What is Header Bidding and how it works?
Key points of Header Bidding programmatic solution
Header Bidding explained — FAQ and guide
Header bidding is a technology designed to give publishers to gain more control over their ad inventory. It allows to run a realtime auction on publisher’s side decreasing page latency and maximizing the CPM rate for Each impression.
Every time page is loaded the script in the header sends out the requests to all your ad partners simultaneously, receives the bids for each ad place and displays the ad with the highest price. All in under 1 second. This is a major improvement on the traditional waterfall ad serving model when the impression is passed from one ad partner to the other causing the page to load as long as takes for the request to reach the end of the daisy chain.
Switching to header bidding ad serving shows the increase in CPM by at least 30% and up to 200%! And it is quite obvious since all the Ad providers have an opportunity to bid on the same ad impression therefore they all have to compete with each other to win. If no bids were returned the in-house ad is displayed or standard waterfall setup is initiated.
In short, you get the benefits of increased CPM from true bid auction and low latency. And it does not affect any of your traditional ad setup. You can run both header bidding and traditional waterfall ad serving setup on the same page.
First, you will need the header bidding container. It is a core script that sends out requests and collects the bids. There are several containers out there, but the one which really stands out as the best solution is Prebid.js. It is an open source, free of charge, and has the widest range of supported bidders.
After that you choose the header bidding partners you wish to use. You should have at least 2-3 bidders to provide enough competition. In order to add a bidder you need to have its prebid.js adapter included in your container (Prebid.js).
And finally, after short test period (to optimize the timeout and price increment) you are good to go live and witness the revenue goes up.
Integrating header bidding is certainly not really hard, but also is not so easy if your skills in HTML coding are not perfect.
But it is worth the trouble. And we are here to provide you our support. All you need is the basic web development experience which you already have since you have been running the website.
The rest of the heavy lifting can be done by our dev team for you.
Please use our step-by-step guide how to implement Header Bidding.