Rumors And Facts About The Programmatic Revolution
While it’s true that many of the ads placed programmatically do appear to be direct-response ones, programmatic ads are certainly not limited to DR. And the rumor that there isn’t any decent inventory available programmatically? Well, it seems that publishers are a little less bullish about automation than advertisers, as most do still rely on networks and direct sales to fill their slots. However, that number moving toward automation is growing -- the top 3,000 publishers offer roughly 20 % of their inventory programmatically -- and more niche publishers are beginning to make inventory available, so the options are diverse.
So, what can advertisers learn here?
- FACT: There actually is a great deal of quality inventory available via RTB. Premium sites like NBCSports.com, MarthaStewartWeddings.com and Geneaology.com are available programmatically.
- FACT: Adobe, 1-800-Flowers and even BMW are leveraging RTB. You should be safe to at least test it. The risk to brands has been a bit overstated.
- FACT: Networks are now leveraging RTB to source their buys. From Rocket Fuel to Advertising.com, if you’re buying from a network, odds are you’re already getting some programmatic inventory.
Finally, the rumor that we are now doing our best to debunk as an industry: all programmatic buying is blind . While that is true in some cases, it doesn’t have to be, and you brands can help by demanding transparency in all buys, whether they’re programmatic or direct. You deserve to know where your ad is appearing, how it’s getting there, and who’s seeing and engaging with it. It’s only with that level of openness across the industry that we can grow bigger, smarter, more efficient and more effective.