Unified pricing rules

You can centralize management of target CPM or floor prices across all your programmatic demand with unified pricing rules. Find unified pricing rules by navigating to Inventory and then Pricing rules. This article includes the following sections:

In this article, "price" or "pricing" refers to either target CPM or floor prices.

Unified pricing rules best practices

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Unified pricing rules best practices

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How unified pricing rules work

Where unified pricing rules apply

Unified pricing rules can only be used on Ad Exchange primary ("mapped") accounts. Prices in unified pricing rules apply in the following contexts:

Pricing does not apply to AdSense backfill or to campaigns negotiated via Programmatic Direct.

 How unified pricing rules are applied

  • If two unified pricing rules target overlapping inventory, the rule with the higher price applies.
  • If a First Look pricing rule and a unified pricing rule target overlapping inventory, the rule with the higher price applies for Ad Exchange demand.

Pricing for everything

By default, a pricing rule applies to everyone and all creative types and sizes (with the Set pricing for everything option). However, you can optionally specify pricing for individual advertisers, brands, sizes, and more (with the Set pricing for specific items option). When you do so, there's a remaining optional setting to specify Pricing for everything.

The price set under "Pricing for everything" applies to any advertisers, brands, sizes, etc., for which you set different prices. Within a rule, the price setting with the higher price applies.

For example, suppose you set the specific floor price of $3.00 for the travel advertiser YourAdventure and for the size 728x90. In the same rule, under "Pricing for everything", you set a a floor price of $4.00. Since the floor price under "Pricing for everything" is higher ($4.00), it will apply the travel advertiser YourAdventure and to the size 728x90.

Good practice suggests setting the price under "Pricing for everything" to a value lower than those included for individual advertisers, brands, sizes, etc., or to leave the "Pricing for everything" option  disabled.

Remnant line item types and prices

Price Priority, Network and Bulk line items can compete in the auction. Unified pricing rules affect line item types Price Priority, Network and Bulk. Line items of this type must have a CPM that meets or exceeds the price set in unified pricing rules in order to compete in the auction.

Unified pricing rules do not apply to:

  • House line items 
  • Line items with a zero (0) rate and no Value CPM  set 

House line items and the auction

Floor prices and target CPM do not apply to House line items and line items with a $0 Value CPM.

House line items only serve when no remnant line items (Network, Bulk, Price Priority), Ad Exchange or Open Bidding demand are available to serve. That is, House line items are treated as if they have a $0 rate and do not compete on price via dynamic allocation.

House line item CPM determines the ranking of eligible House ads. However, House ads don’t need to meet the floor price or target CPM set in unified pricing rulesto be eligible to serve, so they effectively act as fall-back ads.

Blocking

Unified pricing rules don't provide blocking functionality. Blocks can be managed through Protections. Blocks aren't supported for Open Bidding traffic.

Pricing for different sizes

Multi-size pricing is available in unified pricing rules. When multi-size pricing is set, an optional setting that specifies Pricing for everything is enabled by default. This option applies to all sizes, not just those for which you have not set pricing. Learn more

Pricing for different creative types

You can set pricing rules that apply to only display or video (in-stream and out-stream) creatives. Note that the floor prices and/or target CPMs will still apply across all inventory formats (including rewarded, banner, in-stream, native, interstitial, and app open). The demand’s creative type determines which floor/target CPM is applied.

If Ad Manager can’t determine the creative type (e.g., in header bidding), the floor/target CPM for the “Display” creative type is applied.

To add pricing rules for display or video creatives:

  1. Make sure your inventory is opted in to video through the “Ad experiences” protection.
  2. In step 5 of the procedures below, select Set pricing for specific items.
  3. Click Edit Edit next to “Creative types,” select Video or Display, and click Done.

Programmatic Direct

Unified pricing rules don't apply to Programmatic Direct campaigns. This includes Programmatic Guaranteed (Standard and Sponsorship) and Preferred Deal line items created under Programmatic Direct. 

Pricing for advertisers, buyers, and bidders

Advertiser- and brand-specific pricing can be configured in unified pricing rules. They apply only to Ad Exchange and Open Bidding demand but not remnant line items. Per-buyer and per-bidder pricing are not available.

How Open Bidding buyers get pricing information in the bid request

  • The price floor continues to be located in the bidfloor field for OpenRTB.
  • For the Ad Exchange proto, it is the minimum_cpm_micros field. 

In RTB Breakout, bids below the floor continue to be shown as "Bid was below the minimum threshold."

Learn more in the Authorized Buyers developer documentation article Authorized Buyers Real-Time Bidding Proto.

Ad Exchange linked accounts

Unified pricing rules work just like Ad Exchange pricing rules work today.

Unified pricing rules set in the Ad Manager network of the primary ("mapped") Ad Exchange account apply to any inventory you're backfilling from linked Ad Exchange accounts. Learn more about primary versus linked Ad Exchange account.

Learn more and see an example of unified pricing rules and Ad Exchange linked accounts

You may have linked Ad Exchange accounts. These are secondary Ad Exchange accounts belonging to another Ad Manager network. They are associated with or linked to the primary ("mapped") Ad Exchange account belonging to your Ad Manager network. Typically, secondary Ad Exchange accounts are linked to your primary Ad Exchange account in order for the primary network to backfill inventory for line items in the other Ad Manager network. 

Supposed Ad Manager A owns the secondary Ad Exchange account. Ad Manager B own the primary ("mapped") Ad Exchange account and backfills inventory coming from Ad Manager A. 

In the example below, requests are coming from Ad Manager A and going to Ad Manager B, with a primary ("mapped") Ad Exchange Account B. In this case, the rules set in Ad Manager B apply to any requests coming from Ad Manager A to Ad Exchange Account B

Ad Manager A                       Ad Manager B                                                 

Unified pricing rules and Ad Exchange accounts

      Unified pricing rule    
      Ad Exchange account    

Create unified pricing rules

You can apply up to 200 unified pricing rules per Ad Manager network.​

  1. Navigate to Inventory and then Pricing rules.
  2. Click New unified pricing rule.
  3. Enter a name for the pricing rule.
  4. Next to "Targeting," select the inventory to which you want this rule to apply.
  5. Next to "Pricing," set pricing options.
    • By default, a pricing rule applies to everyone and all sizes and creative types (with the Set pricing for everything option). You can optionally select Set pricing for specific items and enter a unique floor price or target CPM for the items you specify.

      When you select "Set pricing for specific items," the "Pricing for everything" checkbox appears as an additional option below. You can select the checkbox and set a floor price or target CPM for this option. If enabled, the price set under "Pricing for everything " is inclusive of any advertisers, brands, sizes,  or creative types even those you selected above this option. Learn more

    • Select Set floor prices (fixed CPM) or Set target CPMs:
      • Set floor prices: Lowest winning bid must be no less than the floor price.
      • Set target CPMs (default): Target CPM can earn you more revenue over time by adjusting floor prices to match more bids. Floor prices on individual bid requests can be either higher or lower than the target CPM you indicate. Average CPM for your inventory, however, is equal to or higher than the target CPM you specify. Learn more
  6. Click Save.

Manage and troubleshoot unified pricing rules

Ad Manager provide a number of tools and a reporting dimension to help manage your inventory in the auction and pricing.

Affected line items from any rule

For any unified pricing rule you create, you can review the number of remnant line items below the price set in the rule. Total line items shown compares the price in a rule with the CPM of remnant line items, and does not take targeting into account.

To see affected line items, enter a floor price or target CPM. The "Affected remnant line items" section lists any Price Priority, Network and Bulk line items that are below the price you specified. For instance, you might see:

There are 29 line items below the floor price set in this rule

Click the number of line items (in this case, "29 line items") to be taken to table filtered for affected line items.

Troubleshooting

Line items that are below the price set in unified pricing rules appear in line item troubleshooting. For "Non-delivery causes", you'll find the a "Below pricing rule floor” reason. From here, you can click through to the pricing rules that are affecting the line items in question. Learn more

Report on unified pricing rules

To report on unified pricing rule activity, select the Unified pricing rule dimension under the "Historical" report type. 

Report on multi-size pricing

Report on multi-size requests using the "Creative size (delivered)" and "Requested ad sizes" dimensions.

No pricing rule applied 

"(No pricing rule applied)" is used in the following cases:

  • The impression went unfilled.
  • No unified pricing rule matched the request.
  • The auction candidate is not eligible for unified pricing (for example, when a Standard, Sponsorship, or House line item type won the impression.)
  • For multi-size request, because multiple pricing rules are in effect, no pricing rules can be attributed to unmatched requests. Any unmatched requests display "(No pricing rule applied)" for the "Pricing rules" dimension under "Inventory segments" in the Ad Exchange historical report.
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