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2 April 2014 in ExchangeWire EMEA 0 Comments

Rubicon Project IPOs Today (NYSE: RUBI) As Another Ad Tech Player Goes Public

rpThe Rubicon Project announced today it will IPO on the NYSE under the ticker RUBI. It will initially offer 6.8 million shares at a price of $15 to the public.

The IPO comes after speculation that the Californian-based ad tech specialist would IPO in the first quarter of this year. Positioning will be everything for Rubicon Project as it seeks to raise capital for further expansion and possible acquisitions.

The response for ad tech IPOs has been mixed from the public markets with the likes of Criteo and Rocketfuel faring a lot better than pure play ad networks such as Tremor and YuMe.

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27 March 2014 in ExchangeWire EMEA 3 Comments

AOL Aims To Clear Up The ‘Chaos’ Of Ad Tech With One Platform

ONEbyAolBuoyed by its most positive financial figures in the last 10 years, AOL has made clearing up the “chaos” ad tech its mission with the unveiling of AOL Platforms – essentially a rebrand of AOL Networks – plus the launch of a consolidated programmatic media trading platform.

The proliferation of new and emerging technology platforms has led to the further fragmentation of the industry, making the ad tech sector an acronym-laden, labyrinth of confusion.

The trend is one that has been much debated on ExchangeWire in recent weeks, with IgnitionOne and Improve Digital weighing into the discourse in recent weeks. But now AOL hopes to make its ad tech stack one that adds value to the media plan, not one that ciphers value from it.

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26 March 2014 in ExchangeWire EMEA 0 Comments

Crossing The Great Data Divide

germanyAhead of next month’s Ad Trader Conference hosted in Berlin, Dimo Velev, OpenX, regional director, DACH, asks how can German publishers thrive in the era of big data given the more stringent privacy laws there, compared to the rest of Europe.

German publishing houses are notoriously risk averse, and are noted for their initial hesitance to ride this wave of innovation, although market data and anecdotal evidence suggests this is about to change.

In this piece Velev explains to ExchangeWire readers how ad tech providers can cooperate with said publishers to unlock the value of their first-party data to help spread value across the economic powerhouse of mainland Europe.
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24 March 2014 in ExchangeWire EMEA 1 Comment

The Debate: Public Vs. Private Exchanges

AdscaleRomanusSebastianThe German programmatic market tipped for a period of sharp growth in 2014, as publishers there gradually open up to alternative models of monetising their digital inventory.

With German publishers notoriously slow to embrace automated trading, Sebastian Romanus, managing director of Munich-based Adscale, discusses the merits and drawbacks of public and private ad exchanges, ahead of next month’s Ad Trader Conference hosted in Berlin.
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5 March 2014 in ExchangeWire EMEA 0 Comments

Ad Trader Conference: What Is The Reality Of The German Programmatic Market?

ADCON_LogoWhen it comes to programmatic the Germans love to talk a good game. At the recent d3con event in Berlin most panels had seven-to-eight people talking up their programmatic buying and selling strategies. That’s a lot of noise to have on any stage. A lot. All participants talked about growth with many saying they are seeing a significant shift in spend into programmatic. But what is the reality?

There is little data on the market – and many of the sales houses are guarded about what they are doing. To them selling via RTB only puts downward pressure on CPM pricing. So what kind of market will we see unfold in Germany? Where does the growth come from? We intend to go into more detail on all this at the upcoming Ad Trader conference on April 08.
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18 February 2014 in ExchangeWire EMEA 3 Comments

Why The ‘Good Internet’ And Programmatic Premium Will Cut Out The Rotten Core Of Digital Advertising

original.rottenCiaran O’Kane, ExchangeWire global editor, reflects on how a ‘good’, or brand safe, internet can help advertisers and publishers reap the rewards of programmatic-buying, and tackles rampant inertia over click fraud, plus the lurking threats to the agency model status quo.

As I disappear into the ether for three weeks without phone, laptop, or internet. I thought I’d lay bare some of the observations I’ve had around some critical problems that continue to plague and indeed jeopardise the growth of digital advertising globally. Thanks to some brave reporting by Mike Shields and the insight from the ‘bot brain trust’ at spider_io we know that a good chunk of our industry is built on lies and indeed fraud.
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17 February 2014 in ExchangeWire EMEA 0 Comments

Programmatic For The People

Lauren Wentzel Headshot 1 (1)Lauren Wentzel, Admedo, marketing director, argues the correct application of programmatic advertising could be key to the SME sector being at the vanguard of the UK recovery, however it is thus far the domain of the corporate behemoths, this must change.

Everyone has felt the pinch of the economic downturn in some way. We may not have suffered depression-like food or fuel shortages, but in the ad industry there has been a notable lull in canapés and ad budgets.

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12 February 2014 in ExchangeWire EMEA 0 Comments

How AOL, Google And Yahoo Are Jockeying For Larger Brand Budgets

PremiumThe race to woo further lucrative brand advertising budgets to programmatic channels continues to heat up, with Google striking a deal with ComScore to improve real-time campaign measurement data, as the resurgent AOL commits to opening more premium ad inventory to third parties.

Google and ComScore yesterday (11 February) announced a deal to give advertisers improved real-time insight into how ad campaigns booked on its DoubleClick ad platform are performing across screens.

The deal will see Google integrating Comscore’s Validated Campaign Essentials (vCE) ad measurement product into its DoubleClick offering, which improves advertisers ability to optimise campaigns as they happen.
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11 February 2014 in ExchangeWire EMEA 2 Comments

How Will Marketers Buy And Sell Media in 2020?

vidWhat will it take to win in 2020? Looking six years into the future of digital media is no easy task, argues Scott Ferber, Videology, CEO.

Three years ago, who could have predicted that 40% of all US brands would use programmatic buying platforms as our recent online advertising survey showed? And today, many major agency holding companies are projecting that within the next three years, 30 to 50% of all media buying will be automated.
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30 January 2014 in ExchangeWire EMEA 0 Comments

Consortium To Combat Click Fraud Mooted

Bot-2Informal talks to establish a consortium of ad tech companies that would help establish an ‘industry standard’ way of measuring legitimate web traffic are understood to be taking place, as ‘click fraud’ continues to dog some of the industry’s biggest names.

Issues surrounding web traffic not generated by human beings – or ‘bot traffic’ – are generally deemed to be endemic in the adtech sector, with a recent report published by web security firm Incapsula indicating that as much as 61.5% of all web traffic is not generated by humans.
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