Amazon Emerges As Google Challenger In Advertiser Perceptions SSP Report

Amazon Publisher Services shot up in the rankings in the 2019 Advertiser Perceptions supply-side platform (SSP) report, emerging as a challenger to Google. The survey evaluated 18 exchanges via a poll of 155 sales and ops staffers from sites with at least 3 million monthly uniques. Amazon’s sell-side ad tech business rose from eighth lastContinue reading »

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Sizmek’s Bankruptcy Is Changing How The Supply Side Manages DSP Debts

One of the most pressing concerns from Sizmek’s bankruptcy comes from SSPs, which must reconsider how they think about risk and credit with their longtime partners. Brands and agencies often pay DSPs on 90-day or even 120-day cycles. But DSPs pay SSPs between 30 to 60 days. There’s a separate contract between an SSP andContinue reading »

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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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Sovrn’s Acquisition Of VigLink Shows A Potential Non-Ad Tech Future For SSPs

Sovrn’s acquisition of VigLink last week will make 2019 Sovrn’s first year when subscription software services outearn its traditional advertising exchange. Sovrn began in 2014 as an SSP offering scale and analytics on its aggregated publishing data, growing to be one of the largest ad networks with tens of thousands of blogs and publisher clients.Continue reading »

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How Tremor Video DSP Broke Its Profitability Dry Spell

Tremor Video DSP is working out some growing pains. At the beginning of this year, Tremor regained profitability for the first time since it was spun off in August 2017 from the SSP that would become known as Telaria. Tremor operates as a business division within Taptica, the mobile ad tech company that acquired theContinue reading »

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Advertiser Perceptions: How SSPs Can Win Market Share From Google

Google Ad Manager is the dominant SSP, according to Advertiser Perceptions’ 2018 Programmatic Intelligence Report. But, the 154 publishers surveyed also valued platforms in areas like proactively shared insights and reporting – categories where Google didn’t perform as well as its competitors. “Google is the clear leader,” said Kevin Mannion, chief strategy officer at AdvertiserContinue reading »

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Bid Caching: Just Another Auction Game With Unknown Rules

“The Sell Sider” is a column written by the sell side of the digital media community. Today’s column is written by Matt Prohaska, principal and CEO at Prohaska Consulting. Like the US political news cycle today, the mar tech news cycle moves pretty quickly, so I recognize we are near or at the end ofContinue reading »

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The Open Exchange’s Value Prop Keeps Getting Better

“The Sell Sider” is a column written by the sell side of the digital media community. Today’s column is written by Jay Friedman, COO at Goodway Group. In the past two weeks, I’ve been to two supply-side platform (SSP) summits and spoken in depth to more than a dozen publishers. I’ve learned a lot. In short,Continue reading »

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OpenX Acquires Mezzobit And PubNation To Sweeten Publisher Offering

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OpenX acquired two publisher tools, Mezzobit and PubNation, on Monday. By bringing these point solutions in-house, the SSP plans to strengthen its overall offering for publishers. The tools don’t boost yield for publishers, which is how publishers typically grade SSPs, but rather help them track down slow or suspicious advertiser tags and monitor overall adContinue reading »

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