Dynamic Allocation and How it Can Make You Rich

Dynamic allocation is one of the biggest reasons why some of the most optimized publishers use DFP. Dynamic allocation is the connection between DFP and Ad Exchange that allows DFP to predict what CPM Ad Exchange will serve at. This allows DFP to compete Ad Exchange against third-party ad networks in real-time. Dynamic allocation ensures that Ad Exchange only serves when it is the highest bidding demand source assuming your third-party ad networks are accurately priced. This is very powerful because Ad Exchange is the best performing demand source in the world when considering CPM and fill rate.

How does DFP predict Ad Exchange’s CPMs?

Since Google owns DFP and Ad Exchange, they were able to integrate the two technologies at a high level. The Google engine predicts the CPMs served via dynamic allocation from a combination of past CTR stats, keyword, placement, and interest targeting bids. With this, you can calculate the predicted CPM (CPM = CTR * CPC * 1,000). It is this predictive calculation that can dramatically increase your ad revenues with dynamic allocation implemented optimally.

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Your ad optimization strategy should be based on dynamic allocation. Since you want to increase the competition against Ad Exchange:

  • You should run as many high fill campaigns with competitive CPMs via DFP using price priority settings.
  • Sometimes it’s worth running a low fill campaign if the CPMs are high enough.
  • You should try to also run an ad network that has a guaranteed 100% fill. These usually get low CPMs but are still worth running. They push Ad Exchange from the bottom.

Say you ran a 100% ad network that only got $0.03 CPM. If you set this in DFP with a $0.03 CPM and no frequency cap, this would act as a minimum CPM for Ad Exchange. Ad Exchange will no longer serve any ads less than $0.04 CPM which will increase the average CPM. The higher that you can get the bottom barrel CPM, the higher you’ll increase Ad Exchange’s performance. Ideally, you should have ad networks that monetize low, medium and high-value portions of the inventory to increase the Ad Exchange CPM via higher competition and the overall ad inventory CPMs.

Related Read: DFP Small Business: The Powers of DFP and AdSense Combine!

If you’d like to learn how MonetizeMore can implement dynamic allocation optimally for your website and increase the competitiveness of your ad inventory via Ad Exchange, contact us here.

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Kean Graham

CEO and Founder at MonetizeMore

Kean has been a pioneer in the AdTech world since 2010 who believes in the supremacy of direct publisher deals, programmatic advertising, and building ad technology as keys to scaling ad revenue. Here, he provides publisher resources and guides covering areas like website monetization, AdSense optimization, Google Ad Manager, Ad Exchanges, and much more.

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  1. Vikash Sharma

    Nice article and also very help full for my blog.

  2. Alyssa Whitcomb

    Thank you for this information, Kean. Do you have any reporting tips for publishers who want to track that eCPM value at which AdExchange “beats” out lines trafficked in DFP over time? The available reporting on Dynamic Allocation seems to be quite black-boxed so it is hard to manage client expectations for volume for directly sold remnant lines (price priority).

  3. Kean Graham

    You can track this via the Lift %. This metric shows the percentage increase of eCPM that AdX earned over the competing line items which is price priority line items in your case.


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