• Ex-Fintech Engineers Launch New Native SSP: Q&A with Simon Gilbert, CEO, Patrius

    There’s a new native SSP in town and it’s been built by ex-fintech engineers. Still working with beta partners, but launching imminently, ExchangeWire speak exclusively with Simon Gilbert (pictured below), CEO, Patrius, who draws the many parallels between ad tech and fintech, explaining why there is a need for an independent native SSP in the ecosystem and what Patrius will bring to the table.

    ExchangeWire: Your background is in investment banking technology. What prompted you to move into the world [...]

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  • It's R.I.P for SSPs: Here's Why

    SSPs are considered a necessary, and even vital, part of the digital ecosystem, providing a valuable link between publisher inventory and the DSPs and exchanges fielding its demand, allowing publishers to achieve maximum yield. However, argues Scott Braley (pictured below), GM of advertising platforms, Ooyala, there’s no real reason why publishers can’t access that demand directly. Braley believes the standalone SSP is dead and here he explains why.

    Looking at the ad tech landscape, I cannot help but be struck by [...]

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  • Rubicon Project Revenue up 33%; Rocket Fuel's Struggle Continues

    Yesterday (2 August), Rocket Fuel (the ad network desperately trying to transform itself into a software company) reported a loss of USD$16.7m (£12.53m) in second quarter ended 30 June, 2016.


    – Platform Solutions grew significantly year-on-year, representing 18% of GAAP revenue in the second quarter, versus 6% in last year’s second quarter. Media Services was 82% and 94%, respectively

    – Top Customers: revenue from top 50 customers was 53% of total revenue, compared to 47% in the second quarter of fiscal year 2015

    – Revenue [...]

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  • Equinix Sells Data Centres; PubNative's New Mobile Native Mediation Tool

    ExchangeWire rounds up some of the biggest stories in the European digital advertising space. In this week’s edition: Equinix takes another step towards completion of Telecity acquisition; Mobile native mediation tool by PubNative; Sizmek opens Frankfurt data centre; WFA issues guidelines against ad fraud; Mediaocean acquires INVISION; Xaxis and Scoota collaboration; and Southeast Asia VP for Adform.

    Equinix divests data centres in order to acquire telecity

    In a bid to keep the European regulation authorities happy, Equinix has sold eight of its own [...]

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  • Tremors in the UK Video SSP Market

    Tremor Video recently announced the appointment of Andy Morley as managing director, UK; and, even more recently, that the UK arm of the global company would be undergoing some significant changes. ExchangeWire met with Morley (pictured below) on the day of his three-month anniversary at Tremor Video to discuss these changes and his new direction for the company.

    When Morley was appointed as UK MD of the well-established ad network, he joined a company that faced an identity crisis. According to [...]

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  • For Supply Chains, the Direct Approach Works Best

    Although successful and still growing, programmatic trading is outdated and overpriced. If it is to survive, the industry needs to up their game and update and optimise programmatic. In this piece, Andrew Eifler, VP product management, AppNexus Advertiser Technology Group (pictured below), takes a leaf out of the airline industry’s book to show how it could be done.

    For being a new technology, programmatic advertising has seen a remarkable rise to prominence. Magna Global predicts that programmatic buying will grow at [...]

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  • Who Takes Legal Liability?

    Last week (18 May), UK law firm Kemp Little held their annual conference, ‘The Fourth Industrial Revolution… or Evolution’. In this piece, we explore how Artificial Intelligence (AI) increases the scalability of knowledge and legal liability for programmatic advertising. 

    Dynamic scalability of knowledge

    The concept of ‘dynamic scalability of knowledge’ can be explained by looking at what happens when a human and a driverless car are in a collision. Following the accident, both parties will learn from the experience; however, the [...]

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  • Comcast Acquires StickyADS; DoubleClick Launches Native Ads

    ExchangeWire rounds up some of the biggest stories in the European digital advertising space. In this week’s edition: Comcast buys; DoubleClick Goes Native; JICWEBS tackles ad fraud; New UK GM for Adform; and Rocket Fuel appoints international MD. Acquired by Comcast

    Comcast strengthens its activities in Europe by acquiring French video tech provider, the company has confirmed in a press release. The financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

    The acquisition of the video SSP is a move to complement [...]

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  • A Journey Through the Programmatic Supply Chain: Why You Should Focus on Trust & Value

    Do you know exactly how a programmatic ad impression gets from the publisher to the buyer? ExchangeWire asked Daniel Spears, (pictured below), programmatic director, Guardian News & Media for his advice for buyers and sellers on finding their way through the programmatic ecosystem. Here are his key points:

    When the Guardian first began experimenting with the programmatic sales channel in 2009, the technology promised automation, improved efficiencies, and a means to work more intelligently. It was meant to be clear, straightforward, and [...]

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  • CEO "Proud" of Rubicon Q1 Results

    Yesterday, (3 May) Rubicon Project (NYSE: RUBI), reported record Q1 results: revenue is up 71% year-on-year; earnings per share are up by 1,450% year-on-year. Rubicon also reported that 30% of its revenue comes from mobile and the remaining 70% from desktop, slightly behind 2015 figures from IAB that report mobile to be 35% of the US advertising market. 

    “I am proud of our record-setting execution in Q1, accentuated by another profitable quarter and record first quarter results”, said Frank Addante, CEO [...]

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