Why should ad placements be important in your monetisation strategy?

Réflexion sur la stratégie de monétisation

At Opti Digital, maximising your advertising profit does not mean flooding your pages with advertisements and reducing your website to the state of a…Christmas tree.

In order to help you optimise your monetisation, we have developed automatic ad insertion technology. Thanks to our intelligent algorithm, we can harness the full advertising potential of your media and identify unused and interesting spaces while maintaining good user experience. Better visibility, improved site loading speed, acceleration of advertising gains… there are many advantages for media publishers. In this article, we reveal this flagship technology and emphasise the importance of properly distributing your advertising inventories.  

About automatic ad insertion

As we mentioned in the introduction, the automatic insertion of advertisements makes it possible to monetise content in an innovative way. The algorithm that we have developed is able to precisely analyse the advertising potential of a media site and automatically display ads there where they are likely to have the best performance.

Example of in-read locations, with one of our clients, Numerama.com

Contrary to what one might think, it is not the inventories placed at the top of the page that yields the most. In-article ads (also known as in-read) are the most valuable for monetisation since they are located where the reader is focusing their attention. We always advise the media to move these high spots and put them at the heart of the content and to alternate between content and ads. 

We are aware that inserting advertisements in the heart of an article is not easy for the publisher often blocked by its CMS (Content Management System) like WordPress or Drupal, whose functionality is sometimes limited.

This is why we have developed an intelligent solution that inserts ads at the heart of editorial content and harmonises the distribution of media advertising spaces.

This technology is completely customisable to respect an editorial logic.

It follows a number of rules that we define with the publisher, according to our strategic recommendations, in particular: 

  • The distance in pixels between two ads
  • Positioning above or below content such as a title with H2 tag or a paragraph
  • Distancing with a particular video, image or widget (Twitter, Instagram, comment, etc.)

These rules vary depending on the media and the specifics of the different pages of the website.

Finding the right parameters with A / B testing

Based on an intelligent algorithm, our automatic insertion solution will: 

  • Instantly study your web page structure and analyse the value of each location
  • Automatically redistribute ads and deliver new ads based on previously defined rules

“Thanks to this intelligent tool coupled with our A / B testing solution, we are able to find the right compromise between good user experience and optimal monetisation and thus meet the expectations of publishers.” 

Sébastien Moutte, Co-founder and President of Opti Digital

In order to improve the performance of this lever, we simultaneously implement our A / B tests to bring out the most efficient advertising configurations and meet the specificities of the sites and the needs of the publishers. For example, to optimise the user experience, we can test a certain distance between two ads and measure the impact of this setting on visibility and page RPM (revenue per thousand page views) by comparing the results with those obtained before the deployment of this test.

Read: Opti Digital launches its A / B testing solution for digital media monetisation

The advantage of combining this solution with Lazy Loading

A pitfall to avoid: positioning inventories at the very bottom of the page for direct loading, even if Internet users do not scroll to this level. This may deteriorate the loading speed of the website and display impressions that will have a negative impact on the average visibility of the site. In addition to the automatic advertisement insertion script, we recommend applying the lazy loading principle to display advertisements only when the Internet user approaches them. 

Combined, these two technologies have a positive impact on the number of ads per page viewed, the loading speed of the website as well as on the overall visibility since the ads are loaded gradually. Inventories are better valued and optimally positioned to boost page RPM.

Excellent results observed with our clients

Thanks to the automatic redistribution of in-read locations, our customers have observed an increase in their page RPM of between +5 and + 15%. The impact of this technology is all the more important in mobile inventories where the average page RPM is close to 15% growth

While respectful of Internet users’ navigation, positioning rules and editorial logic, this tool brings additional benefits to publishers who wish to optimise their monetisation.

Our advice to publishers who want to improve their advertising revenue at the end of 2020: think of a vertical positioning strategy for mobile inventories. As an indication, the share of mobile traffic would represent 60 to 70% for all of our publishers, according to our analysis.

If you would like personalised advice to optimise your monetisation, contact us or give us a call: (+33) 6 29 94 49 77. We will be happy to help you! 

How to successfully use header bidding on AMP from TCF 2.0? FUTURA media analysis

After several months of work, the engineers of Opti Digital have developed a solution that combines our Prebid server and Real-Time Configuration (RTC, AMP’s native Header bidding solution). This innovation makes it possible to find on the AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) environment the same competition between bidders as on Web inventories and effectively stimulates the CPM rates of Google AdExchange and Open Bidding.

The first results are excellent in all media that have deployed this solution: unsold products are collapsing and the publisher’s net page RPM increases on average by 50%.

We have decided to share with you the impressive results observed in one media we are supporting:

FUTURA media 


Founded in 2001 by Guillaume JOSSE, Futura is the media of reference for scientific and technological innovations (top 20 in the French-speaking media, 20 million sessions per month). Structured around 5 environments (science, health, tech, planet, home), Futura offers journalistic content for decryption in various formats (news, files, videos, etc.) to curious Internet users eager to develop their knowledge.

We have been supporting the publisher Futura since the spring of 2019: our advanced technologies, our systematic A / B testing strategy and the precise analysis of media performance have made it possible to optimise the profitability of the media on multiple formats on the site and on the AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) environment. 

These unique inventories meet the quality criteria sought by advertisers: the average visibility rate is close to 60% (73% on AMP) and the average click-through rate is 0.55%. 

The deployment of header bidding is one of the latest innovations to date in Futura’s AMP environment. It took place in two stages: connecting the Prebid Server in TCF 1.0, then adding new sales partners after switching to TCF 2.0.

The performance of header bidding on AMP 

Here are the results observed in the AMP environment: 

  • In May 2020, before the implementation of header bidding, when the French had barely come out of lockdown, the unsold rate was high and the eCPM quite low.
  • In July 2020, after the introduction of header bidding, the newly connected selling partners lowered the unsold rate and the eCPM rose.
  • In September 2020, after having connected more programmatic partners in header bidding and carried out numerous optimisations – including the migration to TCF 2.0 – the unsold rate was divided by 2 and the eCPM doubled.
 Unsold rateeCPM inventory
AMP with header biddingDivided by 2.2Multiplied by 2.1
Evolution of the programmatic profitability of the Futura media on AMP


Unsold rate = number of unsold impressions out of the total number of available impressions (sold and unsold)

eCPM inventory = turnover achieved for 1000 available impressions (sold and unsold). This is the key indicator to follow to observe the effects of optimisations because it also includes unsold inventories in the analysis. 

Thus, thanks to the integration of Prebid Server, the publisher made a 210% profitability voucher on the AMP inventory.  

Prebid Server thus generates nearly half of programmatic revenues and opens an efficient path to a qualitative and new environment for advertisers. The advertising spaces of the Futura-sciences.com site are now accessible to brands, in particular via Media Square and Gravity.

Breakdown of revenue generated on AMP by type of request (September 2020)

Results confirmed since the switch to TCF 2.0

Our solution makes it possible to find on AMP the same competition between bidders as on Web inventories and to effectively stimulate the CPMs of Google AdExchange. This same phenomenon is observed when Open Bidding is also present.

We are proud to be able to share with you these excellent results that we see in all the publishers for which we have connected this solution in the AMP environment.

The good performance of our optimised configuration for the AMP environment with Prebid Server has been confirmed since the switch to Transparency and Consent Framework 2.0 from the IAB.

3 tips for a successful integration of header bidding in AMP:

  1. A compatible Consent Management Platform (CMP) 

To make it possible to set up header bidding in the AMP environment, the publisher must select a compatible CMP in order to collect consents for targeted advertising. Among the compatible tools, include Didomi, Sirdata or SFBX.

  1. Measuring the incremental value of each bidder

Several bidders or sales partners are now compatible with the AMP environment and integration via Prebid Server. To ensure rapid display of ads, it is necessary to select those that provide added value by measuring the inventory eCPM and the Page RPM over the same period by deploying this bidder on a test audience sample

  1. Readjusting floor prices

There is no point in keeping floor prices high in this troubled environment. Competition between bidders mechanically drives up CPMs and creates a dynamic floor price. 

Optimising advertising revenue with Opti Digital

At Opti Digital, we mobilise our expertise and our technical solutions to constantly improve the revenues of the media we support. 

Contact us to find out more about our support and test our header bidding solutions on your AMP inventory.

Opti Digital contact:

Co-founder and CEO
Email: magali@optidigital.com
Tel: (+33) 6 29 94 49 77

Advertise on Futura

Futura is the media of reference for scientific and technological innovations (top 20 in the French-speaking media, 20 million sessions per month). We offer our partners varied and innovative communications systems, dedicated to each brand environment.

Contact Futura:

Guillaume JOSSE
Consulting Department
E-mail: conseil@fsteam.fr
Tel: (+33) 4 22 47 05 09