Ad tech has a lot of highly specialized terms—some that may even mean different things in other industries. Since life is so much easier when you get a handle on your acronyms, here are a few key terms that will help you out:

  1. CPA: cost per acquisition—The average amount you’re paying for each new customer you gain through a given campaign
  2. CPC: cost per click—The average amount you’re paying each time someone clicks on an ad in a given campaign
  3. CPE: cost per engagement—The average amount you’re paying for each customer interaction with a given campaign, whether that interaction is a click, a share, a like, or any other native action
  4. CPI: cost per impression—The average amount you’re paying for each time an ad is served for a given campaign
  5. CPL: cost per lead—The average amount you’re paying for each new contact you get from a given campaign
  6. CPM: cost per thousand impressions—The standard pricing model for ad impressions, which describes the price you’ll pay for every thousand times your ads are served. (Why ‘M’? It’s actually the Roman numeral for 1,000.)
  7. CTR: click-through rate—The number of clicks on a given campaign divided by the total number of impressions served in that campaign
  8. DMP: data management platform—A data warehouse that lets you store, sort, manage, and sometimes even export data collected from a wide range of sources
  9. DSP: demand-side platform—A unified interface that uses real-time bidding to buy media inventory from a variety of networks, exchanges, publishers, and platforms
  10. RTB: real-time bidding—A media marketplace that relies on machine-learning to make thousands of auctions for individual ad impressions every second
  11. SSP: supply-side platform—A piece of software used by publishers to manage the ad inventory they have up for auction

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