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Pixalate Week in Review: June 25 - 29, 2018

This week's review of ad fraud and quality in the digital advertising space.

1. Pixalate releases Q1 2018 Programmatic Seller Trust Indexes


Pixalate this week released the Q1 2018 rankings for the Global Seller Trust (GSTI), Mobile Seller Trust (MSTI), and Video Seller Trust (VSTI) programmatic Seller Trust Indexes. The VSTI rankings indicate that the gap in quality between high- and low-ranking programmatic video ad sellers is decreasing, while the MSTI reveals that the mobile in-app ad ecosystem is still rapidly expanding.

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2. The state of programmatic bidding


eMarketer uses five charts to keep the marketing industry updated on the latest trends in programmatic. "In response to advertisers' demands for more transparency, last year the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) Tech Lab launched ads.txt, a text file on publishers’ sites that lists all the vendors that are authorized to sell their inventory," wrote eMarketer. "More than half of the top 5,000 websites worldwide that sell programmatic ads have adopted ads.txt, according to Pixalate."

3. Roku launches marketplace for TV advertising


As reported by the Wall Street Journal, "Roku Inc. said it is launching a marketplace where TV networks can sell commercial space that targets specific audiences, adding to an array of companies trying to make TV advertising more targeted." Recent Pixalate data revealed that Roku commands over 80% of the programmatic video CTV/OTT ad share of voice.

4. What marketers really think of programmatic


According to eMarketer, citing a Nielsen study from Q1 2018, "When it comes to programmatic advertising, marketers have split feelings." The article cites a survey which reveals that just over half (54%) of marketers think programmatic is either "extremely" or "very" effective. A further 19% think it's "somewhat" effective, while 9% think it's "not very" effective. Only 2% think it's not effective at all.

5. Are publishers complying with GDPR?


“Pretty much everyone is breaking the law right now,” said Denmark-based media analyst Thomas Baekdal, as reported by Digiday. “There is not a single consent dialogue box anywhere that is easy to understand. We [publishers] have not really realized how much this is going to hit us. Everyone is trying to make things work the way they used to, rather than thinking about privacy.”

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