Founded in 2003, National Rail Enquiries (NRE) is the U.K.’s premier source for train times and tickets and one of the most popular travel sites in the country.
In recent months, publisher consortiums have gained significant traction as publishers seek to offer brand advertisers premium content and audiences at scale. Publishers have been forced to compete with digital giants that are eating up more and more ad spend because of their ability to scale audience based buying. According to eMarketer, 54% of total digital ad spend is projected to go to Facebook and Google by 2018.
The shift toward header bidding technologies for premium publishers has dominated programmatic discussions for obvious reasons – increases in revenue and yield, optimized impressions and more control over inventory. The overwhelmingly positive impact of header bidding can be seen not only overall on PubMatic’s platform, where premium publishers see 53% higher CPMs, on average, but also across major content verticals, including news, retail / e-commerce, financial information and entertainment & lifestyle.
Earlier this month, PubMatic launched the industry’s first enterprise-grade wrapper solution for publishers, which solves for the inefficiencies in header tag management and measurement in header bidding strategies. As premium publishers continue to rapidly adopt header bidding, they need a complete wrapper solution that enables the holistic management of all header bidding partners and provides a transparent, real-time view into bid activity and volume, monetization and latency metrics.
The Story Behind the Success
A leading entertainment and news web property was in search of a reliable programmatic partner that could increase its fill rates and CPMs to maximize yield. At the time, header bidding was still a new technology that had not yet gained mainstream traction. The publisher partnered with PubMatic to leverage its Decision Manager header bidding product to gain an edge on the publisher’s competitors, in its ad sales efforts.
Publishers grapple with various challenges in ad serving as they strive to take back control of ad decisioning. PubMatic is dedicated to servicing the needs of premium publishers, and recently released the white paper, “Lessons Learned in Header Bidding,” highlighting best practices in header bidding.
To header bid, or not to header bid? That has been the question on the minds of premium publishers over the past year as the programmatic tactic header bidding has permeated the media industry. Last year, PubMatic released the white paper, “Decision Manager: Your Inventory. Your Rules.,” that addressed the ways in which header bidding can solve key challenges for publishers, primarily created by the outdated “waterfall” process in inventory management. This year, we’re taking a look back at header bidding successes and challenges over the past twelve months in a white paper titled, “Lessons Learned in Header Bidding.”
By Kirk McDonald, President, PubMatic
What do the food and digital advertising supply chains have in common? To most, it may seem like nothing; but, perhaps surprisingly, there are numerous direct parallels that can be drawn between them primarily around complexity and potential quality issues. These parallels are increasingly useful in understanding how both industries can conquer their biggest challenges.
Last month, we hosted our first Publisher Academy of 2016 in London, our 16th so far. Designed to educate and empower publishers to make the most of their digital assets, this time, we delved into the much talked-about topic of header bidding. We kicked off the afternoon with a deep dive into the evolution of header bidding and the landscape as it stands today. This was followed by a view from the buy-side provided by guest speaker, Charlie Ashe, Head of Digital Strategy at VE Interactive, and we rounded off the session with two workshops to really help our publisher partners understand the what, when and why of header bidding.