Tagged 'online advertising'

Should You Outsource Your Ad Ops?

Posted by Roy de Souza on June 16th, 2014 at 8:08 am

Advertising Operations (aka Ad Ops) is critical to both the buy- and sell-side of digital media. A well-oiled Ad Ops team with technical expertise and the ability to turn  campaigns around quickly helps an organization run seamless operations and in turn achieve revenue goals.
Over the years, Ad Operations has evolved from being a highly technical task to a more process-driven activity requiring diligence and meticulousness as its most important skills. This of course has been driven by the simplified UI’s and workflows of most of the Ad Servers used today (barring a few, I should say).
Managing an Ad Ops team however, presents its  own challenges. From ever-increasing costs to employee retention, many issues grab the time and attention of upper management. Some of these challenges though can be mitigated by outsourcing your Ad Operations activities.
Although there are many advantages to outsourcing Ad Ops, there are a few important ones. The most important of these is cost effectiveness; it’s usually less expensive to outsource. Based on the Ad Monsters Salary survey for 2013, an organization can save up to 50% in salaries when it outsources a regular Ad Trafficker position. Savings can be greater if you include the “burden” — almost a third more than the salary for benefits, management... Read more

What Do Publishers Think About Viewability?

Posted by Roy de Souza on June 9th, 2014 at 8:15 am

Welcome to the moving target that is viewability. Admonsters has done a survey of fifty ad operations departments at major publishers to find out how publishers felt about the lifting of the MRC stay. Agencies and  advertisers are now empowered to buy on viewability. This will not be an easy shift, as there are still inconsistencies in how viewability is measured. There are about a dozen certified  testing companies, from Comscore and Nielsen to startups, and they all measure with slightly different methodologies even if they are looking for the same standard.
Survey respondents and recent event attendees have told Admonsters that “a  publisher’s viewability isn’t a single number but varies by ad position and page type and then by how the user interacts with the page. This creates an extra level of complexity with inventory management and forecasting— critical functions that are already difficult for publishers to manage.”
Three of the major findings from the research are:

Viewability won’t be taking most publishers by surprise as they have been actively trying to understand the impact by testing multiple vendors and taking steps to improve viewability. 74% of publishers have completed testing for viewability on their sites. Only 15% hadn’t even begun to test, and most of these cited cost as the reason.
While publishers see the... Read more

Publishing Has Changed Profoundly. Now Advertising Must.

Posted by Roy de Souza on June 2nd, 2014 at 10:32 am

I read an interesting piece by Om Malik, legendary tech journalist and founder of GigaOm last month. Om said that while the future of news may be bright, the business of news is still in the dark ages. He goes on to say that Madison Avenue really needs an intellectual rebirth so it can quit just adapting old forms of  print advertising to the web.
Om says, ” the intellectual makeover of Madison Avenue hasn’t even started yet. We are still trying to retrofit old ideas of advertising on to today’s media models.”
And then, a bit further on in the piece: “The heroin of web media is CPM-based advertising.”
CPM based advertising without tracking performance is an issue. That is why most media buyers always monitor click through rates on CPM buys. CTR is an important performance measurement for the industry. Since our founding, we at ZINC have done nothing that isn’t an effort to drive up performance for advertisers. We’ve invented new ad formats, and iterated and iterated non stop to improve performance: especially CTR.
None of this technology from either ourselves or others on the Lumascape has yet helped the advertising business arrive any real change on its side. Basically, advertising is based... Read more

iBeacons Usher in New Era of Mobile Advertising in 2014, Raise Old Privacy Concerns

Posted by Fernando Bohorquez Jr. on February 6th, 2014 at 8:44 am

Co-Authored by Alan M. Pate
Remember that scene from Minority Report? The one where John Anderton (Tom Cruise) takes a trip to GAP, virtual billboards call out his name and bombard him with offers as he walks through the mall, retinal scanners flash left and right, an AI hologram offers up his own personal greeting – “Welcome Back to the Gap! How’d those assorted tank tops work out for you?” It’s not quite 2054, and we haven’t quite perfected PreCrime, but ad tech is taking some big steps in the Minority Report direction.
2014 may be the year Apple’s “iBeacon” iOS7 feature changes the game for targeted advertising with its ability to detect customers’ presence and deliver targeted ads. As with almost any new ad tech these days, its adoption isn’t without privacy concerns.
As reported by the New York Times, this Super Bowl weekend the NFL deployed Apple’s iBeacon technology to send users of the NFL Mobile App targeted advertisements based on their physical location in Manhattan or in MetLife Stadium. Fans walking down Broadway received messages such as – “Get your picture taken with the Lombardi Trophy, located between 43rd and 44th streets on... Read more

2013 – Change is the new constant for SMB digital marketing

Posted by Katya Constantine on December 18th, 2013 at 8:37 pm

As we draw the curtain on 2013, it's safe to say that the year heralded more change in digital marketing than almost any year before. It saw the resurgence of adtech IPO's, a number of social networking giants moving aggressively to new models of monetization, and hundreds of new start-ups emerging in digital marketing space. But while for large marketers this year has been about growth and maturation, for SMB’s it’s been a constant whirlwind of both change and opportunity.

So let's review some of the most interesting developments of 2013 across various channels and how they may have impacted you.