tag:www.econsultancy.com,2008:/topics/real-time-bidding Latest Real-time bidding content from Econsultancy 2016-12-01T12:12:39+00:00 tag:www.econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/68578 2016-12-01T12:12:39+00:00 2016-12-01T12:12:39+00:00 The Weather Company on programmatic, ad fraud, and how extreme conditions affect business Olivia Solon <h4> <em>Econsultancy:</em> What proportion of The Weather Company’s ad sales are done programmatically?</h4> <p><em>Jeremy Hlavacek:</em><strong> </strong>There are two sales channels at The Weather Company. We have our direct sales organization and then I run the side of the business where we put our inventory up for sale through online platforms and exchanges.</p> <p><img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/0008/1975/Jeremy_Hlavacek.png" alt="" width="246" height="194"></p> <p>It’s about half and half at the moment and the trend is towards more programmatic. </p> <h4> <em>E:</em> How do you make sure that your programmatic sales don’t cannibalize direct sales?</h4> <p><em>JH:</em> We’ve spent a great deal of time looking at yield and pricing across the two channels. From our point of view it doesn’t matter if an advertiser wants to buy through a human being and a handshake or a technology platform as long as the inventory is priced appropriately.</p> <p>The second part is that both me and the gentleman who runs direct sales report to the Chief Revenue Officer, who can see the performance of both channels and make strategic decisions.</p> <p>He may want one client to buy through automated platforms and another to buy through direct sales channels, maybe because of the client relationship or the type of buy they want to execute, but both divisions are on equal footing. </p> <h4> <em>E:</em> Some media companies think of using programmatic for unsold inventory. What do you make of that?</h4> <p><em>JH:</em> That’s an outdated way of looking at the business. At this point we see lots of premium advertisers who want to use automation technology to execute their buys.</p> <p>As long as the price works with the yield model we have no problem with that.</p> <p><img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/0008/1976/weather_channel_map.png" alt="" width="800" height="413"></p> <p>We are finding that inventory can be worth even more when we sell it through automated platforms. When a buyer uses a DSP [demand side platform] they can get very precise with the impressions they want to buy so they get good return on investment. </p> <h4> <em>E:</em> What data points can you use to target consumers more accurately?</h4> <p><em>JH:</em> As a weather company we are unique in that we have many first-party data sets, primarily weather and location data.</p> <p>If a beverage advertiser wants to advertise they can use typical programmatic tools to identify the audience of, say, young men between 25 and 35 on the weekend when they are more likely to drink beer.</p> <p>We can then tell them when it is hot and sunny in New York City that’s a good time to run Budweiser ads for drinking a beer on the beach or whatever.</p> <p>Or if it’s cold and stormy in Chicago but it’s football season, it might be a good time to run a beer ad with a different message like “stay inside and watch the game with your friends and enjoy a Budweiser.” </p> <h4> <em>E:</em> Earlier this year the east coast of the United States had to deal with Hurricane Matthew, how does such a major weather event affect your job?</h4> <p><em>JH:</em> To really understand how publisher yield management works for digital properties a hurricane is a great unusual use case.</p> <p>In media traditionally lots of planning goes into forecasting inventory, understanding how many impressions you’ll have and selling those out in advance. That works well for our direct sales business.</p> <p>However, when a hurricane, snow storm, heatwave, tornado or other major weather event hits, it’s not unusual for us to see anywhere from a 200% to a 400% increase in traffic.</p> <p>It’s almost impossible to forecast that with enough precision to sell directly, so it’s really beneficial to have programmatic as we can immediately put that inventory up for sale in an exchange and monetize it. </p> <h4> <em>E:</em> What is the biggest challenge facing the programmatic industry?</h4> <p><em>JH:</em> One problem that has arisen in this space is <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/67659-three-things-that-show-the-scale-of-the-ad-fraud-challenge/">ad fraud</a>. Companies running the exchanges have perhaps been a little bit liberal in terms of who they let into that exchange.</p> <p>This means advertisers are spending good money on properties that are either very long tail, have non-human traffic or might not have highly viewable ads. </p> <h4> <em>E:</em> How does this affect your own business?</h4> <p><em>JH:</em> The good news is that advertisers are getting a lot more serious about that issue to the benefit of companies like Weather, which can offer premium inventory at scale without any of the worries of fraud, viewability and non-human traffic.</p> <p><img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/0008/1977/weather_channel_map_2.png" alt="" width="800" height="399"></p> <p>We can give advertisers what they want: efficiency through automation and targeting through data. We want people to buy real legitimate impressions.  </p> <h4> <em>E:</em> How can the problem of ad fraud be solved?</h4> <p><em>JH:</em> It’s gone on in media for a long time if we’re honest – from the early days of TV and print. That’s why third-party verification companies like Nielsen were invented, to track exactly what was served.</p> <p>This is just a case of the programmatic industry growing up and recognizing it needs to be held to the same standard as other media.</p> <p>When it was a new and disruptive emerging industry maybe it didn’t matter as much, but now $20bn+ is being spent in programmatic ad technology it’s not okay to say, “We’re going to let this slide.” The stakes are too high.  </p> <h4> <em>E:</em> What are some of the innovations in programmatic?</h4> <p><em>JH:</em> It really grew out of web display inventory and the targeting technology has been pushed to the limit, but there is a huge opportunity in mobile.</p> <p>On the web side we have cookie targeting, but that doesn’t exist for mobile in-app inventory.</p> <p>We know there are huge audiences there, but advertisers haven’t figured out how to use data to target yet, so they are dumping most of their dollars into Facebook or Google.</p> <h4> <em>E:</em> How do you solve the mobile targeting problem?</h4> <p><em>JH:</em> To me the key is data. Look at web. People used to buy impressions blindly and would use the site as a proxy.</p> <p>So to reach young men they would probably buy ESPN, but then you would also reach women who may not be in your target so would be wasting your dollars.</p> <p>Weather.com, the New York Times and other brands also have large audiences of young men. So we need to move away from contextual targeting where companies’ brands represent the audience towards truly defined audience targeting. </p> <h4> <em>E:</em> What’s the future of programmatic?</h4> <p><em>JH:</em> In 2017 we’re looking at ways to apply our data across all media. Display is great but social advertising, outdoor advertising and TV advertising are very powerful.</p> <p>There’s no reason why our data shouldn’t be effective across all channels, but it’s early days. The operational systems behind all these media channels are very different from what we do to put an ad on a website.</p> <p>That’s an area where the industry needs to get smarter. Once you master the ad serving technology, you can then think about targeting programmatically. </p> <p><em>For more information on this topic, check out these resources:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/65677-a-super-accessible-beginner-s-guide-to-programmatic-buying-and-rtb/"><em>A super accessible beginner’s guide to programmatic buying and RTB</em></a></li> <li><a href="https://econsultancy.com/reports/the-cmo-s-guide-to-programmatic/"><em>The CMO's Guide to Programmatic</em></a></li> <li><a href="https://econsultancy.com/training/courses/programmatic/"><em>Programmatic Training Course</em></a></li> </ul> tag:www.econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/68405 2016-11-15T13:56:48+00:00 2016-11-15T13:56:48+00:00 The programmatic hiring challenge: How to find and retain talent? Ben Davis <p>Here are some thoughts on the issue.</p> <h3>Writing new and tricky job descriptions</h3> <p>Whether a publisher developing their own sell-side team or an advertiser hiring a buying team skilled in targeting audiences, this stuff is (fairly) new.</p> <p>Many of these organisations are at a standing start and need to find employees that understand sophisticated platforms and their integration.</p> <p>Working with specialist recruiters may be vital in the first instance.</p> <h3>Finding people with soft skills and technical nous</h3> <p>For programmatic sales jobs, you ideally need a mix of two personalities.</p> <p>The most suitable candidates are media-sales people who are smart enough to understand programmatic disruption and are motivated by continually evolving technology.</p> <p>Likewise, when hiring more tech-minded people to work in operations, you should also look for <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/64780-have-changes-in-modern-marketing-led-to-a-soft-skills-revolution/">softer skills</a>, awareness of customer needs and of the bottom line.</p> <p>With programmatic advertising often challenging existing advertiser behaviours, new hires need to have this combination of soft skills and technical nous in order to educate customers.</p> <p>On the buy-side, too, whether agency or in-house, candidates must understand about getting the most bang for buck, but will also be tasked with defining and documenting best practice, collaborating with other teams and educating internally.</p> <p>What does this look like in the real world?</p> <ul> <li> <strong>Great communication:</strong> The ability to convey fairly abstract concepts and tell the story of programmatic both to stakeholders and the wider industry.</li> <li> <strong>Strategic thinking:</strong> Long term understanding of customer objectives within the programmatic world but also as a part of wider marketing and advertising.</li> <li> <strong>Media planning experience:</strong> Knowledge of ad formats, viewability, inventory, data management platforms etc.</li> <li> <strong>Measurement and optimisation experience:</strong> Tracking, troubleshooting and reporting.</li> </ul> <h3>Investing time and money in staff</h3> <p>Even when you find the right person for your team, the intricacies of different platforms means it takes time before they bed in.</p> <p>The danger for companies is that they get into a cycle of recruiting, training and then losing people from programmatic roles.</p> <p>Staff retention is important for any company trying to innovate with media. Recent emphasis on the role company culture plays in <a href="https://econsultancy.com/training/digital-transformation/">digital transformation</a> has meant many organisations have invested in this area.</p> <p>From the use of personal devices, to remote working, more money for training and office perks, as well as finding <a href="https://econsultancy.com/reports/effective-leadership-in-the-digital-age/">the right digital leaders</a> that can both inspire and listen to the workforce.</p> <p>Short-termism is the enemy here.</p> <h3>Doing a good PR job for programmatic</h3> <p>One of the problems remains an issue of PR.</p> <p>Media has no problem in attracting intelligent young people away from other industries or studies, but to what extent is programmatic advertising a draw?</p> <p>Agencies and the advertising industry as a whole perhaps need to paint a better picture of this new technology, one that hasn't yet fulfilled its potential but may shape the future of advertising and creative.</p> <p><em>For more information on this topic, see:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/65677-a-super-accessible-beginner-s-guide-to-programmatic-buying-and-rtb/"><em>A super accessible beginner’s guide to programmatic buying and RTB</em></a></li> <li><a href="https://econsultancy.com/reports/the-cmo-s-guide-to-programmatic/"><em>The CMO's Guide to Programmatic</em></a></li> <li><a href="https://econsultancy.com/training/courses/programmatic/"><em>Programmatic Training Course</em></a></li> </ul> tag:www.econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/68227 2016-08-25T11:52:00+01:00 2016-08-25T11:52:00+01:00 What is the Financial Times' approach to programmatic advertising? David Moth <p>Sacha Bunatyan, global B2C marketing director at the Financial Times, is among the expert speakers who will be in attendance.</p> <p>Ahead of Get With The Programmatic, we spoke to Sacha to get her views on how the FT uses programmatic and how the technology has impacted the marketing industry. </p> <p>You can watch her answers in full in this video, and I’ve also summarised them below.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/UEZ89uB1bLs?list=PL1-kPkZBw50FexVdl4i94-lQdSVnsN7A1&amp;wmode=transparent" width="640" height="360"></iframe></p> <h3>How has the FT used programmatic to promote the brand and sell subscriptions?</h3> <p>According to Sacha, programmatic advertising is hugely important to The FT, as demonstrated by the fact that it recently appointed Elli Papadaki as head of programmatic sales.</p> <p>Furthermore, The FT’s chief data officer sits on the board of directors and the company employs more than 30 <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/67203-data-analysts-vs-data-scientists-what-s-the-difference/">data scientists and analysts</a>.</p> <p>To ensure this analytical talent is not wasted, the subscriptions and ad sales teams work closely together using “one set of data, one set of segmentation.”</p> <p>At Get With The Programmatic, Sacha will be able to discuss a programmatic campaign that resulted in a 300% uplift in subscriptions versus the average week. </p> <h3>What do you think makes for an effective programmatic campaign?</h3> <p>Sacha said that effective campaigns require the right balance of a strong message combined with effective use of media.</p> <p>The data and insights that come out of each campaign should then be evaluated to aid ongoing optimisation and improve decision-making.</p> <h3>How do you think agencies should be responding to brands bringing programmatic in-house?</h3> <p>The thorny question of how agencies fit into the programmatic landscape is one that <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/66639-the-boom-of-the-programmatic-gong/">we’ve discussed a lot in the past</a>.</p> <p>Sacha said there is “no one-size-fits-all approach”, and the trend at the moment is for businesses to take greater control of their data in order to better understand their audiences.</p> <p>At the same time Sacha describes the agency role as “multifaceted”, with the core expertise being in connecting brands with the right media.</p> <p>In future she predicts that we’ll see a hybrid solution where brands will invest more in core competencies and link up with agencies for key partnerships around specific projects or campaigns.</p> <p>For The FT, a good agency partner is one that can offer a custom, tailor-made approach.</p> <p><em><strong>To learn more about the FT’s approach to automated media buying, come to <a href="http://conferences.marketingweek.com/mc/programmatic/getwiththeprogrammatic">Get With The Programmatic</a> in London on September 21st.</strong></em></p> tag:www.econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/68210 2016-08-22T14:57:44+01:00 2016-08-22T14:57:44+01:00 How programmatic advertising is helping drive the digital transformation agenda Seán Donnelly <p>By combining automation and data, programmatic can enable marketers to make use of everything they know about their audience to send them personalised advertisements and customised messaging in real time.</p> <p>For this reason, the implications for marketing professionals, marketing departments and <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/68066-top-100-digital-agencies-2016-the-state-of-the-industry/">the agency landscape</a> are revolutionary. </p> <p>The reality though is that many marketers have been slow in getting to grips with this new approach.</p> <p>To try and understand why, I caught up with Head of Digital at Disrupt the Market Ltd and Econsultancy trainer Andy Letting. </p> <p>Andy, an established senior digital leader, has worked across a range of digital transformation projects supporting traditional businesses to adapt to the fast paced world of digital marketing.</p> <p>He will be delivering a programmatic workshop prior to Marketing Week and Econsultancy’s <a href="http://conferences.marketingweek.com/mc/programmatic/getwiththeprogrammatic">Get with the Programmatic 2016</a>, taking place on September 21.</p> <h4>Programmatic has been around for several years now. Is there are a reason why some organisations have been hesitant about making it a part of their marketing activities? </h4> <p>“If I put a digital hat on, the process is straightforward in terms of data and technology. </p> <p>"For marketers schooled in traditional marketing and non-marketers within a business, it might be easy to get confused by the vocabulary used to describe programmatic and so it can be difficult to get your head around. </p> <p>"My background is all digital and so I am used to thinking about data, reaching the right audiences and rigorous measurement.</p> <p>"I can however understand how programmatic may not have evolved as quickly within mainstream marketing departments due to organisational structures, marketing skillsets and leadership teams which may not have come from a digital background."</p> <h4>Digital transformation is a topic that we spend a lot of time thinking about at Econsultancy. Is it fair to say that programmatic is another lever driving the transformation agenda? </h4> <p>“Digital is disruptive by its own nature; whether that's from a customer’s perspective or within an organisation.</p> <p>"I think programmatic could be seen as disruptive within the media buying space but then again digital as a whole is disruptive. Mobile has been disruptive for many years now.</p> <p>"There are different areas of digital from website design, media buying, tracking customer journeys, operations and ecommerce.</p> <p><em>A hub and spoke model for organisational structure</em></p> <p><img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/0007/8319/hub_and_spoke.png" alt="" width="336" height="323"></p> <p>"Programmatic is just another iteration that to some extent is simplifying a way of buying media that was fairly clunky and not straightforward."</p> <hr> <p>Andy makes a good point. Programmatic is another step along the path to <a href="https://econsultancy.com/training/digital-transformation/">digital transformation</a>.</p> <p>Another theme that regularly surfaces from Econsultancy research, analysis and client discussions is the requirement to become more customer centric.</p> <p>A key barrier in becoming more customer centric cited by many businesses is that of organisational structure. </p> <p>Econsultancy publishes a very popular report called “<a href="https://econsultancy.com/reports/digital-marketing-organisational-structures-and-resourcing-best-practice-guide/">Digital Marketing: Organizational Structures and Resourcing Best Practice Guide</a>” which offers guidance to companies on organisational restructuring and digital transformation.</p> <p>The report first came out in 2011 but has been revised since. Among other things it proposes a digital maturity model which has five stages of evolution:</p> <ol> <li>Dispersed</li> <li>Centralised</li> <li>Hub and spoke</li> <li>Multiple hub and spoke</li> <li>Fully integrated</li> </ol> <p>The end vision for ‘digital’ is essentially that it becomes so much part of the organisation that it ceases to exist as a separate function.</p> <p>Many organisations though, are currently somewhere between the centralised and hub and spoke stages. This means that they still have separate marketing and digital teams.</p> <p>I asked Andy how the separation between digital and marketing teams might impact upon the effectiveness of programmatic campaigns.</p> <hr> <h4>You mention the separation of digital and marketing teams. Could there be an issue where programmatic campaigns are run separately to other marketing initiatives?</h4> <h4>Or could there be an issue where digitally minded people are able to structure a programmatic campaign but may not have the same marketing and commercial awareness as their colleagues in the marketing team? </h4> <p>“Yes that's a good point. From my experience programmatic has always been a nice to have. I've generally seen it sit within the digital team.</p> <p>"How closely the digital team works with the marketing team depends upon the organisation.</p> <p>"I think you'll find that because it's perceived as technical, you will find traditional marketers may be wary either because of a lack of exposure or knowledge. </p> <p>"As digital becomes more immersed within the marketing department and the marketing framework, we still start to see the two working in more harmony. </p> <p>"Until digital is fully integrated into the business and the marketing team has been skilled up on digital, that knowledge gap and challenge will remain.</p> <p>"The reality is you need both. You need to know who your customer is and also the technical know-how of how to reach those people.</p> <p>"If you take an FMCG company like P&amp;G or Unilever that owns multiple brands, one approach to integrating programmatic into other marketing activities may involve testing.</p> <p>"One brand could test programmatic by having an internal sponsor who can put the building blocks in place and take other business stakeholders on a journey. </p> <p>"Ultimately though, programmatic is all about focusing on the customer and pulling together skillsets within the organisation to reach that customer in ways that you haven't done before.</p> <p>"That means getting brand buy in and support. You will also need to bring together legal and data teams.”</p> <h4>In <a href="https://econsultancy.com/reports/quarterly-digital-intelligence-briefing-2016-digital-trends/">Econsultancy’s 2016 Digital Trends report</a>, 7 out of 10 marketers said that optimising the customer journey across multiple touchpoints was going to be very important for their marketing over the next few years.</h4> <h4>Is there an opportunity for programmatic to serve different kinds of advertising depending on where somebody is along that journey? </h4> <p>“So there are a number of things here. Of course, advertising needs to be relevant.</p> <p>"If you are in the infancy of your programmatic journey, you will have your lookalike models, CRM models and your prospecting models and you'll put them into the data pot (DMP) to try and get them all to work together. </p> <p>"I think the reality is that relevance is the utopia but at the same time that is only as good as your data.</p> <p><img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/0007/8318/touchpoints.png" alt="" width="700" height="583"></p> <p>"From my experience, a lot of brands have really struggled in terms of getting <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/65425-what-is-the-single-customer-view-and-why-do-you-need-it/">a single customer view</a> and (so) have been very reliant on partnership data, second-party data and even third-party data.</p> <p>"Ultimately where the real value lies is in creating unique data sets that are so refined to that customer and that need that ultimately you are driving greater conversion and greater revenues.</p> <p>"There are many different scenarios that you play out that you then have to adapt and make use of the learnings. For instance, programmatic buying on Facebook is probably one of the most advanced in terms of data available.</p> <p>"The data that Facebook has on people is phenomenal. That's why there's this huge head-to-head between Facebook and Google. </p> <p>"My point is that programmatic can help marketers to see opportunities. For example, you can do A/B testing and seed videos on Facebook for 24 hours.</p> <p>"Then, Facebook can scale up the video that gets the most traction after 24 hours to meet your budget automatically. It's all done in an automated fashion. </p> <p>"Also, what can actually happen is that brands find out that they've inspired audiences that they never knew were interested in their brand and so suddenly they get all of this insight back from testing that can completely reshape their customer profiling and awareness. </p> <p>"For me it's about bringing that insight back into the business to reform campaigns.”</p> <h4>If marketers are going to launch and optimise ad initiatives as opportunities emerge, does this suggest that the process of setting advertising budgets on quarterly cycles may not be appropriate for managing campaigns that need to be managed in real time?</h4> <p>“The Financial Controller will give you a budget but it’s important that you make some of that budget available for some sort of innovation. You take a percentage of your budget and that's your innovation pot.</p> <p>"If you don’t make budget available for testing, you won’t be able to benefit from programmatic and other new tactics."</p> <hr> <p>As organisations continue to respond to digital and the opportunities available through tactics like programmatic, we can expect to see a new marketing model that marries the ability of marketers to think creatively with the precision of utilising multiple data sets to create a single customer view and deliver automated campaigns that can be adapted on the fly.</p> <p>For this reason, marketers may need to embrace programmatic and the opportunities it brings or they risk being left behind.</p> <p>To continue your programmatic education, why not attend <a href="http://conferences.marketingweek.com/mc/programmatic/getwiththeprogrammatic">Get with the Programmatic</a>, Econsultancy and Marketing Week’s conference on the topic, taking place on in London on September 21.</p> tag:www.econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/68198 2016-08-17T10:06:00+01:00 2016-08-17T10:06:00+01:00 How ‘people-based marketing’ is redefining effectiveness in programmatic ad buying Maeve Hosea <h3>How is programmatic allowing you to move forward with your advertising strategy?</h3> <p>Crucially, programmatic enables us to have more transparency.</p> <p>Historically, we didn’t get a lot of information out of the media buys we were doing through large media agencies.</p> <p>We weren’t aware of where the inventory was being served and therefore unable to learn about where customers were and what type of messaging and content they were interacting with.</p> <p>We were paying lots of money but not taking the learnings away from it in terms of how to optimise – spending hundreds of thousands but none the wiser.</p> <p>The advantage of programmatic is that you are making that investment, you are seeing media buys that are working, how that changes over the course of a year, how it is affected by seasonality and so forth.</p> <p>That is then valuable knowledge that the business retains.</p> <h3>What do you think are the most exciting programmatic developments across media?</h3> <p>The line Facebook is currently touting about people-based marketing is something that I am passionate about.</p> <p>The programmatic solution in Facebook today means you can upload lists and very specifically target people.</p> <p><em>MBNA has been buying Facebook ads programmatically</em></p> <p><img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/0007/8109/MBNA_programmatic_ad.jpeg" alt="" width="715" height="449"> </p> <p>So it seems it is only a matter of time before we see the next evolution of programmatic display, TV buying and whatever else programmatic evolves into.</p> <p>Programmatic will increasingly become about audiences rather than cookies and pixels.</p> <h3>What can you say about fraud and the challenge that poses?</h3> <p>Fraud as an issue is ever-evolving. We have to watch that just as we have to watch ad blocking and anything else that fundamentally changes the area we are operating in.</p> <p>Our way of dealing with it has been to change our success metric. We have been working on changing the KPI to look at incrementality as a way to help mitigate risk from fraud.</p> <p>We are now using our non-viewed display conversions – of which we have a lot, like everybody else – to get our baseline conversion rate.</p> <p>Success is the incremental between the impressions we serve that don’t get viewed and the impressions that do get viewed.</p> <p>That shows us the true performance of our display advertising.</p> <h3>Where do value, creativity and effectiveness meet?</h3> <p>For us it is about [defining the right audience segments for a campaign] but it is also about tailoring the message to what we know about people.</p> <p>My approach, with our provider Infectious Media, is to think about different treatments where advertising is more likely to resonate with people, based on information that I can acquire from across social or various third parties.</p> <p>Programmatic is a strange field in that it increasingly requires numbers people but ultimately the output for all those numbers and analysis – the segmentation that you are running – is still creative and requires creative people.</p> <p>We do some of that work in-house but we also reach out to specialist agencies to push the boundaries of creative thinking.</p> <h3>Which media channels are next for programmatic and why?</h3> <p>The obvious one is TV. The guys at Sky are kind of there with AdSmart but it is a little on the expensive side.</p> <p>You would think that the players will bring that element to the table soon enough and we are going to be able to buy TV advertising programmatically.</p> <p>That is the challenge for the industry: helping people feel a bit better about marketing by delivering marketing that is more aligned to their wants, needs and interests.</p> <h3>What are the pressing issues in the programmatic sphere moving forward?</h3> <p>Cross-device marketing is crucial. There are lots of people trying to do deterministic measurement models within display advertising [where a consumer is identified by linking browsing behaviour with personal login data] and I have a big issue with a way a lot of those are set up.</p> <p>I am not convinced by the accuracy or transparency that sits within that. It is still a bit of a bugbear and I think the industry still has a lot of work to do on solving that cross-device piece.</p> <p>Programmatic needs to evolve by moving away from cookies and pixels and I think the people-based marketing approach has the power to tip the whole industry on its head.</p> <p><em><strong>Back for a third year, Marketing Week and Econsultancy’s <a href="http://conferences.marketingweek.com/mc/programmatic/getwiththeprogrammatic">Get With the Programmatic</a> conference and workshop will take place in London on 20 and 21 September. </strong></em></p> <p><em><strong>Nic Travis is one of the brand experts sharing insights into how to make the programmatic landscape work for you.</strong></em></p> <p><em>This article was originally <a href="http://www.marketingweek.com/2016/08/16/how-people-based-marketing-is-redefining-effectiveness-in-programmatic-ad-buying/">published on Marketing Week</a>.</em></p> tag:www.econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/68063 2016-07-14T10:15:00+01:00 2016-07-14T10:15:00+01:00 Can we overcome the tension between programmatic and creativity? David Moth <p>Creatives would ask how an artificial intelligence could possibly understand the artistry and emotional levers that underpin a truly great ad campaign?</p> <p>Would programmatic buying have improved the Guinness Surfer or the Cadbury Gorilla?</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/kAOZ14Tjg7A?wmode=transparent" width="560" height="315"></iframe></p> <p>I’m being overly simplistic here, but these sorts of concerns do exist.</p> <p>I’ve heard several agency bods fret about the impact on creative ideas, particularly when it comes to brand advertising.</p> <p>However, I’m confident that we’ve almost reached a tipping point in terms of industry knowledge and understanding around programmatic.</p> <p>It feels as if marketers are finally comfortable enough with the concept of programmatic buying to understand the huge opportunities it provides, rather than simply dwelling on the potential limitations.</p> <p>I recently attended a panel session where <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/67599-31-opinions-on-the-future-of-programmatic-advertising/">marketers debated whether programmatic targeting impedes creativity</a>.</p> <p>POKE co-founder Nic Roope felt that too much targeting and personalisation can “erode the feeling of the art.”</p> <blockquote> <p>It’s the usual tension between art and the machine. Take a film and personalise it. Are all personalised results more resonant than the original unedited film?</p> </blockquote> <p>Nic was referring in part to an Axe deodorant commercial called Romeo Reboot, which broke the brand’s target audience into four segments and offered each 25,000 different permutations of the video ad.</p> <p>The interchangeable elements ranged from simple things like the music, up to whether viewers saw a crime story or a sci-fi action scene.</p> <p><iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/131929702?color=fcfbfa&amp;title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" width="640" height="360"></iframe></p> <p>Nic’s thoughts were echoed by Charles Vallance from VCCP, who said that agencies weren’t keen on programmatic as they “like to unite with a single idea, not create 78 versions of something.”</p> <p>From the client point of view, Topman’s Tom Lancaster talked about the “mind-boggling” amount of ad creatives required to implement a programmatic campaign based around five interest personas.</p> <p>But while it might all seem like a lot of hard work, it was noticeable that Tom didn’t suggest that the programmatic campaign had been a wasted effort.</p> <h3>Programmatic does not equal ultra-atomisation</h3> <p>Romeo Reboot is an extreme example of what programmatic can do and the campaign has received a lot of attention from the trade press.</p> <p>But in spite of the fanfare, we’re yet to hear any actual results from the campaign.</p> <p>In my opinion, the Romeo Reboot campaign is something of a red herring in this debate.</p> <p>Nobody really thinks that programmatic buying will require marketers to come up with 100,000 different permutations for each campaign.</p> <p>Instead the focus should be on where programmatic can aid the delivery of contextual, relevant ads, with a few elements personalised to make the creative more effective.</p> <p>For example, the specific product, price or offer might be altered based on factors such as the user’s profile, the time of day, their browsing behaviour or their location.</p> <p>This needn’t have any major impact on the overall tone and idea behind the campaign.</p> <p>In an article <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/67835-bringing-data-into-creativity-in-a-programmatic-world/">published on the Econsultancy blog</a>, Affectv CEO Glen Calvert argues that as programmatic has matured, a lot of the processes have been streamlined.</p> <p>As a result, “the ‘plumbing’, or logistics, side of programmatic is becoming less of an obstacle to using data and creative to tell a good brand story.”</p> <p>The situation will only improve as marketers become increasingly familiar with programmatic and aware of its ability to meet the creative requirements necessary to tell their brand story.</p> <h3>The Economist leads the way</h3> <p>Now seems a good point to highlight a creative programmatic case study that produced some really excellent results, just to prove that it can be done.</p> <p>Back in October 2014 <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/67447-the-economist-finding-new-readers-with-creative-programmatic-display/">The Economist ran a campaign aimed at driving new subscriptions among liberal ‘young progressives’</a>.</p> <p>It was felt that this demographic saw the publication as one that was only read by the corporate elite.</p> <p>The task for this campaign was to target 650,000 unseen prospects and allow them to discover The Economist’s progressive liberalism for themselves.</p> <p>Using the rationale 'There is nothing more provocative than the truth’, the aim was to show user relevant content that would help alter their view of the publication.</p> <p>Using subscriber data, the marketing team built seven lookalike segments that reflected the different sections of The Economist. </p> <p>More than 60 executions were created, many in near real time (from its live newsroom). </p> <p><img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/0007/6972/economist_programmatic.png" alt="" width="640" height="401"></p> <p>Economist ads led with topics like the CIA's use of torture within hours of the story breaking.</p> <p>Having piqued reader curiosity, The Economist not only wanted the prospect to read the related article, but to read yet more targeted content (knowing it takes four to five articles before a prospect considers subscription).</p> <p>Ads pulled readers directly through to The Economist bespoke content hub. On serving the next article likely to be of most interest, the reader was nudged to register and, ultimately, subscribe.</p> <p>From a media budget of £1.2m, the campaign successfully got 3.6m to take people action, sample The Economist in context, and become re-targetable contacts.</p> <p>A campaign ROI of over 10:1 was achieved from the initial revenue stream brought in by these prospects.</p> <h3>So...</h3> <p>The increasing reliance on machine-driven ad buying certainly presents some interesting challenges for creatives.</p> <p>But those who suggest that programmatic might kill creativity have probably misunderstood how the technology works.</p> <p>Campaigns will always require a strong central idea and a compelling story that runs through all the various channels.</p> <p>Programmatic is really just a new delivery method that enables marketers to optimise different elements to make that particular message more relevant or appealing to that specific consumer.</p> <p>The Economist case study shows that creativity coupled with programmatic targeting can yield excellent results.</p> <p>The best campaigns are those that create an emotional connection with a brand, and as yet that requires a level of creativity that’s beyond even the smartest artificial intelligence.</p> <p>So although programmatic has begun to revolutionise ad buying and optimisation, it will be some time before we read an agency press release celebrating the new hire of a pair of creative bots.</p> <p><em>This article was originally published in Econsultancy’s <a href="https://econsultancy.com/reports/top-100-digital-agencies/">Top 100 Digital Agencies 2016 Report</a>.</em></p> <p><em><strong>To find out more, why not attend <a href="http://conferences.marketingweek.com/mc/programmatic/getwiththeprogrammatic">Get With the Programmatic</a>, Marketing Week and Econsultancy's one-day conference on 21st September in London, to hear from brand and agency experts.</strong></em></p> tag:www.econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/67835 2016-05-19T11:21:14+01:00 2016-05-19T11:21:14+01:00 Bringing data into creativity in a programmatic world Glen Calvert <p>Data isn’t sexy, consequently, it isn’t loved by brand advertisers. In their minds, data is the preserve of the far less noble direct marketing realm.</p> <p>The idea of putting data at the core of campaigns, which the direct marketer does, is an anathema to the brand advertiser.</p> <p>A neat illustration of this thinking is through <a href="https://econsultancy.com/training/courses/personalisation-enhancing-the-customer-experience/">personalised advertising</a>. Brand marketers can’t deny that they’d like to connect with us all individually.</p> <p>The “Share a Coke” campaign in which cans and bottles were personalised was a huge brand success.</p> <p>Around 1,000 name variations were available on shelves and over 500,000 available through the online store.</p> <p>So, why do brand advertisers seem reticent to deploy personalisation techniques online – a media tailor-made for such activity due to data?</p> <p>Why do we so rarely see good examples of this type of campaign in the digital environment?</p> <h3><strong>Falling in love with data?</strong></h3> <p>The answer to the previous question is branding’s lack of love for data. However, this mind-set could be changing due to a couple of factors.</p> <p>Brands love TV because it’s a wonderful platform to tell stories at scale.</p> <p>In comparison, online platforms for telling good brand stories at scale using data and creative have been more constrained.</p> <p>With smaller screen sizes and more limited ad ‘real estate’, brand banner advertising is more of a challenge.</p> <p>However, the skills and appetite for meeting this challenge and using data efficiently are increasing.</p> <p><img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/0007/4847/share-a-coke.jpg" alt="Share a Coke Bottles" width="460" height="330"></p> <p>This improvement in the banner format is combining with a growth in other branding-type formats in display advertising, such as video and <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/63722-what-is-native-advertising-and-do-you-need-it/">native advertising</a>.</p> <p>The IAB’s latest <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/67746-10-action-packed-digital-marketing-stats-from-this-week" target="_blank">digital ad spend figures</a> showed both video and native spend grew around 50% last year to account for nearly half of display ad spend.</p> <p>These two parallel developments in display prove its increasing allure as a branding medium - FMCG advertisers, historically considered the least relevant in regards to online ads, are now the dominant spender on display, accounting for nearly £1 in every £5.</p> <p>We’re seeing this increasing willingness to embrace data manifested by clients taking control of their data destiny.</p> <p>A number of high profile brands are taking on long-term software contracts with data management platforms (DMPs), showing the appetite clients have to both control and exploit the data opportunity.</p> <h3><strong>Programmatic plumbing</strong></h3> <p>Alongside the rise in online branding formats, the other factor changing mind-sets among brand advertisers, rather surprisingly, could be <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/65677-a-super-accessible-beginner-s-guide-to-programmatic-buying-and-rtb/">programmatic</a>.</p> <p>Something originally seen as even less sexy than data.</p> <p>The “plumbing”, or logistics, side of programmatic is becoming less of an obstacle to using data and creative to tell a good brand story.</p> <p>The amount of heavy-lifting required is reducing in terms of time, resources and money among agencies and vendors to connect the data, the creative and the inventory.</p> <p>Consequently, there’s a growing sense of enthusiasm about take-up among brands.</p> <p>So, as programmatic matures, many of these growing pains are less pronounced.</p> <p>As the plumbing between creative, data and buying becomes more automated, it means the industry can move more towards programmatic as a creative solution.</p> <h3><strong>Programmatic as creative</strong></h3> <p>In turn, <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/67554-2016-the-year-of-programmatic-creative/" target="_blank">programmatic creative</a> has become more advanced and more flexible, without compromising scale and automation, to meet the specific creative requirements and nuances that advertisers have for being able to tell their brand story.</p> <p>Programmatic creative is now flexible and advanced enough to insert dynamic and personalised elements into online ads to enable the idea of “mass personalisation”, which was essentially what the big idea “Share of Coke” brand campaign was shooting for.</p> <p>These developments hopefully thaw the relationship between brand marketers and data, particularly as they open up exciting and innovative brand campaign ideas that can be brought to life in this brave new world.</p> <p>Take, for example, Netflix’s campaign to promote the addition of all ten seasons of Friends to its library.</p> <p>Conceived by Ogilvy Paris, it’s a pre-roll video campaign that responds dynamically to videos watched on YouTube by inserting a clip from Friends that relates to the video topic searched for.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/K_3uKmLFHRI?wmode=transparent" width="560" height="315"></iframe></p> <p>Essentially, it uses data to relate Friends to almost anything you search for on YouTube.</p> <p>What will be your big brand idea this year that comes alive through data?</p> <p><em>To learn more on this topic, book yourself onto Econsultancy's <a href="https://econsultancy.com/training/courses/programmatic/">Programmatic Training Course</a>.</em></p> tag:www.econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/67654 2016-03-16T14:25:45+00:00 2016-03-16T14:25:45+00:00 Google courts enterprise marketers with launch of Analytics 360 Suite Patricio Robles <p>To do all of this, the search giant has combined six products into a single platform:</p> <ul> <li> <strong>Audience Center 360</strong>, a <a href="https://econsultancy.com/reports/the-role-of-dmps-in-the-era-of-data-driven-advertising">data management platform</a> (DMP).</li> <li> <strong>Optimize 360</strong>, a website testing and personalization solution.</li> <li> <strong>Data Studio 360</strong>, a data and visualization tool that can be used to analyze data collected by all of the Google Analytics 360 products.</li> <li> <strong>Tag Manager 360</strong>, which is based on Google's existing tag management solution.</li> <li> <strong>Analytics 360</strong>, the professional analytics solution that Google previously offered under the name GA Premium.</li> <li> <strong>Attribution 360</strong>, an attribution platform that marketers can use to evaluate the performance of their campaigns across channels.</li> </ul> <p>Google says that Analytics 360 Suite has been several years in the making, and was developed based on feedback it received from enterprise marketers, many of whom complained that their existing marketing analytics tools were not meeting their needs.</p> <p><img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/resized/0007/3052/blog_images__62_-blog-flyer.png" alt="" width="470" height="392"></p> <h3>Integration, integration, integration</h3> <p>Google believes it is delivering on those needs, and early customers like L'Oreal Canada, which says it has doubled anticipated revenue with Google's new offering, are already singing Analytics 360 Suite's praises.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ETGsJfYb-gw?wmode=transparent" width="560" height="315"></iframe></p> <p><strong>But Google's secret sauce might not be breadth or depth, but rather integration.</strong></p> <p>Audience Center 360 offers native integration with DoubleClick and over 50 third-party data providers.</p> <p>Tag Manager 360 plays nicely with a variety of third-party vendors, including Turn, comScore, Criteo and Marin Software.</p> <p>Attribution 360 is capable of distributing data to DSPs and <a href="https://econsultancy.com/reports/rtb-buyers-guide/">RTBs</a>, can pull in data automatically from DoubleClick Campaign Manager, and offers an Offline Conversion Connector to help marketers attribute in-store sales to digital campaigns.</p> <p>Analytics 360 works with all Google ad products, and can be used to create remarketing lists that are automatically available in AdWords and DoubleClick Bid Manager.</p> <p>Because many marketers are already so heavily invested in Google's ad-related services, all of the integrations Analytics 360 Suite offers could give Google an edge when trying to win over marketers who are currently using competing solutions from a variety of vendors, some of whom only provide one or two of the functions in Analytics 360 Suite.</p> <p>That makes Analytics 360 Suite a threat to many companies, including Adobe, which offers a DMP, Adobe Audience Manager, and Tableau, which offers a business intelligence data visualization solution.</p> <p>Analytics 360 Suite likely won't be cheap – reports suggest pricing will be in the six-figure range – but if Google can lure enough enterprise customers with a one-stop shop proposition, it could prove to be one of Google's most important product launches in some time.</p> tag:www.econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/67554 2016-03-01T15:48:00+00:00 2016-03-01T15:48:00+00:00 2016: the year of programmatic creative? Glen Calvert <p>However, far less attention has been paid to the innovative element of this automated buying and selling of digital media – the creative.</p> <p>And herein lies the seed to the <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/67574-has-programmatic-advertising-killed-creativity-in-marketing/">merging of programmatic and creative</a>; which is the next wave of disruption and innovation to impact the digital ad industry – <a href="https://econsultancy.com/events/creative-programmatic/">programmatic creative</a>.</p> <h3>So, what is programmatic creative?</h3> <p>The software powered, automated, algorithmic approach to media buying, enabling pinpoint accuracy of people-based targeting with advanced optimisation is half the story.</p> <p>Programmatic creative is the enabling of intelligent creative, where each person is exposed to a brand’s message that adapts, changes and is personalised to them, regardless of the device or site they’re on.</p> <p>Programmatic creative enables the content of an ad to be programmatically manipulated so it’s more relevant and personal to the person it’s being served to, with a continuous feedback loop for optimisation.</p> <p>The same application of <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/64743-predictive-analytics-machine-learning-and-the-future-of-personalization/">machine learning algorithms</a> to decide who to target, when and on what site, will be applied to the creative messaging as well.</p> <p><strong><em>How will Programmatic Advertising impact the role of marketing professionals?</em></strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/k93THhdXIIw?wmode=transparent" width="615" height="346"></iframe></p> <p>Programmatic creative optimisation enables the ad elements to adapt from various data points – such as the user’s previous surfing behaviour, their location, the time of day etc. – to change the message, font or colour in an ad.</p> <p>Programmatic creative also (and more interestingly) utilises user-specific data to enhance the messages themselves for that very individual.</p> <p>For example, showing the exact product they may like, and changing the price and offer based on who they are.</p> <p>In short, programmatic creative enables the intelligent manipulation of the creative based on what you know about that cookie ID, and the automated use of live data inside the creative so it’s increasingly personalised for the individual.</p> <p>It’s important not to confuse programmatic creative with serving dynamic ads via programmatic channels or dynamic creative optimisation.</p> <p>Programmatic creative goes beyond serving dynamic ads programmatically, it has the potential to adapt messages to individuals in real time on an on-going basis for true one-on-one communication, compared to delivering dynamic creative that is served to user segments that are predefined by the marketer.</p> <p>The critical benefit of programmatic creative is that it’ll be the only way to truly 'talk' to millions of people individually, and reach that previously mythical land for advertisers of "mass personalisation."</p> <h3>The ramifications</h3> <p>Software that can automatically build ads, optimise and personalise them, will have significant ramifications on the entire advertising value chain. It means traditional owners of marketing communications need to be prepared.</p> <p><strong><em>Has Programmatic Advertising killed creativity in marketing? </em></strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7fEj3_hG5mc?wmode=transparent" width="615" height="346"></iframe></p> <p>It’s not going to be easy. It’s a pretty well-known fact that creatives – the people designing the ad – don’t talk with the programmatic delivery teams and, therefore, don’t know if their work was effective or not.</p> <p>Some of the blame for this lies with marketers who could do more to teach creatives how their work is impacted by programmatic media plans, and the potential benefits ad tech provides without impinging on the creative process.</p> <p>Much of the focus of start-ups and innovation with digital advertising has been focused in the infrastructure, the plumbing hidden beneath that no one sees. However, with the increasing need to thwart <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/67076-the-rise-and-rise-of-ad-blockers-stats/">the threat of ad blocking</a>, 2016 will see much more focus on how technology can impact what we actually see, that which is delivered to consumers.</p> <p>Relevance and usefulness, without overstepping the delicate privacy line, is the key to a viable and successful online ad model.</p> <p>The impact on our industry will be huge and creative agencies should be the first to be prepared.</p> <p><strong><em>Tickets are currently on sale for Econsultancy and Marketing Week’s <a href="http://conferences.marketingweek.com/mc/programmatic/getwiththeprogrammatic">Get With The Programmatic</a> conference.</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>The event takes place in London on September 21st.</em></strong></p> tag:www.econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/67574 2016-02-24T15:03:00+00:00 2016-02-24T15:03:00+00:00 Has Programmatic Advertising killed creativity in marketing? David Moth <p>And it’s also commonly criticised for relying too heavily on automation, thus removing the creative element from marketing campaigns.</p> <p>To see whether this is the case, we spoke to two seasoned digital experts, namely:</p> <ul> <li> <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/clare-deloford-4694b342">Clare Deloford</a>, Digital Development Associate Director at ‎Starcom MediaVest Group</li> <li> <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/janmikulin">Jan Mikulin</a>, Global Head of Digital Marketing at Grayling</li> </ul> <p>You can watch their answers below, or read a brief summary of what they had to say.</p> <p>And to learn more about programmatic advertising, come along to our <a href="https://econsultancy.com/events/creative-programmatic/">Creative Programmatic</a> event in London next week.</p> <p>These videos were created in partnership with <a href="https://wooshii.com/">Wooshii</a> and are the first in a series of interviews we’ve carried out with senior digital marketers from various agencies and brands.</p> <p>Now, on with the show...</p> <h3>People often accuse programmatic of killing creativity. Do you agree with this point of view?</h3> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7fEj3_hG5mc?wmode=transparent" width="615" height="346"></iframe></p> <p>Clare and Jan both strongly disagreed with the suggestion that programmatic kills creativity.</p> <p>According to Jan, it’s incumbent upon marketers to think about how the technology can enable them to be more creative.</p> <p>The technology has a momentum around it which in turn creates a need and a desire for more creativity.</p> <p>Clare said that the ability to run targeted, personalised ads actually encouraged greater creativity. </p> <h3>How do you think programmatic will impact the role of marketing professionals?</h3> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/k93THhdXIIw?wmode=transparent" width="615" height="346"></iframe></p> <p>Clare said that programmatic has been quite difficult for marketers to understand, which creates fear and apprehension, however people now realise that it’s a very important technology.</p> <p>And by automating the buying process, marketers will have more time to invest in content creation and richer experiences which are really important for every brand.</p> <p>Jan suggested that programmatic has seen a similar cycle to other advancements in advertising and communications.</p> <p>There was initially a flurry to understand how it worked, then marketers gradually got to grips with it, now we're beginning to use it as a standard operating procedure, and that process will start again soon when a new marketing technology appears.</p> <h3>How has programmatic affected the relationship between agencies &amp; clients? Are there misgivings over transparency?</h3> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/eyCkp5Kx6yo?wmode=transparent" width="615" height="346"></iframe></p> <p>Another major criticism of programmatic is that <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/65860-13-interesting-quotes-from-our-programmatic-marketing-panel/">the process isn’t transparent</a>, which can lead to mistrust between agencies and their clients.</p> <p>Jan said that things will only turn sour if the agency had a poor relationship with their clients in the first place and wasn’t being upfront and honest.</p> <p>However, he also referenced an IAB report which shows that only 45% of people who use programmatic in agencies actually understand the technology and the concept behind it.</p> <p>That lack of knowledge can potentially impact the entire industry in terms of trust and failure to generate ROI.</p> <p>Clare said that Starcom MediaVest tries to educate its clients to ensure everyone understands how the technology works.</p> <p>For example, it has an online tool where clients can run a dummy campaign and take a look “under the hood”.</p> <p>Marketers are more comfortable with programmatic once they see how it works.</p> <p><em>And finally, to learn more on this topic book yourself onto Econsultancy’s <a href="https://econsultancy.com/training/courses/programmatic/">Programmatic Training course</a>.</em></p>