Category "DFP"

Implementing Header-Bid (Tagless) DFP Ad Solutions – Part 1

Recently we asked Jon Crowell, who heads up development for StudyBreak Media, to break his blog silence. Jon obliged and the result will be a series of posts that cover a few technical specifics regarding ad serving and ‘tagless’ solutions. Jon has developed a number of tools that aid in our ad optimization and we’re excited to get a chance to share a few of his views on the space. 


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Digital Advertising Terms and Definitions Glossary

General terms:

  • Ad tag – Typically served as javascript through a website’s ad server, an ad tag allows a website to communicate with an ad partner and serve an appropriate ad
  • Ad exchange – an ad partner that serves as a broker between a publisher and an advertiser. Ad exchanges use RTB technology to sell a publisher’s inventory in an auction-like manner. Typically, you can set a price floor within an ad exchange and you’ll receive a higher rate due to the auctioning process.
  • Ad network – an ad partner that serves as a middle man between a publisher and an advertiser. Typically, ad networks provide you with a static rate for your inventory that rarely fluctuates.
  • Auction Price Floor – This is the same idea as a standard price floor but in an auction or programmatic environment the floor serves as a minimum but can be exceeded by higher bidding. For example if you set your price floor at $1 you can still receives bids at $1.25 but not $.75.
  • Creative – You will often here this word used to refer to the actual images the advertising display

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Google DFP: Blending an uncapped manage demand stack with capped deals and AdX dynamic allocation

At StudyBreak Media our objective is straight forward. We aim to maximize the value of 100% of our partners IAB inventory while protecting their brand.

If that sounds like marketing speak, frankly, it is. It’s a one sentence summary of a process that’s taken seven years to develop and countless hours of testing, failing, and testing again until success. Part of the reason we have this blog is to share and communicate what we’ve learned along the way. When you’re serving over 5,000,000,000 impressions a year you’re forced to keep a close eye on things and we challenge ourselves to consistently innovate. Today I’d like to share an ad serving problem we were having, and a proposed solution to that problem.

If you have any further questions about this process, why we’ve elected to institute it or how it was done, contact us here. Also, I’d like to thank Kevin Davis from, Winston Park from, and John Li of for helping us figure this out.

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