The 4-1-1 on Private Marketplaces

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A Conversation with Hussain Rahim, Director of Product Marketing at PubMatic

Private marketplace (PMP) adoption continued to increase in 2015, and there are no signs of it slowing down in 2016. eMarketer estimates that PMP spending will reach $3.65 billion this year and grow 35% to a projected $4.93 billion by 2017. But like so many other fast-growing areas in digital advertising, there is some confusion that surrounds it. In order to shed some clarity on the subject, we sat down with Hussain Rahim, Director of Product Marketing at PubMatic to get some answers.

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Come Visit Us at Mobile World Congress!

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The PubMatic team is on the ground at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. We’re excited to make some new connections and reconnect with existing contacts during the conference. The PubMatic booth, located in Hall 8.1 – App Planet Stand 8.16E, is fresh with our new branding (more to come on that), and will be packed with team members throughout the week, so don’t hesitate to stop by and have a conversation!

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3 Topics We’re Excited to Discuss at Mobile World Congress Next Week

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We are thrilled to return to Barcelona next week for Mobile World Congress, where PubMatic’s global mobile experts will be eager to discuss the top-of-mind issues for leaders in publishing, media and advertising today.

As we prepare for the conference, we wanted to share a brief preview of the top three focus areas we’re looking forward to discussing with attendees: effective monetization strategies for publishers, inspiring media buyer confidence and global mobile growth opportunities. Read more about these trends below, and we look forward to meeting with you at the conference to talk further.

To schedule a meeting with someone on our team, click here or visit our booth at Hall 8.1 – App Planet Stand 8.1E61.

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5 Ways Publishers Can Make the Most of Real-Time Data

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As an increasing amount of data flows through the media industry, publishers need to understand how to make the most of this opportunity in their programmatic ad sales. A recent study from Forrester Consulting, Real-Time Data Analytics: Empowering Publishers To Make Better, Faster Decisions, reveals how publishers can make smarter, more informed business decisions that drive revenue growth. Below are five important steps that publishers can take to ensure they are capitalizing on real-time data: 

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Taking Next Steps in the Global Programmatic Advertising Market

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As the global advertising market continues to grow, more opportunities exist for publishers and advertisers to reach and interact with their audiences. According to eMarketer, the global digital advertising market currently stands at $198 billion, and is projected to grow to nearly $255 billon in 2018. More specifically, in mobile advertising, PubMatic’s Quarterly Mobile Index (QMI) found that the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region saw an 82% increase, year-over-year, in monetized mobile impression volume in Q4 2015 and the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region saw a 524% increase, representing the fastest–growing global opportunity. Publishers and advertisers need a partner that will not only help them capitalize on this opportunity, but protect their most important asset – their relationship with their audiences.

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PubMatic Innovators Build the Future of Programmatic in 36 Hours

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On February 4th PubMatic’s second Hackathon kicked off across three of our global offices in Pune, India, Redwood City, California and New York City.  Creative minds began working excitedly as the sun began to rise. Most developers worked through the night and cranked code for thirty-two hours straight.

PubMatic’s Hackathon, dubbed “The Innovation Contest” brought employees with various skillsets (ranging from data science to Java) and across different functions (from product management to IT) together to form thirty-seven teams in total. 121 innovators came forward with their ideas to participate and build the most innovative technology in the industry. Ideas aligned with three key themes – the future of ad-tech, infrastructure optimization, and automation. Initiatives ranged from innovative ways of rendering multi-sized ads to building new analytics solutions.

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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 the U.K.’s National Rail Helps Advertisers Reach Consumers at the Most Optimal Mobile Moment


You might not know it, but every time you pick up your smartphone to view content, you’re creating what’s called a “mobile moment.” These moments have piqued brand advertisers’ interests as opportunities to share relevant marketing messages on our tiny screens; but from publishers’ perspective, there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes to achieve these precarious, highly personal interactions.

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PubMatic Hackathon 2016


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.

Advertisers Treat Themselves to Mobile PMP Inventory This Holiday Season, Paying Off for Premium Publishers


Industry leading stakeholders have set out to eradicate suspect impressions on a global level throughout the past year, and premium publishers and advertisers have begun to feel the impact of this industry shift to quality. Our Q4 2015 Quarterly Mobile Index (QMI) report, released today, shows that advertisers are directing ad spending towards higher-quality inventory with better targeting capabilities, especially through more transparent mobile private marketplaces (PMPs). As a result, premium publishers are garnering higher prices for their inventory and attracting more mobile ad spending.

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