Ad Tech

Ad tech - everything you need to know

Ad Tech: Everything you need to know

What is Ad Tech? Advertising Technology (Ad Tech) is the term that describes the systems of analyzing and managing tools for programmatic advertising campaigns.  It includes the full ad delivery process, from picking an ad’s subject and place to selecting its target. Ad Tech solutions enable you to view the overall picture of your campaign and exploit it to its full potential. The direct benefits of this tight knot of diverse processes include increased operational efficiency, which means increased brand recognition, which leads to increased earnings. This indirectly leads to an increase in interest. Ad Tech, on the other hand, can be tough. Digital advertising is expensive, and you must ensure that every cent is working towards your goal. From a technological and logistical standpoint, the whole operation is quite demanding. It requires a massive amount of data and therefore massive computational power. As a result, you require the services of Ad Tech businesses that understand it inside and out and can turn it upside down to get through. AdTech firms are, in this sense, cavalry. The key advantage of using it is that it reduces budget spending and makes the entire process considerably more cost-effective. The company requires a properly customized system for its needs to get the most out of the Ad Tech modified campaign. The procedures for processing and categorizing incoming data must be precisely defined. It should fit exactly to make the process of organizing, delivering, and targeting advertisements as efficient as possible. It assists you…

Bid Shading - All you need to know

Bid shading explained

Bid shading is a method used by buyers in first-price auctions to avoid overspending, and its importance has grown as every major exchange has transitioned to a first-price auction.  Simply explained, it is a campaign feature that can help advertisers save money. Here’s an explanation of what it means and how it works. Bid shading defined There are two types of auctions in programmatic advertising: first-price and second-price. The highest bidder determines how much an impression is sold for in a first-price auction. The sale price of an impression is determined by the second-highest bidder in a second-price auction. Bid shading has emerged as a middle ground between the two. So, based on an estimate performed by the ad tech partner, the buyer will pay somewhere between the second-price and first-price value. How it works Because of the shift toward first-price auctions, the technology is mostly accessible as a free service on supply-side platforms and is becoming a feature increasingly used in DSPs. The vendor will study bid-history data, such as what bid rates normally win on a specific website or in a specific ad location, or at what price bids are lost, to determine what a bid should be that is midway between the first and second offers. Bid shading was created as a way to please buyers who were unhappy with having to pay far higher prices than they were used to when first-price auctions became popular. However, it is not particularly transparent, so buyers must rely on…

Lazy loading

Lazy Loading: Benefits and drawbacks

As a publisher, you’re always looking for methods to improve your site’s performance, whether it’s in terms of monetization, layout, or user experience. You may have heard other publishers discuss “Lazy Loading” or “Ad Refresh” and how it has helped them reach their objectives.What works for one publisher’s website may not work for another. In this piece, we will look into lazy loading ads to help you determine whether it’s worth it to implement them. So, what is Lazy Loading? When a visitor accesses a web page, all of its contents are typically rendered and downloaded in a single instance. The browser can cache the web page, but this does not always imply that people will be able to access it completely. Pages with lazy loading ads are prepared using placeholder content or empty containers that are replaced with genuine content only when the user scrolls down to it. In short, webpage material is loaded only when it is visible on the user’s screen. When implemented correctly, the primary benefit of lazy loading is reduced bandwidth utilization. In an image gallery, for example, instead of loading all images, just those that are likely to be viewed are loaded.It does, however, entail dangers, hazards, and trade-offs. Publishers should not assume that lazy load is better for their audience because those who try it typically experience varied results. Some businesses have gone through hundreds of implementations before settling on a single version that enhances user engagement or other KPIs. Typically, publishers attempt…

Ad Exchange vs Ad Network

Ad Exchange vs Ad Network

Ad networks and ad exchanges serve similar functions. In general, they both collect free inventory from publishers in one location and sell it to advertisers. Both can be incorporated with demand and supply-side networks, allowing for programmatic ad buying and selling.As a result, it’s difficult to distinguish between certain technology platforms, particularly if you depend on your DSP, who has little to no idea how it buys inventory and where it comes from. The sooner you decode those principles, the greater your chances of quickly optimizing your company and improving your brand. In this article, we’ll look at ad networks vs ad exchanges, by highlighting their main differences, and what role they play in ad monetization. What is an Ad Network? The general definition of an ad network is a media company-aggregator that acquires inventory from various publishers and sells it to advertisers or agencies. It is primarily the display, smartphone, and video inventory.When media purchasing became too difficult in the early 2000s, an advertisement network simplified the market by acting as an intermediary between the buying and selling sides. What is an Ad Exchange? By definition, an advertising exchange is a digital platform supply and demand parties (including publishers, advertisers, ad networks, DSPs, etc.) buy and sell inventory directly, without involving an intermediary. In most cases, ad exchanges run auctions and offer inventory to the highest bidder on an impression-by-impression basis, using real-time bidding technology. To summarize, this type of marketplace arose in response to publishers’ need to sell…

Interstitial ads

Web Interstitial ads: What are they and how to use them

Interstitial Ads have grown in popularity over the years to become accepted as a format on both mobile and traditional web experiences. In the beginning, there were banner ads and pop-up ads. Pop-up ads broke up the user experience and were phased out through technical means such as pop-up blockers. Over the years, through the growth and innovation in ad formats through mobile, native, and video advertising, pop-up Ads have evolved into a more accepted Interstitial Ad. In fact, Google launched Web Interstitial Ads in late 2020. In this piece, we will go into a bit more detail. What is an interstitial ad? Interstitial Ads are typically full-screen ads that cover the majority of the active screen, whether that is floating over a web page in view or filling the screen on a mobile device. As the name suggests, these ads appear in-between the content a user is engaging with. Good examples of such ads would be breaks in play, between levels in a game, at natural transition points within an app, or in-between pageviews, before accessing a new page or piece of content. Usually, the initiation happens on a specified action, whether that is the user clicks on a relevant link or reaches a designated point of action within an app or game. A required function of this format is the ability to close it and continue using the web page or app. This is usually in the form of an X in the top right corner or just…


Bad Ads: What are they and how can you get rid of them?

The rise of programmatic advertising and internet users’ understanding that seeing content means seeing ads, has resulted in a never-ending sprint to provide more ads.  We have all seen and have an opinion about what we think a Bad Ad may be; offensive, cheap, patronizing are all describing the creative. However, today we will be discussing the type of ads we don’t want to see on the internet. Potentially malicious, often spam-like and border-line illegal ads occur more and more in a programmatic environment at scale. Google blocked and removed 2.7bn Bad Ads in 2019 alone. The ability to sell a campaign to appear alongside your content with the copy and imagery you feel fits your branding is still possible. Trying to do that tailored for each individual user whenever they visit your site though, is nigh on impossible. This ability to work at scale has driven programmatic growth and efficiency, however, it is safe to say that many publishers have lost control of their inventory.  So what are Bad Ads and where do they come from?

Rewarded ads – Benefits and drawbacks

Rewarded ads or Incentivized ads are a mainstay of the modern in-app mobile advertising experience. These types of ads are designed to reward the user once they have taken the desired action after seeing an advert. Over the years there has been an evolving relationship with this type of advertising, sparking the rise in the freemium model. What are they and how do they work? As the name suggests, Rewarded ads also known as Incentivized ads, offer mobile users a reward or incentive in exchange for their interaction with an ad. This can include installing an app, registering or subscribing to a website or service, or watching a video. This is especially prevalent in scenarios where a user wants to unlock content such as level-ups, more lives, power-ups, virtual coins, removing ads, or premium content. Unlocking content on completion of the desired action can be seen when the revenue model ‘Freemium’ is used. ‘Freemium’ offers users a free version of an app or service that either has a limited offering or that is heavily ad-supported. To remove the ads or unlock more features, a user must pay or subscribe to the app or service.  High profile examples of this ad unit would be games such as Candy Crush, where you can unlock game features, boosters, or lives by watching a video ad, and platforms such as Spotify, where you can unlock uninterrupted music for 30 mins by listening to an ad as part of their free version, with ads completely…

core web vitals

Core Web Vitals – Essential Metrics for Publishers

What are Google’s Core Web Vitals? In May 2021, Google announced that they are going to roll out the official ranking factor change – Core Web Vitals. Typically, when Google publishes an update that affects search rankings, it’s all about content. In this case, the update is about a better user experience on your site in terms of speed of loading, reliability, and responsiveness.  Today, we’re going to interpret the specifics of Core Web Vitals and help you understand how your search rankings will be affected. The Metrics Explained Core Web Vitals are a set of particular factors that Google deems important in a webpage’s user experience and the metrics will progress over time.  So far, Google has defined three main criteria, which publishers and developers need to focus on to improve page experience rankings: largest contentful paint, first input delay, and cumulative layout shift. Largest Contentful Paint (LCP): This represents the time it takes to load the main content of a website in seconds. Focus on making your LCP score of 2.5 seconds or faster. First Input Delay (FID): The emphasis here is on assessing the time it takes for a web page to become interactive. Focus on bringing the FID score down to less than 100 ms. Cumulative Layout Shift (CLS): This explains the impact of unexpected layout changes for visual page content. Focus on bringing the CLS score down to less than 0.1. In summary, Core Web Vitals are a group of variables that will be an…

Google Publisher Tags

Google Publisher Tags Guide: Integration and Implementation

Since the very first ad was placed on a website in 1994, the advertising industry has used a specific Ad Technology to enable the monetisation of websites – the Ad Server. According to Datanyze, Google Ad Manager is the dominant ad server used by websites with a global market share of 33%. In 2018, Google merged DoubleClick for Publishers (DFP) and Google Ad Exchange to create Google Ad Manager. Which brings us nicely onto Google Publisher Tags. This article will explain not only what GPT are but also how they work, how to generate them and the benefits they bring. What are Google Publisher Tags Google Publisher Tag (GPT) is an ad tagging library used for Google Ad Manager (GAM). Google Publisher Tags enable publishers to dynamically build the ad request and display the ad on web pages. With GPT, you can define inventory, initiate and bundle ad requests, and then render the matching demand. How do Google Publisher Tags Work? GPT is used to define your available ad slots. Placing GPT on a page creates a link between the ad server and a user’s browser. When a user visits a page containing GPT, the following happens: A request is made from the user’s browser to the ad server for gpt.js, the tag code built in JavaScript. The JavaScript builds and sends one or more requests to the ad server for ads tagged on the page. The ad server matches the ad units and any key-values contained within the request….

Infinite Scroll vs Load More

Infinite Scroll vs Load More: Comparison

It is vital for websites to understand how they want their users to interact with their content. User Experience (UX), is all about making the way users interact with you as easy and enjoyable as possible. Traditionally websites are presented as pages and each page belongs to a section or category, users click and read pages of content they are interested in, this is known as Pagination. In this instance, all content and ads load when the page is loaded. More recently opportunities to enable users to discover new or related content without leaving the page they are on have become especially prevalent with users consuming content that is image-heavy or viewed on mobile devices. Here we discuss the two main UX techniques websites can use to keep users on the site and enable the discovery of new content while not loading all content at the initial page visit; Infinite Scroll and Load More.