FYI: First-Price Unified Auctions in Google Ad Manager

Brian Blondy, May 16, 2019

Starting in May 2019 and rolling out in full in August 2019, publishers will begin using new unified pricing rules and data sharing for first-price auctions on Google Ad Manager

The changes will have an enormous impact on the way publishers sell and advertisers buy inventory through Google’s programmatic ecosystem. 

Here is a summary of how inventory is sold today and how it will be purchased as a standard in the near future with the arrival of first-price unified auctions in Google Ad Manager.

RTB Auctions – May 2019

  • First, a second-price, real-time bidding auction runs for authorized buyers from either Google Ads, Display & Video 360 and other DSPs.
  • Second, a first-price auction then compares the winning price from the second-price auction with a publisher’s guaranteed and non-guaranteed advertising campaigns and bids from exchange bidding buyers.
  • The highest bid from all of the auctions wins.
  • Publishers are entitled to set different floor prices for each of the demand sources that they are working with.
  • Publishers are entitled to set an unlimited amount of rules for each interested buyer.
  • Authorized Buyers are not required to share and receive bid data.

TimelineExpected May – June 2019

  • 1% of the Ad Exchange traffic is revised first-price auction format. Only unified pricing rules will apply to first-priced bids.
  • Google is recommending that publishers begin recalibrating their current pricing strategies and rules as soon as possible to ensure desired floor prices are respected during the leadup to first-price unified auctions.  If unified pricing rules are not created for certain types of inventory (subscribed users, premium articles), your impressions on this inventory run the risk of being sold without a floor price in Q3 2019.
  • 5% of Ad Exchange traffic will participate in the first price auction. (June)

Unified Pricing Rules – Expected August 2019

  • Rolling out in stages throughout the summer, unified pricing rules enable publishers to control a single, unified price for their inventory across all indirect demand sources within Google Ad Manager. All inventory will now compete in a single-stage auction with consistent rules and pricing across all channels. 
  • Google’s decision to move towards unified pricing rules aims to assist publishers to easily manage and to reduce the complexity of their website’s floor prices for all non-guaranteed bidders across all indirect sources of demand.
  • First-price auctions is an adjustment to better respond to a digital ad ecosystem, which is increasingly shifting towards first-price auctions and a model where consistent pricing rules will govern all sources of demand. Google believes that first-price unified auctions create a fair and transparent market for advertisers and publishers.  With the changes, first-price auctions are now the de-facto buying method for the programmatic industry as major ad exchanges already support first-price auctions.

TimelineExpected August 2019

  • All Ad Exchange traffic will participate within the framework of the new auction dynamics – unified auction plus first price auction.
  • Open Auction pricing rules will no longer apply to any percentage of Ad Exchange traffic, and only unified pricing rules will be employed.
  • From August 2019, publishers will not be able to set different floor prices for different buying platforms after the transition. 

Unified Pricing Rules – August 2019

  • Exclusive to display and video inventory (includes publishers guaranteed campaigns, all non-guaranteed bidders, authorized buyers and everyone else – at once).
  • Open Auction via Authorized Buyers (formerly known as Ad Exchange).
  • Private Auctions (both optimized and non-optimized).
  • First Look Demand.
  • Third-Party exchanges that participate in Exchange Bidding.
  • Non-guaranteed line item types Price Priority, Network, and Bulk (Beta).
  • Bids from publishers’ guaranteed campaigns.
  • Non-authorized bidders will have the same opportunities as authorized DSPs. 
  • Google will not have last look opportunity to pay just above the winning bid after an auction to win the impression. 
  • With a unified first-price auction, Google, like all bidders, will pay the full bid amount (minus fees).
  • Does not affect auctions for Search, YouTube, AdSense for Search or other Google property inventory.

Floor Price Strategies and Rules – Expected August 2019

  • Publishers are limited to setting more than 100 rules at a platform level for each interested buyer (including Google).
  • Large publishers often prefer to use hundreds of different rules for each buyer to ensure price consistency and unique pricing to each demand source across their portfolio of programmatic and direct deals.
  • Google has recently stated that it is open to exceptions and willing to change the allowed limit if during testing they find that it is too low throughout summer 2019.
  • Publishers should focus on determining the true value of their inventory and adjust pricing reflective of their existing advertising deals and how buyers are actually valuing their inventory rather than pricing how they believe that it should be valued.

Reporting and Data SharingExpected August 2019

  • Both publishers and advertisers will have to share and receive bid data.  More bid data will be shared with publishers and advertisers than ever before.
  • Publishers will be exposed to an aggregation of data from opted-in buyers as well as deeper visibility into each type of auction to give more in-depth analytics for pricing strategies.
  • Publisher pricing from non-guaranteed advertising sources will not be shared with buyers before they bid in the auction.
  • Publishers will now have the ability to receive reporting on all bids submitted by buyers from Google Ads and Display & Video 360.
  • Both Authorized Buyers and Exchange Bidding buyers will both be able to see the winning prices for auctions they participated in.
  • Greater transparency, operational simplicity, and more informed bidders. Buyers receive more pricing insights (data) in order to more effectively evaluate a publisher’s inventory.



Advertisers to Spend $18 Million on Video in 2019

Brian Blondy, May 6, 2019

A recently published report by the iab states that a global increase in digital video consumption has motivated increased investment in video marketing across platforms.

The new report titled “Digital Content New Fronts: 2019 Video Ad Spend Report” writes that brands are expected to increase video spending by more than 25 percent in 2019 compared to 2018 (14.2m).

The report stated exciting findings of the growth of video in 2019 and onwards:

• 60% of ad buyers plan to increase their TV spend in the next calendar year.
• Buyers are increasingly using a significant portion, often 50% or more, of their ad budget to buy video.
• New and innovative digital video ad formats are emerging in the industry and are expected to be significantly adopted by premium advertisers.

Read more from the IAB Research report here

Did You Know that You Can Earn Premium Monetization from Every Impression You Serve?

Build Your Ad Stack – The video platform will provide your website with a new, highly profitable revenue stream that works seamlessly alongside your current ad units.

Plug and Play Solution – Enjoy video monetization without having to face the complexities or demands of producing original video content for your website.

Expert Management – Total Media’s in-house team of programmatic professionals will expertly manage and maximize your fill-rates and floor prices.

Click here for more about our video monetization solutions for publishers.

Meet with us at our DMEXCO exhibition booth – Hall 8, E32

Brian Blondy, September 4, 2018

Save time to meet with us at our DMEXCO exhibition booth (Hall 8, E32), Sept. 12-13, 2018

 

This year we are excited to be taking meetings about EBDA, the next great technology in the programmatic industry for publishers.  In addition, we will also be presenting our full spectrum of dynamic solutions (platform accessmediaservicesanalytics) for publishers and advertisers.  Scroll down for our DMEXCO overview so you know which meeting to book.

Whether you are looking to earn more revenue for your website or you want to reach new audiences with your digital campaigns, we are certified and trusted by Google for over fifteen years to provide you with the highest standard of technology, service and excellence. Let us know how we can assist you.

If you would like to set up a meeting for DMEXCO you can contact us here.

 

EBDA is now available for publishers in Google Ad Manager 360!

Exchange Bidding Dynamic Allocation (EBDA) is a dynamic revenue earning strategy in Google Ad Manager which enables exchanges and SSPs to bid on a publisher’s inventory within a unified auction.  EBDA is an excellent strategy for publishers to accelerate growth and increase monthly revenue.
  • Increased global competition and demand for your inventory.
  • Reduced load latency and complexity for partner tags.
  • Simplified and timely monthly payment for all revenue earned.
  • The next great technology in the programmatic industry for publishers.

Publisher Solutions We’re Presenting at DMEXCO

Google Ad Manager 360 (with EBDA)
The ultimate platform to manage your ad business and grow your revenue.

Total Media’s Video Platform
Advanced outstream video advertising solutions.

Monetization & Optimization 
Setup, optimization, and maintenance of your ad revenue.

Set-up a Meeting – Contact us here.

Advertiser Solutions We’re Presenting at DMEXCO

Display & Video 360 
End-to-end campaign management as a part of the Google Marketing Platform.

Video Marketplace

A curated pool of programmatic inventory sources for maximizing your campaigns.

Set-up a Meeting – Contact us here.

 

The Power of Outstream – Mobile Interstitial

Brian Blondy, August 22, 2018

 

 

Mobile View

This format is a mobile format, in order to view properly please enter using your mobile phone. Alternatively you can use the developer toolbar in Chrome by pressing Ctrl + F12 and clicking on the mobile icon as per the below.


 

Outstream for Publishers

Unlike pre-roll, mid-roll, and post-roll formats, outstream is not dependent on existing video content. All types of publishers can increase monetization opportunities with video outstream because it allows publishers to enjoy revenue from video without having to face the complexities or demands of producing video content while at the same time ensuring an excellent user experience on the site.

 

Mobile Interstitial – Ideal for Smartphones

A top fixed slider is designed to open up when there is demand, in the top center area of the user’s screen, and remains anchored there when the user scrolls. The player will close when the ad completes. In addition, there is an option for the user to close the ad.

Total Media’s outstream tags are connected to buyers from hundreds of dynamic demand sources. Any publisher can use outstream within their content as a means of creating website monetization on desktop and mobile.

Implementation of outstream onto a webpage is simple- webmasters simply need to add a universal, simple tag which will take a small footprint onto the web page.

Click Here to View Our Outstream InRead Demo

The Power of Outstream – Mobile Top Fixed Sticky

Brian Blondy, June 28, 2018

 

 

Mobile View

This format is a mobile format, in order to view properly please enter using your mobile phone. Alternatively you can use the developer toolbar in Chrome by pressing Ctrl + F12 and clicking on the mobile icon as per the below.

 

Outstream for Publishers

Unlike pre-roll, mid-roll, and post-roll formats, outstream is not dependent on existing video content. All types of publishers can increase monetization opportunities with video outstream because it allows publishers to enjoy revenue from video without having to face the complexities or demands of producing video content while at the same time ensuring an excellent user experience on the site.

 

Top Fixed Sticky – Ideal for Mobile

A top fixed slider is designed to open up when there is demand, in the top center area of the user’s screen, and remains anchored there when the user scrolls. The player will close when the ad completes. In addition, there is an option for the user to close the ad.

Total Media’s outstream tags are connected to buyers from hundreds of dynamic demand sources. Any publisher can use outstream within their content as a means of creating website monetization on desktop and mobile.

Implementation of outstream onto a webpage is simple- webmasters simply need to add a universal, simple tag which will take a small footprint onto the web page.

Click Here to View Our Outstream InRead Demo

 

 

Programmatic Video, with a touch of history

Brian Blondy, April 29, 2018

 

An Overview

Once upon a time, programmatic video advertising was not an obvious choice for publishers wishing to monetize their inventory. The word programmatic, the use of software to purchase digital advertising, was met with blank stares and questionable motives. Thankfully, as the industry began to realize that manually negotiating, serving ads, banner tracking was too much for the ad networks to handle, it was essential to find an automatic solution.

To be fair, the digital marketing industry has historically been able to “keep up” with the complex and ever-growing web. It’s been a tango, to the say the least, with the first banner ad in 1994 on Hotwired creating the need for ad servers which in turn birthed the demand for ad networks. These ad networks were able to hold down the fort but the web kept growing and growing and eventually things got out of hand again – insert, Google. Thanks to AdWords and AdSense, the web could be trusted again.

Then, in 2007, Apple launched the iPhone and Google followed shortly with Android OS which completely changed the game. The web grew exponentially along with the audience. Manual ad serving was now out the question, for most publishers, as it was becoming increasingly difficult and, needless to say, unprofitable to pace the industry. Using computers and algorithms to make ad serving more efficient means that programmatic advertising is not just the future, it’s already the present.

 

 

Present Day

This brings us back to video ads served programmatically, an obvious choice now for publishers worldwide who wish to optimize yield. The reality is that serving ads programmatically enables data-rich, targetable, and scalable inventory trading.  Advertisers can buy across thousands of sites, focusing only on your target audience and are not limited to existing users only, but new ones as well. Programmatic advertising is CPM based, meaning that you for the actual impression, not per click on the website.

 

Publishers have a few options when it comes to programmatic video:

  • Creating their own unique video content and featuring it through their embedded player – this option allows publishers to offer this content to direct advertisers for premium prices as well as to programmatic buyers
  • Subscribing to an online video library and choosing content verticals which are most related to their content, or featuring YouTube type video content
  • Allowing 3rd parties to embed their own player and content to be featured on a site with their own monetization.

 

What automatic, data-enriched ad serving has proven quite certainly is that time is money, and publishers and advertisers are adopting programmatic ad serving at a rate that would make RTB run for the hills.

Total Media has a wide variety of video ad tools for our clients and we would love to share them with you. Click here for more information about our video platform for publishers, an all in one solution (player, marketplace, and dashboard) with multiple video formats to responsively show video advertisements on your website.

 

 

The Power of Outstream – Sticky

Brian Blondy, April 23, 2018

 

Outstream for Publishers

Unlike pre-roll, mid-roll, and post-roll formats, outstream is not dependent on existing video content. All types of publishers can increase monetization opportunities with video outstream because it allows publishers to enjoy revenue from video without having to face the complexities or demands of producing video content while at the same time ensuring an excellent user experience on the site.

 

Sticky Video Monetization – Ideal for Desktop

A sticky ad is designed to open up when there is demand, in the bottom right-hand side the screen, and is anchored there when the user scrolls. The player will close when the ad completes. In addition, there is an option for the user to close the ad.

Total Media’s outstream tags are connected to buyers from hundreds of dynamic demand sources. Any publisher can use outstream within their content as a means of creating website monetization on desktop and mobile.

Implementation of outstream onto a webpage is simple- webmasters simply need to add a universal, simple tag which will take a small footprint onto the web page.

Check out our video monetization demos for publishers:

In-Article VCU

Corner VCU

Persistent VCU

In-Article Outstream

Inside of Outstream, Taking a Closer Look at InRead

Brian Blondy, April 23, 2018

Outstream for Publishers

Unlike pre-roll, mid-roll, and post-roll formats, outstream is not dependent on existing video content. All types of publishers can increase monetization opportunities with video outstream because it allows publishers to enjoy revenue from video without having to face the complexities or demands of producing video content while at the same time ensuring an excellent user experience on the site.



InRead Video Monetization

InRead is a type of outstream video format that is designed to open up when there is demand and expands to show between text. Publishers have the option to choose whether the player will pause if the player becomes less than 50% viewable or the player can continue in the bottom right-hand corner of the page in a minimized size.  In both cases, the video player will close upon the completion of the advertisement.

Total Media’s outstream tags are connected to buyers from hundreds of dynamic demand sources. Any publisher can use outstream within their content as a means of creating website monetization on desktop and mobile.

Implementation of outstream onto a webpage is simple – webmasters simply need to add a universal, simple tag which will take a small footprint onto the web page.

 

Check out our video monetization demos for publishers:

In-Article VCU

Corner VCU

Persistent VCU

Sticky Outstream

6 Ways to Increase your Mobile Game Monetization

Brian Blondy, March 12, 2018

With mobile game revenue at an all-time high in 2017, game developers are hurrying to find the perfect balance between user experience and ROI. It takes a lot of money, time, and effort to get the ball rolling and, obviously, the end goal is to make money – not only to cover costs but to make a profit as well. Yes, in-app purchases are a great way to stimulate a revenue stream but with only 5% of app users willing to spend money on in-app features, there is a roof. You want to find that sweet spot between game design and monetization so that your users will return and you can keep the lights on.

 

I love pop-up ads…. said no user ever.

You’ve developed a game you know users will love and you would hate to see your hard work go to waste because of intrusive ads. One misplaced ad during an epic battle moment or a prize reveal could cost you a user and, at the rate gaming apps are being downloaded for iOS and Android, this could mean even thousands more. Avoid annoying your users by becoming familiar with less-intrusive ad formats and designing your game accordingly, so that you won’t be that game.

 

Love the player and the game.

About as close to sweet spot as it gets, rewarded video is a win-win situation for both you and your users, and, not to mention, for advertisers (win-win-win?). Reach the 95% of non-paying users by offering them in-app currency for watching video ads. This way, your user gets “free” currency while you and your advertisers make real money. You can play around with the placement: pre-gameplay, mid-gameplay, or post-gameplay. Just make sure that your gamer isn’t in the middle of finally finding out what’s over the wall. Who said that UX and ROI need to come at the expense of one another?

 

You play the field while they play the game.

User experience doesn’t stop at ad placement and timing. Contextual targeting is critical for maximizing your ad earning. You can target different users by considering keywords, time, and specific messages – basically finding a way to connect with them through user experience. By working with multiple ad networks, you can ensure suitable ads for all your users and make things less “spammy”. Different ad networks will offer diverse eCPMs – the more suitable the ad request for your users, the higher the eCPM and the more money you can make.

 

If you can’t beat them, join them.

Here’s a thought – designing your game with the ads in mind. This is a great way to ensure natural integration of advertisements and smooth user experience. By leveraging art and animations into the game itself, you can tie ads into the storyline of the game – more of an inception, if you will. Ad earnings will increase with better visibility and user engagement.

 

If you got it, flaunt it.

If you haven’t designed it yet, make sure you consider a premium model of your game. A free version attracts more users and is more effective for long-term user acquisition than paid games. However, by leveraging in-app purchases for temporary upgrades, your loyal users may eventually want a premium version of the game and will be willing to pay to have certain permanent features. If not, they will still stick around for the free version.

 

Embrace the data.

Analytics and data are helpful for game developers to better understand their users. You can see metrics such as what kind of users the game is attracting, how long they play, and what features they like most. This is great for tweaks, adjustments, and overall user satisfaction. Using data and analytics to funnel your users’ willingness to pay is a clever way to increase ad revenue. For example, if native or video ads are causing users to leave the app, consider analyzing user data and showing ads once players reach a particular level or after a certain amount of time spent playing. More likely than not, these users like the game by this point and won’t be scared off by ads.

 

Talia Chudacoff is a Senior Account Manager at Total Media.  You can contact Talia by email at talia(at)mediatraderz(dot)com or on LinkedIn

The Best SSP for Publishers

Brian Blondy, February 13, 2018

February is an excellent time to begin asking whether the SSPs connected to your ad units have the potential to earn you the maximum yield for every impression you serve. Collectively we can point to dozens of name brand SSPs that provide sufficient monetization and fill rates for publishers.

Our experience working with publishers worldwide tells us that Q4 traditionally features larger budgets and more activity in comparison to Q1, a  typically calmer quarter yielding less revenue and advertiser campaigns. Q2 is approaching and with it comes new monetization opportunities.

The use of the word working relates less to how much revenue you earned from your ad units in Q1 but instead serves as a means for evaluating the fill rates and eCPM performance of each of your ad units. This concept also relates to your critical evaluation of the quality of ads, response rates and service provided by the platform(s).

But let’s talk about what’s really important which SSP will perform the best for you and make you the most revenue for every impression! if your website has more than 5M monthly visitors and you’re not earning significant income, you should be ready to make the necessary changes

We have spent the past year researching the best programmatic supply source providers (SSPs), analyzing countless ads arriving from various sources, and interviewing our clients regarding their revenue performance.

One thing remained clear throughout: DoubleClick Ad Exchange (AdX) is the best SSP for achieving superior monetization results for your website in 2018.

 

AdX is the World’s Best SSP for Publishers in 2018

This year we made DoubleClick Ad Exchange (AdX) our top choice for SSP. Owned and operated by Google, AdX outperforms the competition by connecting publishers into the world’s largest exchange of global inventory.  AdX is Google’s exclusive programmatic platform featuring Real-Time Bidding (RTB) technology for premium websites to be paired with premium advertisers.

AdX pairs buyers and sellers across the industry and works with premium publishers and advertisers in the world’s largest real-time programmatic RTB bidding exchange. The AdX marketplace is connected to ad networks, agencies, and third-party demand-side platforms and powered by advertiser demand, conducted via live auction for the ad units.

If you have more than 5M visitors visiting your website per month, then you should strongly consider switching over to AdX. Publishers featuring ad units monetized by AdX expose themselves to the world’s most premium advertisers who are eager to spend significant advertising budgets on widely trafficked sites. Just this difference alone between membership in AdX equates to a substantial financial gain for the publisher who qualifies and begins using AdX.

AdX comes with AdWords buyers baked in which brings together the best of both of these worlds into one package. As a result, your website’s premium demand is amplified by the continued competitive presence of AdWords demand in the connected ad units.

Also, AdX reaches its full potential when it is enabled to compete with other networks via Google’s ad serving platform – DoubleClick for Publishers (DFP). By utilizing DFP (either Small Business or Premium), publishers can rotate between ad networks for their ad units, also, to directly selling ad space to advertisers, while always striving for 100% fill rates through the real-time competition since added competition for ad units drives the CPMs higher.

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With a multitude of demand sources in competition for more of your website’s ad units, more bidders are involved for more ad units and the stridently pushing higher the price of the winning bids for your ad units. In the end, there’s no comparison; publishers make significantly more money by having AdX paired with DFP on their website.

Ultimately, if you’re a publisher who is aiming to maximize your advertising revenue and your website has over 5M visitors per month, then graduating to AdX should be your goal.

  • Sell your ad space to the highest-paying buyers in real-time
  • Increase revenues from premium and remnant inventory
  • Detailed reports on all of your inventory
  • Industry leading response times
  • Realize higher margins
  • Unmatched brand safety for publishers (and advertisers)

If you would like to join AdX and potentially make more money from your traffic, we can assist your website to maximize its potential with DoubleClick AdX.  Contact us today to get started!