The Quest For Scale Is Ruining The Digital Ad Industry

October 27, 2016 in News

Adelphic’s VP of Product, Yael Avidan, lends her perspective on audience and scale in the digital ad industry.  

The first question marketers or agencies ask ad tech vendors or media companies is probably this: “That audience is perfect, but can it scale?”

Audience targeting is great, but ultimately, advertising’s main draw is reaching large-scale audiences. Although it reflects the return on investment, that marker can miss the point and may end up stifling the digital ad world’s growth.

We live in a time where consumer experience is fragmented more than ever across devices, channels and experiences. Yet, advertisers want yael-avidan“shortcuts” and are driving media companies and ad tech vendors to provide them with scale – even when that scale doesn’t exist.

This results in three core issues I see threatening the growth and sustainability of the digital ad world. First, the quest for scale reduces the value of smaller yet engaged audiences. As a result, many smaller publishers are having a hard time competing and struggle to maintain their revenue bases.

Second, advertisers’ willingness to pay for scale has unsurprisingly driven the emergence of bots and traffic drivers that step in and “supply” this demand. This, in turn, created a massive distrust of advertisers in the ecosystem and is one of the key problems that holds back the shift of more TV dollars to online.

Last but definitely not least, in a market that values scale above all, a handful of large publishers are capturing the majority of advertisers’ attention and spend at the expense of the rest of the market.

The quest for scale has taken the digital ad industry out of balance and created an industry where only a few win and many lose. Is there a path forward or a way out of this?

Cross-Device Solutions Can Help Pool Audiences Together

In a messy digital world of multiple devices, channels and experiences where individuals switch between several cookies and mobile device identifiers, it is challenging to identify an advertiser’s desired target audiences in a consistent way. But cross-device capabilities can enable advertisers to pool the open web and find their target audiences in a more accurate way.

Go Real And A Bit Smaller 

Marketers can find the audiences they really want, but they need to be prepared for real-world scale. When they target people, not proxies, their accuracy is higher so scale is smaller. In this much more accurate world, where they’re reaching actual people, they can better manage that performance or precision via frequency capping, sequencing and other tactics.

Spread The Wealth

Consumers travel between their devices with the greatest of ease, yet marketers still struggle across channels and with weaving in and out of walled gardens. Open web for desktop and walled gardens for mobile still do not reach some of the audiences that brands seek. Marketers must keep their minds open and trial new solutions to evolve their media mix.

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Adelphic & PushSpring Launch ‘Mobile to Mobile” Partnership, Offering Access To App Data

September 12, 2016 in News

Adelphic, a mobile and cross-channel demand side platform (DSP), on Monday announced a partnership with PushSpring, an app-based mobile audience platform, to offer ad buyers the ability to target audience segments with attributes adelphic-pushspringincluding app ownership, personas, and demographic targets. The partnership will use PushSpring’s proprietary mobile app audience data to implement targeted mobile and cross-channel ad campaigns at scale using  the Adelphic platform.

Through the PushSpring Audience Console marketers and agencies have the ability to create custom segments or access pre-built segments, export audiences for activation, and upload them for analysis, expanding the scope of Adelphic’s data offering to cover both mobile Web and in-app insights. The deterministically sourced and verified device-level data contains more than 180 million unique device IDs which can be used in conjunction with Adelphic’s recently-launched Behavior Graph to deliver targeted ads across mobile and desktop.

“Extending PushSpring’s mobile app data cross-channel, as ad buying moves from a screen-specific to a more audience-based approach, ensures that our clients have the data they need to achieve their advertising goals,” stated Gina Kim, head of partnerships for Adelphic.

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Adelphic and Grapeshot Announce Turnkey Integration for Precision Live Audience Targeting and Brand Safety

August 25, 2016 in News

First Application of Grapeshot’s Keyword-Driven Targeting and Brand Safety Tools on a Mobile First Platform.

WALTHAM, MASS – August 25, 2016 – Adelphic, the leading mobile and cross-channel demand side platform (DSP), and Grapeshot, the advanced keyword technology provider, today announced that ad buyers can now leverage Live Audience, Grapeshot’s pre-bid keyword targeting solution, via Adelphic’s mobile-first programmatic media solution, to reach live audiences consuming relevant, brand-safe content. This integration is the first time Grapeshot’s technology is being made available in a mobile first application, working seamlessly with Adelphic’s Behavior Graph™ to allow brand safety controls and contextual targeting for marketers wherever they engage their users.

Through this integration, Grapeshot’s algorithm, which quickly interprets and categorizes the content audiences are consuming on individual mobile webpages and apps, will work seamlessly within the Adelphic platform, ensuring ads adelphic-grapeshotare displayed alongside content that is contextually relevant and brand safe across 29 languages. This level of precision helps improve targeting, reduce waste and increases returns, globally. Brand and agency ad buyers can create custom audience segments for individualized targeting or select Grapeshot’s standard audience segments for universal applications. These segments can be seamlessly included or excluded in the Forecasting and Targeting products on Adelphic’s platform. For increased brand safety, ad buyers can overlay Grapeshot’s Whitelist or PG Rated standard safety targeting to ensure campaigns run on safe inventory.

“Consumers are turning to ad blocking as a reaction to unwelcome advertising. However, with better audience targeting and more considerate creative, more advertising should be welcomed. This is why we’re delighted to bring our keyword targeting capability to the Adelphic platform to improve the campaign performance and the return on advertisers spend,” said John Snyder, CEO and Founder of Grapeshot. “ Our partnership with Adelphic enables real-time evaluation of mobile web or in-app data at scale, eliminating the need for site lists, and providing contextual reach with vertical-specific keywords and phrases. “

“Quality is top-of-mind for every programmatic ad buyer, and when we talk to clients, our conversations uncover two questions: Will the correct audience see my ads and will my ads run in brand-safe environments,” said Gina Kim, head of partnerships for Adelphic. “Grapeshot’s technology provides our programmatic audience buying platform a protective guardrail as well as keyword-based advertising that targets live users based on context. Grapeshot empowers our clients to shift budgets with the assurance that their ads are served on relevant content and on sites that are appropriate for the brand.”

About Grapeshot

Grapeshot is a global privately-owned keyword data provider that provides data to help brands, agencies, trading desks and publishers navigate advertising choice. Grapeshot builds connections for clients and partners using our page crawling algorithm, providing audience and keyword targeting and analytics solutions in open and private programmatic environments. Grapeshot’s core technology and product suite offers a fully customizable, transparent and scalable solution, giving our clients simple, integrated control over brand safe targeting. Grapeshot is integrated with all major programmatic trading marketplaces including AppNexus, MediaMath, Turn, The Trade Desk, AdForm, iPinYou and AOL. Grapeshot receives over 3M QPS, 3T classifications per month, recognizing 100+ languages and deploying standard segments in 30+ languages. Grapeshot has offices in Cambridge, London, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Singapore and Sydney.

About Adelphic

Adelphic is the leading mobile and cross-channel demand side platform. Adelphic provides an enterprise-ready software solution for agencies, brands and other large media buyers to make meaningful engagements with consumers on the move. The company’s platform is fully RTB-enabled and delivers global scale through access to all leading inventory providers. Adelphic’s patented technology overcomes the limitations of user identification in mobile and across networked devices, yielding rich, nuanced portraits of real consumers. Founded in 2011, Adelphic is funded by Matrix Partners, Blue Chip Venture Company and Google Ventures. For more information, visit adelphic.com.

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