Education and Training

The mission of AdProfs is to demystify the ad tech industry and the world of programmatic advertising. Our desire is to teach others by providing clarity, context, structure, visuals, analogies, and detailed answers to all the important questions. Ultimately, our goal is for people to walk away transformed with practical knowledge and skills the market needs.

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Consulting Services

A common concern we hear from companies is that education is great, but it takes too long. In other words, everyone agrees that training and education is a good thing, but businesses also need to show results in the short term. That’s why we decided to accept consulting clients. Our consulting services help them save time and money by cutting through the noise, avoiding pitfalls, and accomplishing their objectives. Whether they are publishers, marketers, investors, or tech companies.

You can learn more about our ad tech consulting services here.

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Ratko Vidakovic

Ratko Vidakovic

Founder, Author & Principal Consultant

Ratko is a leading expert in programmatic advertising technology. He started his career in 2001 as a publisher, co-founding ToyotaNation and growing it into the web's largest Toyota enthusiast community. ToyotaNation was acquired in 2006. After several years as a digital marketing consultant, Ratko joined SiteScout as part of the founding team. At SiteScout, he built the marketing machine that grew the DSP business to over 60,000 users and 8-figure revenue — all without an outbound sales team, and all on a shoestring budget. SiteScout was acquired in 2013. Ratko's insights on advertising technology can be found across the web in places like Marketing Land, AdMonsters, MediaPost, MarketingProfs, MarketWatch, FOX Business, Quora, and many others.

“My research colleagues and myself used several of Ratko's explanations in a study exploring categorization in the online advertising space. As a result, we were able to draw sharper conclusions. I recommend his expertise to anyone looking to have a simplified, robust, and more systematic understanding of online advertising.”

Mariam KrikorianAssistant Professor, Harvard University

“I was amazed not only at Ratko's level of industry knowledge, but also his eagerness to share his ideas and help me with my questions. I originally came across his information from an article he wrote, so I assumed he was an expert in the programmatic advertising space. He confirmed that and so much more.”

Josh AharonoffAssociate, ff Venture Capital

“Our goal was to get up to speed on the market. Ratko helped us accomplish that objective. He explained complex subjects, gave practical examples, and exercised patience with us. Great experience.”

PrincipalPrivate Equity Firm

“Ratko did a great job. We were impressed that he spent time in advance thinking of ways to solve our specific implementation issues. His presentation of how we should build out our ad stack was great. In the end, we got the outcome we expected and we wouldn’t hesitate to use him again.”

Andrew ElstonCEO, iCopyright

“Ratko was extremely generous with his time and insights, and very knowledgable about the specific areas and tools I was inquiring about. Additionally, as a newcomer to ad tech who isn't au fait with all the lingo yet, Ratko was really easy to understand and didn't litter his feedback with unnecessary ad tech jargon.”

Elise GoldinUX/UI Designer, Green Park Content

“Ratko is a media buying and ad tech genius. I estimate my first call with him easily saved me $10,000 and months of work. Ratko set me straight on the fastest path to my end goals. He’s a big picture guy who can delve deep into the details, but never loses sight of your end goals.”

Patrick StilesFounder & CEO, Vidalytics

“The ad tech space is full of jargon, smoke and mirrors, and complexity. Ratko is someone who consistently cuts through all of that noise. He's a tremendously insightful resource and holds himself to exceptionally high standards.”

Henry BruceChief Marketing Officer, Compliance Science

“We had the pleasure of working with Ratko over a number of years. His expertise and talent in being able to demystify and break down complex topics such as programmatic advertising was always insightful.”

Chris HoggCo-Founder and VP Content & Coverage, /newsrooms

“Ratko provided key insights in helping us understand the industry landscape. Online advertising has infinite complexities, and Ratko explained so much with clarity and through great examples.”

Cristian ContrerasManaging Director, Growth Collective