ad exchanges

The movement to viewable ads vs served ads: infographic

As we begin to sift the huge amounts of data at our fingertips, we are starting to see a move toward better advertising solutions: more targeted and more relevant ads served to potential customers who will actually act on them. This is needed in display advertising more than any other.

In 2012, we started to see publications shift toward more effective types of inventory from ad servers. Sites such as Forbes and USA Today have moved from allowing served ads to viewable ads, which means advertisers aren’t being charged for ads that aren’t seen by the consumer. 

Some may consider this a bold move, and those serving the inventory are likely to unhappy with this move, but a movement to a viewable ad measurement, will make the ROI of display advertising reflect the actual truth of what is seen.

Facebook launches mobile ad network trials

How Facebook will make the type of money it needs to make to satisfy Wall Street is yet to be determined, but one thing is certain: if Facebook is going to make the type of money it needs to make to satisfy Wall Street, mobile will have to be a big part of it.

Facebook’s mobile usage has skyrocketed in the past year, and the common wisdom is that Facebook will have to find a way to monetize its users on mobile. But capitalizing on the mobile opportunity may not fully require Facebook to monetize them directly.

AOL turns to Yahoo’s ad exchange to move inventory

How to compete with Google in the display advertising space? Late last year, three unlikely allies, Yahoo, AOL and Microsoft, forged a pact that would allow each company to sell certain display ad inventory for the others.

At the time, Yahoo and Microsoft decided to use different ad exchanges, while AOL remained undecided.

OpenX targets big advertisers with OpenX Enterprise

OpenX became a player in the ad serving market by offering free and open-source versions of its ad serving technology.

But the online ad market is growing in sophistication, and larger advertisers are increasingly buying ads from a wider variety of sources, such as DSPs.