April 17, 2019 by

Understanding the concept of header bidding is central to understanding how programmatic ad buying works. The process originally emerged as a novel solution to remedy the inefficiency, and Google’s preference, of its own ad exchange (AdX), during the waterfall ad-buying process. However, it quickly gained traction and became a widely accepted and expected industry standard. […]

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Client-Side vs. Server-Side Header Bidding: Pros and Cons

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. While the invention of AdTech platforms such as demand-side platforms (DSPs), supply-side platforms (SSPs), and […]

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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. Display ads seemed to be the most intuitive way to monetize their content. To do […]

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What Is an Ad Network and How Does It Work?

April 26, 2013 by

Cookies are a fundamental mechanism used in the advertising industry for ad personalisation and behavioural targeting, re-targeting, frequency capping and much more. Nowadays, a majority of ad technology providers that are disrupting* advertising industry are still relying on cookies to a great extent. With recent bad publicity around cookies, new European legislation (so called Cookie law) and new […]

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February 17, 2013 by

Ad invocation codes (called also placement tags or ad codes) are a bit different from web trackers covered in an earlier post. Their main task is to load a creative (an ad) into the placement on a website or in an app. Additionally, they usually are responsible for cookie management, impression tracking, ad rotation, visibility tracking and other tasks. There are […]

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Ad serving insights: Ad invocation codes and placement tags