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What Is A Meta-DSP?

A meta-DSP is a type of software solution used in the programmatic ad buying process. It is a layer of technology built upon several DSPs (Demand Side Platform) that unifies their data, reporting and buying tools into a single platform. This allows for more streamlined and effective ad buying, as well as more accurate reporting.

Meta-DSPs first emerged in the early 2010s, in response to the growing number of DSPs on the market. At that time, many ad buyers were using multiple DSPs to access different ad exchanges and publishers. This created inefficiencies in the buying process, as buyers had to log into each DSP separately and manage campaigns across multiple platforms.

Meta-DSPs address these inefficiencies by aggregating the demand from multiple DSPs in one place. This gives ad buyers a single platform to manage their programmatic campaigns, which can save time and increase efficiency. In addition, meta-DSPs often offer other features and benefits, such as real-time reporting, campaign optimization, and access to premium inventory.

The Difference Between A Meta-DSP and DMP

Meta-DSPs are sometimes confused with DMPs (Data Management Platforms). While both types of platforms offer ways to manage and optimize programmatic campaigns, DMPs focus on data management, while meta-DSPs focus on aggregating demand.

DMPs gather data from various sources, including 1st party data (data collected by the advertiser), second-party data (data collected by a partner), and third-party data (data collected by an external provider). This data is then organized and segmented, so that it can be used to target specific audiences.

Meta-DSPs, on the other hand, do not collect or manage data. They aren’t even true DSPs – they are built on top of existing DSPs. Meta-DSPs simply provide a way to aggregate the demand from multiple DSPs, so that ad buyers can manage it all in one place.

Why Use A Meta-DSP?

There are several reasons why you might want to use a meta-DSP.

Increased Efficiency

One reason is that meta-DSPs can save you time and increase your efficiency. If you’re using multiple DSPs, a meta-DSP can give you a single platform to manage all your programmatic campaigns. This can save you from having to log into each DSP separately and manage campaigns across multiple platforms.

Enhanced Features

Another reason to use a meta-DSP is that they often offer features and benefits that you might not find on a traditional DSP. For example, many meta-DSPs offer real-time reporting, campaign optimization, and access to premium inventory.

Far Reach

Reach is another reason to consider using a meta-DSP. Meta-DSPs have access to a large number of ad exchanges and publishers, which gives you the ability to reach a wide range of audiences around the world.

Accurate Reporting

Finally, meta-DSPs can help you get more accurate reporting. Because they unify data from multiple DSPs, meta-DSPs can give you a more complete picture of your programmatic campaigns. This can help you make more informed decisions about your ad spend.

When deciding whether or not to use a meta-DSP, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons. Meta-DSPs can offer many benefits, but they may not be right for every advertiser. Make sure to consider your needs and objectives before making a decision.

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