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Countering header bidding, Google drops its ‘last look’ advantage
The ad giant opens a beta version of its Exchange Bidding in Dynamic Allocation.
Google may have taken away header bidding’s best reason for being.
The increasingly popular practice of header bidding arose largely because publishers were unhappy that Google gave its own DoubleClick Ad Exchange (AdX) a “last look” on auctions for ad impressions. Only AdX was able to bid on every impression, and it could always outbid others.
Called Exchange Bidding in Dynamic Allocation (EDBA), it was first announced as a test in April of last year:
Exchange bidding in Dynamic Allocation will allow publishers to invite trusted third-party exchanges and SSPs to submit real-time prices using industry-standard RTB calls. These prices will be considered along with bids from the DoubleClick Ad Exchange and the publisher’s reservation campaigns to pick the highest-paying ad.