PubMatic Hackathon 2016

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On Thursday, February 4, PubMatic employees across the globe will team up for PubMatic’s second hackathon, dubbed The Innovation Contest at PubMatic, which will take place simultaneously in its Pune, Redwood City, and New York City offices. This 36-hour event will focus on creating solutions that will help drive monetization for our publishers and help us achieve our goal of exceeding our customer’s expectations. Last year’s winning teams won cash prizes for developing an intuitive and intelligent search, discovery and recommendation engine, an optimized user sync pixel for DSP, and real-time bid throttling for an ad server.

We’re looking forward to seeing the groundbreaking ideas that emerge this year. Learn more about The Innovation Contest at PubMatic.

How Analytics Can Increase PMP Revenue for Publishers

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By: Jim Tarr, Director of Product Marketing Big Data & Analytics 
Alaric Thomas, Director Product Management Big Data & Analytics

Private marketplace (PMP) adoption continued to increase in 2015, and there are no signs of it slowing down. eMarketer estimates that PMP spending will reach $3.65 billion this year and grow 35% to a projected $4.93 billion by 2017. These gains are driven, in part, by the premium prices that PMP inventory garner. PubMatic’s Q3 2015 Quarterly Mobile Index Report found that PMP CPMs are higher than non-PMP CPMs, by a factor of 5-6x for mobile PMP and 3-4x for desktop PMP.

Publishers are embracing PMPs as a means to gain more control over which advertisers run on their premium inventory in the programmatic space. Buyers are interested in PMP as it allows them to better reach their target audience through a publisher they trust, with the benefit of access to premium inventory that might not otherwise be available in the open market.

While PMPs will likely continue to be an effective programmatic solution in 2016 for publishers and buyers alike, they present some challenges. For publishers, issues like finding the right buyers, setting pricing and troubleshooting can create barriers to successful PMP implementation. However, with the right data and actionable information, these challenges can be overcome. The following are a few suggested strategies for publishers to address these issues by leveraging analytics.

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2015’s Momentous Mobile Milestones

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By Evan Krauss, VP, Publisher Development

As we reflect on the changes and trends from 2015, it’s clear that it has been a transformative year for the media industry. In addition to the rise in private marketplaces and video capabilities, maturity in mobile took center stage. 2015 saw significant strides for the smartphones and mobile devices we carry everywhere, with U.S. adults spending an average of 2 hours and 54 minutes per day on these devices, according to eMarketer. As we enter 2016, we outlined three major developments from last year that indicate mobile’s continued ascension toward consumer and media dominance:

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PubMatic Named Most Effective Advertising Technology Platform

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PubMatic was thrilled to be named the Most Effective Advertising Technology Platform at last week’s Effective Mobile Marketing Awards in London. The awards celebrate mobile excellence in services, products, campaigns and sectors and recognize leading brands, agencies and firms that are driving the transformation and advancement of mobile marketing.

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PubMatic Ranked for the Fourth Consecutive Year on Deloitte’s 2015 Technology Fast 500™

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PubMatic is excited to announce that for the fourth year in a row it was included on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and energy tech companies in North America. The recognition showcases PubMatic’s 318 percent revenue growth from 2011 to 2014.

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Optimizing Publisher Inventory One Impression at a Time

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By Evan Krauss, VP Publisher Development, Americas and
Nishant Khatri, Director, Product Management

It’s been well established that the inefficiencies brought on by the legacy “waterfall” have cost publishers significantly both monetarily and operationally. But even as new ad serving technologies have emerged to solve for these inadequacies, many publishers are still grappling with major challenges around outdated inventory allocation methodologies. PubMatic today released a white paper, entitled Decision Manager: Your Inventory. Your Rules., which outlines the key challenges and solutions in inventory management and monetization, and describes how publishers can leverage a technology platform to realize the full potential of their digital assets.

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What Does it Take to Get Ahead of Real-Time? Find Out at PubMatic’s 8th Annual Ad Revenue Conference

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Each year, PubMatic identifies the key trends that are shaping the advertising marketplace and convenes leaders from advertising and publishing to examine the shifts in the media industry. Ad Revenue 2015 will focus on getting ahead of real-time. Advertising at the speed of real-time takes constant monitoring and fine-tuning to get it right, specifically in our constantly evolving, multi-screen, consumer-driven environment.

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Have You Seen Our Cover?

Journey to the center of programmatic with PubMatic and discover our predictions for 2015 in PubMatic’s Programmatic Outlook Report. Our team couldn’t be more ecstatic to see PubMatic CEO Rajeev Goel and President Kirk McDonald featured in a cover wrap on the latest issue Advertising Age, celebrating the forthcoming launch of PubMatic’s first Programmatic Outlook Report.

As we move into an era where programmatic is part of nearly every aspect of media, we think it’s our responsibility to pause as 2014 closes and do our best to analyze where this dynamic industry is heading. So reserve your copy of the Programmatic Outlook Report here and find out about our predictions for programmatic in 2015.

Some highlights from our analysis:

  • Programmatic isn’t the future, it’s here and it’s the new normal
  • Programmatic is more than Real Time Bidding
  • Mobile programmatic is the norm, but getting it right won’t be
  • Publishers will lose sleep over tech giants’ walled gardens
  • Is the ad fraud arms race winnable?

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Private Marketplace Adoption: IDG UK Study

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IDG UK is the UK’s leading technology media company with the largest tech media and marketing solutions portfolio in the country.

Programmatic Trading is the buzz word for 2013. Many publishers are showing interest in adopting this more efficient way of trading but often lack the support to do so. Concerns in the market are rife, and it can often seem discouraging when the knowledge behind the technology isn’t there. And to confuse matters, Private Marketplaces (PMPs) have entered the programmatic scene, leading to even more mystification and fears on the publisher side.

However with their granular transparency PMPs give the reins back to publishers, allowing greater control over pricing and powering direct sellers with information on the practices and preferences of their best clients.

A recent PMP success story for PubMatic started when it partnered with IDG UK (International Data Group UK) towards the end of last year to help drive IDG UK’s offering into the programmatic spectrum.

IDG UK is a global technology network bringing together over 280 million technology buyers in 97 countries. IDG UK chose PubMatic as their Strategic Selling Partner to enable its programmatic offering to market for their B2B and B2C properties, such as ComputerworldUK, Macworld, PCAdvisor and DigitalArtsOnline.

Like many of our other clients, IDG UK needed to partner with a trusted technology platform to lead their programmatic trading adoption and help them drive their direct sales into the opportunities around Private Marketplaces.

Key factors for any client, when moving into the PMP environment, are to gain deep control over their digital assets with heightened transparency and the ability to adjust floor prices when needed. The feeling of having the chance to be ‘hands on’ within the programmatic landscape is often needed by the publisher to allow them control and transparency when dealing with their inventory.

IDG UK was quick to realise the benefit of embracing programmatic trading and taking ownership over how and to whom its impressions were traded programmatically. As part of its overall digital strategy, IDG UK’s media services director Dan Shaw quickly identified the need for a specialist to lead their programmatic trading and adoption within their direct sales teams.

“Everywhere you look there are very bullish forecasts about how much the programmatic space will grow. We wanted to make sure we were as close to the market as we could be. And we also wanted to be one of the first Publishers having the conversations agencies wanted to have. A dedicated sales resource has given us the opportunity to do both of these things; we recognised the need to have someone actively talking with all demand partners (and someone who could spend time with Pubmatic) so they really understood the opportunities and could feedback to the overall business,” said Shaw.

By appointing Rob Bradley to work with PubMatic’s EMEA Director of Advertiser Solutions, Duncan Chamberlain, Dan Shaw ensured IDG had a dedicated sales lead to partner with PubMatic.

This enabled the direct sales business to work alongside the Agency Trading Desks whilst complimenting each other rather than cannibalising the sales efforts which led to increased revenues.

Programmatic buying and PMPs equip IDG UK with the capability to control the pricing of inventory by advertiser or segment whilst maintaining direct relationships with buyers and controlling ad quality. This was previously not possible with network relationships.

Throughout 2013, IDG UK will continue to focus on PMPs, extracting higher CPMs and approaching more trading desks, segmenting audiences further with the addition of 1st and 3rd party data.

By funnelling more agency spend into programmatic, IDG UK will gain greater control on pricing via guaranteed spends across its premium/audience rich inventory.

“As a premium publisher it is imperative we have control over the CPMs and spend we receive from our core clients via Programmatic Trading. An initial block list led a sales strategy to approach agency teams and trading desks to set up PMPs, with clients we gain direct bookings from and use trading desks. Although the overall PMP market is not as advanced as we would like we have seen great success with some of those implemented. Our SSP PubMatic has been a very valuable asset in setting up this new revenue stream.

“The next few months will see us arranging more PMPs with various demand partners and keep a close eye on their success and impact against direct sales. We see them as a core progression towards Premium RTB. In fact I am already experiencing conversations regarding branding campaigns with higher CPMs than the usual direct response we are used to via RTB,” Bradley said.