TechBytes with Sergio Serra, Senior Product Manager of Supply and Programmatic at InMobi

Could you tell us about your role and responsibilities at InMobi? I’m the Product Manager for the SSP strategic business unit, and I have been at InMobi for almost five years. I manage the InMobi Exchange and our core supply products at InMobi, and I sit on the IAB Open Measurement and OpenRTB Working Groups. Prior to InMobi, I worked with different companies in the online space where I contributed to the product strategy and codebase. For those who are new to the industry, could you tell us about sellers.json and its…

IAB & IAB Tech Lab Release CCPA Compliance Framework for Public Comment

Proposed Solution Will Help Publishers & Supply Chain Partners Comply with Complex California Consumer Privacy Regulations IAB, the trade association for the digital media and marketing industries, and its affiliated standard-setting organization, the IAB Technology Laboratory, released for public comment the IAB California Consumer Privacy Act Compliance Framework for Publishers and Technology Companies to help digital publishers and their supply chain partners comply with California’s data privacy legislation. “IAB…

Server-Side Platforms (SSPs) Take Note: 5 Things That Matter to Site Owners

As programmatic advertising spent keeps increasing, and the digital landscape gets more complex, one thing remains the same: Publishers need to strike a delicate balance between earning ad revenue and maintaining a positive user experience. Enter Server-Side Platforms or SSPs: It’s their role to help publishers manage the dynamic programmatic buying process while keeping their readers happy. Over the years, Server-Side Platforms have expanded their functions and responsibilities. Today, many SSPs include ad-exchange…

The Future of the Bot and Why Marketers Need to Be Critical of their Own Performance Data

Bot induced losses in ad spend amount to $5.8 billion globally. Though this might seem like a monumental sum, the World Federation of Advertisers (WFA) claims that conflated click volumes will cost businesses as much as $50 billion by 2025. However, compare the $5.8 billion lost in 2018 to the $6.5 billion in 2017 and you might believe that things are improving. As advertising vigilantes try to stem the growth of ad fraud by dismantling bot networks and deploying programmatic networks with built-in fraud prevention…

RhythmOne Named #1 Programmatic Advertising Seller on Pixalate’s Global (US), Mobile and Video Trust (US and International) Indexes

Score assessed based on data from billions of transactions on transparency, viewability, ads.txt, engagement and more RhythmOne LLC, a Tremor International company, announced its top rankings on the Q2 2019 Programmatic Seller Trust Indexes as issued by omni-channel fraud intelligence company Pixalate. RhythmOne was named #1 on the display-focused Global Seller Trust Index (GSTI) for the U.S., #1 on the Mobile Seller Trust Index (MSTI) and #1 on the Video Seller Trust Index (VSTI) for both the U.S. and international.…

DMEXCO 2019: How Technologies Help to Promote Trust

Trust is the most important component of every relationship, including the business one. In Marketing and Digital Advertising, where nothing could be referred to as "simple," making internal systems transparent to your customers and partners is the only way to avoid a vicious circle of suspicion. This year DMEXCO was focused on transparency more than on all other subjects, and that’s why "Trust in you" was established as a core motto of the exhibition. Media giants like Microsoft, Facebook, Verizon, and the vast of 1,000…

AdColony Releases SDK 4, Unifying Display, Programmatic and Award-Winning Video Offerings into a Single SDK

Increasing monetization options for developers & measurement options for advertisers AdColony, the mobile performance marketplace, is pleased to announce it has publicly released AdColony SDK 4, its latest mobile ad software development kit (SDK) for app developers. This latest update to the company’s mobile app monetization technology brings together AdColony’s industry-leading HD video ad platform with its banner display and programmatic offerings into a single SDK and adds the IAB Open Measurement Standard to…

Chocolate Launches Premium: World’s First Video SSP With 100% Server-Side Auctions

Chocolate Premium Is an Invite-Only Platform Connecting Premium Brands with Premium Video Supply in a Fraud-Free Ecosystem with 80%+ Viewability Rate Chocolate, a global leader in programmatic video advertising technology, announced the launch of Chocolate Premium, the worlds’ first video SSP with 100% server-side auctions. This new platform combines unique server-side only inventory from leading publishers (1 billion+ monthly video ad requests) with an intelligent bidding mechanism (Bid Enrichment) enabling improved bid…

PubMatic Q2 Report Signals Growing Focus on Combating Advertising Fraud

Advertisers Ditch Open Market in Favour of Private Marketplaces for Better In-App Integrity Premium digital technology company, PubMatic, released the findings of its second Quarterly Mobile Index (QMI), highlighting key Q2 2019 trends to provide both advertisers and publishers with insights around mobile advertising, leading to smarter programmatic strategies and future mobile opportunities. Findings show a remarkable ecosystem push towards higher mobile inventory quality and buyer transparency with mobile in-app…

What Supply Partner Consolidation (SPC) Means for Advertisers

With the rise of advertisers moving to an in-house agency model, largely on the promise of cost reduction, a natural next step is for brands to take control of media Supply Chain investments. By reducing the number of suppliers to a preferred, qualified roster, advertisers stand to gain big savings and performance of the media. In parallel, while navigating the vetting process and negotiating preferred supply partner agreements, advertisers are able to establish standards and expectations at the source. However, as…

How Sellers.json and OpenRTB Supply Chain Object Reinforces DSPs/Buy Side Confidence in Programmatic Advertising

What is Sellers.json and OpenRTB Supply Chain Object? IAB Tech Lab has come up with a new initiative to combat ad fraud in the digital supply chain. This new initiative comes as a package of two tools - Sellers.json and OpenRTB Supply Chain Object. The ads.txt initiative, which has seen rapid adoption in the last one year has helped to identify all direct sellers, a publisher has authorized to sell its inventory, however, it lacks transparency when multiple sellers – SSPs/Exchanges/Resellers are involved in selling the same…

MGID Adds Sellers.json and Support for OpenRTB SupplyChain Object to Drive Increased Trust and Transparency

MGID becomes one of the first platforms to adopt the new IAB Tech Lab solutions to provide greater confidence in its offering MGID, the global pioneer in native advertising, has announced it is starting work to become one of the first ad tech companies to start posting the sellers.json file on its supply platform domains, and will support the OpenRTB SupplyChain object, to give buyers a better understanding of the inventory they are bidding on. Released by the IAB Tech Lab in April 2019 for public comment, sellers.json…

SYZYGY Awarded IAB Gold Standard 1.1

Digital agency SYZYGY has been awarded the new IAB Gold Standard 1.1 certification, making it the first agency in the world in the Support category and second in the world in the Buyers category to receive the certification. The IAB created a ‘Gold Standard for Digital Advertising’ to combat the billions in ad budgets lost in the failure to focus on positive experiences for real customers and appropriate content for brands. The standard has three simple aims: to reduce ad fraud, to improve digital advertising experience…

SpotX Appoints First Ever Chief Scientist and Opens 27th Office

Signaling Continued Growth, Spotx Hires Former Rakuten Marketing CTO to Lead New Salt Lake City Office SpotX, the leading global video advertising and monetization platform, announced the appointment of Dr. Neal Richter as its first Chief Scientist. Richter will head up SpotX's new Salt Lake City, Utah office which will serve as a hub for research and development teams. Reporting directly to J. Allen Dove, SpotX's Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Richter will invest in SpotX data science and machine learning efforts as…

SpotX Earns Independent Recertification for TAG Anti-Fraud, Anti-Piracy, Anti-Malware, ICQ Seals via BPA Worldwide

Video Advertising and Monetization Platform Among First Supply-Side Platforms (Ssps) in Industry to Achieve "Tag Platinum Status" by Earning All Four Seals from Trustworthy Accountability Group SpotX, the leading global video advertising and monetization platform, announced it has maintained its TAG Platinum Status by being recertified for all four seals awarded by the Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG) through independent validation by global assurance provider BPA Worldwide. Seals earned by SpotX include the TAG…

Kargo’s Curated Marketplace Boasts Less Than 0.3% of Invalid Traffic Following Implementation of White Ops’ MediaGuard

With Industry Standards at 3-5%, This Achievement Reinforces Kargo’s Zero-Tolerance Policy for FRA Kargo, the leader in mobile brand advertising, announced that after implementing White Ops’ pre-bid prevention product, MediaGuard, it has achieved less than a 0.3 percent invalid traffic rate. In comparison, White Ops’ fourth Bot Baseline report, released in partnership with the Association of National Advertisers (ANA), found that the average invalid traffic rate for Mobile Display advertising is between three and five…

AdColony Selects Pixalate as Fraud Prevention Partner

Mobile Advertising Company Creates an Additional Layer of Protection, Transparency and Measurement AdColony, the mobile performance marketplace, announced that after an extensive vetting process, it has chosen Pixalate as its partner for prevention of digital ad fraud, specifically in mobile app environments. AdColony already provides multiple layers of protection against ad fraud, including TAG certification and full compatibility with viewability measurement firms Integral Ad Science, DoubleVerify and MOAT. “We’ve…

Why Sellers.json is a Major Leap Forward in Transparent Programmatic Advertising

On April 11, IAB Tech Lab released both sellers.json and the OpenRTB SupplyChain object for initial public comment about Programmatic Advertising. Once these are finalized and live - likely some time in June - they will be a major step forward in the programmatic industry. Alongside the recent live release of app-ads.txt, IAB Tech Lab is making a significant push to dramatically increase transparency and oversight throughout the mobile in-app ecosystem. How Sellers.json and the OpenRTB SupplyChain Object Work Together for…

TechBytes with Emma Newman, VP UK, PubMatic

Tell us about your role and the team/technology you handle at PubMatic. I head up PubMatic’s UK business, with a core responsibility for commercial success. My role encompasses two main areas: growing our premium publisher client base, and building trusted relationships with agencies and advertisers. I also hold responsibility for our account management teams who are central to client retention and delivering ongoing success for our clients and the business as a whole. What is the essence of your Partner-Customer…

Header Bidding, Private Marketplaces, and Video Dominated Mobile Advertising in Q4 2018

Mobile advertising has traditionally been a difficult sea for publishers and advertisers to navigate. Data from PubMatic’s Q4 2018 Quarterly Mobile Index (QMI) reveals that the mobile advertising ecosystem is carving a smoother path forward and brands and publishers are seeing the benefits of continued investment and the maturing of the channel.  In-App Header Bidding Continued to Experience Growth Across Devices  The inefficiencies of the waterfall and current ad network mediation saw publishers embracing the efficiency…