5 Things You Didn’t Know About Header Bidding

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

Over the last six months or so, header bidding has been a hot topic in ad tech industry circles, with headlines spanning from explanations of what header bidding is (e.g. WTF is header bidding) to strong arguments for or against the marketing tactic (e.g. 50 percent CPM uplift from header bidding and Publishers weigh the downsides to header bidding).

To level-set, header bidding is a programmatic advertising tactic implemented by a publisher to elicit more bids on its ad inventory. This is executed through an on-page piece of JavaScript code in the “header” of a publisher’s website—thus the term, “header” bidding. While this concept isn’t a new or remarkable breakthrough in innovation, some are heralding it as a game-changing booster of CPMs, while others are skeptical and wary of the effect the practice will have on page load times and technical upkeep.

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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’s 2016 Future Predictions (Part II)

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The Publisher’s Crystal Ball Part II: 2016 Digital Advertising Industry Predictions

In our first group of predictions, we discussed four trends on how we see consumer behaviors impacting the digital media and advertising industries in 2016. In part II, we’ll discuss what’s ahead in the New Year in terms of the digital advertising industry at large. Specifically, five industry trends are of note and will have a large impact on the path forward in 2016.

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PubMatic’s 2016 Future Predictions (Part I)

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The Publisher’s Crystal Ball, Part I: 2016 Consumer Predictions Impacting Digital Media & Advertising

2015 has been a year of incredible growth and change for the digital media and advertising space. From the ever-evolving list of challenges to the growing innovations in technology, publishers have been pushed to find new solutions to advertiser issues and maintain relevance in an increasingly crowded space. As we look forward to 2016, change is the only constant. With that in mind, we’ve put together an overview of our top nine predictions for digital advertising in 2016 – for consumers and for the industry at large. First up, consumer predictions that will impact the digital media industry:

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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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Going Once…Going Twice… SOLD to the Header Bidder!

By Evan Krauss, VP Publisher Development, Americas

At the recent Ad Revenue Europe conference in London a group of senior publisher executives debated the current state of inventory allocation, and how publishers view the legacy waterfall and the more current header bidding technologies. During the panel, Ed Thomas, Head of Audience for Skimlinks, stated, “We’re working with publishers to identify what that loss [from using waterfalls] looks like, and in some cases it’s colossal – as much as 50%.” Although the waterfall tactic—i.e. when a publisher’s ad server sequentially calls on demand sources in predetermined priority—once seemed like a logical solution for yield management, in practice, waterfalls lead to lost revenue and operational inefficiencies.

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The Solution to Ad Fraud is Proactive Protection

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The New Yorker’s Peter Steiner famously created the cartoon caption in July 1993: “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.” Fast forward 22 years, and those “dogs” on the Internet have become menacing ad fraud “bots” on phantom publisher sites, maliciously-designed to generate fraudulent advertising impressions and clicks that, in turn, steal from digital ad budgets.

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PubMatic’s Statement of Marketplace Principles

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PubMatic’s culture of innovation and dedication to product and service excellence inspired the following marketplace principles. We believe that, while being first-to-market in a number of product areas is important, leading by example is paramount to driving growth and success for the publishing industry, as a whole. These principles underscore our collaborative approach to improving the content experience for consumers, while maximizing value of digital assets for publishers, and preserving inventory quality and availability for advertisers.

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How Header Bidding Helps Publishers Optimize Revenue

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By Nishant Khatri, Director Product Management

Since the advent of programmatic advertising, publishers have auctioned off their impressions employing a technique called waterfalling. Waterfalling sees publishers offer the same impression to a series of demand sources – one after the other in near real time – until the publisher finds a source that provides a bid for the impression. The challenge for publishers with the waterfall has been that instead of consolidating all demand for an impression in one auction, it creates a dynamic where demand is segmented and cannot be revealed all at once.

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