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Rubicon Project Q1 2010 report finds 25% year-on-year growth

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Malvertising attacks continue to rise, threatening brand safety and loss of revenue for publishers and safe internet consumption for consumers

The Rubicon Project, the digital advertising technology company, has released its ninth Online Advertising Market Report, covering Q1 2010.

Included within the report is the latest update on the Rubicon 20 Index, a measure of performance across a number of factors (including CPM, revenue and traffic volume) on a roster of twenty of the Web’s most heavily-trafficked properties.

CPMs across the Rubicon 20 Index have risen by an average of 25 percent vs. Q1 2009; in addition, the highs on the index in the latter part of the first quarter of the year outperformed nearly all of 2009.

“Everything we saw in the beginning of the year indicates that 2010 is going to be strong for revenue growth and continued, rapid innovation in the digital advertising industry. Our index showed that March spending on average was 38% stronger than January 2010,” said Craig Roah, COO and Founder of the Rubicon Project.

“It’s no longer about proving the value of display market, it’s now about making it efficient and safe for publishers to transact with all demand channels available in order to monetise their inventory. With that goal in mind, we will continue to build and provide the digital ecosystem with technology that accelerates revenue for the publisher.”

Additional key forecasts and trends addressed in this report include:

  • Google’s relaunch of DART for Publishers (DFP), the forced integration of AdExchange and DFP for publishers, and the impact of the release in the marketplace
  • Audience targeting, an opportunity for publishers to regain relevance with advertisers as publishers find targeting an effective way to drive recurring revenue from repeat business from advertisers
  • The need for publisher-facing technology that addresses all the risks of real-time bidding (RTB) to publishers, as RTB continues to drive a shift in current digital ad spending
  • A rise in interest for self-service display advertising for publishers, specifically as the local market ripens
  • Increasing security risks via malware or ‘malvertising’ driving the need for automation and technology innovation that assures publishers, consumers and advertisers protection against attacks and direct loss of revenue
  • The Congressional privacy bill, issued by Rep Rick Boucher, expected to continue industry debate on expected requirements from advertisers and publishers
Also included in this report is market insight from industry leaders including Jay Sears, GM of ContextWeb’s ADSDAQ; Andy McLennan, Inventory Analytics Manager at Time Inc.; Mark Rose, VP of Interactive Sales for MediaNews Group; Patrick Mersinger, Sr. Interactive Director of Creative Loafing; Andy Fisher, EVP of Global Data & Analytics Director at Starcom MediaVest; Anthony Katsur, GM of MediaMath and Zach Weinberg, Founder and President of Invite Media.

Access the full Q1 2010 Online Advertising Market Report, as well as past published reports for free.

The Rubicon Project is an AOP Associate Member.

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