AppNexus vs. SmartyAds DSP

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
AppNexus
Score 6.7 out of 10
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AppNexus AppNexus offers online auction infrastructure and technology for data management, optimization, financial clearing and support for directly negotiated advertising campaigns. It integrates with advertising sources including Google's DoubleClick, Microsoft's AdECN, and aggregators.[3]N/A
SmartyAds DSP
Score 6.0 out of 10
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SmartyAds DSP is a demand-side platform for ad serving.N/A
Pricing
AppNexusSmartyAds DSP
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
AppNexusSmartyAds DSP
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
AppNexusSmartyAds DSP
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AppNexus
Chose AppNexus
AppNexus is a different kind of DSP. They put a lot of focus on taking care of their ecosystem, they are very restrictive in which kind of ads you can serve there. They audit all of the creatives, and that's why they never have issues with fraud and are good for branding …
SmartyAds DSP

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Top Pros
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Features
AppNexusSmartyAds DSP
Ad Network Integration
Comparison of Ad Network Integration features of Product A and Product B
AppNexus
8.5
8 Ratings
13% above category average
SmartyAds DSP
-
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Data Transfer8.06 Ratings00 Ratings
DSP integration9.08 Ratings00 Ratings
Ad Campaigns
Comparison of Ad Campaigns features of Product A and Product B
AppNexus
8.0
8 Ratings
2% above category average
SmartyAds DSP
-
Ratings
Ad campaign creation8.08 Ratings00 Ratings
Ad deployment9.07 Ratings00 Ratings
Display advertising7.07 Ratings00 Ratings
Ad display and retargeting segmentation8.07 Ratings00 Ratings
Sequence targeting8.07 Ratings00 Ratings
Ad Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Ad Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
AppNexus
8.1
9 Ratings
4% above category average
SmartyAds DSP
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Ad dashboards9.09 Ratings00 Ratings
Ad performance reports7.09 Ratings00 Ratings
Ad conversion tracking8.08 Ratings00 Ratings
Ad attribution reporting8.08 Ratings00 Ratings
Cross-channel ad management9.08 Ratings00 Ratings
Ad forecasting and optimization8.08 Ratings00 Ratings
Best Alternatives
AppNexusSmartyAds DSP
Small Businesses
Google Ad Manager
Google Ad Manager
Score 8.7 out of 10
Basis DSP
Basis DSP
Score 9.1 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
The Trade Desk
The Trade Desk
Score 6.7 out of 10
The Trade Desk
The Trade Desk
Score 6.7 out of 10
Enterprises
Adobe Advertising Cloud
Adobe Advertising Cloud
Score 8.7 out of 10

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User Ratings
AppNexusSmartyAds DSP
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(16 ratings)
6.0
(2 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
4.0
(6 ratings)
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Usability
5.0
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Availability
10.0
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
10.0
(2 ratings)
-
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Support Rating
6.0
(2 ratings)
-
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Online Training
2.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
5.0
(2 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Configurability
5.0
(1 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
5.0
(1 ratings)
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Product Scalability
5.0
(1 ratings)
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Vendor post-sale
6.0
(1 ratings)
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Vendor pre-sale
4.0
(1 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
AppNexusSmartyAds DSP
Likelihood to Recommend
AppNexus
Appnexus is specifically well suited for CTV campaigns. They have the full technology stack to help you scale campaigns in any format, whether you need a lot of volume in traditional formats like banners and interstitials or if you need high-impact formats like video and other alternatives. Appnexus has a very strong set of unique publishers which makes it a great DSP for branding campaigns.
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SmartyAds
SmartyAds DSP works mainly for campaigns that are not very concerned about brand safety. The main issue we have had with them has been related to fraud since they are resellers of a lot of inventory. If you need to run on traffic, that is 100% clean, and then you should try other DSPs.
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Pros
AppNexus
  • As per my experience they have strong support personnel. Solving the issues as and when required.
  • We can solve certain issues like campaign performance, inventory optimization and more with the help of AppNexus wiki. We get all the required information in the Wiki itself.
  • They have given the right platform to both buyers and sellers to workout and meet their digital marketing needs and goals.
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SmartyAds
  • Easy-to-use, friendly interface.
  • Interesting integrations.
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Cons
AppNexus
  • The platform is incredibly complex and requires a great deal of understanding of how the platform works that caught us by surprise.
  • The wiki is not enough and when we resorted to reaching out to AppNexus it was a nuisance of having several emails going back and forth.
  • No phone support is offered which would have made several things easier than exchanging confusing emails.
  • Video inventory is still not implemented.
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SmartyAds
  • Support team is not very good.
  • Not a lot of direct traffic, mostly reseller traffic.
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Likelihood to Renew
AppNexus
I love almost everything about AppNexus because I feel like the user data is easy to track because of the identifiers, you can see which adverts got clicked and which were ignored. We can track the location of the ad on the page fold and this makes it so much easier for future campaigns. The only thing I don't like is that the data is only kept for a year, and I'd like it for a longer period of time
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SmartyAds
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Usability
AppNexus
Because I think the interface is kind of confusing at the beginning and it confuses you a lot.
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SmartyAds
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Reliability and Availability
AppNexus
I've never had any problems with appnexus - the software is always available
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SmartyAds
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Performance
AppNexus
Yes, everything works great in that sense
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SmartyAds
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Support Rating
AppNexus
Because the support team does give you support, they take 24hrs to get back to you but once they open a ticket they focus on resolving the issue for you. My only problem is that you don't have a specific account representative assigned to you.
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SmartyAds
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Online Training
AppNexus
Online training are not user friendly and not easy to understand
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SmartyAds
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Alternatives Considered
AppNexus
The TTD platform seems to have better CTV/OLV inventory, so that is typically preferred over AppNexus (APN). Usually, if clients have an internal desk, they will use TTD, which can often lead to us bidding against them, which is also another benefit of running campaigns within AppNexus (APN). Google DSP is typically used to increase the scale for display and build larger re-messaging pools.
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SmartyAds
MoPub is more focused and tries to reach a more typical inventory. SmartyAds DSP covers the different consumer touchpoints across various formats and works on providing different inventory sources to differentiate from traditional DSPs. They copy the look and feel of traditional platforms, but they need to develop more their reporting tools.
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Scalability
AppNexus
Because it's a great DSP but not the best
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SmartyAds
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Return on Investment
AppNexus
  • The 1 USD audit fee makes it very hard to A/B test creatives and improve performance, hurting ROI.
  • We have been able to reach some users that we weren't able to get before, increasing spending, which is good for ROI.
  • We can run campaigns on TV, which is a big boost for the business, and very ROI positive.
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SmartyAds
  • More inventory, more spend, ore budget, better ROI.
  • Fraud issues and refunds, decreasing ROI.
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