Hearts & Science Calls To Replace First-Price Auction With Reformed Second-Price Model

The switch to first-price auctions last year is causing programmatic buyers to pay more, according to research from media agency Hearts & Science. In one test, a first-price auction drove CPMs up by more than 50%. The Omnicom agency wants programmatic to create “clean” second-price auctions to remove the premium that buyers pay. It doesn’tContinue reading »

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One Year In, The BuzzFeed Exchange Deepens The Publisher’s Programmatic Offering

One year after first launching programmatic ads, BuzzFeed is doubling down with BuzzFeed Exchange, a formal expansion of its programmatic product offerings. BuzzFeed’s inventory has grown to 3 billion impressions a month, up from the  1 billion impressions a month it offered when it debuted programmatic ads a year ago. The BuzzFeed Exchange aims toContinue reading »

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The Trade Desk Is Flying High. Can It Last?

When The Trade Desk IPO’d in September 2016, it nearly doubled its own value projection and quickly became a $1 billion company. Fast-forward two years and the company’s market cap sits at around $6 billion. The question for many analysts and ad tech observers is: How long can this ride last? Investors have pumped aContinue reading »

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SpotX Partners With Dentsu’s CCI to Bring Its Tech to Japanese Broadcasters

SpotX has teamed up with Dentsu’s Cyber Communications Inc. to make its video ad-serving platform available to domestic broadcasters in Japan, the company said Monday. Since almost all publishers in Japan work with CCI-affiliated companies to buy ads, the move will give SpotX access to the Japanese market. CCI is a digital-focused subsidiary of DentsuContinue reading »

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The Trade Desk Surges On Record Revenue – With No Sign of GDPR Slowdown

The Trade Desk recorded revenue of $112.3 million in Q2 2018, a 54% increase from the same period last year, according to the company’s earnings report released Thursday. That growth rate is identical to 2017’s annual growth rate, and the company’s retention rate topped 95% for the 18th consecutive quarter. On the company’s earnings call,Continue reading »

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Podcast: How To Build A Brand In Programmatic

AdExchanger Talks is a podcast focused on data-driven marketing. Subscribe here. This episode of AdExchanger Talks is supported by Tealium. Programmatic may have cut its teeth as a direct response medium, but advertisers are also starting to embrace it for upper-funnel campaigns. However, if branding is your goal, the rules of engagement are different. This week on AdExchangerContinue reading »

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Snap’s Q2 Revenue Growth Is Strong, But User Growth Still Lags

Snap’s revenue grew 44% year over year to $262 million in the second quarter. Its average revenue per user – a critical metric where Snapchat lags behind Facebook and Instagram – increased 34% to $1.40 in Q2. Snapchat’s transition to self-serve programmatic has allowed the company to scale its ad business in ways that weren’tContinue reading »

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Exchanges Are Under Pressure To Pony Up For Guaranteed Viewability

Advertisers are sick of paying for unviewed impressions, and some programmatic exchanges are appeasing them by eating the cost of anything that wasn’t viewed. Viewability guarantees aren’t new. For advertisers that demand it, ad tech companies can optimize toward viewability on open exchanges or run viewable deals in private marketplaces. The problem is, those optionsContinue reading »

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Google Dodges Privacy Scrutiny; Fiscal Wonk Sues Facebook Over Likeness In Crypto Ads

Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. The Other Giant Google deserves some of the flack that Facebook is almost exclusively catching in the wake of its Cambridge Analytica scandal, writes Christopher Mims for The Wall Street Journal. Mims argues that Google has lax standards for merging data between its variousContinue reading »

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Even After YouTube’s Rough Year, Alphabet’s Growth Looks Unstoppable

The Alphabet revenue train is full steam ahead, as the company reported more than $31 billion in revenues in the first quarter of 2018, a 26% jump from the same period last year, the company announced in its earnings report Monday. Programmatic and the core search business were the biggest driver of that growth, risingContinue reading »

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