Dashboard of the Month: Competitive Ad Placement Insights

AdClarity’s new Dashboard of the Month (DOTM) holds a big announcement for our clients and prospects: We are collecting ad placement data in more than 18 geographies in desktop and mobile channels, and we make them accessible with an easy-to-use emulator for our end users. The XY Placement dashboard provides media agencies and advertisers a comprehensive view of placements across mobile and display web channels.

When we designed this dashboard, we evaluated what are the key metrics for agencies and advertisers. We had 3 top considerations in mind: Above/below the fold placements, private marketplaces (direct) vs. programmatic buying, and a simple view for top creatives and placements.

Based on these considerations, we demonstrate how ad placement analysis can cope with 3 major challenges: compliance and transparency, competitive placement strategy, and whitelisting of mediators and publishers.

If you are already anxious to try the emulator, you can skip the guidance below and experience the Ad Placement dashboard in the following link.

First Challenge – Compliance | Where my campaigns are being deployed?

 

 

 

What do I see: Where your creatives were spotted by AdClarity, and in which extent. You can view creatives for a certain publisher or for all publishers, choose the media buying type and the relevant ad units, and the emulator will point out the exact placements. By hovering you can view publishers’ names and additional metadata (creative duration, mediator, ad size and exact coordinates, publisher category etc.,).

How it could help me: You can match between your planned placements and your actual ones. If you deploy campaigns via certain ad networks such as AppNexus, DoubleClick etc., you can view where exactly they presented your creatives. Moreover, if you have signed a direct deal with a publisher, you can view if your ads were spotted as agreed.

 

Second Challenge – Competitive Insights | What is my competitors ad placement strategy?

 

 

What do I see: Where your competitors’ creatives were spotted by AdClarity, and in which extent. You can view with which mediators and publishers they chose to work, and how much of their ads were served programmatically. By clicking on a circle, you will view your competitors’ creatives.

How it could help me:  Knowing about yourself is one thing, but knowing about your competitors’ placements is, in most cases, much more important. You can compare your placements relative to your competitors’ placements on certain publishers. Moreover, you are able to view the placement based on ad units, and view the highly popular ad sizes (for example: 300X250 and 728X90) for each competitor.

 

Third Challenge – Whitelist | Which Publishers and Mediators I can exclude?

What do I see: Ads that are served via programmatic platforms, including the daisy chain data. You can view the distance from the fold and the mediators that served you these ads.

How it could help me: Regardless if you are buying on a CPM or CPC model, the lower your ad is served, the less probable consumers will view it. Knowing which deployment chains and publishers placed you on the lower pages (way above the fold) allows you to estimate whether your current spent for such placements is justified.

On our next DOTM we will present our Video Media Strategy dashboard that illuminates with which youtube channels and publishers that advertisers chose for orchestrating their video campaigns.

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The Transformation of Display Advertising

Not that long ago, Bill Cameron introduced the world to “the growing phenomenon that is the Internet.” While absurd to think about today, the introduction of the Internet and the simplification of connectivity was groundbreaking and not as well received as one would expect.

While many industries took the slow route on their journey to accepting Internet as a way of life, advertisers were some of the first to recognize the increased advertising space the Internet brought them.

The Early Days: Banners Ads

In 1993, Global Network Navigator (GNN), a project company of O’Reilly Media, realized that they could work directly with similar companies in order to promote products on their site for money – and so they became the first commercial publisher to offer display advertising in the form of direct partnerships.

Soon after offering the first advertisement to a local law firm, companies recognized that there was a new form of advertising in the making, and quickly jumped the direct partnership bandwagon, however it was HotWired which really changed the world of display advertising as we know it.

On October 27th, 1994, HotWired ran a delightfully cheese clickable ad with the simple words “Have you ever clicked your mouse right here? You will” on it and forever changed digital advertising. By setting aside dedicate space on their sites as commercial space and developing a new model based on clicks, HotWired effectively introduced the CTR model to advertisers – a move which quickly proved to be extremely profitable thanks to their reported 44% click through rate (Just a little perspective – today marketers consider anything in the double digits a unicorn).

The Growth Spurt: Ad Networks

After recognizing the potential to reach millions of users in the form of digital advertising, the idea that there should be a solution connecting the website owners with space to sell to the companies with products or services to advertise came up – and so ad networks were introduced.

In 1996, DoubleClick unveiled the first platform that did more than connect space sellers and buyers – it had the ability to track banner click through rates and impressions, giving key insight into their effectiveness while helping companies earn revenue and understand consumer behavior better. Beyond offering reporting capabilities and tracking banners, DoubleClick showed the world that advertisements are not as permanent in the new digital age. If formerly advertisers had to commit to a single campaign and run it on print ads and television, with DoubleClick, they could easily customize campaigns and change ads almost instantly, reducing wasted funds and improving segmentation and effectiveness of their campaigns.

The Rise of Google

Two guys by the names of Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded a little thing called Google in 1998, competing with the likes of AltaVista and Yahoo in the search engine space. Around that same time, Bill Gross invented the PPC model of advertising on his site GoTo.com. Recognizing that PPC was a way to monetize search engines and not just commercial sites, Google quickly sought a way to monetize their search engine and shortly after launching introduced AdWords.

Initially AdWords only offered CPM advertising, leaving them in the dust in terms of revenue when compared to GoTo (which became Overture when Yahoo purchased it for a whopping $1.63 billion). When Google revamped AdWords in 2002, they took a page from Bill Gross’ playbook and offered PPC advertising, as we know it today. Page and Brin understood that clicks played a part, but relevance to the search was what drove customer experience – suddenly companies had to pay big money to appear first, but they also had to be relevant to what the consumer was searching.

This simple understanding that consumers drive demand and not the other way around is what drives digital advertising today (and makes Google the undisputed search engine king and advertising conglomerate it is today).

The Social Media Revolution

In 2004 Facebook was launched as a platform to connect college students, yet the social network quickly took off as a platform extending beyond the confines of higher education. Just two years after foundation, on August 22nd 2006, Facebook announced the launch of their advertising module – a move that would have a profound impact on social media marketing and digital advertising as a whole.

Within a year Facebook developed the algorithms to enhance hyper segmentation based on the vast data it was able to accumulate on users, and from that point on, the only digital advertising that matters is the one that meets your exact target audience. By taking the “relevancy” criteria Google integrated with their PPC network, Facebook taught consumers and digital advertisers alike that consumers should only be shown target ads based on their specific likes and behavioral patterns. Other social media sites such as Twitter, YouTube and even Google+ quickly fell in line, quickly catapaulting the impact of social media on the world of digital advertising.

Where will digital advertising go?

 As consumers are increasingly aware of display advertisements and competition heightened by availability and easy access, companies have to improve their creative campaigns and digital strategy in order to appeal to consumers and gain the coveted clicks and conversions. To do this, many digital advertisers are turning to competitive analysis tools (such as our very own AdClarity) to gain valuable insight about competitors and leverage the results similar companies achieved in order to improve ROI and maximize customer conversion.

In the future, digital advertisers will have to continually focus on the competition while trying to balance the ever-so-delicate line between content and advertisement, as consumers want more and more relevant content that feels less and less like an advertisement.

Dashboard of the Month: Actionable Insights are in our DMA

Every month, we will present one dashboard that received highly positive feedback from our clients. We believe that sharing dashboards can help marketers facing similar day-to-day challenges. To kick this project off, we choose our new DMA (Designated Market Areas) data dashboard.

Recently, we completed the deployment of servers across 53 US DMAs, unfolding a terra incognita of insights for US companies. For the first time in the digital advertising era, we provide for our clients a comprehensive tool set allowing them to learn how competitors orchestrate digital campaigns. Our new tool set allows you to view which campaigns and creatives are promoted in each DMA, in addition to a variety of selected local and national publishers, thus demonstrating the competitors’ overall focus and share of voice from the DMA perspective.

The DMA dashboard is aimed at providing actionable insights in 4 major marketing challenges.

Challenge 1 | Getting a clear view on competitors’ digital performance within the US

 

DMA map

Geographic Reach in the US – DMA Breakdown

What do I see? The DMA breakdown highlights from popular DMAs across the US from a competitors’ perspective. By looking at the color-coded DMAs, you can identify the “hot spots” where your competitors devote focus, and the territories where you hold a relative advantage.

How it could help me? The geographic chart provides higher level of certainty when determine which US markets to focus on, even before you drill-down into the competitive landscape in each DMA.

 

Challenge 2 | Distributing campaigns wisely in different US markets

 

DMA data

DMA Data Chart

What am I looking at? The DMA chart above discloses the dominance of brands across different DMAs. It can point out strong market leaders in the US, and indicate what are the most advertised US markets, against those that are relatively exhausted.

How it could help me? This chart enables you to allocate funds wisely. You can invest less in territories that you are already very dominant, and invest more in territories where you want to increase your dominance.

 

Challenge 3 |Understanding competitors focus

 

DMA ranking

Campaign ranking across DMAs

What do I see? The relative ranking of top campaigns for each DMA. You can view the ranking differences across leading territories. Clicking on a specific ranking will show the top creative for a campaign on the right side of the screen. By hovering you can view the top publisher and mediator chain.

How it could help me? The ranking indicates how your competitors promote specific offers, products, and services in each DMA. In this example, BestBuy promoted Huawei products significantly in Oklahoma and Miami, but promoted Huawei less in most markets.  In addition, you can view your competitors’ most promoted creatives and popular sites.

Challenge 4 | Optimizing the mix of national vs. local publishers

 

publisher by tier

Geographical Breakdown per Publishers’ tiers

What do I see? The following chart presents the local/national publishers’ ratio per each DMA. In addition, the chart presented holds another layer of data, allowing you to understand which type of publishers are selected by direct competitors.

How it could help me? Analysis of the chart allows you to view DMAs where local advertising is dazzlingly popular. You can also filter the data per a specific competitor and view their publishers’ emphasis in terms of tiers, local or national and specific publishers.

In the next month, we will present the XY data dashboard pointing out the placements of competitors across publishers, channels and countries

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Top Digital Advertising Trends for 2017

It’s that time of the year again! Xmas and New Year Holidays are over  and new 2017 promises to bring many changes to digital advertising world.

As a leading digital advertising BI solution, our goal is to help our clients stay ahead of the game – and sometimes that means giving you the tips and insights of our top researchers into what they think the top digital advertising trends of 2017 will be:

  1. Video Consumption is slowing down – don’t stop your video campaigns just yet, but reconsider where you publish them instead. While video consumption is expected to go down on desktop, eMarketer reassures us that mobile consumption is still going up.
  1. Social Media is Strengthening for eCommerce – with more and more tools coming from social media sites (think paid Instagram campaigns through the Facebook and new features on Twitter), eCommerce is going to see a big boost in 2017 as campaigns in social are geared towards conversion.
  1. The Pokemon Effect – pushed by the successful immersion of augmented reality thanks to Pokemon Go, 2017 is expected to see an increase in the use of augmented reality, specifically in mobile marketing. With over 500 million downloads and 20 million daily active users, one thing is sure – consumers love augmented reality!
  1. Better Data Visualization – after the rise of info graphics a few years ago, it makes perfect sense that marketers would want more solutions for data visualization to improve digital marketing campaigns. How do we know? We’re speaking from experience! BIScience just launched a brand new Ad-Intelligence visualization solution and its getting great reviews from digital marketers across all sides of the marketing funnel maximizing the tool to understand competitive analysis on a whole new level– want to learn more? Click here!
  1. Live Stream Everything – if the presidential debates were live streamed, digital marketers need to understand that the idea of live video is so immersed in modern society, that brands that do not utilize it as part of their digital advertising strategy risk losing market share and relevance in the eyes of modern consumers.

Not all Advertising Channels are Equal for Digital Advertisers

As a digital advertiser, you surely spend a great deal of time, energy and money on digital advertising for your brand. Your goal is to get consumers to notice your brand – so how do you do that in the most effective way possible?

Know your target audience

The first thing you need to do is know your target audience and understand their pain points. Once you understand their specific needs, you will have a better idea of where to find them.

Realize that not all channels are right for you

Did you know that apple only joined twitter in the beginning of 2016? As the undisputed smartphone leaders, they realized that their target demographic simply wasn’t on twitter and so they did not feel the need to allocate resources to managing a twitter account until recently.

Consider the way your ads are received

Taking the knowledge of your audience one step further is the ability to recognize the timing and placement of your ads and use that information to decide what medium would be most effective. If your audience spends time on their mobile device and your conversion funnel is mobile based, spend more resources on mobile media. If your audience is heavily invested in social media, that is where your traffic needs to be diverted.

Know when your influence matters

Wasting money for the sake of wasting it is never a good idea – look at your competitors, examine previous campaigns and determine the optimal times for your advertising campaigns and focus on them.

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The Evolution of Programmatic Buying: Top Obstacles in Programmatic Advertising

In today’s day and age, it seems that programmatic advertising is everything. Despite being a relatively new tool for digital advertisers, it has increased in popularity rapidly due to the improved results advertisers can get from hyper targeting and modifying bids in real time without the need for manual involvement.

Despite the dependency on programmatic advertising, there is still a great deal of challenges that digital advertisers find themselves dealing with.

The Danger of Bots

One of the most notable obstacles that programmatic advertisers have to deal with is the presence of bots on the internet. It is believed that almost 50% of the web is comprised of bots, and an overwhelming majority of them are considered ‘bad bots’ that skew advertising results, impersonate humans and increase the prevalence of spam.

Viewability Fraud

One of the most common obstacles bots cause is in the viewability results displayed to digital advertisers. Ad Fraud, especially due to viewability issues, is such a concern that companies such as Google and AppNexus have premium services guaranteeing “fraud free” ads for advertisers. Despite this solution, the problem is still a difficult one for digital advertisers, especially those seeking non-traditional advertising ad networks to use for their campaigns.

Time to create creatives

An interesting obstacle that digital advertisers have had to deal with is the inability to make enough creative to test as quickly as programmatic tools can accept them. To combat this, many programmatic creative tools have been created, yet their use is one advertisers are slow to integrate into their workflow.

Ultimately, the biggest concern digital advertisers have to deal with is the lack of understanding of programmatic and the newness of the technology.

 

 

Three Tips To Keep Brand Identity Among Holiday Frenzy

Part of your efforts as a digital marketer are to uphold the brand identity guidelines of your company – a task that is much harder to perform around the holidays when everything around us is recolored to match the season.

There is no easy answer, but there are a few things you can do in order to ensure that your campaigns stay true to your brand.

Tip 1: Remember Your Identity 

 The most obvious tip is to remember your brand identity and what it stands for. It is absolutely ok to change and adapt for the holiday, but do not go to far out from your brand identity or you risk alienating your existing customers who are loyal to a particular brand.  Consider adding light ‘holiday flair’ if you cannot integrate new colors without damaging your brand integrity.

Tip 2: Own Your Holiday Spirit

If you decide to change some aspect of your branding and colors for the holiday – own it! Remember when starbucks changed their cups to red and the internet freaked out? They didn’t apologize, merely explained their action (and got a whole lot of great press along the way). Go into the holiday season strong and you will come out strong!

Tip 3: Remember your Audience

 Want to promote a Christmas special but your audience is predominantly Jewish? Love Kwanza colors but targeting Christian audiences? It’s important to know your audience and respect their holiday spirit when considering holiday campaigns.

Extra tip: Enjoy the holiday season! It is all about family and happiness and that is what is important at the end of the day!

Seasons greetings from all of us at Adclarity by BIScience!

The Evolution of Programmatic buying: Understanding the Difference Between 1st, 2nd and 3rd Party Data

As a digital advertiser looking to improve campaigns and maximize effectiveness of ad networks, you probably spend a great deal of time utilizing DSP solutions to help you simplify the ad buying process.

Your DSP interacts with a DMP, which is just another acronym for a technological platform that aggregates all the data and tells your DSP which media buy is the best option.  What you may not know is what the difference between the 1st, 2nd and 3rd party data that your DMP presents, and how that impacts the effectiveness of your campaign.

Luckily we’re here for you!

The best way to think about the different data the DMP aggregates is by thinking of the game telephone (where one person says something and it is whispered throughout the ‘phone lines’ to see what you get at the end). The more you go down the line, the less reliable the information is.

First Party Data: This is the first person hearing the sentence on broken telephone. First party data is based on information taken directly from your site visitors and customers, conveyed through pixels, cookies etc. It is the most accurate and most powerful way to understand your client’s behavior.

Second Party Data:  This is the second person in line on the game of broken telephone; the information might be relevant, but it might be wrong.. Why? Because second party data is derived from the first party data of a similar company and the belief that their data is relevant to yours.

Third Party Data: This is everyone else in the game of broken telephone; they may know what’s going on, but chances are they are so far out there it will be ineffective to rely on it. Third party data is everything that isn’t first or second party data and, as one may assume, it is an overwhelming amount of information that may or may not be relevant for your brand.

What is the best data? Of course first party data is most accurate, but there are ways to utilize programmatic tools in order to cross reference 1st and 3rd party data and target your campaigns more effectively.

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The AI Wars | From Mobile to our Home

With so many AI Assistants out there, companies focus less on technological superiority and more on product positioning and differentiation.

During the past decade, we have witnessed a massive increase in the development of AI technologies. IBM has managed to excel in its AI technology with Watson, the know it-all computer translating vast amounts of data into insightful information, and it can even beat Jeopardy professionals.

Businesses are also finding AI technologies appealing. The best example is chatbots that allow businesses to provide a better, engaging automated service while maintaining or reducing manpower costs. Facebook’s recent announcement to integrate chatbots into its messaging platform has legitimized start-ups and companies to invest in chatbots’ technologies.

Although most people do not interact on a daily basis with supercomputers or with chatbots, they do have their own digital assistant in their pocket, laptop or home.

When Apple introduced Siri with the launch of iPhone 4s, it presented a whole new way of AI communication. In fact, Apple dictated the characteristics of many AI technologies to come: A feminine assistant that mediates between the device abilities and your digital daily needs. The development of new mobile and connected devices allowed AI assistants to penetrate into new territories.

Post Siri’s launch, various technological leaders developed their own proprietary technology to support their devices and services. Amazon introduced Alexa, and provided its connected device Amazon Echo. Microsoft developed Cortana, a supportive assistant in many Microsoft operating systems including laptop and mobile devices. Google presented Google Assistant as one of the main features on the Google Pixel launch, and incorporated it with Allo messenger app and Google Home. Samsung is also a probable candidate to enter the race, as rumors indicate the forthcoming Galaxy S8 will already be equipped with Samsung’s Assistant.

As we look at the competitive landscape we identify that the digital assistant is becoming a point of parity in connected devices. In this battleground, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Google are investing heavily in advertisements highlighting the benefits of their AI assistants. However, as this market evolves, the real battle between these companies is focused less on technological superiority and more on product positioning and differentiation.

Exploration of creative messaging and digital activity discloses a different marketing message and a similar humoristic tone. Let us go over how these companies present their AI technology.

Apple – An integral part of your life

Although Apple presented Hands-Free Siri feature already in December 2015, it has come up with another humoristic ad focusing on how Siri meets you in your daily activities. By referring to a lovely routine activity such as cooking for Cookie Monster, Apple is emphasizing how Siri is immersed in your daily life. In other words, apple shifts from a focus on Siri’s massive capabilities to Siri’s role in everyday life.

 

 Amazon #JustAsk – Bringing AI outside mobile

Amazon demonstrates Alexa, the AI Assistant in all Amazon Echo devices, by promoting the #JustAsk campaign. By doing so, Amazon takes a similar position to that of Apple’s, but exports it outside the realm of mobile devices into the connected home territory. Since Alexa was first presented, Amazon promoted it with many short videos demonstrating Alexa’s capabilities: Finding locations, answering questions, playing music and more.

 

Microsoft – Better technology, better assistant

Microsoft parodies Apple’s What’s a computer? Ad, to illustrate how Surface Pro is better than Apple’s iPad Pro. The alleged dialogue between Cortana and Siri presents Siri and iPad Pro as inferiors to Cortana and Surface Pro technology.

Moreover, by looking at previous introductory videos of Cortana, we can see Microsoft implies its AI technology has a more human connection than other digital assistants out there. By comparing itself to a market leader, Microsoft aims to establish itself as the leading AI service.

 

 

Google – A new experience to reach our services

Google is using a new concept to present its pixel iPhone. while parodying Apple on the removal of its 3.5mm headphone jack, Google does not clash with Siri’s technology as Microsoft did.

Google presents Google Assistant as one of Pixel’s main features. Google Assistant is shown as an enabler to Google’s services and as an extension of Google Now. This process is part of Google’s wider strategy to implement Google Assistant into new connected devices.

 

The AI Battle Moves to Our Home

Looking at the activity from November, we see Amazon and Google are both focusing on promoting new products containing a digital assistant with the new Amazon Dot Echo and Google Home.

As the connected devices market is still in its premature stage, both Amazon and Google are following a similar approach and marketing message. They both introduce many daily situations whereby the digital assistant can partake in the activity.

Amazon is using the same humoristic tone from the Amazon Echo launch, while Google mixes between emotional and humoristic tone ads.

Parameter Google Home Amazon Dot-Echo
# Creatives 5 19
Top Ad Duration 15 10
# youtube Channels 1350+ 1450+
Most Popular youtube Category Music Music
# Publishers 6 +1000

AdClarity US Video Data, Pre-Roll Format | Nov 1 – Nov 22

With the data provided by AdClarity, we can point out the differences in video distribution: Amazon uses much more creatives than Google, and distributes video ads in more than a 1000 different publishers. On Youtube, both companies choose music and entertainment channels as their most popular categories. Also, a long-tail of channels is used to distribute their ads. This indicates that while approaching the same audience with mostly short and unskippable pre-roll ads, Amazon media distribution is much wider in both creatives and publishers’ than Google is.

In summary, it seems like the marketing activity differs depending on the device. While Siri probably dominates consumers’ perceptions on mobile devices, Amazon and Google are positioning themselves as the leading home options, and they strive to offer a product that you interact with almost exclusively via the digital assistant.

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The Evolution of Programmatic Buying: RTB vs Programmatic Direct

Technology and marketing terms can get a little confusing sometimes. With all of the programs and tools out there, it’s easy to lose track of what to use when! In order to have successful marketing and digital advertising, however, we need to understand the lingo. So let’s break it down…

What is Programmatic Buying?

Programmatic buying sounds way more complicated than it actually is, so to break it all the way down, lets define it in the simplest terms: programmatic buying is the buying and selling of display advertisements using automated technology. Simple! Think of it as one computer talking to another computer, without the mess of human error in the way (goodbye lost emails and long response times). By making the digital advertising process more automated, the entire process becomes more efficient and easier to use.

You Mean There’s More Than One Type of Programmatic Buying?

Yes! There’s RTB and Programmatic Direct. These terms are often used interchangeably because people don’t fully recognize the different between them, but this oversimplification can actually harm the marketing and advertising industry! Don’t worry, it’s not only novices that make this problem – it is actually a problem on a large scale! And it only takes a little bit of attention to the differences between the two to get it right!

What is RTB?

RTB means real-time bidding – but don’t worry, you’re not headed to an auction house here! In simple terms, RTB is a technology mechanism which aids in automatic buying and selling of online advertisement impressions. The buying and selling works kind of like an auction house, only the real-time auction all happens during the time it takes for your webpage to finish loading!

How does RTB work? Let’s say you are on Facebook and on the side of your page, there is an ad impression. In the time it takes to load the page, information about the site you are on and you as a user is passed to an ad exchange. In this ad exchange, the information is then auctioned off to whichever advertiser is willing to pay the most for it, and the winner’s ad gets the impression spot! This whole process, because it is automated, takes a millisecond!

There are a lot of positive benefits to using RTB, but the most obvious is the effectiveness of the process. Instead of using websites as proxy, advertisers are able to target their audiences with RTB based on their hit and click history. The process therefore cuts down the number of impressions they put out using exchanges and other advertising technologies.

The confusing part about RTB is that it is inherently programmatic. Yes, RTB is a type of programmatic advertising, but not all programmatic advertising uses RTB. Programmatic is more of a characteristic of RTB than the definition of it. When you use the term RTB, you are referring directly to the RTB technology which holds open auction markets and private marketplaces.

What is the Downside to RTB?

RTB was revolutionary for the world of ad buying, but it came with a small price. The downsides mostly relate to the vagueness of the buy – there is no guarantee that you will get the ad spot of your choice and there is no information about the specific sites your ad will be displayed on (only the category of sites). Also while RTB allowed a deeper transparent look into the media buying world, it doesn’t fill publishers in on the decision making process behind advertisers buying their inventory by removing the direct relationship between advertiser and publisher. To top it all off, RTB is a little harmful for premium publishers, giving the full advantage (arguably) to publishers. So what happens now?

Programmatic Direct to the Rescue

Programmatic Direct can be called numerous things (programmatic premium, programmatic guaranteed, programmatic reserved, premium direct, automated guaranteed), but don’t be fooled into thinking these are different things. All of those terms all mean the same thing!

In a nutshell, programmatic direct is the an automated process of direct media buyers which solves the problem RTB creates by removing the direct relationship between advertisers and publishers by allowing advertisers to buy directly from the publisher, but without filling out the tedious insertion orders. In this way, publishers and advertisers get the transparency they need to make the most out of their campaigns. For example, in this way, when advertisers buy inventory from a publisher, they are guaranteed the spot they purchase!

By offering a system that includes a guarantee instead of an auction, programmatic buying was able to surpass RTB by supporting more targeted marketing to audiences.

So Which One Should We Use?

When it comes down to it, both types of programmatic buying are still in use by advertisers and publishers all over the world. The choice comes down to preference! Consider the positives and the negatives and optimize your campaign with whichever fits your needs!

 

Want to know more about programmatic buying – check out  our Ultimate Guide to The Evolution of Programmatic Buying