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Adzerk Glossary

These are Adzerk-specific terms related to our campaign structure and miscellaneous terminology. For general Ad Tech terms, visit here.


The advertiser is the person or company who provides the creative to be served as an ad. Advertisers can log in to view reports

A block of HTML and JavaScript that makes a call to Adzerk's servers and loads an ad. Generated per site from the web interface in the Inventory tab

The tech that enables the storage, selection, and serving of ads


The dollar amount that has been agreed upon (by advertiser and publisher) in order to serve an ad campaign

A collection of an advertiser’s ads, which is made up of one or more flights. Typically the flights in a campaign have a common theme, such as product or promotion

Site(s) with similar content that share the same publisher payout settings. Every account has a default channel named "All Sites" that consists of the entire network

A server-side database for storing metadata for contextual targeting

A file or code supplied by an advertiser that is served as the ad on a site. Adzerk can serve image files, Flash, JavaScript, HTML tags, and raw data

Do Not Track is a browser setting that enables users to opt-out of being tracked by websites and advertisers that they are not directly engaging with. Adzerk has partnered with the Electronic Frontier Foundation to become the first ad serving company that can honor Do Not Track

Fill Rate

The percentage of impressions served from non-remnant campaigns

A collection of rules for one or more creatives that determine how an ad is served. These include impression goals, tracking methods, dates to run, and targeting

The section of the web interface that lets you manage sites and channels and generate ad code

Campaign targeting that uses 'keywords'. You can send real-time search keyterms, or send keywords tied to page content

A RESTful API for uploading creatives, creating campaigns/flights, and pulling reports. Replicates the functions of the web interface (except for generating ad code)

A RESTful API for delivering ad contents. By placing a request to the Decision API, Adzerk makes an ad decision and returns a creative in JSON format. Replicates the function of the ad code in the web interface

A setting to serve a flight faster or slower relative to other flights


A campaign that runs all the time to serve any impressions left over after premium campaigns. A remnant campaign is often comprised of house ads or tags from an exchange like AdSense

The website(s) where ad(s) will display

A progress indicator for a campaign, flight or creative

A server-side database for user-level targeting

A querying language used for custom targeting. Zerkel uses key/value pairs passed in on an ad request, in addition to reserved keys that act as filters (like device specific targeting)

Saved placements which represent sections of a site. When zones are set up, you can target ads to them and Adzerk will track the zone's impressions

Adzerk Glossary

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