding Goes Server-Side: 6 Things You Should Know

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Header bidding, make way: In the next year, more publishers will switch to server-side header bidding. The solution offers clear advantages – while introducing other disadvantages – with which the industry will grapple as publishers update their tech. Like with header bidding, publishers run a pre-auction before the ad server to create a level playingContinue reading »

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Bankrate On Board For Server-Side Header Bidding

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When Bankrate decided to add header bidding late last year, it chose a server-side solution. “When we did our RFI [request for information], it became clear to me that server-to-server is a much better and more enhanced version of header bidding,” said Irene Kwak, VP of revenue operations for Bankrate. The financial publisher plans toContinue reading »

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The Year Header Bidding Went Mainstream

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  2016 was the year that header bidding crossed over and became a disruptive force in the ad industry. The wave of publisher adoption spurred tech companies to create header bidding solutions. Vendors that were slow to adopt, like Rubicon Project, saw their stock crash as their rivals scooped up market share in a worldContinue reading »

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Media.net Has Been Quietly Helping Publishers Move To Server-Side Bidding

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Two years ago, Media.net started helping publishers move their header bidding partners to a speedier server-to-server configuration, which has since attracted publishers like The Atlantic, Forbes, The New York Times and WebMD. Media.net had largely not marketed itself, said COO Namit Merchant. But following a $900 million acquisition this past summer by a Chinese consortium,Continue reading »

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