A Planning Approach to Revenue Management for Non-Guaranteed Targeted Display Advertising

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1583-1602
Journal / PublicationProduction and Operations Management
Issue number6
Online published1 Oct 2020
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021


Many publishers of online display advertising sell their ad resources through event-based auctions in the spot market. Such a way of selling lacks a holistic view of the publisher’s ad resource and thus suffers from a well-recognized drawback: the publisher’s revenue is often not maximized, particularly due to users’ dynamic ad clicking behavior and advertisers’ budget constraints. In this study, we propose a planning approach for ad publishers to better allocate their ad resources. Specifically, we propose a framework comprising two building blocks: (i) a mixed-integer nonlinear programming model that solves for the optimal ad resource allocation plan, which maximizes the publisher’s revenue, for which we have developed an efficient solution algorithm; and (ii) an arbitrary-point-inflated Poisson regression model that deals with users’ ad clicking behavior, whereby we directly forecast the number of clicks, instead of relying on the click-through rate (CTR) as in the literature. The two blocks are closely related in the sense that the output of the regression model serves as the input to the optimization model and the optimization model motivates the development of the regression model. We conduct extensive numerical experiments based on a data set spanning 20 days provided by a leading social network sites firm. Experimental results substantiate the effectiveness of our approach.

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  • online display advertising, ad delivery planning, targeted advertising