The Rubicon Project’s Q2 Market Report Finds CPMs Trend Upward Over the Quarter

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LOS ANGELES – the Rubicon Project, the Internet advertising infrastructure company, reveals exclusive insight into emerging industry trends and market shifts for 2009 in the sixth installment of its Online Advertising Market Report series. Among the findings, culled from 97 billion impressions that ran across more than 400 ad networks in Q2, CPMs significantly increased across the industry with publishers in some verticals experiencing ad price increases of nearly 270%.

Also introduced in this quarter’s market report is the Rubicon 20 Index, measuring performance across a number of factors (including CPM, revenue and traffic volume) on a roster of 20 of the Web’s most heavily-trafficked properties across categories like news, games, finance and entertainment. The Rubicon 20 Index will be published weekly by MediaPost.

“Despite the predictions of a dying ad network industry and falling CPMs that have been reported by some in the market, our own proprietary data reflects the opposite – a thriving and healthy display ad market. In fact, overall CPMs across the Rubicon 20 Index were up by about 38% in Q2,” said Frank Addante, CEO and Founder. “In one specific example, our optimization technology enabled one high-profile entertainment news publisher to monetize an unexpected spike in traffic on the day of Michael Jackson’s memorial, resulting in a 752% revenue increase for the publisher.”

Key forecasts and trends in the report include:
Display ad deals are shifting from being targeted around verticals to true “audiences,” resulting in a rise of audience-based display deals;
Music sites were among the top-gaining properties, with CPMs up nearly 270%;
The travel vertical took a hit, with CPMs down by more than 36%;
In the wake of Michael Jackson’s death, publishers learned the tremendous amount of opportunity left on the table by not optimizing international traffic;
A detailed examination of the emerging data optimization market.

To access the full Q2 Online Advertising Market Report, as well as past published reports for free, visit:

About the Rubicon Project

Based in Los Angeles, the Rubicon Project launched in 2007 and set on a mission to automate the $65 billion global online advertising industry. Responding to one of the largest problems plaguing website publishers today – monetizing ad space that goes unsold (as much as 70 – 80 percent) across a fast-growing number of global ad networks – the Rubicon Project pioneered the category of Ad Network Optimization (ANO). Backed by $33 million in funding from Clearstone Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, and IDG Ventures, the Rubicon Project developed its patent-pending Smart Matching™ technology, which uses billions of pieces of proprietary market data to match each publisher ad impression to the best money-making opportunities from ad networks.

The company serves more than 1500 premium customers (publishers like Gannett, CareerBuilder, Washington Post/Newsweek Interactive and by optimizing more than 45 billion ads each month across hundreds of demand sources. Reaching more than 500 million unique Internet users, the Rubicon Project is one of the largest sources of ad inventory and reach on the Internet and the preferred source of targeted, audience-segmented inventory for ad networks and other resellers, many exclusive, around the world. The unique combination of demand optimization and SmartMatch™ technology drives revenue lift ranging from 30-300% for the Rubicon Project’s customers.