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Amazon Publisher Services is a suite of cloud services that brings you solutions built by Amazon.

Easily improve revenue and decrease latency with one call to our cloud-based marketplace. Enjoy zero fees and direct relationships with bidders.

Improve earnings with one simple cloud header bidding integration. A single contract gives you access to unique demand from Amazon and SSPs.

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We always had a direct integration with Amazon, but because Transparent Ad Marketplace is cloud-based, we now use it to easily onboard and scale other demand partners without having to bother our development team.

Michael Shaughnessy: VP of Revenue, Bauer Xcel Media US

Best I can tell, only Amazon Publisher Services has developed third-party tech that is even close to bringing direct bidding to app.

David Jakubowski: Director of Publisher Solutions, Facebook

After upgrading to Transparent Ad Marketplace’s multi-slot integration, we saw a 20% increase in revenue without having to compromise our user experience. 

Eric Meixner: VP of Global Marketing, Whitepages

As a news organization, ad quality is a priority for us. Unified Ad Marketplace offers high quality ads and the CPMs are one of the strongest of all our bidders.  

Mark Stallings: Manager of Digital Operations, Daily Herald

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Header Bidding 101 and Unified Ad Marketplace

Header Bidding 101 and Unified Ad Marketplace (UAM)

Publishers who monetize their websites through display ads are increasingly using header bidding. In this post, we’ll unpack header bidding for publishers and introduce the benefits of Unified Ad Marketplace (UAM).

What is header bidding?

Header bidding is a technology that allows publishers to simultaneously request bids from multiple demand sources and send the bids to their ad server to conduct an auction. The ad server determines the winning bid and renders the ad on the site. Allowing multiple bidders to bid on the same inventory at the same time increases competition resulting in increased earnings for publishers.

Publishers place a piece of JavaScript code in the header section of their website HTML and set up line items in their ad server. When a user visits the page, the JavaScript requests bids from each demand partner and determines the winner before the ad request to the ad server is even made. The winning bid among header bidders now competes with the other eligible bidders depending on your ad server priorities. Finally, the ad server displays the winning bid on your page.

Unified Ad Marketplace (UAM) brings unique demand from Amazon and multiple SSP bidders who all compete for your inventory. UAM has simplified the integration process for publishers too. You just need to integrate once with UAM instead of integrating with each bidder.

Header bidding eliminates the need for an inefficient waterfall setup. In the waterfall setup, publishers call each bidder sequentially based on average CPM from highest to lowest. If the first bidder does not have an ad, the ad server would request a bid from the second bidder. If the second bidder responds with an ad, the third and following bidders would never have the opportunity to place their bid even if they are willing to bid higher than the second bidder for this impression.

Benefits for Publishers

The biggest benefit of header bidding is revenue lift. Numbers vary but publishers report revenue increases between 20-50%1. One even experience an increase of 70%2. Since more bidders have access to more inventory and publishers receive more bids, publishers are able to increase their yield.

In the following example, the publisher would lose $0.75 with a waterfall set up. The publisher has set up the waterfall order based on the average CPMs of Bidders 1 to 3. For this particular inventory, Bidder 1 bids $1.00, Bidder 2 bids $1.50 and Bidder 3 bids $1.75. With a waterfall setup, the Bidder 1 has first dibs to this inventory and wins with its $1.00 bid. In a header bidding setup, Bidder 3 wins with its $1.75 bid.

Here are a few quotes from publishers using UAM.

Another benefit is faster page load. With header bidding, the three calls with the three bidders occur simultaneously. With the waterfall method, six calls are required to receive bids from three bidders and they occur sequentially. The diagram below highlights the impact to the page load time. The six calls in the Waterfall method slows page load time compared to the three calls with Header Bidding. Page load is particularly fast with UAM since the UAM server makes the three calls on behalf of your site which reduces the burden on your site.

 

Lastly, header bidding provides additional transparency for publishers. With header bidding, all bidders have an opportunity to bid on every impression opportunity. This means publishers are able to see the bid prices for every bid request and assess the true value of their inventory.

Considerations for Publishers

Implementing header bidding requires basic coding skills and patience. A JavaScript code is added to the page header and setting up line items (often 100+ line items) in the ad server can be time consuming. UAM has simplified this paint point by offering an automated DFP line item push that configures all 400+ lines with one click using an API. UAM has a debug console that analyzes your javascript integration to ensure all the calls are occurring properly.

Publishers who stuff too many header bidding code in their page header are seeing delays in their page load. Even though header bidding is designed to be fast, making all of the bid requests and running the header auction in the browser increases the amount of code being executed and the number of network connections being made, resulting in in slower page load. UAM has addressed this by having the UAM server make the calls to the bidders reducing the load on the publishers’ page.

Header Bidding Today

There have been enough advances header bidding’s short history that publishers would be hard-pressed to sit on the sideline. Server to server header bidding solutions move the network requests to the cloud and allow publishers to work with many header bidders without slowing down the page. As a publisher, it’s wise to evaluate each header bidder to ensure it meets your needs.

For example, UAM is suited for publishers looking for high quality and fast loading ads. UAM brings unique Amazon demand through server to server header bidding and lets publishers set up line items with a click of a button. It also bodes well for publishers looking for simple maintenance. UAM combines all earnings from all bidders and sends you one monthly payment.


1. https://digiday.com/media/header-bidding-publishers-boosting-cpms-much-50-percent/

2. https://digiday.com/media/telegraph-used-header-bidding-increase-programmatic-revenue-70-percent/

 

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Transparent Ad Marketplace

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Access a marketplace with unique Amazon ads and many other buyers with one cloud header bidding integration.

 

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Imgur finds success with in-app header bidding by using Amazon Publisher Services

Imgur finds success with in-app header bidding by using Amazon Publisher Services

 

Imgur used Amazon Publisher Services (APS) to enable incremental bidding outside the traditional waterfall, monetizing billions of impressions each year. Programmatic revenue increased significantly month over month and now commands an eCPM north of $2.

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Transparent Ad Marketplace

Transparent Ad Marketplace

Easily improve revenue and decrease latency with one call to our cloud-based marketplace.

 

Unified Ad Marketplace

Unified Ad Marketplace

Access a marketplace with unique Amazon ads and many other buyers with one cloud header bidding integration.

 

Shopping Insights

Shopping Insights

Explore how your audience engages with Amazon using aggregate shopping data.

 

Featured Resource

 

Resources

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Advertising and the GDPR

Advertising and the GDPR


In 2016, the European Commission adopted the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR is designed to harmonize laws across Europe that govern the security and protection of personal data, including personal data used in advertising. Amazon’s longstanding commitment to privacy and data security is consistent with the objectives of applicable data protection laws, including the GDPR. For more about how Amazon’s advertising services will comply with the requirements of GDPR when it becomes enforceable on May 25, 2018, visit the link below:

Advertising and the EU General Data Protection Regulation

 

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Transparent Ad Marketplace

Transparent Ad Marketplace

Easily improve revenue and decrease latency with one call to our cloud-based marketplace.

 

Unified Ad Marketplace

Unified Ad Marketplace

Access a marketplace with unique Amazon ads and many other buyers with one cloud header bidding integration.

 

Shopping Insights

Shopping Insights

Explore how your audience engages with Amazon using aggregate shopping data.

 

Featured Resource

 

Resources

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