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BuzzFeed engineering on company’s programmatic ads

Appreciate the team at BuzzFeed sharing details on the rollout of programmatic ads. Some nuggets:

  • DFP and Facebook being used for programmatic targeting currently (no mention of DMP in this article). They do have a cohort that’s still excluded from ads to compare UX metrics.
  • Ad units collapse if there isn’t a fill on the impression, a bit different than the remnant or backfill strategy usually seen.
  • No header bidding at present although it’s on the roadmap to increase fill rate.
  • See BuzzFeed’s “Display Card” custom native ad unit available on their PMP (demo creative is naturally a shoutout to BuzzFeed’s Philly patron, Comcast NBCU).

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