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Five Charts: The State of Header Bidding

Five Charts: The State of Header Bidding

May 30, 2019

As the amount of advertising that is bought programmatically continues to rise, header bidding has become a go-to ad-selling tactic for publishers. But header bidding’s adoption on mobile has been limited by implementation issues and confusion over how the technology works.

Five Charts: The State of Ad Fraud

Five Charts: The State of Ad Fraud

May 20, 2019

Research firms and vendors have varying methodologies and definitions for ad fraud, which creates divergent forecasts. Estimates of recent annual losses to digital ad fraud range from $6.5 billion to $19 billion. Some of the most definitive statistics come from anti-fraud vendor White Ops and advertising trade group the Association of National Advertisers (ANA).

Marketers Are Split on How They Define OTT

Marketers Are Split on How They Define OTT

May 17, 2019

In an IAB poll of marketers, half of the respondents defined OTT as streaming video that appears on any screen and 48% defined OTT as streaming video that appears on a TV screen.

To Stay Competitive, Ad Agencies Mimic Consultancies

To Stay Competitive, Ad Agencies Mimic Consultancies

May 06, 2019

Agencies have always operated in a competitive market, but now, they must contend with brand clients bringing marketing tasks in-house and consultancies encroaching on their turf.

In-House Analytics Platforms Help Data-Obsessed Agencies

In-House Analytics Platforms Help Data-Obsessed Agencies

Apr 18, 2019

One way marketers can get a more clear view of their customer’s journey is by creating a data warehouse that centralizes marketing data across various channels, said Chris Wexler, senior vice president of media and analytics at ad agency Cramer-Krasselt.

Driven by Social, Native Accounts for Nearly Two-Thirds of Display Ad Spend

Driven by Social, Native Accounts for Nearly Two-Thirds of Display Ad Spend

Apr 16, 2019

We forecast that native advertising will account for 62.7% of total US display ad spending in 2019, up from 54.2% in 2017. But the bulk of native ad spend will go to social media platforms.

Should Ad Agencies Embrace Audits?

Should Ad Agencies Embrace Audits?

Apr 16, 2019

Brands are auditing their agencies to verify how their businesses operate, but some agencies have pushed back against audits. Ali Plonchak, managing director of digital strategy and integration at ad agency Crossmedia, said that agencies should embrace audits because they facilitate transparency, which brand clients demand more of.

Awash in Data, Marketers Still Find Ad Targeting Capabilities Lacking

Awash in Data, Marketers Still Find Ad Targeting Capabilities Lacking

Apr 11, 2019

The push for more effective ad targeting remains one of marketers’ chief occupations. More than half of client-side marketers surveyed by Econsultancy and Adobe said leveraging data for more effective segmentation and targeting is among their top three organizational priorities this year.

Advertisers Spend More on Native, but Favor the Same Formats

Advertisers Spend More on Native, but Favor the Same Formats

Mar 18, 2019

The typical native display ad is mobile, social and purchased programmatically—and that’s not expected to change over the next couple years, as the native ad market continues organic growth.

Who Cares About Brand Safety?

Who Cares About Brand Safety?

Mar 10, 2019

Brand safety is a serious concern for 60% of the ad industry professionals GumGum and Digiday surveyed in November 2018. But that’s down from 90% in 2017.

Agency Pros Say Fraud Is Biggest Threat to Their Budgets

Agency Pros Say Fraud Is Biggest Threat to Their Budgets

Feb 22, 2019

In a poll conducted by ad measurement firm Integral Ad Science (IAS), 69.0% of agency executives say that fraud is the biggest hindrance to ad budget growth, compared with more than half (52.6%) of brand professionals who said the same.

How Data Science Is Changing Marketing Attribution 

How Data Science Is Changing Marketing Attribution 

Feb 14, 2019

Some marketers turn to data scientists as they look to improve their ad measurement and digital attribution capabilities.