Basis DSP Reviews

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Gabriela Band profile photo
October 03, 2019

Solid Agency DSP

Score 7 out of 10
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We are using Basis a DSP to run campaigns for our clients. It's an easy to use DSP, which is great for agencies that lack deep programmatic knowledge. Our programmatic trading team and account management teams are using it and it helps us scale our programmatic campaigns to make sure we are able to fulfill our client's budgets and deliver the results they need.
  • It's very easy to use.
  • Easy to AB test multiple creatives.
  • All creative types supported (video, native, display, audio).
  • Notification system should be improved.
  • Reporting should be more granular and more dimensions.
  • They should build an API to check costs on an hourly basis.
Basis strength relies on their great customer service and their ability to run almost any campaign and be able to test and optimize. However, the results on the end are not that good. In general, the CTRs are a bit low compared to the standard we get on other DSPs. It's not clear if the issue lies in their technology or their pool of inventory, but the issue is still there.
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Score 10 out of 10
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Basis DSP has changed the game for my company. We are now positioned to be a leader in the digital communications arena for years to come with the addition of the platform to our capabilities. Basis is easy to use, easy to understand, and is a leader in their field. The innovations and new features they roll out on a regular basis helps my firm provide the best of traditional and new programmatic campaigns to our clients on a consistent basis. We are always excited to be able to tell our clients about new ways to promote their businesses and interests by using programmatic advertising, and specifically Basis DSP. Basis also offers excellent customer support and service. Our customer success manager is one of the best I've ever worked with in any industry. I highly recommend Basis DSP to any business looking at using their products.
  • Basis DSP does a great job of keeping their clients informed of new and upcoming features on their platform. They regularly host webinars to help keep their clients informed of what's up and coming and how to use new features.
  • Client relations with Basis is incredible. They're available on a regular, consistent basis. In addition, they check in throughout the on boarding process and beyond to help their clients understand they system.
  • The analytics tracking capabilities built into Basis DSP is fantastic. They provide many different options on how to pull and organize reports for clients.
  • The additional training offered through Centro Institute is fantastic, especially for beginners. Going to Chicago and training at the headquarters for a couple of days has helped with my company's success in building a programmatic advertising clientele list and building successful campaigns.
  • If someone has never used a DSP before, they're going to need a lot of hands on training. As with any system, it's important that those who decide to use Basis commit to training and using the system as much as possible.
  • One thing I would like to see more of is planning capabilities. I'd like to be able to look at the data I need specific to my geographic locations, rather than at the national level.
Basis DSP is well suited to every type of campaign imaginable. My firm specializes in outreach and education campaigns and we use Basis DSP in order to turn people out to events and to take specific actions. Basis has changed how we do business for the better. The hyperlocal campaigns, native campaigns, and audio campaigns have all added excellent additional capabilities to our tool box and have allowed us to complete very compelling campaigns for our clients.
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Score 10 out of 10
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We use Basis DSP to reach members of our advertising network across other relevant mobile apps that they're using. It is used exclusively by the ad operations department, but is part of every client campaign that we deploy. Basis helps us reach grocery list app users while they're engaged with other apps they use, such as games, weather, and news apps, due to its ability to bid on the major mobile exchanges simultaneously.
  • Provides access to lots of data/user segments in addition to the ability to upload network audiences. User and interest level targeting is easy and powerful
  • API integrations with Basis DSP make it easy for publishers who are using bespoke and/or plug-and-play DMPs, CRMs, or other DSPs to manage campaigns without living in yet another interface.
  • Ad tag integration with DART/DFA ensures that trafficking ads with third-party impression tags/pixels is easy and only needs to be done once.
  • More detail on how and when the exchanges review submitted ad tags would help us set better expectations for our clients and client success teams during launch. Often a delay in ad approvals can result in lagging campaign metrics that must be made up later, often at the cost of performance.
  • More predictive tools / the ability to stop a campaign from bidding when a certain impression threshold is reached (in addition to the dayparting and budget rules that are currently in place and used for every campaign).
  • For some reports, such a geolocation reports, being able to visualize it on a map of some kind would make the data export more meaningful and less manual for our operations and client success teams seeking to explain to clients where their campaign was exposed.
Basis is well-suited for platforms or advertisers seeking to locate a subset of users across a larger app ecosystem. The platform is well-suited for campaigns that are constrained by location/geotargeting parameters. While we use the platform exclusively to locate mobile app users in mobile apps, it would be difficult to say how other vendors seeking to acquire inventory in other environments would perform, we find that it is great for the purposes of in-app advertising. For campaigns with strict impression goals and minimums, a platform with different bid-stop technology may be more appropriate.
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Score 8 out of 10
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We use Basis DSP only in the media department. We use Basis DSP to run media for non-profit, financial, insurance, and B2B clients. Basis cuts out the need for us to purchase a DMP, Ad Fraud Protection, and superior targeting methodologies. Basis has been more cost-effective than running with DV360. Though we still need to utilize DCM, Basis offers a workaround by trafficking ads directly through the platform.
  • Customer Service and Support is fantastic. Always willing to educate our team and help us get the most value out of the platform.
  • The ad fraud features are great. Through DV360 we need to use a third-party which comes with additional costs.
  • Easy to use platform.
  • Can not self manage lookalike campaigns.
  • Performance view is somewhat odd to get to. I would prefer to have the Overview and Analytics tabs be combined.
It is the least suited for lookalike campaigns. If you prefer to manage all your campaigns you can not do so with Basis. But everything is fantastic. I really enjoy the ad fraud capabilities and the potential to purchase audience data.
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Score 8 out of 10
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Basis is a DSP we've used for hyperlocal, in-app display advertising and retargeting. It's got relatively low minimums and excellent advanced targeting. One of its core features is the ability to bring up a map and geofence around very precise areas to show ads just within that space - useful for any kind of event marketing.
  • Geofencing/hyperlocal ads
  • In-app advertising
  • In-app retargeting
  • Hyperlocal retargeting
  • Pricing is somewhat opaque, especially ad network costs
  • The creative approval process is S.L.O.W. - plan for up to 72 hours before approval (no same-day campaigns)
  • Interface is clunky
If you're doing any kind of local advertising, Basis DSP is a great choice. If you're doing retargeting, it's a great choice.

Nationally/big regions it can get very costly, very quickly.

Be prepared for a learning curve if you have non-technical staff - the interface requires quite a bit of training.

Be vigilant about content monitoring! Your ads can appear on sites you don't want your brand to be associated with.
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Score 8 out of 10
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The digital marketing department of BRAINTRUST uses Basis DSP for our display advertising buys, including standard display as well as video display and connected TV. Using the platform allows us to self-manage our digital campaigns.
  • Offers great third-party targeting options
  • User-friendly platform
  • Easy to set up retargeting campaigns
  • Tracks revenue and conversions in platform
  • Conversion HTML pixels could be easier to set up revenue tracking on
  • No using existing customer lists in the platform
  • Doesn't accurately report in Google Analytics even with UTM codes
Basis DSP is a great platform for launching display campaigns, offering great third party targeting options. It is easy to optimize campaigns, set up remarketing and use the private marketplace. I wish it was easier to set up revenue tracking with the HTML Conversion Tag, but if you're using the image pixel, it is much easier (not all of our clients can use this option though). I'd also like if there wasn't an extra charge for using our own customer lists (email, device ID, etc).
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October 16, 2018

Basis DSP Review

Score 9 out of 10
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We use Basis DSP for our programmatic advertising for our agency and for our clients.
  • Native Advertising
  • Audience Prospecting and reach
  • Hyperlocal Targeting
  • Takes a bit to understand programmatic and to how campaigns are ran
  • Reporting could be sexier, it downloads into an Excel sheet, pretty basic
  • Insights into targeting demographics
Ability to reach people outside of Google and Facebook, you get to access over 12 exchanges.
New cross device capabilities
Native Advertising
Connected TV
Retargeting
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October 17, 2018

A good beginner DSP

Score 4 out of 10
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We used Basis for our programmatic offering where we sold audience extension campaigns to our advertising clients as part of our digital package. We offered display, mobile and video products in order to expand our digital inventory beyond what we could offer between our owned and operated sites.
  • Solid, simple real time bidding.
  • Excellent customer support.
  • Creative upload feature works well.
  • Groups campaigns in an easy to understand way.
  • Reporting. We have lots of issues with the amount of information available to us. We've had to make special requests to get reports for a campaign's lifetime because the system times out pulling large amounts of data. If you're a save-and-stitch kind of person it might be okay for you.
  • Transparency. Checking site lists and would get lots of generic site bundle names with no real idea where are impressions were actually being served.
Basis DSP would be well suited for smaller programmatic buyers with short campaign lengths and clients who are not super concerned with site transparency as well as people new to the programmatic space. Centro, owners of Basis, will also try to push you into selling campaigns their way (focusing on budget-based buying) so if you have existing campaign workflows you'll likely have issues trying to adopt their product to your existing workflow.
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Score 8 out of 10
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We began using SiteScout as one of many self-serve ad platforms to test the usability and cost of each. We serve display ads through the SiteScout platform, which allows us to upload our own creative and target websites by category. The platform offers a truly self-serve experience, with complete customization and full control over our ad performance and objectives.
  • Control over ads - We are able to completely customize our campaigns and targeting methods from start to finish. The platform is completely self-managed and no interaction with a rep is needed to get ads up and running.
  • Display network - The display network offered a wide variety of options, with thousands of available placements.
  • Low cost - Our cost was comparable to Google AdWords, which is very affordable on both a CPC and CPM basis.
  • Targeting - We were able to target based on behaviors and demographic information, which helped us ensure our budget was only being spent on a relevant audience.
  • User Interface - The user interface is very difficult to learn and use, despite frequent and necessary interaction with it on a daily basis. There are sparse training materials available, and there is a steep learning curve to understand the platform.
  • Reporting Function - There are really no built in reporting dashboard features, and I had to manually pull out all of the data I wanted and plug it into another dashboard. The interface could be improved significantly by adding more data analysis, with the ability to manipulate the data by campaign.
SiteScout definitely takes some dedicated time to learning the platform and keeping up with ad maintenance and optimizations, but the platform allows for seemingly endless options on targeting, campaign structure, budgeting and creative. Overall, the SiteScout platform is well-suited for an experienced PPC professional, who wants to experiment with a large display platform that offers a great deal of customization.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Data Transfer (6)
8.2
DSP integration (5)
9.2
Ad campaign creation (8)
9.7
Ad deployment (9)
9.0
Display advertising (8)
9.4
Ad display and retargeting segmentation (9)
9.4
Sequence targeting (4)
7.9
Ad dashboards (8)
7.3
Ad performance reports (9)
7.9
Ad conversion tracking (9)
8.1
Ad attribution reporting (6)
7.5
Cross-channel ad management (6)
7.5
Ad forecasting and optimization (7)
7.2

About Basis DSP

Basis DSP from Centro is a programmatic ad buying platform supporting digital advertising buying and placement across varying channels. Since the acquisition of SiteScout the platform also contains technology from the SiteScout AdServer.

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