Company Signs 14 New Demand Partners to Participate in Protected RTB Beta Program

LOS ANGELES – April 14, 2010 – the Rubicon Project, the digital advertising technology and data company, has launched Permission Control 2.0, sales rights management and pricing control technology that delivers efficient and safe access to the most sources of advertising revenue for publishers. Permission Control 2.0, within the Rubicon Project’s REVV for publishers™ advertising technology platform, is the infrastructure that gives premium publishers complete visibility and control over which demand partners can sell their inventory, at what level of transparency and at what price. With Permission Control 2.0 now in place, the company is also launching its real-time bidding (RTB) beta program with a limited number of industry-leading partners, designed to ensure publishers will be able to safely capture all potential ad revenue, from all buying methods.

By leveraging the Permission Control 2.0 platform, publishers can view and manage sales rights and transparency across all demand sources (such as ad networks, exchanges, rep firms, other publishers, agency exchanges, DSPs) by geographic region, partner, site and most critically, price. By giving publishers complete control over how their inventory can be sold, and by whom, Permission Control 2.0 also empowers demand partners to gain transparent information about how they can access premium Web inventory on behalf of their advertisers.

By setting Permission Control 2.0 technology in place, publishers are assured they can safely capture money spent through all industry buying methods – including real-time bidding (RTB), cookies, audience segments, content/contextual segments and site buys – without putting their pricing and direct sales efforts at risk.

“The market currently lacks rules around transactions between publishers, demand partners and their advertisers. This lack of clarity around the rules of engagement has led to price erosion, data leakage and channel conflict within the market,” said Craig Roah, COO and Founder of the Rubicon Project. “As we work to create a fair marketplace, we are committed to providing publishers with transparent, efficient and safe access to all sources of demand to best monetize their ad inventory. Our team has dedicated thousands of hours developing the market’s first and only technology platform that ensures pricing protected by publisher-assigned sales rights, which gives publishers power and control over who’s allowed to sell their inventory, and how, around the world.”

Permission Control 2.0 delivers complete transparency, with features for publishers including:
• Global Rights Management: Control how inventory is sold all over the world by assigning sales rights, in addition to protecting pricing by country and region (for domestic and international territories);
• Transparency Settings: Manage the level of transparency at which each demand partner can sell inventory, by geography, site and ad size;
• Pricing Controls: Unlock revenue potential and control the price at which demand partners can sell inventory, by geography, site and ad size;
• Command Central Dashboard: View and manage permissions for all global sales partners and all the ways they can buy in a single dashboard.

Demand-side platforms (DSPs), ad network and exchange partners who have agreed to the unique rules that protect publishers in the Rubicon Project’s RTB beta program include AppNexus, Brandscreen Inc., ContextWeb’s ADSDAQ Ad Exchange, CPX Interactive, DataXu, Invite Media, Infectious Media, LucidMedia, MediaMath, Triggit. In concert with Permission Control 2.0, the RTB beta program makes REVV the only technology solution on that market that facilitates connection with such a large number of partners while ensuring the highest level of publisher protections, driven both by strict business rules and unparalleled technology.

For publishers interested in learning more about Permission Control 2.0, please send an email to events@rubiconproject.com to request an invite for a webinar on April 29 at 10am ET or 10am PT.

About the Rubicon Project
Headquartered in Los Angeles, the Rubicon Project launched in 2007 with a mission to automate the $65 billion global online advertising industry. The company’s digital advertising technology & data platform, REVV for Publishers™, is engineered to accelerate revenue for premium publishers. Backed by $42 million in funding from Clearstone Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, IDG Ventures and GE/NBC Universal’s Peacock Equity Fund, the Rubicon Project serves premium publishers like NBC Universal, Gannett and CareerBuilder; optimizing more than 45 billion ads each month and reaching more than 500 million unique Internet users. the Rubicon Project also helps ad sales channels around the world gain access to precise audience-segmented inventory, at broad scale.

Contact:
the Rubicon Project
Joanna Burton
JBurton@rubiconproject.com
+44 20 3170 5616

Published on: 4:43PM on 14th April 2010