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Gourmet Ads recently blogged about their new viewable product based on Pixalate technology.  Gourmet Ads says they can now measure, report, sell and target on the viewability ratings of their recipe and food sites.  Their media kit says you can buy placements with 50%, 60% and 70% viewability ratings.  Gourmet Ads says this has increased the amount of viewable inventory in their ecosystem.  It appears that connecting yield to the viewable nature of their publisher is driving the right kind of behavior.

Global Food Ad Network Delivers New Targeting Options for Advertisers; New Tools for Publishers

NEW YORK, Oct. 14, 2014 – With viewability becoming an increasing priority for advertisers, Gourmet Ads has taken steps to both enhance viewability ratings across its inventory and to educate publishers on how to maximize ad views on their own sites.

“A site with poor viewability is like a billboard on an empty road. Advertisers aren’t interested in placing their ads where no one will see them,” says Benjamin Christie, Gourmet Ads founder and president. “Gourmet Ads’ goal is to provide our publishers with practical and actionable tools to help them make changes to increase their viewability. When publishers make website changes with viewability in mind, it creates more quality inventory for advertisers – a win for the entire digital ecosystem.”

Delivering viewable impressions is the first step in effective brand advertising, and Gourmet Ads leads the way offering a solution to the viewability problems advertisers face. Thanks to a partnership with Pixalate.com, Gourmet Ads first added site and placement level viewability reporting to their Publisher Console in June 2013, and since then, the number of high viewability placements across the network have grown by 300 percent. Gourmet Ads has set a benchmark of 70 percent viewability to meet marketplace demands.

2014-10-15_145045As advertiser demand for high viewability placements increases, Gourmet Ads has revamped its entire viewability reporting console for publishers and has released a 20-page guide for publishers with actionable techniques to increase their viewability. The new reporting suite provides even deeper measurement with a combination of placement-level viewability by device.

“We’re committed to providing our publishers with real tools to help them maximize their ad placements,” Christie says. “Allowing them to monitor their site’s viewability in real time, and see how changes they make impact that rating is a huge step toward making high viewability inventory the norm across our network.”

For advertisers, these sell-side changes mean Gourmet Ads can now credibly provide high viewability targeting for private marketplaces, via Appnexus Deals and Packages.

“Using the same data we provide publishers, we classify all placements into targetable categories for 60 percent, 70 percent and 80 percent viewability every 24 hours,” says Christie. “Depending on the advertiser’s targeting requirements, we can then bundle in audience targeting or contextual targeting to hit the correct audience every time.”

“Campaigns using high viewability targeting have resulted in increased performance, high user engagement and, most importantly, brand lift for the advertiser,” Christie notes. “We’re excited to help advertisers leverage this new viewability data to reveal the true opportunity viewability brings to their bottom line.”

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Christopher Weiss is a grizzled and hoary veteran of online marketing with over 20 years on the technology front lines deep in the high-tech trenches. He is a Pragmatic Marketing, Inc. certified professional, published author, and award winning public speaker occasionally taking selected consultative incursions into the adtech theater of war. After an exhaustive Federal IT boot camp with the U.S. Department of Labor managing a legacy data migration, he took over as the Chief Technologist for User Technology Associates in Arlington Virginia. From that beachhead Mr. Weiss followed the battle lines of Internet integration to become Executive Director with USWeb and ultimately Vice President of Professional Services at the nefarious marchFIRST internet integration juggernaut. There he spearheaded large scale e-commerce skirmishes with allies like United Airlines, America Online, Citicorp and Harley-Davidson. When the dust of the bubble had finally settled, Chris found he had become a mercenary deeply entrenched in software and technology product management with several local and European start-ups combating network security, data management, and online marketing. In that service he has been honored with published victories in periodicals like PC Magazine, Washington Technology, Government Computer News, iMediaConnection, MediaPost, Adotas, and Federal Computer Weekly.

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