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SSP (Supply-side platform)

What is SSP (Supply-side platform) ?

A piece of software that is used to sell advertising. This is done in an automated manner and is most often used by publishers. They use this to sell display, mobile, and/or video ads. It is the publisher equivalent to a DSP. Publishers can connect their websites or similar inventory to various ad exchanges, networks, and DSPs by using SSPs. It's good news for ad buyers, however, by doing this, publishers can increase their revenue.

This is a terrific way to avoid having to deal with sales people and media buyers in person. Using technology to buy ads more efficiently helps publishers manage their connections with several ad buyers and networks. When marketers use DSPs to acquire ad impressions from bourses most cheaply and efficiently, publishers are meant to do the opposite: maximize prices for which their impressions are sold. Similar technology enables SSPs and DSPs to operate. SSPs would allow publishers to link their inventory simultaneously to numerous ad exchanges, DSPs, and networks. In turn, this permits a wide range of potential customers to buy space - and the greatest possible rates for publishers. When an SSP lends impressions on publicity exchanges, DSPs assess and acquire them on behalf of marketers depending on certain features such as where they are served and which particular users they do.

The objective is to allow auction publishers to optimize income from their inventory by offering impressions to as many potential buyers as possible in real-time. This makes SSPs sometimes known as yield-optimization platforms. Marketers increasingly do not want to hire costly human ad buyers to negotiate media prices with sales staff. They would like to employ technology to buy ads more efficiently. The problem for publishers is, however, that this programmatic sales risk reduces the value of their inventory.

The SSPs were developed to allow the publishers to combine this and handle relationships with multiple networks and ad buyers more efficiently. In addition to opening inventories to a broad range of possible purchasers, SSPs offer publishers the power to set the 'price floor,' which determines the minimum prices their inventory can sell to certain purchasers or via certain channels. Some publishers may prefer house advertisements to sell impressions for free, for example. In contrast, others may want to sell advertising to a new advertiser for less than an existing advertiser to promote them to their sites.

SSPs can also be used to determine which advertisers may or may not buy inventory. Sellers selling SSP technology today include Google, OpenX, PubMatic, Rubicon Project, AppNexus, Right Media, AOL.

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