Agency Demands For Transparency Have Lasting Ramifications For Sell-Side Tech

Late last year, Havas Media began formalizing rules for how it works with SSPs and exchanges. The rules required them to shed light on previously non-transparent practices, like publisher fees, supply quality, access to log-level reporting and auction dynamics. Havas wasn’t an outlier. Hearts & Science also runs a 50-point certification process with SSPs andContinue reading »

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Advertising ID Consortium Enters Next Phase With LiveRamp’s First Bidstream Integration

LiveRamp, dataxu and Index Exchange launched the first commercial proof of concept for the Advertising ID Consortium on Thursday. The product places LiveRamp’s IdentityLink directly in the bidstream, skipping the cookie syncs typically required for a DSP and SSP to match against LiveRamp in a campaign. Additionally, Bill Simmons, dataxu’s co-founder and CTO, is joiningContinue reading »

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The Big Story: The Quest For Quality

The Big Story is a breezy new podcast featuring a roundtable of AdExchanger editors talking about the biggest stories from the past week. It is available wherever you subscribe to podcasts. So you’ve made it to the final day of Advertising Week in New York City. Congratulations. This year, the annual shindig crammed its attendeesContinue reading »

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Wrapper Wars: Exchanges And Publishers Question Fairness Of Index Exchange’s Wrapper

Six exchanges and a handful of top publishers who work with Index Exchange’s wrapper say they consistently notice anomalies indicating the exchange prioritizes itself. At least two of those exchanges are composing a letter to Index Exchange CEO Andrew Casale threatening to withdraw from its wrapper unless it takes steps to ensure neutrality, AdExchanger hasContinue reading »

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Index Exchange Halts Bid Caching, Used Auction Game For 50% Of Impressions

Following outcry over how it changed programmatic auction rules, Index Exchange has paused bid caching, said CEO Andrew Casale in a letter to clients Monday. The practice accounted for half of all impressions filled by Index Exchange, according to research conducted by Jounce Media and published Monday evening. The fallout from the buy side has been ferociousContinue reading »

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Index Exchange Called Out For Tweaking Its Auction

Index Exchange has for more than a year been doing bid caching, where if its buyer loses a programmatic auction, it holds onto the bid to see if it can serve an ad on the next piece of content the consumer views. Bid caching has enabled Index Exchange to gain market share against rival exchangesContinue reading »

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Ad ID Consortium Joins Forces With DigiTrust

You know stuff is getting real when the consortiums start forming consortiums. Over the past two years, two scaled initiatives have emerged to build a common ID that would reduce data loss, tags on page and site latency issues resulting from cookie syncing across dozens of ad tech companies. One is Advertising ID Consortium, ledContinue reading »

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Dentsu Aegis Network Taps Index Exchange To Power M1

Dentsu Aegis Network said Tuesday it has added Index Exchange as a tech partner for its people-based marketing initiative, M1. M1 typically targets precise audiences. The Index Exchange wrapper will find more of those needles in the haystack. Publishers already using the Index Exchange wrapper must sign a contract with Dentsu Aegis Network before tappingContinue reading »

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Who Wins And Loses As Brands Flee The Long Tail?

Marketers taking a conservative approach to brand safety are pulling back from buying the long tail to minimize their exposure to fraudulent, non-viewable and brand-unsafe inventory. As premium publishers develop strong programmatic capabilities, brands are transacting with them directly rather than on the open exchange. EMarketer predicts that nearly 80% of programmatic dollars will beContinue reading »

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Blaming Programmatic: Snapchat Goes To An Old Publisher Script

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When Snap reported disappointing earnings on Tuesday, it said revenue was constrained by its shift from a direct sales model to a programmatic, auction-based model. Snap’s excuse mimics one that publishers used in the early days of programmatic to explain their revenue shortfalls, and it doesn’t fully take into account immaturities and nuances in Snap’sContinue reading »

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