Sovrn Holdings Review for Publishers

Sovrn Holdings was founded in January 2014 and as such a lot has changed since then. This is an updated Sovrn review for publishers as of December 2016.

Sovrn: Providing insights, audience access and advertising solutions for publishers.

Introduction to Sovrn

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Formerly known as Federated Media and Lijit, Sovrn Holdings was founded in January 2014 after Federated Media Publisher’s sales section was bought by LLN Media. The new advertising arm of the company was launched under the name of Sovrn Holdings. Barely ten months after its launch Sovrn had such a great track record that Quantcast dubbed it as the 4th largest network in the advertising industry.

At present, Sovrn is a leading US based CPM ad network. As per their recent statistics, the ad network serves over 20,000 publishers across the globe. One of the most attractive features that draw publishers to Sovrn network is its analytics tool that tells publishers the amount of traffic flowing to their sites and how engaging each piece of content is. The ad network relies on such information along with the site’s main keywords to deliver their ad inventory. They uphold the simple concept of great content coupled with a decent amount of traffic always attracts more advertisers. A site with reliable US traffic always earns a good income from Sovrn advertisers. Sites with non-US traffic also do well although with a slight variation in eCPM rates.  

Publishers can take advantage of the network’s advanced analytical tools to get a deeper insight of their audience and determine which areas need improvement to increase their conversion rates. The company even includes a few third party SEO tools that are quite beneficial to publishers.

Sovrn is also well known for having a diverse range of products and ad types. This is a good network to maximize the earning potential of your sites. They have different options for different platforms including WordPress and Joomla. Publishers have access to different ad formats too including the following:

  • Display banners in different sizes such as 160×600, 728×90, 300×600, and 300×250.
  • VAST and pre-roll video ads
  • Different mobile platform formats such as 300×250 or 320×50.

Another great advantage of working with Sovrn is the fact that publishers can easily set a desired eCPM rate for ads published on their sites. If the network does not have ads in your eCPM settings, you can use back up ads such as Google Adsense as passback ads. As a publisher, you benefit in both ways. You’ll either show Sovrn or your passback ads on your site at all times for 100% fill.

Many publishers are drawn to Sovrn because of its low minimum payout threshold of just $25. They pay on a NET 30 basis via the following options:

  • PayPal and Wire transfer for international publishers
  • Check, ACH, and eCheck for US publishers

The company covers Paypal fees that would have otherwise charged the publishers. Publishers can always change their payment options any time they want. The network doesn’t require publishers to file tax information.

Acceptance to join the network depends on the type of content you publish on your site. Sovrn reviews each application keenly before approval. If your site contains objectionable or inappropriate content, your application will be rejected. They don’t have a minimum amount of traffic to join their program but you’ll need to ensure that your site contains high quality content that attracts quality traffic.

Overall rating: 5 out of 5

What we like most about Sovrn: Great eCPM rates especially via their header bid setup, detailed reports, great tools for analyzing your site’s performance, and a prompt responsive support staff.

What we liked least about Sovrn: Lower fill rate for non US traffic sites, low eCPM rates for international traffic and reliance on Integrated Ad Science site quality index which can sometimes be inaccurate.

Publisher Requirements   

  • Publisher terms: https://www.sovrn.com/terms-of-service/
  • Traffic minimum: None
  • Publisher language requirement: Mainly English
  • Prohibited content: Sites with objectionable or inappropriate content are automatically rejected on application. Publishers are further warned not to deploy the company’s ads on sites containing pornographic, adult, obscene, libelous, defamatory, abusive, or illegal content. Publishers should not have sites that promote violence, discrimination, hate, or facilitate sale of firearms, drugs, or other illegal activities. For more details visit: https://www.sovrn.com/publisher-agreement/

Sovrn Company Stats

Sovrn Contact and Support Information

  • Address: 1750 29th Street, Suite 2036 Boulder, Colorado 80301, United States

Advertisers and Offers

  • Advertising types: Display, VAST and pre-roll video ads
  • Offer types: CPM
  • Verticals: All types.

Tech Implementation

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Sovrn publishers use the Meridian Platform which enables them to do more and earn even more in the process. The platform provides publishers with a complete suite of tools that can be used to improve display, video, and mobile ads on their sites. You get everything you need to enhance your performance in the Meridian platform from header bidding, VPAID and VAST video to OnScroll InView ads. It is a cross-platform for efficient content distribution.

Meridian is integrated with almost all the major advertisers across the globe. It helps you access numerous advertisers and compare your site’s performance in real time. it helps you analyze different advertisers from a single dashboard. The platform is designed to give you a clear view of your audience from the buyer’s point of view with useful insights from Quantcast and other sources of global traffic data.  

The Sovrn mobile ad manager is also available for those who use a WordPress plugin called WP Touch. The plugin gives you the ability to create instant mobile sites. In Joomla it goes by the name JMobile.

Display Ad Unit Sizes Available at Sovrn: Mobile and desktop widgets as well as widgets for headers and sidebars.

There are also other types of widgets at Sovrn including the following:

  • The analytics widget which gives you a deeper insight into your website’s visitors.
  • The search widget which is a non-monetization tool that helps you to search for specific content in your site.
  • The reader widget which shows you where visitors come from by country or city.

Reporting Interface

Sovrn Reporting rating: 5 out of 5

Sovrn has a detailed dashboard that gives publishers an insight into their overall performance on a daily, weekly, or last 30 days basis. There are several options you can use to check earnings, CPM or fill rates. You even get to know which ad unit is performing well straight from the intuitive dashboard.

The reporting section even shows you graphical representations ad requests, impressions, and earnings for a period of 30 days. You also get demographic statistics such as gender, age, and income of your visitors. The dashboard further shows tag performance. These are useful metrics that you can use to understand which ads best suit your website. The reports are broken down into two categories; Domestic for US and International for the rest of the world.

Sovrn Payment

Sovrn Payment Rating: 5 out of 5

  • Payment Methods Available: PayPal, ACH, Check, eCheck, Wire Transfer
  • Payment Terms: Net30
  • Minimum Payout Threshold: $25

Account Help

Account Help Rating: 4 out of 5

  • Knowledgebase URL: None but they provide detailed information about their Meridian Platform.
  • Personal Account Manager: Yes
  • Contacting Support: Support can easily be reached via telephone and email.

Editor’s Sovrn for Publishers Review

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With over 20,000 publishers in its fold, Sovrn must be one of the best ad networks to work with. The network attracts thousands of publishers primarily because of its header bid solution which helps publishers improve performance of their campaigns. Their win rates, CPMs and overall revenues are some of the best compared to the other header bid partners in the industry.  Their simple mantra is good content and reliable traffic attracts more advertisers. So it is important to have decent content in your site before you even plan on applying for an account. If you plan on implementing header bidding (All publishers with over 5 million page views should), Sovrn should definitely be included as one of your bidders.

The ad network has a wide selection of ad types too. They provide a wide range of ad formats that you can implement on your WordPress or Joomla site. Display options for desktop and tablet platforms include standard IAB sizes such as 300×250, 160×600, 300×600, and the traditional 728×90. CPM rates for US can deliver as much as $2 while the floor rate is basically $0.50. On header bidding, you can see CPM rates above $5 on some sites. Sovrn’s win rates tend to be highest for US traffic. For sites with high US traffic, Sovrn will earn some of the highest CPMs in your ad inventory and have one of the highest win rates.

There are only two mobile ad sizes: 300×250 and 320×50. Although mobile performance at Sovrn is not as impressive as it is for desktop, it is still much better compared to most networks out there. Their mobile CPM ranges between $0.5 and $1 with a floor price is $0.30. If you’d like to do a little testing to get to know the market better, it is recommended you target US or CA geos. On header bidding, you’ll see much better CPM rates though with 0% passbacks of course.

Sovrn is actually worth checking if you have a good amount of US traffic. If you have a header bid setup or plan on it, definitely include Sovrn. You’ll benefit a lot from their set of detailed analytics tools, an intuitive and even more detailed dashboard giving you all the information you need to improve performance and multiple payment methods. A great thing about payment at Sovrn is their low $25 minimum payout threshold which is good for publishers learning the ropes in the ad industry. However, a great deal about your performance and earnings on this network will largely depend on the niche you specialize in, the amount of traffic you can command especially from US, and your ad inventory setup.

Sovrn Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Sovrn has some of the highest eCPM rates in the industry especially for publishers with US traffic.
  • They provide detailed reports in their reporting system.
  • Very competitive within header bidding.
  • They provide publishers with an advanced analytics suite with all the tools you need to analyze performance and earning potential of your site.
  • They have a low minimum payout threshold of just $25.
  • They provide multiple payment methods including PayPal and Wire Transfer for international publishers.
  • They have multiple ad formats especially for desktop and tablet platforms.
  • Sovrn is a reliable network that provides timely payments.

Cons:

  • Their fill rate for non US traffic is rather low for managed demand. For some sites it is as low as 10-20%.
  • They have low eCPM rates for international traffic on managed demand.

Conclusion (Rating: 5/5)

Overall, Sovrn Holdings is one of the top US-based ad networks. It is a great network for publishers with a decent amount of US or international traffic. It is easy to join as long as you don’t have objectionable content on your site. In fact, they have no minimum traffic requirements. You can also benefit a lot from their suite of analytics tools to improve your performance and earnings. If you are looking for a reliable CPM based ad network with the best rates in the market, a competitive header bid solution and solid support, look no further than Sovrn.

 

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