This post was most recently updated on July 8th, 2021
Over the few years, both In-App Header Bidding and Mediation have become the talk of the town for the App monetization. Both of these have Pros and Cons in their own ways. Let’s first see what they each mean.
Ad Mediation (Waterfall Model) is a platform that allows you to display ads on your apps from different ad networks by maximizing the fill rate and increasing the App monetization.
It boosts mobile app revenue by sending an ad request to a series of third-party ad networks in the order of expected yield (waterfall). Each third-party ad network has the opportunity to fulfil an ad request; however, if one ad network fails to do so, the next ad network in the sequence gains the opportunity to fill the requests and so on.
Also, Mediation platforms make it easier for app publishers and Developers to manage multiple ad networks through an SDK (Implement the SDK of each ad network individually, resulting in the increase in app size).
How Google App Mediation works?
To start using Mediation, the first step is to install the Google Mobile Ads SDK in the Mobile-app and then implement the network adapters to connect the app with each third-party ad network used for mediation.
Note: Mediation will only work/ apply for Single Size Ad requests; not for Multi size ad requests. UPR rules and Protections do not apply to Mediation.
|Increased competition from multiple ad networks||Conflict of Interest|
|Higher Fill rates||Increase in App Size|
In-app Header bidding, also referred to as Unified Auction or parallel bidding, is a sophisticated advertising strategy in which mobile publishers may sell their ad inventory in an auction, allowing all of their advertisers to compete against one another at the same time.
It delivers a variety of monetization benefits to the publishers by flattening the Mediation (Waterfall) setup. With header bidding, Publishers may guarantee they get the highest possible CPMs for their inventory by using in-app bidding, which lets advertisers compete for impressions in real time rather than being placed in a hierarchy of demand partners (like in waterfall).
Publishers usually offer ad inventory to several ad exchanges before making calls to their ad servers. In-app header bidding (or unified auction) allows the app publishers to present it simultaneously to all interested parties, creating fair competition for every piece of free ad space within an app. Owing to the increased competition among the advertisers, In-App Header Bidding has the advantage of boosting CPMs.
Additionally, Header Bidding can scale effectively through server-side bidding, instead of adding an SDK of each ad network like in the waterfall method. Header bidding auction works on the first-price auction model, which means that the highest bidder gets to serve their ad creatives, and they pay exactly what they bid during the auction.
|In-App Header Bidding|
|Increased demand||Increased latency|
|Full transparency||Troubleshooting complexity|
|Improved efficiency||Loss of forecasting integrity in the ad server|
|Increased fill rates||Reports discrepancies|
Depending on the App needs, any of the two approaches may be preferable, since they both offer advantages in various ways. Header Bidding is the way to go if you want to automate your advertising operations. App mediation may be the best option if you want a more hands-on approach where you can carefully regulate and optimize your ad revenue.
Both mediation and in-app header bidding help publishers of all stripes increase
Revenue, improve fill rates and provide a better user experience.
Both ad mediation and header bidding are excellent methods of generating income from a mobile app. You should choose which method is most suited to your needs and then apply it accordingly.
Now that you have a better idea of the differences and implications of Header Bidding and Mediation, you can decide whether it’s a good fit for your App. Having trouble monetizing your app and implementing Header Bidding or Mediation? We know how difficult ad operation can be to do alone, so let MonetizeMore help. MonetizeMore is a Google Certified Publisher Partner and has helped thousands of publishers realize their Ad Revenue Potential. Subscribe and start today!
Kean Graham is the CEO and founder of MonetizeMore & a pioneer in the Adtech Industry. He is the resident expert in Ad Optimization, covering areas like Adsense Optimization,GAM Management, and third-party ad network partnerships. Kean believes in the supremacy of direct publisher deals and holistic optimization as keys to effective and consistent ad revenue increases.
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