Ad Execs: We'll Be Buying 40% Programmatically In 6 Months

Ad executives, on average, plan to spend 40% of their digital advertising budgets through programmatic audience-buying platforms over the next six months, according to the most recent findings from an ongoing study of advertiser and agency executives conducted by Advertiser Perceptions Inc. While respondents said that 60% of their digital budgets would continue to be bought “direct” through publishers on sales organizations, the 40% programmatic number is much higher than current industry norms.

According to Interpublic’s Magna global unit, about 23% of online display advertising currently is bought programmatically. While it is growing fast, Magna’s most recent forecast didn’t call for programmatic to approach the 40% share of digital ad budgets until around 2016.

In conversations with some big agencies and trading desks in recent weeks, some said they are now purchasing as much as 30% of their clients’ digital buys programmatically.



2 comments about "Ad Execs: We'll Be Buying 40% Programmatically In 6 Months".
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  1. John Grono from GAP Research, September 17, 2013 at 8:59 a.m.

    Thank goodness for the graph. I wouldn't have understood the article without it.

  2. James Curran from, September 18, 2013 at 11:12 a.m.

    It's interesting because "Programmatic" is actually being defined as "Indirect" here.

    Look back about 8 years ago and do this same calculation of what spending is on "Direct" publishers vs. "Networks".

    It's the same breakout, only the inventory is bought at the impression level. RTB trading platforms are today's advanced networks.

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