Updated October 30, 2018
Today, we’re excited to announce general availability of support for The Trade Desk’s Unified ID Solution within the Index Exchange Header Tag Wrapper. As this rolls out over the next two weeks, Wrapper Publishers can begin to collect and share the Unified ID Solution’s common identifier. This functionality is supported by Index Exchange’s Real Time Identity (RTI) framework, including all of the common identifiers included in the Advertising ID Consortium.
“Utilizing a common identity solution across the independent internet will improve the ecosystem and deliver more effective and relevant outcomes for all. It creates a much-needed common currency that will smooth out some of the complexity of our supply chain. We applaud Index Exchange for being one of the first launch partners of our Unified ID Solution.”
– Tim Sims, SVP Inventory Partnerships at The Trade Desk
Scaling Common IDs for the Open Web
Today, each platform in the ad tech ecosystem maintains a unique identifier for a user, and in order to transact (bid or measure), a platform needs to “map” their unique identifier to all of their partner companies. This results in many network calls syncing platform-exclusive ids across 200+ ad tech platforms. All these network calls are inefficient and costly – they result in slower pages, an uneven playing field for buyers, and reduced bid activity for publishers.
By introducing common identifiers such as the one offered by the Unified ID Solution, as opposed to the legacy, 1:1 exclusive user mapping calls of the past, we can share the benefits of a single network call, allowing Wrapper RTB Bidding Partners (SSP Adapters) and Demand Side Platforms (DSPs) to augment their user match data with a common identifier.
The Real Time Identity (RTI) Framework
As communicated to all DSPs, Header Tag Wrapper publisher and adapter partners, we have modified the Index Exchange Header Tag Wrapper to include an entirely new function called Real Time Identity (RTI). This framework allows for a provisional call to the Unified ID Solution servers for an identifier that is then shared with all RTB bidding partners and downstream DSPs prior to page load. The RTI framework is optimized for speed, sharing and efficiency when collecting and sharing common identifiers like the Unified ID Solution identifier.
Sharing by Design
All parties (RTB adapters and DSPs) can leverage the value of the single network call. In the case of RTB bidding partners with an adapter, they can ingest the Unified ID Solution identifier (or future RTI-powered IDs) by listening to the appropriate functions within the Header Tag Wrapper. For DSPs connected to Index Exchange, they can ingest the Unified ID Solution identifier via the bid request sent by Index Exchange or other RTB adapters supporting RTI.
A key goal was to infuse common identifiers into a publisher’s bid stream without impacting monetization via increased timeouts or halting pages. This is achieved via a new design that takes advantage of historically unused milliseconds between the launch of a Wrapper and when the Wrapper is ready to issue bid requests to RTB partners.
Total Control for Publishers
As always, publishers are in complete control of the Wrapper configuration. If a publisher does not wish to use the Unified ID Solution common identifier (or any RTI partner) they can simply disable the adapter via the Header Tag Wrapper User Interface.