Tagged 'demand side platform'

How to Build a Platform

Posted by Bill Guild on February 3rd, 2014 at 3:46 pm

When I was a kid, I spent a good deal of my time building a tree house. I collected all of the scrap material from around the neighborhood, brought it to my tree, and nailed it in place. I didn’t have a plan, but I had a grand vision, and that vision drove me to collect more pieces of scrap regardless of how they fit or didn’t fit into the structure. Eventually the tree house was more reflective of the scraps I had collected than of the original vision. I had a grand time in that tree house, but I don’t think it qualified as a dwelling. It wasn’t very safe, and I had to constantly patch it back together as the poorly fitted joints and connections failed. Of course, that is the point of a tree house. It is a pastime. The constant need for maintenance and complete lack of utility are part of the charm. Not so with a media platform.
I am reminded of my tree house when I read that so-and-so holding company has made another acquisition that “further extends their platform.” Those kinds of platforms are not the ones I want to base my business on.... Read more

Pre-Bought Vs. Demand-Side Platforms – Know The Difference

Posted by Jay Friedman on January 28th, 2010 at 12:00 am

Demand-side platforms, or DSPs are becoming a buzzword lately, along with impression scoring and real-time bidding.  These three terms all point to platforms that allow an advertiser to procure its inventory "on the spot" without any waste.  This is very different from the many ad networks that pre-buy their inventory in bulk and parse out on the back-end. 
Full disclosure here.  We are an ad network that does not pre-buy inventory.  We buy on demand as clients agree to work with us so that we can get the exact inventory that independent data says will fit their goals.  That said, firms like Invite Media and Media Math are now making news for similar functionality.  The gist is that whether buying through exchanges or through publishers directly, and pairing the latest behavioral data with that inventory, DSPs are able to acquire only the impressions that are the best fit for their advertisers' needs while turning away any impressions that don't make sense for clients on the roster at that time.  Many on the DSP side say that this method eliminates waste and improves metrics.
Networks that pre-buy, and most ad networks that have become popular in the last few years do so,... Read more