Online Advertising Business 101, Part I – The Online Advertising Value Chain

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When you spend as much time as I do examining the workings of the online ad industry, it’s easy to forget that, to many people, it really is pretty opaque. Not only is it characterized by some of the most complex and scalable technology in the world, but it also has its own, pretty unique, … Read more

Whither the ad network?

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One of the things I was struck by (apart from the fact of how woefully inadequate the New York Hilton is as a major exhibition venue) last week at ad:tech was the staggering number of “Ad networks” touting their wares on the exhibition floor. Of the roughly 300 exhibitors in New York, at least a … Read more

The mysteries of measuring marketing response, part 3: Reconciling post-click behavior

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Apologies for the rather slower pace of posts of late, but life has been a little busy here, what with moving house in Seattle, taking a trip to London to attend E-metrics, and succumbing to a nasty cold this week. Hopefully this post, the latest in my ‘mini-series’ on online marketing measurement techniques, will make … Read more

Online ad serving 101

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Do you know how online ad serving works? Are you familiar with the difference between a publisher-side ad server and an advertiser (or third-party) ad server? No? Then read this excellent article on the topic by my colleague and ad industry veteran Eric Picard. The article’s actually an updated version of one that he wrote … Read more

The mysteries of measuring marketing response, part 2: Landing pages

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For part 2 of this n-part series on marketing measurement techniques, we’re turning our attention to the methods employed by web analytics tools to capture the source of an inbound click and turn that into a report about whether marketing is working for you. Bye bye, Referrer Back in simpler, more innocent times (i.e. up … Read more

The mysteries of measuring marketing response, part 1: Delivery system-based counting

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It goes without saying that measuring the effectiveness of online marketing is web analytics’ #1 ‘killer app’. But how realistic a picture of the value of online marketing can a web analytics deliver? Come to that, is there any such thing as a true picture of marketing effectiveness? The short answer to the above question … Read more