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FUCK ISIS !
As part of building next generation of adtech marketplaces i try and find & use as many different marketplaces as possible in other industries to see what lessons can be learned from the mechanics, and how it’s users behave. This time it’s home moving platform Anyvan!
AnyVan is a reverse auction platform allowing people who want things moved (buyers) to get the cheapest bids from people who can move them (seller/bidders).
I used it in my move to London placing a job which became a reverse auction, and had a good talk with the guy who won about how it works on the bidders side too.
In a reverse auction the roles of buyer and seller are reversed, and the clear price goes down with every bid. All bidders need to see the last bid price to know what they need to bid lower than.
|FAVOR REVERSE AUCTION||FAVOR STANDARD AUCTION|
|Many potential Publishers||Few potential Publishers|
|Commodity or standardized product||Specialized or custom product|
|Transactional prevalent relationships||Long-term, strategic relationship is important|
|Excess Inventory||Little or no excess Inventory|
|Price is the key selection criterion||Other issues are as or more important than price|
[ Perfect for Display not for Video? ]
The most common problem is each party being happy with the outcome. If the bidder makes a wrong assumption because there was not enough information from the buyer then she will be unhappy, if the buyer thinks the bidder knows what he’s buying but doesn’t honour the bid then they will be unhappy.
AnyVan solves this problem by forcing an exact job spec from the job poster (buyer), full transparency of every bids, each bidder, and with a slight risk to user privacy exposes all messages between a buyer and bidder to all the other bidders. This saves customer service acting as intermediary and creates a self informing auction. Bidders are scored by buyers to provide a self policing ecosystem.
[how my job went down]
The only thing it hides is the commission it charges. To users it’s fairly obvious because it’s the ‘deposit’ you make when accepting the winning bid. For bidders it’s not, they submit and see others bids without the commission applied. For me the winning bid total was £163, the deposit £40 , with the winner confirming he bid £123. So Anyvan’s commission was £40.
It’s a great example of how open transparency makes a vibrant marketplace with happy buyers, sellers and minimal overheads. With some polishing of the platform it could easily scale into other verticals or even to a Priceline model for travel & rentals.
How can this be applied to Adtech?
Reverse bidding is unlikely to happen anytime soon even for Display where there is a glut of inventory. Premium Publishers won’t get involved for fear of Advertisers using a lower bid price from a remnant Publisher to negotiate lower rates.
If however a DSP were to offer it’s own auction and invite Publishers to bid for their Ad spend then they would be swamped, albeit with remnant Ad networks.
[graphic here to demonstrate?]
The real lesson here is the importance of transparency which has always been missing in Adtech, limited by technology, publisher capabilities, fraud, and lack of incentives for the supply side to provide it.
The buy-side with its take it or leave it approach gives minimal information too, and big buyers like trading desks & large advertisers are only scored amongst publishers by rumours & backroom conversations amongst themselves.
Anyvan shows the kind of trust and vibrancy that can be created with a transparent marketplace. I for one am baking it into every product we build.
There’s a rising tide in Ad spend, upcoming US election, Rio Olympics, European football, users demanding more respect, and new wave of premium inventory coming through – it’s going to be a busy year! Here’s what I hope or expect will happen in video ad tech.
The wifi coffee machine by smarter coffee is not a secure device. It can’t be allowed to connect to your main router, but it needs to be controlled by a group remotely …plus it’s fun to play around with right?
Connect it to a satellite router with only a RaspberryPi for company. This satellite router can then be locked down to allow only these devices to connect. As no phones can be connected their iOS and Android apps can’t be used, so to make requests we’ll have the RaspberryPi make requests to the coffee machine instead. We can then call they by having Hubot on the Pi we can also have it connected to the office chatroom (hipchat or slack), or run a web server on it and have a secure REST API.
How to install, test and run it:
We’re going to create a project directory, clone the code into it, edit it for your network, and run it to test.
Open the terminal on your RaspberryPi or have it boot to command line.
$change the IP address to you coffee machines
Now we’ll test it with the ‘reset’ command
$python smarter-coffee-api.py reset
If the machine lit up and says ‘reset’ then test complete!
If not then check the IP address, connections, and router settings.
Now set brew size/ strength/ brew type physically on the machine, and call the brew method –
$python smarter-coffee-api.py brew
Toast to your success!
Your hack is complete! What next?
Security: With any IoT device, hacked or not, you should do a security audit once its installed. In this case check the wifi router the project is on is locked down
Ai: You could store the date/time each brew method is called, then use this to predict when the next brew would be called!
Expand: You could expand on the basic API i’ve made in GitHub, and add more methods yourself, like brew size/ strength etc, and add it to the repo!
Team access: You could have a web server on the RaspPi, and have this project called as a REST API, or install Hubot and have it called from your team hipchat/slack/etc
Home automation: Create a smartthings device type and control it with your home automation switches, triggers or voice!
Whatever you do please let me know, i’m always interested!