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What Is Ad Network Integration and What You Should Know About Ad Networks

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The digital marketplace is the go-to destination for businesses looking to get their products in front of broad audiences nowadays. According to HubSpot, as many as 68% of marketers stated they found their paid online advertising endeavors a vital part of their marketing strategy. But how do brands get their ads out there? Surely they don’t wish upon a shooting star and have the ads magically pop up on Google, right? Of course they don’t. They get their ads online through ad network integration.

But what is ad network integration, what are ad networks, and how do they work in the first place? That’s what you’re going to find out! Let’s start from the basics.

What Is an Online Ad Network?

An ad network is a term used for online platforms that mediate the online ad distribution process between publishers and advertisers. Ad networks only exist in the online world, and they do all the dirty work in putting your banner or video ads on someone else’s website or video. 

So what happens when you sign up for an ad network as an online advertiser? You purchase ad space (also known as ad inventory) that various publishers put up “for rent.” It’s almost like getting yourself a billboard. However, instead of renting that ad space for a specific amount of time, you get it for a limited number of impressions.

Ad networks make everyone’s lives easier. Instead of having to look for websites or publishers to sell your inventory directly, you can just sign up with an ad network or a DSP and let them handle everything for you.

How Do Ad Networks Work?

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Ad networks mediate the online ad distribution process between publishers and advertisers.

An ad network takes a publisher’s available ad inventory and sells it to advertisers on a per-impression basis. Here’s a step-by-step overview of how ad networks function:

  1. An ad network collects ad inventory from a large number of publishers and then sells it to advertisers following an auction-like system (like real-time bidding). 
  2. The advertiser can then adjust their ad campaign or check reports from the ad network’s campaign-management interface. They can even choose to run campaigns across multiple different ad networks if they reach a direct deal with the publishers.
  3. Advertisers have to determine their campaign parameters, while publishers have to set up appropriate ad tags on their websites for the ads to work. They can do so by inserting these tags into their pages directly or using a third-party server.
  4. After publishing the ad, advertisers have full control over their banners through their ad network’s campaign-management panel without needing to communicate with the publisher further.

Having one ad network was sufficient for most publishers in the early days of online advertising due to the much lower number of websites online. However, since everyone is jumping on the digital advertising bandwagon, and there are over 1.5 billion websites on the internet today, the demand for online ads has become much higher than the supply

That is why many publishers utilize more ad networks simultaneously to maximize their fill rates. Features like ad tag waterfalling help them with that immensely, but remember not to get discouraged if you don’t reach your goal; it’s next to impossible to achieve a 100% fill rate. Most ad networks promise publishers a 25%–50% fill rate, so as long as you’re within that range, you’re getting what you paid for.

The Difference Between Ad Servers and Ad Networks

Since these two terms appeared roughly at the same time and are often misused interchangeably, let’s quickly disambiguate them.

An ad server is a technology that ad networks, advertisers, and publishers use to track and analyze their advertising campaigns. Thanks to ad serving technology, advertisers can deliver their ads to their audiences.

Unlike ad servers, ad networks don’t deal with ad management and storage but with transactions between advertisers and publishers. In other words, ad networks act as mediators between publishers and advertisers in the programmatic advertising ecosystem. 

How Can Ad Network Integration Help You?

Aside from the already mentioned reason of convenience, using an ad network has many perks. Here are a few additional benefits ad networks bring to the table:

  • More Options — Both advertisers and publishers get a whole new world of opportunities when using ad networks to sell or buy advertising services. The auction system that these networks use is perfect for both parties — sellers get the best deals for their inventory, while publishers get the most for their budget.
  • Automated Matching With Premium Impressions — Manually looking for a suitable ad inventory is extremely time-consuming. That is why the automation that ad networks bring to the table comes as a godsend for most advertisers. Ad networks also ensure you get the best deals possible!
  • Better Ad Reach and Instant Payouts — The more publishers’ inventories you have at your disposal, the higher your ad reach will be. And when it comes to the publishers, they get immediate value as soon as they put their inventory on sale.
  • Ad Targeting — This perk is more oriented toward advertisers, but it’s a vital one. Ad networks allow you to distribute your ads to a particular user demographic exclusively. You can choose between various targeting options like contextual or behavioral targeting to reach users interested in your products.

What You Want to See in an Ad Network

If you want to choose the best ad network for your business, there are few things you should look out for:

  • The Quality of Network’s Inventory — Not all ad networks sell premium inventory from high-end publishers, so you should make sure yours does. If your ad network of choice is only looking to sell any remaining inventory, it likely won’t be a good fit for you.
  • The Ad Network’s Size — When it comes to picking the best ad network, size does matter. Bigger networks will give your ads better reach, which will result in better ROI.
  • Ad Targeting Options — Since advertisers need to be able to target their ads to maximize their ROI, you need to make sure your network offers the options you need to reach your audience.
  • Variety of Formats — Even if you only wish to advertise using banner ads, you never know when you might change your mind! The more options you have, the better. Who says you won’t decide to try your hand at video marketing in the future?
  • Stability and User-Friendliness — Unless you have some coding skills under your belt, having a user-friendly ad network is crucial. That will save you a lot of time and nerves in the long run. Also, you don’t want to settle for a network that has frequent disruptions of service. That will only create unnecessary downtime on your ads and will result in a loss of revenue.

Ad Network Integration at Brid.TV 

Brid.TV’s video platform allows our users to integrate their ad tags with our HTML5 video player seamlessly and monetize videos to their heart’s content. You can easily do so through our user-friendly CMS by copy-pasting your network’s ad tags into your desired player.

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Brid.TV’s video platform also supports advanced monetization and targeting features like GEO ad targeting, ad waterfalling, header bidding, and ad pods. All Brid.TV users can also track their ad performance through our advanced ad analytics. All of these features exist to help our users streamline their monetization processes and maximize fill rates.

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