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Ad Display/ Ad Delivery:
When an ad is successfully displayed on a digital screen.
When a server successfully delivers the ad onto the user's browser. Ads can be requested, but aborted or abandoned before actually being downloaded to the browser.
A unique identifier for a computer or site online.
An open, bid marketplace where premium publishers and ad networks sell their remnant/unsold inventory to advertisers.
Ad extensions are features that may be appended to the end of a search ad, which allow a brand to promote certain information upfront such as an address, phone number, links to other pages of a website, or a special offer.
An aggregator or broker of advertising inventory for many different publishers.
A measure of a consumer's likeliness to remember a brand.
The request a browser makes for the ad to be sent from the ad server.
A technology platform that allows for the coding, management and tracking of all digital campaigns.
The delivery of an ad by a server to a user's computer.
A cost-per-action revenue share model between advertisers, publishers and the network.
Advertising a brand to consumers based on their established buying history.
Google's mobile operating system.
An animation created by combining multiple GIF images in one file.
App Ad Extensions:
Search ads that have a promotional call-out for a mobile or tablet app, which are appended to the end, underneath the URL.
A reporting model that allows marketers to understand a consumer's path to conversion and apply ROI to multiple channels or touch-points.
A combination of contextual, demographic, geographic, behavioral and retargeting tactics.B
A common form of digital advertising that utilizes a graphic image, or other media object, to promote a brand on a website.
Following consumers' online habits (clicks, frequency and time spent), a brand's message is delivered when a visitor demonstrates the desired behaviors associated with the brand.
A 970x250 pixel banner.
A measure of how well consumers are able to identify and recall a brand.
A software program that requests, downloads, caches and displays a webpage.
Blind Ad Network:
An ad network that does not share the list of publishers it works with.C
Call Ad Extension:
Search ads that drive consumers to call a brand directly. When served on a desktop or laptop, a phone number is provided, and when served on a mobile device, a click-to-call button is provided.
Avenues that are used to make products available.
A measure of actions taken on a link, whereby a consumer is directed from one page or ad to another.
The ratio of clicks on an ad to the number of impressions served.
Communication Ad Extension:
Search ads that have a one-step form appended to the end, underneath the URL. They allow consumers to sign up for alerts, updates and offers directly at the ad level, without being directed away from their original search query.
A banner or ad that is shown on the same webpage while a video is playing.
The ratio of visits to a landing page versus clicks on a banner.
A snippet of web code added to a webpage, which enables actions such as visits, conversions and purchase information to be recorded. It also contains functionality to piggyback other snippets of web code.
Advertising woven into a publisher's editorial content.
A method where a brand's assets (whitepapers, webinars or videos) are dispersed through a network of websites. To access the brand's assets, prospective consumers complete a gated registration form. The registration data is then sent to the brand as a lead.
Delivers the brand message on webpages containing content that is specified by the advertiser as relevant or desirable.
The number of consumers that responded to a campaign's call to action. Conversions are typically form completes or other high value engagements.
The ratio of conversions recorded versus visits to the landing page.
A small program code that is stored on a browser to track web history, saved passwords and links.
The cost for each recorded action. An action may be a lead, sale, conversion, or any other metric agreed upon.
The cost for each recorded click.
The cost for each conversion recorded.
The cost for each recorded sale.
Cost-Per-Thousand Impressions (CPM):
The price to purchase 1,000 impressions. It is the standard pricing model used across media channels.D
A custom email that is sent to a publisher's list of subscribers on behalf of a brand.
The number of unique individuals that visit a webpage, or see a brand's message, within a specified timeframe.
Demand Side Platform (DSP):
A technology platform that automatically reads, scores then bids on impressions in real time for an advertiser within the exchanges.
Quantifiable statistics of a given population, such as age, gender and household income.
Using registration data, survey data
or third party data, an ad is delivered to target individuals based on their demographic profiles. Some common demographic data include gender, age, and education level.
A common form of digital advertising that utilizes a graphic image, or other media object, to promote a brand on a website. Banner advertising is now referred to as display.E
Banners, that when click upon or hovered over by a mouse, expand to a larger size.F
A hard cost set by a vendor, often used for sponsorships, content syndication, and other premium media placements.
Banners that are created with Adobe Flash.
Banners that appear over the content of a webpage.
Twitter users who subscribe to another Twitter account.
The number of times an ad is delivered to a unique browser, and hopefully a consumer, within a given timeframe.
Restrictions placed on the number of times an ad is delivered to a unique browser, and hopefully, a consumer.
A 468x60 pixel banner.
An ad targeted based on a user's specific location
Graphic Interchange Format (GIF):
Any combination of static or animated imagery created in a .gif format.H
Half Page Banner:
A 300x600 pixel banner.
The page designated as the main point of entry to a website.
Also known as a server, a host is a computer which distributes files that are shared across a LAN, WAN or the Internet.I
IAB Rising Stars:
A collection of newly popular media placements, recognized by the IAB, that have been given standardized specifications for media vendors to follow.
Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB):
A non-profit digital advertising trade association. See iab.net for more details.
The number of times a brand's ad is served on a webpage.
Videos that play within a standard banner.
Data gleaned from click, cookie, survey or other inferred information.
A legally binding sales agreement between a brand and a media vendor for the purchase of media space.
Ads that are auto-played within publishers' digital video content.
Ads that serve before a webpage loads.
Apple's mobile operating system.
An internet protocol numerical address that is assigned to each computer in order to track its usage and location.K
Key Performance Indicators:
The metrics used to gauge a digital campaign's success.L
A 336x280 pixel banner.
Identifying data (name, address, email, phone number) captured by an advertising program. Leads represent prospective customers.
A 728x90 pixel banner.
The generation of consumer inquiry requests for a specific product or asset.
A method of feedback created by Facebook for users to show their affinity for a page, comment, photo or other content across the web.
Local Ad Network:
An aggregator and broker of regional websites.
Location Ad Extension:
Search ads that have an address and phone number appended to the end, underneath the URL. They are typically used to drive consumers offline and into a nearby store.
Finds consumers that display similar behavioral patterns across the Internet as those that have converted for the brand already.
Long Tail Ad Network:
An ad network focused on aggregating and brokering content from comScore's extended list of media properties – sites that are much smaller and less known across the Internet.M
A 300x250 pixel banner.
A subpage of a wepage, that stands alone from the rest of the website.
An ad that is delivered mid-stream of an online video, similar to a TV commercial break.
Advertising displayed on a mobile device.N
A list of real-time updates on a user's Facebook homepage from friends and pages followed.
An ad placement within a publisher's newsletter that is sent out to its subscribers. Ad placement include banner ads and text ads.P
Offer Ad Extension:
Search ads that have a discount offer or coupon appended to the end, underneath the URL.
Banners that appear over the content of a webpage.P
A measure that counts when a webpage is fully loaded.
Rich media ads that when clicked upon or rolled over, unveil themselves across the content of a page, as if the click was turning a page in a book.
Also known as a portrait ad, is a 970x90 pixel banner.
A single picture element (1x1 units) used for image display. It is also enables third party tracking code.
Ad units that open in a new web browser window, in front of the window being viewed.
Ad units that open in a new web browser window, behind the window being viewed.
An ad that is delivered after viewing an online video.
Also known as a pencil ad, is a 970x90 pixel banner.
Premium Ad Network:
An ad network focused on aggregating and brokering content from comScore's list of the top 100 media properties – most trafficked and well known sites across the Internet.
An ad is delivered prior to the streaming of an online video.
Product Listing Ads (PLAS):
The search ads that have featured products appended to the end, underneath the URL. They are used to highlight products that are already listed under a brand's Google Merchant Center (GMC) account.
The tracking of consumers' demographic and psychographic information in order to build a profile of that consumer.
An individual or organization that prepares, issues, and disseminates content for public distribution or sale via one or more media.
An expandable banner located at the top of a webpage that expands downward, over the content of the page, when rolled over or clicked.R
Skyscraper style ads that line both the right and left side of a webpage.
An outline of a media vendor's placements, products and their associated costs.
The count of unique users that have visited a webpage within a given timeframe, or a percentage of an audience.
Data that is tracked and delivered immediately, without any delays.
Real-Time Bidding (RTB):
Bids for impressions or clicks that happen immediately, without any delays.
A URL or a page that instantly and automatically directs a user to another page.
A 180x150 pixel banner.
The webpage that a user was visiting prior to reaching their current page.
User defined information that is voluntarily given to a website.
A unique visitor that has gone to a website two or more times during a specified timeframe.
Sometimes referred to as remarketing, retargeting re-delivers the brand's message to consumers that have already been exposed to the brand– seen an ad, visited the brand's website, or engaged.
Return on Investment (ROI):
The ratio of net profit versus investment.
The average number of times a unique user returns to a website within a specific timeframe.
Banners that are advanced coded to do one or more of the following things: expand, play a video, house a survey, feed in content, be re-posted, house a game, dynamically adapt, capture data, animate and more.
A premium 100% share-of-voice takeover of all banners on a webpage.
Run of Network:
No defined targeting restrictions, reaches everyone across an ad network.
Run of Site:
No defined targeting restrictions, reaches everyone across a website.
Really Simple Syndication – a process for publishing content on the Internet by transferring it from one location to another.S
Text ads that commonly appear within Google, Bing or Yahoo search results. They are used to place a brand's message at the critical moment when a comsumer is actively looking for a particular brand or solution via keyword search.
Search Engine Marketing (SEM):
A form of internet marketing, where marketers pay to promote and rank ads or webpages within search engines like Google or Bing.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO):
Non-paid strategies and tactical approaches used to increase a website's rank within search engines like Google or Bing.
Seller Ad Extension:
Search ads that have consumer review ratings appended directly after the title, above the body copy.
Also known as a host, a server is a computer which distributes files that are shared across a LAN, WAN or the Internet.
Share of Voice:
The percentage of ad impressions a brand receives compared to others.
A 300x250 pixel banner that expands into an 850x700 pixel banner when clicked upon or rolled over.
Sitelinks Ad Extension:
Search ads that have up to four URLs appended to the end.
Customizable and interchangeable background graphics for a browser, webpage or desktop.
A 160x600 pixel banner. May also be a 120x600 pixel banner.
A 90x500 pixel banner that expands into a 950x550 pixel banner when clicked upon or rolled over.
A 180x150 pixel banner.
A handheld device that integrates mobile calling with internet capabilities such as email, applications, and other tasks previously attributed to desktop devices.
Social Ad Extension:
Search ads that have the number of people that have followed the brand or +1'd in Google+ appended to the end, underneath the URL.
Ads are delivered to individuals, or like individuals, based on their digital social connections and profiles.
A program, often called a bot (short for robot), that automatically crawls across the web reading and gathering content for websites and search engines.
Custom content and/or experiences on a webpage, which are specifically created for a brand's promotional message.
A relationship between a brand and a publisher, by which a specific portion of a website is co-promoted.
Any combination of static or animated imagery and text that are housed within a .jpg or .gif file.T
A mobile device used to browse the web, access email, run applications, and other computing tasks.
The intended audience for a brand's ad, typically defined by a combination of demographic and/or psychographic information.
Text only ads, that usually have a title, body copy and clickthrough URL.
Single-line text ads, or simple text on a webpage.
The number of data requests handled within a given timeframe. Throughput is used to measure a website's server performance.
Facebook's personal profile page or Twitter's real-time News Feed of tweets.
The amount of time a visitor spends on a webpage.
An agency's or holding company's department for dealing with DSPs. These agencies and holding companies partner with a DSP to license their algorithm to purchase inventory from the exchanges.
The flow of visitors to a website.
Ad networks that share the fill list of publishers they work with.
140-character messages, published on the Twitter platform.U
A unique individual that has visited a webpage, or accessed content such as a brand's ad or email.
User defined information, voluntarily given to a website.V
An ad network of websites that fall under a single content category.
The number of times a brand's ad is seen.
A metric used in Display to measure the number of indirect visits or actions that occur as a result of an ad being viewed, but not clicked.
Any advertising that is picked up and passed along from one consumer to another via email, social sharing or word of mouth.
Online video clips that are picked up and passed along from one consumer to another.
Virtual presentations, which usually include real-time question and answer sessions afterwards.
The total number of times a browser views a webpage.W
A web-based seminar in the format of a multimedia presentation, workshop, or lecture, that allows for interaction between the presenter and audience.
The virtual location of an individual or organization's content on the Internet.
An authoritative report, guide or analysis used by companies to promote a topic, product or message.
A searchable collection of whitepapers that are grouped by content and often gated by a registration form.
The dissemination and promotion of whitepapers.Y
The ratio of a conversion metric (click or other action taken) versus the volume of impressions delivered.
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