Introducing the V2 of Adcash native ads!

Introducing the V2 of Adcash native ads!

We started developing the new and improved Adcash native ad format last year and even talked about its technological superiority. However, we are always pushing for improvement and innovation, which is why we’d now like to introduce the updated V2 of the Adcash native!

We’ve rolled out some updates on our native format, which will, no doubt, not only please our existing partners that have already adopted the native as an integral part of their business strategy, but also all newcomers. Not to mention publishers and advertisers alike.

The updates are specifically designed to increase engagement and conversions and, of course, produce more revenue. In a nutshell, the most important update for publishers is about the increased and super flexible customization options. Advertisers can push for higher engagement through advanced targeting and tailor-made promotions.

But let’s talk details!

Updates for publishers:

  • Super flexible template that can be fully customized to adjust to website layout. Elements to customize: image ratio, fonts, colours, borders (colours, width), widget title and more.
  • Full control over ad count displayed in either rows or columns.
  • Contextual targeting and ad serving for higher engagement.
  • To make integration even more easier and hassle-free, you can now download scripts as .txt files.

Updates for advertisers:

  • Multiple image ratios supported and the minimum image size increased to 600x500px. This enables you to promote your content in high definition.
  • Text allowance was also increased: the max length now is 100 characters to give more weight to that bit of content as well.
  • Dynamic macros that allow the tailoring of content to be more specific and targeted for their audience.
  • The most advanced targeting features in the industry. (Really! It’s true! 😄)

But don’t just take our word for it. We’ve collected all the info about the biggest native networks for you to conveniently compare:

The data exhibited in this table is gathered from publicly available sources.

It’s hard to believe that something so effective can actually be so easy. That is, however, the Adcash reality. It’s actually pretty difficult to put into words just HOW effective our native format is. At the same time, native campaign creation on our platform is simple and intuitive (tip: there’s also an interactive guide right on the platform itself). Also for publishers, creating a zone is just so easy, even with all the widget customization options available!

As we all know, seeing is believing, so don’t waste your valuable advertising time. Choose your partner wisely and we invite you to try out our updated native for yourself to see just how effective its earning power really is!

Ready to fight the Chrome adblocker?

Ready to fight the Chrome adblocker?

We recently discussed the Google Chrome built-in adblocker feature. As we all know, the update initial Chrome update will come into effect on January 23rd with the built-in adblocker fully in place on February 15th. We’ve put some serious research into this and we want you to know that you can fully trust us to fight for you with the best solutions for both, our publishers as well as advertisers.

Here’s what we know

Ads will be affected on sites that are blacklisted either by the Abusive Experiences report, which will be put into play starting from January 23rd or the Better Ads standards. So far it’s clear that Abusive Experiences will prevent, for example, opening new tabs and windows, while the Better Ads standards restrict advertisements that can be intrusive or annoying for the user experience. Although ads that do not comply with the Google Chrome guidelines will be blocked, Google will notify publishers itself as well if what they display is considered unsuitable.

What next?

Publishers can use this tool to check if they’ve been affected and if their sites have been blacklisted by either of the lists. You can keep an eye on the live deployment of the Chrome releases here. However, we also suggest you start taking action. If you have a publisher account with Adcash and you find your sites blacklisted, contact your account manager or our support team and we’ll personally help you get your earnings back up. If you’ve not been blacklisted – good! – but we suggest you use our ads exclusively. We believe this way there’s a greater chance you won’t be blocked in the future.

In any case – whether you’re already a publisher with Adcash or not yet – we can assure you that we’ll have the best and stable solutions to help you protect yourself and continue serving ads successfully.

If you have any questions or need help on this matter, do not hesitate to reach out to us.

How to prepare for the Google Chrome adblocker

How to prepare for the Google Chrome adblocker

There’s a Chrome update coming in 2018 that we cannot help but condemn. It’s dangerously blurring the lines between what we see as legal and illegal. We need to ask is it a fair competition if the giants amongst themselves are creating policies that favour themselves?

We’re talking, of course, about the adblocker feature that will come into action February 15, 2018. Our tech team has given this some serious thought and here’s some useful insight from them what the update means and how to work with it.

Trust?

We live in a world of trust. We trust our mail couriers not to open our mail before it arrives, we also trust the courier not to change anything inside our letters before they are delivered to us. The browsers and service providers we use know a lot of information about us and our behaviour. Naturally we place the same kind of trust in them to not regulate our behaviour or restrict our access to information. However, when your browser or ISP starts making decisions for you about what content you are allowed to see and what not, where is the trust?

At Adcash we believe that browsers should be independent, they should respect and align with the same standards as the ones defined by the W3C. Online advertising is very concentrated, 77% of a dollar in this industry goes to Google (Google Search, Browser, Android) or Facebook (Social Network, Browser, Messenger).
ad networks
Source WSJ
This situation also has another name – a cartel. After all what do you call an organized way of increasing collective profits by restricting other players? It’s hard to trust that this regulating happens on fair grounds.

The changes

Adcash has been in this business already for more than 10 years and we are continuously investing in developing and supporting our publisher partnerships. Which is why it’s especially sad to say that as a publisher you may have already received a warning (in your Google Search Console) that your ads could be blocked with the next Google Chrome update. It will by default block the ads of publishers that don’t comply with the BetterAds standards (initiated by Google).

It’s also important to keep in mind that Chrome contributes visitors on a large scale – out of the visitors that we receive to Adcash websites, Chrome represents up to 65% of them. It’s effect on your future revenues should not be underestimated.

This is not something that will only affect small publishers. Forbes and the Los Angeles Times, for example, received both a “failing” status from the Ad Experience Report. Other high-profile sites that have received warnings include CBS News, Kiplinger, Lifehacker, and Independent UK.

So what next?

Google Chrome 64 will be released on January 23, 2018. The adblocker update, which is based on a blacklist of publisher domains that is updated via SafeBrowsing, will come into action starting from February 15, 2018. The good news is, however, that you don’t need to wait that long to know how your website will look like. We have some great tools that you can use to check your sites. Publishers can check if their websites are blacklisted by Google Chrome here. Don’t forget, once a site is blacklisted, all ads on it regardless of format will be blocked in Chrome.

You can also enable a secret feature inside Google Chrome to unlock the new adblocker:

1) Install Google Chrome Canary

2) Launch Chrome with parameter:
–enable-features=’SubresourceFilter,SubresourceFilterExperimentalUI,AbusiveExperienceEnforce’

On MacOS:
open -a Google\ Chrome\ Canary –args –enable-features=’SubresourceFilter,SubresourceFilterExperimentalUI,AbusiveExperienceEnforce’

On Windows:
chrome.exe –enable-features=’SubresourceFilter,SubresourceFilterExperimentalUI,AbusiveExperienceEnforce’

3) Go to chrome://settings/content/ads
Switch “Ads” to off (it should be gray, and show that Ads are blocked)

4) Open a new tab, go to top right menu, select “More Tools”, then “Developer Tools”

5) Go to the settings of the Developer Tools (it’s in the top right menu of the Developer Tools) and tick
“Force ad blocking on this site”

Adcash is one of the largest independent internet companies in the market today and we are fully committed to an open internet, where everyone has equal opportunities for business. We hope that seeing a glimpse of the future version of Chrome will help you prepare for the changes yet to come and stay ahead of the game. We will continue to support our publishers and advertisers. Rest assured, should the darkest scenario materialize, we will still find a way to counter attack and bypass all interferences from any browser.

To continue this fight for fair and open online advertising, we are leading a new counter-movement that has brought together other internet companies that are in a similar position to us. Keep an eye on our blog here to always have the freshest information!

Introducing the Advertiser Reporting API

Introducing the Advertiser Reporting API

We’ve recently rolled out a nice new API feature for our advertisers that have more technical needs and inclinations. It’s called Advertiser Reporting API and it has the potential to seriously simplify data retrieval and analysis for advertisers.

But first, what are we talking about exactly and what is an API? In broad terms API or application programming interface is a layer that allows different pieces of software to securely communicate with each other. This is a technical setup that can essentially save time and other resources by enabling systems to connect with each other. In this case the Reporting API allows our advertisers to retrieve their personal account statistics straight into their server without actually accessing our advertiser panel.

Setting up the Adcash Advertiser Reporting API

Fetching the reports is only a two step process – it’s actually surprisingly easy. First, advertisers need to generate a token, using the Adcash advertiser panel username and password. It is an encrypted string, of course, to protect the account’s privacy. Once you have the token, you can use it to call the Reporting API and start creating your reports.

Level of granularity in reporting

We at Adcash believe in the power of data, which is why we have always given our users as detailed reports as possible. After all, data analysis forms a strong basis for informed decisions about what to invest your budget in and what kind of results to expect. It’s no different for reports generated through the Reporting API.

There is a variety of dimensions, metrics and filters available that can be applied to the report:

  • Dimensions: Date, Country, Campaign ID, Campaign Name, Device Type, Pack ID, Pack Name, Platform Name, Browser, Zone ID;
  • Filters: Date, Country, Campaign ID, Device Type, Pack ID, Platform Name;
  • Metrics: Impressions, Clicks, Conversions, Spendings.

The default setting for time granularity is daily, but it can also be set up as weekly or monthly, but please also note that data fetching more than 30 days is not allowed via API.

Exporting the data

Reports can also be exported for further analysis of the raw data. We currently support the following formats for downloading:

  • JSON
  • XML
  • CSV

To see detailed documentation about the reporting API, please click here.

Go native with Adcash – it’s where the future’s headed

Go native with Adcash – it’s where the future’s headed

Adcash is announcing the launch of our newest feature – content and product promotion with native advertisements that target desktop and mobile web traffic. This type of advertising is highly engaging yet non-intrusive to the user experience. It’s an incredibly successful format both for advertisers and publishers as it can considerably boost a brand’s image and produce a remarkable increase in revenue. The native format has also been strongly in the focus of all recent predictions for the future of digital advertising. For example, Business Insider suggests that by 2021 native advertising will drive 74% of all ad revenue!

The success of native advertising is pretty easy to explain. According to Forbes this format is more engaging and profitable than any other current standard in the digital advertising industry – more than 70 per cent of publishers have reported no negative reader response to this type of advertising. The main reason behind it is that native promotions are simply less “in your face”. This format is designed to blend with the surrounding content, which means that the user is more likely to willingly click on it.

So why go native with Adcash?

We talked to the Head of Native Advertising at Adcash, Jim Desroches about why native is the way to go in the digital advertising industry. Here’s what he had to say about the native format:

What is native advertising and who’s it for?
With native advertising we refer to any type of paid content or product promotion through ad placements that totally blend in with the actual content of the webpage which displays it. In simpler words, it’s a paid ad that does not look like an ad. It’s a good way to advertise for anyone who owns and creates products or content. On the other hand, it is also a brand new opportunity for our content owners (aka publishers) to monetize their inventory by promoting other people’s products or content.

Clearly in the past years there has been a massive switch towards less intrusive, more premium and better targeted advertising. Because Adcash aims to provide an all-in-one solution to its partners, we have also decided to be a part of this game and expand our services. All of our current partners can obviously start using this new ad unit. Feel free to reach out to your account manager if you have any questions or to our customer care to get started!

Why is the Adcash native different from others in the market?
Like with any other Adcash ad unit, our targeting capabilities are way above any other actors in the industry. We also constantly keep developing new features to always be one step ahead.

Additionally, our supply is 100% direct and exclusive to Adcash. We have a strong network of programmatic partners in place for other ad units and we are also close to supporting this integration for the native format as well – stay tuned!

Last but not least, I am proud to say that our metrics (CTR, CR, e-CPMs) are already above the industry average!

Do you have any tips and tricks for advertisers on how to get the most out of their native campaigns?
In two words: user experience. That’s the key to a successful native campaign. Make sure you understand where your ad is being shown and consider the whole flow, starting from the click on your ad leading to your content or product page. Of course, your ads need to be precisely targeted to avoid wasting clicks. Adcash offers all the tools you need for the best possible targeting. Also note that since the CTR on this ad unit remains low, do not hesitate to give each click a high value so your campaigns will get the exposure they deserve. Our self-service platform even gives you real-time bidding suggestions!

How do you set everything up for native advertising with Adcash – is it more complicated than other formats?
Once you are familiar with our platform and have all the materials required to create your campaign (image, text and URL to direct the user to), it literally takes just about a minute to set everything up. Our campaign validation team works around the clock and you can be live within minutes! If you already advertise with Adcash, you will find the option for Web Native in the Creatives section of the campaign creation flow.

After signup and account validation, the creation of a native widget is even faster! It is also customisable to fit your site the best way possible. Simply create a Zone and choose Web Native. The tag implementation is very simple and efficient.

I usually do not like spoilers, but since Christmas is coming, I am very happy to say that we’ve already began to develop our V2 of the native format with some amazing new features. We’ll be notifying our partners once it’s ready to be released.

Still not convinced? Let’s review the technical specifications of the Adcash native format:
  • Advanced machine learning technology – our prediction algorithms will ensure tailor-made ad serving for maximum revenue generation. With us you can be sure that ad-serving is data-driven and transparent – both user-related data as well as the publisher’s content are taken into account.
  • Best performance metrics in the industry based on our extensive experience and technology that’s built in-house and constantly improved. For example, our specific targeting capabilities are well above the industry standards.
  • We offer flexibility to all sides involved. Our ad template is responsive and will adjust according to the available ad space and type. Website owners can also tweak ad count and placement themselves to specifically suit their website content.
  • No restrictions on image sizes – our platform has an image cropping functionality to help select the most suitable area.
  • Multiple direct and programmatic demand partners to guarantee fill rate anywhere, everywhere.

Promoting native with Adcash is available across all key verticals: news, sports, fitness, beauty, games, jobs, travel, shopping.
Publishers also have the unique opportunity to sign up as advertisers to use native advertising to promote their own website content and boost their audiences. Contact your account manager for more information.

But wait, here’s more information about the earning power of the highly effective Adcash native! 

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