New Blocking and Filtering Tool Enables Publishers to Pick and Choose What Native Ads Appear on Their Websites
MGID, native advertising pioneer, released a powerful new native ad filtering tool for more than 3,000 lifestyle and entertainment publishers on its global content network. Publishers will now be able to hand pick which ads will or will not appear on their website by the individual ad. This high level of customization was previously limited to broad ad categories.
Publishers in the MGID network will now be able to “delete” ads from the native ad widgets directly on their websites. Once deleted, the publisher can then choose to block the ad the entire domain or for just a specific widget. This level of control on specific ad content will enable publishers to ensure that the content displayed is relevant to their audiences.
Later the publisher can review and edit their settings as well as extend them to their whole account or cancel them completely.
“For native ads to be successful, the content must be relevant to the audience,” said Sergey Denisenko, CEO, MGID. “With these filtering tools, publishers can make sure the only content showing up on their sites is the content they want. The feature will add another important layer of quality control that leads to better content for the publisher, relevant content for the user, and higher performing ads for the advertiser. ”
The new tool has been rolled out to all of the publishers on the MGID network and is available as part of the standard native ad widgets.
This study contains data analysis from MGID, a global leader in native advertising, a member of the Interactive Advertising Bureau and a native advertising marketplace that connects thousands of websites with millions of people annually to targeted entertainment and lifestyle content.
MGID takes traffic quality very seriously and, therefore, tracks website traffic from the ad network in real time so that clients are not charged for invalid clicks, no matter the origin.
The strict quality assurance system blocks more than 10 million clicks a month, saving up to a third of their client’s ad budgets.
The system is in place to mitigate the threat that invalid clicks pose to the MGID network and the profitability of the company and all of its clients. To uphold quality assurance, it is critical that malicious traffic is eliminated before it even enters the network.
Source of our data
To get the insights we are sharing here, MGID collected data on traffic quality from more than 3,000 websites in our native advertising network and analyzed a sample of more than 113.5 million clicks that occurred in Q1 of 2015 to provide the ‘big picture’ of the nature and the proportions of valid and invalid clicks in the native advertising industry.
MGID’s quality assurance department compiled all of the data into a report and then analyzed the findings.
The nature of invalid traffic
Not all invalid clicks are a result of malicious activity.
Invalid Clicks Types:
- Fraud: Traffic from malicious activity designed to trick the network for more revenue
- “Good” Bots: Traffic from automated web crawlers for activities like analytics — not actual human traffic
- Other Invalid: Traffic from accidental or repetitive clicks, etc.
Invalid Traffic by Types
Of all the invalid and blocked website traffic to the MGID network, the majority of the traffic came from web-crawlers and “good” bots. While important, this is not considered valid traffic, since it is not human-generated.
Fraudulent traffic was the lowest portion of invalid traffic at 26% and ranked below accidental clicks.
Invalid vs. valid clicks by geo
When looking at all types of invalid clicks, including good bots, accidental and fraudulent, the U.S. leads the world at 51% with no other country or region coming close to its margin share—the U.K. holding the largest share at only 7%.
For comparison, only 34% valid clicks come from the USA.
Fraudulent traffic by geo
The U.S. and the U.K. lead the world by a large margin on fraudulent traffic.
To a lesser extent Asia and India make up a sizable portion as well.
“Good Bots” By GEO
When parsing the data by only “good” bots traffic, the U.S. accounts for the vast majority of traffic to the platform.
As we see, though the U.S. accounts for the world’s biggest share of fraudulent traffic, this type of traffic constitutes relatively low percentage in it’s total traffic (around 4.26%).
The numbers prove that overall the traffic from the U.S. is of high quality and its majority share of invalid clicks in worldwide traffic are due to the U.S.’s overall leading position on the marketplace, as well as high demand for traffic from this country.
There is an assumption in the advertising and marketing industry that malicious and fraudulent traffic comes from “overseas” in places like Asia, however the data shows that the U.S. leads the world in fraudulent traffic.
Fraudulent traffic aside, it is of interest also that the U.S. leads the world in overall invalid clicks as well by a huge margin.
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MGID Reveals Will Smith and Family As ‘Most Clickable’ Celebrities on Native Ads for the First Half of 2015
An Analysis of Data from More than 3,000 Entertainment and Lifestyle Publishers Finds the Smith Family Have the Best ‘Click Factor’
SANTA MONICA, CALIF. (June 18, 2015) — Will, Jada, Jaden, Willow and Trey managed to beat out several other celebrities on yielding native advertising clicks according to data from MGID’s more than 3,000 entertainment websites. The Smiths, as a family scored higher than individuals within the family as producing the most “headline-worthy” moments inciting clicks and viral engagement.
Following the Smiths, Taylor Swift, Megan Fox and Iggy Azalea scored high on the Click Factor scale, a method MGID uses to identify entertainment topics that demonstrate high relevance and interest from the end-user. Additionally there were some celebrities that continued their reign of clickability from 2014’s findings, including Selena Gomez and Dwayne Johnson. New to the list were superstars Nicolas Cage and Jennifer Lawrence.
MGID uses “Click Factor” a scale from 10 to 0, on identifying content that resonates best with audiences so that they can help inform content creators and audiences on important and timely trends.
The top 10 most clickable celebrities for the first half of 2015 are:
- The Smiths
- Taylor Swift
- Megan Fox
- Iggy Azalea
- Dwayne Johnson
- Lynda Carter
- Nicolas Cage
- Selena Gomez
- Kendall Jennifer
- Jennifer Lawrence
“Click Factor” is determined by a wide range of criteria and calculations, aggregating data from traffic, quantity of published articles, click-through number and CTR (click-through rate). The data, collected from nearly 20 million individual website visitors who visited more than 3,000 websites, was tracked through MGID’s native advertising widgets that are integrated on entertainment and lifestyle websites.
“It’s always surprising to see what content seems to resonate with Internet audiences,” said Sergey Denisenko, CEO, MGID. “For that reason it is critical that we use data to help us understand what captivates audiences. We use a myriad of tools to help our advertisers successfully tune into what is relevant to their audiences so that they can generate high-quality, interested and engaged traffic to their websites”.
MGID, global native advertising pioneer, comScore-verified platform and member of the Interactive Advertising Bureau, connects thousands of websites with millions of people annually with targeted entertainment and lifestyle content, improving the online experience of both the advertiser and the consumer.
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Global Native Advertising Platform Finds Carell and Stone Have the Best “Click Factor” for Online Ads
Less than a month from the big day, native advertising pioneer MGID announced the most clickable nominees for the 87th Academy Awards®. Emma Stone, nominated for best actress in a supporting role for her performance in Birdman and Steve Carell, nominated for best actor for his performance in Foxcatcher, both ranked 10 out of 10 on MGID’s Click Factor scale.
The scale, ranked from 0 to 10, measures how viral a piece of content is based upon user engagement, click-through statistics, and other traffic metrics pulled from more than 3,000 entertainment online news sites and blogs.
The other nominees did not rank over a Click Factor of 2, demonstrating a large margin between content that was viral and content that wasn’t. Female nominees with the best click factor were, in order of clickability, Emma Stone, Keira Knightley, Rosamund Pike, Felicity Jones, Marion Cotillard, Meryl Streep, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Julianne Moore and Patricia Arquette. Male nominees with the best click factor, respectively, were Steve Carell, Edward Norton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Ruffalo, Bradley Cooper, Eddie Redmayne, Ethan Hawke, J.K. Simmons, Robert Duvall, and Michael Keaton.
MGID also conducted a survey of its more than 86,000 Facebook fans to find who they thought would win the Oscars®. Meryl Streep and Reese Witherspoon were chosen along with Bradley Cooper and Edward Norton.
“We certainly don’t think an Oscar nominee’s Click Factor will indicate who will win the award, or even whether or not they are good actors, but it is a great way to see what Internet audiences are interested in,” said Sergey Denisenko, CEO, MGID. “Also the disparity between what our Facebook fans cited as their favorite nominees and what audiences clicked on demonstrates that just because a celebrity is popular, doesn’t necessarily mean they are ‘clickable.’”
“ACADAMEY AWARDS®” and “OSCARS®” are registered trademarks and service marks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. MGID is not affiliated with the Academy Awards or the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Data from More than 3,000 Online Entertainment Publishers Places Cyrus and Smith as Celebrities with the Best ‘Click Factor’
Pop sensation Miley Cyrus and rapper/Karate Kid Jaden Smith rank as native advertising’s most “clickable” celebrities, from MGID’s more than 3,000 partner entertainment websites. Other notable clickable names included Hayden Panettiere, Chloe Moretz, Jim Parsons and Jason Statham.
Celebrity “click factor” is derived from an algorithm that aggregates data on user engagement and virality among millions of visitors to entertainment, lifestyle and sports publishers. MGID uses “click factor” to identify the entertainment topics that are most desirable by the end-user and can help inform content creators and advertisers relevant audience trends.
MGID’s list of top most clickable names in native ads was divided by male and female, where female celebrities seemed to enjoy significantly higher “click factor” than males did. 2014 findings revealed that, with only a few exceptions, female celebrities are far more popular in native advertising than their male counterparts.
The top 10 most “clickable” female celebrities are:
- Miley Cyrus
- Hayden Panettiere
- Chloe Moretz
- Ariana Grande
- Bella Thorne
- Kaley Cuoco
- Miranda Cosgrove
- Selena Gomez
- Kelly Osbourne
- Willow Smith
The top 10 most “clickable” male celebrities are:
- Jaden Smith
- Jim Parsons
- Jason Statham
- Ben Affleck
- Dwayne the Rock Johnson
- Justin Bieber
- Daniel Radcliffe
- Ryan Gosling
- Lil Wayne
- Prince Harry
MGID measures the “click factor” of celebrities by calculating a range of criteria, including number of articles published, the number of impressions the ads received and the amount of “click-throughs” the article generated.The anonymous behavior of nearly 20 million individual website visitors who clicked on more than 180,000 of native ads on 3,000 websites, worldwide, was analyzed. The data was tracked through MGID’s native advertising widgets, housed on entertainment and lifestyle websites to monetize and engage their audience.
“Click factor is a great tool for understanding the pulse of Internet audiences,” said Sergey Denisenko, CEO, MGID. “For native advertising to be successful, website visitors must take a captive interest in the content given to them. It is clear that ads featuring these celebrities reflect the most important trends of 2014 with entertainment and lifestyle audiences.”
MGID, global native advertising pioneer and member of the Interactive Advertising Bureau, connects millions of people annually with targeted entertainment and lifestyle content on thousands of websites, improving the online experience of the consumer to the benefit of both advertisers and publishers.
Native advertising went mainstream this year, and as we look back at its impact in time for this Thanksgiving, we can see there is much for which to be grateful.
1) Native ads are what the industry was anticipating.
70% of individuals want to learn about products through content rather than through traditional advertising. And this is exactly what native advertising gives and what traditional formats of advertising were missing. Native advertising is not just a product, this is an essential stage of digital advertising industry evolution. It was forecasted that roughly 65% of both ad agencies and marketers would invest in native advertising, for an estimated total of $4.3 billion, this year.
While we still have to wait a couple of months until we know if that happened, let's look at the results of the recent study from digital marketing consultancy 614 Group which describes the level of appreciation that marketers and publishers have for native advertising right now. It states that 69 percent of marketers consider native advertising "interesting and valuable." What's more, 22 percent see it as "the future of digital advertising."
To further reinforce the momentum that native advertising has right now, it has to be stated that U.S. native ad spending on social sites will reach $2.36 billion, or 38.9 percent of total U.S. paid social ad expenditures this year. By 2017, social native ad spend will grow to $4.57 billion, and its share of social spending will inch up a few percentage points to 41.7 percent.
The same promising results have been observed at MGID where half-year results in 2013 vs. half-year results in 2014 demonstrate 31% growth.
However only 24 percent are currently using publisher-side native offerings, while only 18 percent are using the content discovery and recommendation platforms that could amplify a native ad and extend its reach, which means that there's plenty of room for growth.
Thanks native advertising for the interesting future!
2) Native ads make website visitors pay attention, without distracting them.
According to Statistic Brain, a person’s average attention span was 8 seconds at the end of 2013, which is a 33% drop from 2000, when it was 12 seconds. A goldfish has the attention span of 9 seconds. Many of you won't read this article till the end, and some of you have already stopped reading it.
While we can argue about the practical implication of these stats, it’s pointless to argue about the importance of being able to get the attention of your potential customers, who are already very ad-weary. Today it may be one of the dominant factors of success as people want to get incentives for their attention. And that's what native advertising does – it brings attention without distraction, unlike many traditional ad formats.
Just look at the stats:
A study conducted by Sharethrough and IPG shows that the consumer looked at native ads 52% frequently than banner ads and even that consumers looked at native ads more than the original editorial content.
Thanks to native advertising for bringing attention to our content and products!
3) Native ads are highly efficient.
Native advertising allows marketers and publishers to benefit from “invest less, earn more” strategy. The essence of the format itself and new technologies brought up by its peculiarity makes native advertising a very attractive investment.
According to J.P. Morgan, native ads represented just 5%-to-10% of Facebook’s impressions in 2013 but accounted for more than 60% of the company’s revenue.
Initial tests on Hearst’s native content module produced a click-through rate between 1 and 1.5 percent compared to the industry average of 1 percent on traditional display ads, according to Hearst.
A native advertising play by GE resulted in 416,000 click-throughs – a CTR of 8 percent. Display advertising CTRs average at 0.19 percent.
ClickZ reports native ads can have a click-through rate 15-45 times higher than display ads. According to Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, those who view native ads are 3.6 times more likely to perform a branded search than viewers of banners.
What about mobile?
According to the latest IAB revenue report mobile is one of the most promising fields in advertising, showing 76% half year revenue increase in 2014 compared to 2013. Industry studies report that mobile native ads boast click-through rates of 1.37%, a significant lead over the average .35% click through rate for the traditional mobile banner ad.
Thanks to native advertising for making our ads efficient!
4) Native ads both earn money and also bring value to customers.
It isn't just about incomes and efficiency, native advertising is also about putting consumer first. It solves “incomes vs. customers' loyalty” dilemma, because publishers don't have to choose anymore – they can have both. With native approach advertising isn't just ads – it is also a personalized recommendations system. If we look at native monetization solutions for publishers, we will see that it's not just about generating additional revenue stream for publisher and the native ad company itself, but about the user as well.
Content shown in the native in-feed placements is selected from the best websites around the web and it's bound to reflect interests of website visitors. It's a win-win situation for publisher and publishers love it. The State of Native Advertising 2014 report, published by native advertising exchange provider Hexagram in partnership with Spada, a research and public relations firm, reveals some spectacular stats. Based on the findings in this study, publishers are happy with native advertising and expect it to continue to grow:
- 85% of content publishers believe that native advertising represents a new and viable revenue stream
- 84% of content publishers believe that native advertising adds values to their audiences
- 10% of content publishers expect native advertising revenues to increase by 10% within one year
Thanks to native advertising for bringing high value to the web users!
5) Native ads engage the consumer.
According to Online Publishers Association 57% of US publishers said engagement was the primary measurement that marketers use for native advertising; followed by traffic at 43% and social sharing at 33%. In fact, engagement is one of the aces that native advertising has in its deck because it provides active experience and relates to the consumers’ feelings and emotions.
Let's get back to Sharethrough and IPG study to prove it: 25% more consumers were measured to look at in-feed native ad placements rather than standard banners. Native ads also registered 9% higher lift for brand affinity and 18% higher lift for purchase intent responses than traditional banner ads.
According to the CPO of Celtra“when designed and built as rich media ads, native ads consistently outperform standard ads across all engagement metrics. Ad engagement rates, for example, are 39.1%—more than three times higher—and video completion rates are nearly twice as high as those in standard rich-media ads.”
Thanks to native advertising for the engaged audience!
6) Native ads create dynamics in the whole digital advertising ecosystem.
Even if marketers and publishers aren't using native advertising (which all of the major ones are), even if they don't like it, there are still reasons for them to be thankful to native advertising. Thankful, because it affects and adds a lot of dynamics to the whole digital advertising ecosystem. Since its inception in 2011 until today it has brought a lot of new ideas and technologies to the digital advertising table and has raised a lot of debate, which was very useful to the industry (think of the latest debates started after John Oliver's take on native advertising, which caused a lot of constructive dialogue about standardization).
Thanks to native advertising for adding dynamics to the digital advertising industry!
7) Native ads know their audiences.
There are a lot of new technologies involved in native advertising. These technologies offer outstanding targeting options and hold incredible potential for further improvement. Neil Hiltz, head of global marketing for financial services at Facebook says: “Facebook ads are 90% accurate with our native targeting products — using geo, demo, interest, smartphone, etc., as variables. We can layer this targeting with the bank’s data to gain even more efficiency”. As a comparison, online ads can target users with an accuracy of about 50% on average.
Google’s native advertising network which was presented not so long ago also offers unprecedented targeting capabilities, which is understandable considering the amount of data they possess.
Thanks native advertising for excellent targeting!
8) Native ads raise awareness for important economic and environmental issues.
Let's face it – our world is still a harsh place with a lot of injustice and things that all of us would like to fix and improve. Considering the reach and impact that native advertising has it has already proved to be a good tool to raise awareness for important social and economic issues. The best thing about it is that while watching it people engage with it much more and become really involved. Increase of their attention and absence of intrusion increases memorization and the potential to perform actions that benefits society, after watching the ad.
Some of the good examples of such native ads are:
- Dr. Martens and TaviGevinson’s Rookie Magazine teen-focused campaign spotlighting six advocates whose causes range from gender equality to female empowerment.
- Through the use of Slate’s internal agency SlateCustom, and native advertising platform Polar’sMediaVoice, University of California ran a series called Breakthroughs, which aimed to raise awareness around research conducted on the University system’s various campuses.
- Netflix sponsored a paid post on The New York Times, tying the piece to its fictional, but based-on-a-memoir, women-in-prison series. The advertisement, which dives into the topic of women in prison.
Hopefully, native advertising will deliver much more incidents of positive impact in future. Thanks for this!
9) Native ads are scalable.
It isn't possible to scale all types of native advertising, however some types are perfectly scalable. It's content recommendation and content discovery platforms that are able to show some spectacular results in this. For instance, at MGID we work with every publisher individually and perform all the integration. Because of this tremendous preliminary work advertisers can easily scale up, increase volumes of traffic and see their business objectives met. Advanced and flexible targeting and optimization options help to reach campaign goals faster.
Thanks for native ads for fitting different sizes and budgets!
MGID’s first of its kind Selective Bidding technology is designed to replace antiquated blacklisting and whitelisting practices. Every marketer who has ever tried to optimize their campaign publisher-by-publisher knows the hassle and frustration involved. Common practices reduce the reach of digital ad campaigns dramatically, because the tools for sophisticated fine-tuning are unavailable. As a result, whitelisting and blacklisting may be good for starting a niche campaign or when reach is not a critical factor, but is not effective for scaling your campaign or manage individual traffic sources. Now, with MGID’s new technology, advertisers will be able to expand their traffic source management like never before.
Selective Bidding, presented by MGID, is a tool for advertisers that takes traffic source optimization to a whole new world. Now advertisers can target specific websites within MGID network and generate more traffic with better-performing websites while keeping the other sites at a lower level.
How does it work?
Each website that displays your ads is assigned a bidding multiplier, beginning at 1.0 (no multiplier) that can be customized according to your needs. The bidding price for your ads will be increased or decreased by the multiplier you choose. If you want to increase the volume of traffic from a particular high-perfoming website that is converting especially well, then you can increase the multiplier which will lift up the ads in the auction by increasing the bid for that campaign.
How are multipliers set?
Your expert MGID account manager will do this for you – no hassle at all. They are specifically trained to provide valuable suggestions for a wide range of optimization strategies and once they’ve made adjustments the settings are applied instantly.
What does the advertiser get?
What does the publisher get?
More profit—especially for publishers that provide quality traffic. Competing advertisers increase CPC to outbid one another which generates additional revenues for popular publishers. Bid customization helps match the right traffic with the right advertiser and enables a detailed level of customizability that has not been possible before.
The possibility of managing traffic sources within the network on the website level makes MGID’s Selective Bidding an absolutely unique feature, which cannot be found in any other auction-based ad network and native advertising.
How to take the most out of Selective Bidding?
Below are incredible success stories that serve as good examples for the dramatic affects of effective use of Selective Bidding.
Case study #1: Fitness Program
Campaign duration: 30 days
- Multipliers for two big websites were increased to 2.0 and it doubled the CPC.
- The vertical line marks the day optimization was performed.
- Daily volumes of traffic increased 2.6 times
- Daily income increased 3,2 times
- EPC increased from $0,10 to $0,12
Case study #2: Dating web-site
GEO: Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, France, Germany, Finland, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Denmark, South Africa
Campaign duration: 30 days
- Multipliers were increased to EPC level (Earnings per click) for six publishers and reduced for one publisher.
- The vertical line marks the day optimization was performed.
- Daily volumes of traffic increased 2,5 times
- Daily income increased four times
- EPC increased from $0,02 to $0,03
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MGID, a pioneering global native advertising company specializing in entertainment and lifestyle publishing verticals, announced today that the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) has approved its application for membership. MGID plans to help IAB create best practices for native advertising within the paid media and content marketing industries.
Participation in IAB, following MGID’s recent move of its headquarters to Los Angeles, reflects MGID’s growth strategy. The firm plans to participate actively in IAB conferences and committees. Additionally, MGID will benefit from tremendous research, resources and marketing opportunities.
“We’ve witnessed native advertising’s dramatic entry into the marketplace and know firsthand of its tremendous potential, but as with any new and prominent technology, it needs time to mature and become a perfect solution for publishers, advertisers and consumers,” said Sergey Denisenko, COO, MGID. “We are certain that our new partnership with IAB will enable us to make a substantial and long-term contribution into the development and standardization of native advertising.”
MGID created the technology for the first native advertising network in 2008. Since then, the agency has grown to be a global leader in the space with more than 3,000 publisher partners. MGID offers more than 50 categories of subject matter and generates more than 90 million authentic, unique visitors monthly. MGID’s proprietary native advertising content-driven platform connect thousands of websites with millions of people annually, servicing publishers, advertisers and consumers.