Google is the most widely used platform in the digital advertising industry, and it helps millions of advertisers and publishers to trade media programmatically. Almost half of the publishers in the programmatic landscape manage and deliver ads via Google Ad Manager, and almost everyone uses Google Ad Exchange (AdX) to sell ad impressions. The Ad Exchanges industry is large, with a global market size of over 143,000 companies. Within this industry, Google Ad Exchange is a dominant player, enjoying the lion’s share of 67.7%.
Though publishers can easily sign up for Google Ad Manager, accessing Google’s Exchange is quite difficult. Thanks to the authorized third-party providers (Google Publishing Partners and Scaled Partner Management program), publishers can now access Google’s Exchange by paying a small fee — often as a rev-share.
In exchange, an authorized Google Ad Exchange reseller can offer a myriad of advantages to a publisher, such as access to AdX demand, technical guidance, and so on. But, the question many publishers have is – can all AdX resellers help you drive better results? Yes, a Google AdX reseller will help you to get better results. But, not all Ad Exchange resellers can produce the same results in terms of CPM and revenue.
That’s why it is important to look into key factors before signing up with a reseller and see how they best fit you. Well, we will give you an AdX reseller checklist that you can use to find a reseller that meets your expectations and helps you maximize the yield.
“Everything you add is going to come at the expense of something else. Understanding what those things are will help you understand how well that partner is doing.”
– Justin Festa, Chief Digital Officer, LittleThings
Migration to Google Ad Manager
Although Google Ad Manager is the preferred ad server for many publishers, some have opted to use self-managed ad servers or alternative options like AppNexus and Flywheel, etc.
Since Google Ad Exchange has a prerequisite of having the Ad Manager as an ad server, you may have to migrate your existing ad server (that means orders, line items, and so on) to GAM. The good thing is there is no shortage of Google Ad Exchange resellers these days.
But, for such cases, you need to check how well the AdX reseller can help you to achieve the objective. Because not every reseller will have the ability and expertise to help you migrate the server and set up the ad campaigns efficiently.
What to Look for When Choosing the Right Google AdX Reseller?
Here are the factors to look for while choosing the Google AdX Reseller.
- Revenue Share
- Products & Services
- Ad Revenue Optimization
- Premium Demand Partners
- Technical Support
- Inventory Quality & Performance
What Will be the Ideal Revenue Share of Google AdX Reseller?
Whether it is AdSense or Ad Exchange, Google is pretty fixed regarding revenue share. But, in the case of a Google AdX reseller, revenue share (b/w you and Google AdX reseller, not Google Ad Exchange) can be negotiated up to a reasonable number if both the publisher and reseller agree. Typically, the revenue share varies from 15% to 20%.
In the meantime, it is advised to check the eCPM that the reseller can offer. A reseller who provides 60% rev-share but has eCPM $2 is better than a reseller who provides eCPM $4 with a rev-share of 50%. Also, you should look into the NET payment terms of the reseller – if it is NET30, NET60, or NET90.
Products & Services
Header bidding has slowly gained recognition in the last few years. The technique eliminates the drawbacks of the waterfall method, where selling the ad inventories occurred by calling the demand partners in a sequential order based on their historical performance.
This advanced methodology, header bidding, enables the publisher to sell the ad impressions in a marketplace by calling the demand channels in real-time and displays the ads from an advertiser who bids the highest value for the impression. Since header bidding isn’t a new technique, many publishers have already implemented it on their websites with the help of their in-house tech team.
But, many small or mid-sized publishers cannot possess a dedicated team to manage header bidding and run the ad campaigns on servers. So, check if your reseller can offer you the header bidding wrapper. Also, some resellers can provide you with advanced products like ad refresh, video monetization, etc.
Ad Revenue Optimization
Header Bidding and other techniques to sell ad impressions can maximize ad revenue. But, there is only one way to ensure that you stay ahead of the rapidly changing programmatic landscape – ad optimization.
Even though managed header bidding or PMP solution providers can help you get started with programmatic, you can’t set everything and leave the set-up to perform better on its own. Google Ad Exchange resellers should be able to find the gaps and fill those with optimal solutions. They must closely look at the granular aspects of ad performance and keep optimizing the SOV (Share of Voice)* to take your ad revenue to the next level.
*Share of Voice denotes the share of a particular demand partner. If Google Ad Exchange is responsible for 65% of your revenue, then that’s the SOV of AdX. You don’t want to let Google take over the revenue, and if it happened, then there’s something wrong with the setup.
Premium Demand Partners
There are millions of advertisers and hundreds of demand partners that are seeking to display ads on your website. But not all of them will bid to buy your impressions. According to the latest Confiant’s Demand Quality Report, just 13 SSPs, including Google Ad Exchange, AppNexus, Rubicon, Index Exchange, and OpenX, accounted for 80% of the ad impressions passed through Confiant’s system.
Though you might already have major demand partners on your header bidding stack, an AdX reseller can help you to get access to the remaining ones. You don’t need tens of demand partners. You just need the right ones. At Automatad, we’ve partnered with top-demand partners to ensure we are bringing the best along with Google AdX.
Setting up Google Ad Manager seems easy when you deal directly with a couple of advertisers. But when the number of demand channels/partners increases, optimizing ad campaigns and implementing advanced technologies like header bidding can be quite daunting. An AdX reseller should have expertise in ad operations so that they can pitch in ideas and help you with one-off queries.
This is important for mid-sized publishers. We generally receive several one-off queries from our publishers that have nothing to do with Google AdX. And, as we have been working with publishers for 6+ years, we now have a dedicated account manager and a flexible team in place.
As ads are delivered throughout the day, things can go wrong anytime. For a publisher, waiting for more than a day can be a huge loss. So, it is important to check how quickly you will be provided with support to resolve the issues. Ideally, a reseller promises to resolve the issue within 24 hours.
Also, they’d be able to audit results and help you find any discrepancies if they occur in the future. A reseller should be able to pull together different reports, find the parameters that have caused discrepancies, and resolve them.
Inventory Quality & Performance
What type of Inventory Quality & Performance can be expected from a good Google AdX Reseller?
A Google Ad Exchange reseller creates child publishers; that is, it manages multiple publishers via the same account. Billions of ad impressions from a network of publishers are sold via the Ad Exchange account. So, it is fair to check and request past performance metrics to understand the quality of ad inventories a reseller has.
Google Ad Exchange has strict rules for publishers to create a safe environment for selling ad impressions. So, ensure that the AdX reseller is brand-safe and deals with premium inventories. It will not directly impact your ad revenue, but such information will help you understand the performance of Ad Exchange accounts.
Step to Success
As a publisher, partnering with a Google Ad Exchange reseller offers an opportunity to gain access not only to AdX, but also to other demand partners. However, it’s important to keep in mind that not all aspects may be relevant to your specific situation. For example, if you already have an established Prebid stack with SSP partnerships, you may not need to inquire about the demand partners offered by an AdX reseller.
At Automatad, we are an authorized partner of Google (MCM) and specialize in helping mid-sized publishers access AdX demand. If you’re interested in discussing how we can help you maximize your yield, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.