True fee transparency.

Everything you need to run strategic digital advertising campaigns for a single, fixed price. Bypass the ad tech tax altogether with a monthly subscription. Not ready to commit to a paid plan yet? Give Mantis a try at your own pace with our revolutionary pay-as-you-go option.


Ideal for infrequent marketers. 100% self-service platform. Only pay for ad credits.

+ service charge
Intermediary fees: 0%
Avoid paying any middlemen fees with Mantis' unique direct-to-publisher ad network.
Min eCPM bid: $2
Bid as low as $2 CPM for premium mainstream audiences and $4 CPM for exclusive cannabis-friendly audiences.
What's included:
  • Real-time Bidding Platform
  • 100% of Your Winning Bid Goes to The Publisher
  • 4 Advertising Channels
  • Access to vCPM Inventory
  • Impression Fraud Protection
  • Click Fraud Protection
  • Access to Exclusive Cannabis-Friendly Audiences
  • Access to Premium Mainstream Audiences
  • Retargeting Capabilities
  • Support Bot + DIY Help Center
  • Self-Service Capabilities
  • Geotargeting Capabilities
  • Built-in Ad Compliancy
  • Google Analytics Support
  • Whitelisting & Blacklisting
  • Conversion Tracking
  • Shopify + WooCommerce Plugins

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billed quarterly
Intermediary fees: 0%
Avoid paying any middlemen fees with Mantis' unique direct-to-publisher ad network.
Min eCPM bid: $2
Bid as low as $2 CPM for premium mainstream audiences and $4 CPM for exclusive cannabis-friendly audiences.
Everything in Self-service, plus:
  • Whiteglove Service
  • Priority Phone Support
  • KPI & Bid Management
  • Onboarding Assistance
  • Creative Guidance
  • Landing Page Guidance
  • Bi-weekly Meetings

Mantis For Agencies

Representing an agency?

Claim your free agency seat to begin offering your clientele direct access to premium mainstream and cannabis-friendly audiences without the traditional ad tech tax, big network buy-in, or long-term commitment typically required by other DSPs.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does it make sense to upgrade to a seat?

If you are planning to spend over $2k/month with Mantis, it is in your best financial interest to purchase a seat to avoid paying the service charge. If you are brand new to the platform and/or have a lower budget than $2k/month, we recommend sticking to the Pay-as-you-go plan until you’re ready to scale up your ad spend.

What type of savings will I receive with a seat?

With a seat, you avoid paying the service charge of 50% required for all Pay-as-you-go accounts. For example, if you have a seat and your advertising budget is $5k per month, only $1k goes toward the cost of a seat, which leaves $4k available to be put towards ad credits. Without a seat, your account is subject to a 50% service charge on the Pay-as-you-go plan, leaving you with $2.5k in ad credits (50% of the $5k budget) after the service charge is accounted for. That’s why we recommend that all advertisers spending over $2k/month with Mantis upgrade to a seat to start taking advantage of the cost savings.

What is the service charge and why does it exist?

The service charge only applies to Pay-as-you-go accounts and refers to the amount deducted from your account balance when making a new deposit for ad credits. The service charge is designed to cover the expenses of supporting infrequent buyers, as well as first-time Mantis users who are still testing the waters before committing to a paid plan. Most programmatic ad platforms have big network buy-ins, long-term contracts, and minimum spend requirements. With Pay-as-you-go pricing, you can test and learn to use Mantis without breaking the bank. To calculate the total service charge, multiply the amount of ad credits you are purchasing on the Pay-as-you-go plan by the service charge of 50%. For example, a $500 deposit on the Pay-as-you-go plan will generate $250 in usable ad credits. Upgrade to a paid plan to avoid having to pay the service charge.

How is Mantis different from other buy-side platforms?

Unlike other buy-side platforms, Mantis not only builds direct relationships with digital publications, it removes all intermediary fees and fees on ad spend to save you money. According to eMarketer, US advertisers spend $12 billion per year on the fees that make programmatic display transactions possible. This equates to roughly 33% of the average advertising budget. These fees include payments to demand-side platforms (DSPs), supply-side platforms (SSPs), and other technology and service partners. With Mantis and its unique direct-to-publisher model, you save large sums of money by avoiding these unnecessary fees from middlemen and third-party softwares altogether.

If I buy a seat, when will my monthly subscription start/stop?

After you purchase a Self-service Seat and add funds to your ad credit balance, you can create your first advertising campaign and submit it for review. Once the campaign has been approved by Mantis, it will be activated and begin displaying on publications included in the Mantis ad network. We won’t charge your credit card on file for any seat fees, nor will your 30-day seat subscription begin, until your campaign is approved. If you need more time to get your artwork and targeting requirements in place, you don’t have to worry about paying for an inactive seat. All payment plan details, including the days left within your plan, can be found on your "Billing > Plans & Pricing" tab in your Mantis account.

Can I be billed separately for the seat fee and for ad credits?

Yes, seat subscriptions and deposits for ad credits are invoiced separately. You can add funds to your ad credit balance or make a monthly subscription payment for a paid plan via the Billing tab on your Mantis dashboard. Mantis currently accepts all major credit cards including Mastercard, Visa, American Express, and Discover for payments under $5,000.00 USD. For any payments greater than or equal to $5,000 USD, please contact us to request an invoice with instructions to complete an ACH / wire transfer.

If I purchase a seat and decide to pause my ad campaigns, will my seat subscription pause as well?

No, your seat subscription cannot be paused once your seat has been activated. Your seat is considered to be active when your first ad campaign has been submitted for review and is approved by Mantis. If you decide to pause your ad campaigns after your seat has been activated, your seat subscription will continue to run until it expires. No refunds will be granted for unused seat fees, so please plan accordingly. If you foresee the need to pause the campaign(s) in your account for extended periods of time due to promotional or seasonal/flight requirements, we suggest sticking with the Pay-as-you-go plan (which requires no monthly commitment).

What happens if I have ad credits in my account balance when my seat expires and I choose not to renew the seat?

If you have a positive ad credit balance and your seat expires, you’ll be prompted by the system to either renew your seat or downgrade to Pay-as-you-go pricing. If you decide to downgrade your account to Pay-as-you-go pricing, the remaining ad credits in your account balance are subject to a 50% transfer fee. Keep your seat active by renewing it to avoid any service charge or transfer fees.

When are payments due to Mantis?

All advertisers are required to pay for monthly subscriptions and ad credits prior to launching any campaigns. All invoices are generated by Mantis at the time of payment. However, if an invoice is required prior to funding the account, please contact us to request an invoice.

How much does it cost for agencies to use Mantis?

Qualified agencies can participate for free. Only advertisers pay to participate in the Mantis ad network.

Our agency manages several brands, do they all need a seat or can I choose which ones to upgrade?

If you are managing ads on behalf of multiple advertisers, each advertiser or client must be managed through separate ad accounts. However, if you are using a seat to manage an advertiser that plans to stop advertising, you can apply their seat subscription to another advertiser that you manage. Please contact us to request a seat transfer to another advertiser or client.