Cost-per-click line item delivery

CPC line items compete against CPM line items based on their calculated effective cost per thousand impressions (eCPM). This calculation is dependent on a number of variables, including the age of the campaign and whether the network is optimized.

Start-up vs. steady-state logic

Because CPC ads use a calculated eCPM to compete against CPM ads, it’s important to let them accrue value before calculating their individual eCPM. If eCPMs were calculated immediately based on the line item’s true CTR, it would not serve because it would start with a CTR of zero. Applying a separate start-up calculation allows ads to compete fairly within the network from the get-go.

Non-optimized vs. optimized networks

Non-optimized networks

For networks that don't use Optimization:

  • If our system has logged clicks for a creative, its empirically-calculated CTR is used to calculate its eCPM.
  • If the creative is new or our system has not logged any clicks, the creative’s eCPM is based on:

    • Its line item’s CTR if the line item has 100,000 or more impressions; or
    • A system-wide CTR if the line item has fewer than 100,000 impressions.


Networks using Optimization

For networks that do use Optimization, eCPM is calculated based on a CTR that is determined by a predictive model, which aims to generate a more reliable estimate than the default system-wide CTR.

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