May 17, 2018 by Michael Sweeney

With only a week until the European Union’s General Data-Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect, AdTech and MarTech companies around the world are bracing themselves for the dawn of a new era in digital advertising and marketing.

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May 23, 2018 by ,

In a post-GDPR world, with the introduction of many new rules and requirements governing personal data and user consent, advertisers will have a tough nut to crack. On top of that comes the user’s right to be forgotten, the right of data portability, and numerous other complications. The new EU law will put a spanner in the works for advertisers, making the traditional behavioral targeting of ads a real challenge.

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What is Contextual Targeting and How Does It Work?

May 16, 2018 by

The world of programmatic ad buying is increasingly threatened by ad fraud. This includes fraudulent representation of ad impressions and clicks, or manipulation of bid requests for monetary gain. Ads.txt came as a way to partly curtail the phenomenon, and the recent addition of ads.cert makes a robust countermeasure to fraud.

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What's the Difference Between Ads.txt and Ads.cert?

May 10, 2018 by

Despite all the advancements in the online advertising industry over the past few years—header bidding and the increase in programmatic ad spend, for example—there are still a number of fundamental issues plaguing the industry. Two of the main problems are the constant battle to reduce ad fraud and a growing need for transparency.

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What is Ads.cert and How Does It Work?

May 2, 2018 by ,

As of May 25, 2018, all companies that collect, use, process, and share data about EU citizens will be required to comply with the General Data-Protection Regulation (GDPR) and implement new data-protection and security measures. The regulation does not apply to EU companies alone. Regardless of whether an organization is based in the EU, it must comply with the regulation when processing EU/EEA-citizen data, or face severe financial penalties.

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How the IAB’s GDPR Transparency and Consent Framework Works From a Technical Perspective

April 20, 2018 by ,

Cable television is in decline, seriously losing to streaming media in terms of convenience and reach. Video ad views on OTT (over-the-top) devices grew 63% year over year in Q3 2016, and the trend is expected to continue.

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What is OTT Advertising and How Does It Work?

April 13, 2018 by

The online advertising industry is populated by an array of media-buying methods, making it increasingly difficult to comprehend, even for the most seasoned marketers. While terms like programmatic direct, real-time bidding (RTB), and private marketplace (PMP) all fall under the programmatic umbrella, it is worth remembering that they are quite different concepts.

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Understanding RTB, Programmatic Direct and Private Marketplace

March 7, 2018 by

Since the very beginning of online advertising over two decades ago, a number of technologies have been introduced to the AdTech ecosystem to solve the numerous problems advertisers and publishers face, and improve the entire media buying and selling process.

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What is an Ad Server and How Does It Work?

March 7, 2018 by

Back when print publishers first started moving online, they soon discovered they needed a way to generate some revenue, so they looked at the main revenue model they’d been using in print—advertising—and aimed to replicate that in the online world.

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What Is an Ad Network and How Does It Work?

February 21, 2018 by

Google’s long-awaited addition to Chrome is finally here. As of February 15, the Chrome browser on desktop and mobile devices won’t display some of the more intrusive ads you tend to find across the Internet. Interestingly, however, Google doesn’t really want you to call it an ad blocker. Instead, the official Google blog and Chromium blog refer to it as a filter.

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Everything You Need to Know About Chrome's Built-In Ad Blocker and Why It Matters

February 21, 2018 by

The tug of war between publishers and those who resist display ads has been going on for some time now and is far from over. There is no way for users to make ad blockers completely invisible to sites or services that show anti-ad-blocking messages. Conversely, there is no way for publishers to make their websites completely and consistently immune to ad blockers.

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How Can Publishers Detect if Someone is Using an Ad Blocker?

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