Establishing a progammatic mobile media buying solution: Perils, pitfalls and partnerships

Many advertisers are now looking to internalise their mobile media buying processes, and numerous companies are being set up to offer advertisers a media buying service in the programmatic space.

There are two possible routes here, as in any decision that involves using technology: buy or build your DSP. But firstly, let’s define what a DSP actually is.

Because DSP stands for “Demand Side Platform” it should be intrinsically associated with technology-based companies that allow media buyers...

By Noelia Amoedo, 12 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile Marketing, Programmatic.

Consent and security: GDPR in the adtech ecosystem

GDPR will come into effect on 25 May 2018, representing the biggest change to data protection across the EU in a decade.

Talking to a lot of advertisers, you could be forgiven for thinking that the sky is falling. But there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, and the change does represent significant opportunities for companies smart enough to take them.

Tiffany Morris is General Counsel & Vice President of Global...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 06 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Data-driven marketing, Programmatic, Publishing.

What will programmatic look like in 2027?

2017 saw the tenth anniversary of programmatic advertising. From its humble beginnings, over half of all non-search digital ad spend is now made using the technology. The days of slow deals, subject to human errors and inefficiencies, are increasingly behind us.

But adtech’s story is far from over.

The next ten years will see new technologies that will fundamentally change the way advertising is experienced in our day-to-day lives, whether as media buyers or as consumers. It is our responsibility as...

By Emma Williams, 25 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Programmatic.

GDPR and blockchain: the next stages in programmatic advertising’s evolution?

This year has been one of vast technological development across the ad tech industry. Emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning have continued to establish themselves as key drivers of intelligent advertising and personalisation across the programmatic ecosystem.

Meanwhile, Blockchain technology has rapidly increased its presence across the sector and is now presenting advertisers with a host of new ways to both diversify and secure their platforms as they look ahead...

By Zheng Zhang, 18 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Programmatic.

UK spend on programmatic up 23% in 2017

According to the latest forecast by eMarketer, spending on programmatic ads have showed strong growth in the UK, despite a stream of negative press.

According to the date, by the end of the year advertisers will have spent an estimated £3.39 billion on programmatic trading. This is a 23.5% rise from the year before. Programmatic spend now equates to 79% of all UK digital ad spend.

eMarketer predicts that this proportion will continue rising to 84% by 2019.

Mobile is still the main force driving the...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 18 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Programmatic.

How advertisers can maximise true value from agency partners and adtech vendors

With a growing desire for a more open advertising ecosystem, the programmatic supply chain is coming under intense scrutiny to clarify where media budgets go, what is being bought, for how much and why.

Nearly half of all brands don’t trust a fifth or more of the data upon which they base media buying decisions, according to a recent Metamarkets report. So, how can buyers ensure that they are minimising risk of fraud, whilst maximising the...

By Paul Wright, 08 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Programmatic.

The changing role of media agencies in the advertising food chain

The World Federation of Advertisers (WFA) kicked up a storm in ad land last month, with new research suggesting that brands are clawing back control over their digital ad campaigns by bringing programmatic in-house.

According to a survey of marketers working at 35 multinationals, 65% of brands have improved their in-house marketing capabilities over the last year.

A fifth have employed an in-house programmatic specialist, while...

By Ilona Lubojemska, 06 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Programmatic.

The seasonal revolution has arrived

Its official – the retail Christmas trading period has arrived, with under 100 days until the big day. In the UK, the trading period generally runs from October to January, and this won’t change any time soon.

But with such a limited key shopping timeframe, many brands are looking to challenge the way the fashion industry works throughout the rest of the year – why focus only on selling cold, wintery clothes when the weather may change imminently?

Ultimately, the elements and weather...

By Hannah Kimuyu, 09 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Paid Search, Programmatic, Search Marketing.

How blockchain can be used to solve the flaws in programmatic advertising

Fridges that restock themselves, banks that tell you when your account is running low; even cars that are now driving themselves. Throughout society, we are becoming increasingly used to the rise of the machines and the usefulness of artificial intelligence (AI) technology to undertake the more mundane areas of our lives.

Programmatic ad buying has also been going on for some time now, and refers to the use of an algorithm-heavy piece of software to purchase advertising online, as opposed to the traditional...

By Zheng Zhang, 11 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Programmatic.

Using curated marketplaces to ensure brand safety in digital ad buys

When Forrest Gump’s mother famously told him that “life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get,” she just as easily could have been talking about digital ad placements purchased programmatically.

Unfortunately, real-time bidding (RTB) is a real problem for advertisers, as the recent boycott of the Google Display Network and YouTube by a slew of frustrated big brands has proven.

By Jeff Finn, 08 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Paid Search, Programmatic.

Programmatic exchanges remain ‘persistent challenge’ for marketers

A new study from the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) argues that achieving transparency in programmatic media buying remains ‘a persistent challenge’ for marketers – although noting there are steps companies can take.

The report, titled ‘Programmatic: Seeing Through the Financial Fog’, analysed 16.4 billion media impressions purchased on behalf of seven major advertisers across five programmatic demand-side platforms...

By James Bourne, 05 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Automation, Programmatic.

AppNexus leads ‘people-based’ programmatic consortium – with Facebook and Google in sights

AppNexus, alongside LiveRamp and MediaMath, have announced the launch of a technology industry consortium which will enable programmatic advertising buyers and sellers to create relevant campaigns and improve customer experience – with two companies at the forefront of their attack.

“Today, 48% of all digital advertising dollars accrue to just two companies – Facebook and Google,” said Brian O’Kelley, CEO of AppNexus in a statement. “That dynamic has placed considerable...

By Marketing Tech, 05 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Programmatic.

Three mobile trends to watch in 2017: Post-MWC thoughts

This year’s Mobile World Congress was arguably less packed with announcements than previous years – but this doesn’t mean mobile is losing its crown in the eyes of marketers.

According to the IAB’s digital ad spend report, mobile display grew 56% in H1 2016 and now accounts for over half of digital display advertising, and eMarketer predicts mobile ad spend...

By Todd Tran, 27 March 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Advertising Technology, Mobile Marketing, Programmatic.

How TV measurement for marketers is changing: Social, programmatic, and more


Digital outlets have dominated conversations about marketing over the last decade, and are understandably a huge focus for marketers. According to the IAB, cross-platform digital ad spend grew to a staggering £4.8 billion during the first half of 2016 and forecasts estimate this is only set to keep increasing.

But television is still the biggest individual platform by ad revenue, accounting for a record £5.3 billion in ad spend in the UK during 2015 and its delivery is...

Entering a new age of customer experience: Data, programmatic, and more


While machine learning itself is nothing new, the speed at which data can now be processed, analysed and actioned has completely changed the machine-learning game. Readily affordable computing power, the quantity of data available, and algorithms we never thought we could use are now possible.

While the fundamental concept remains the same, machine-learning is now far more sophisticated, efficient and easily deployable – and the potential it offers to revolutionise customer...

Act now to benefit from a programmatic future

Programmatic is marketing’s biggest buzzword. It’s been discussed and rehashed time and time again; covered by every half respectable marketing publication, blog, and social media page trying to stay relevant. On the one hand, this coverage is warranted because programmatic represents the next big industry shift in communicating with customers. However, it has also brought on a sense of confusion with an underlying tone that programmatic is a complex approach for marketers of the future. The...

By Mark Ash, 09 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Best Practice, Programmatic.

What is the next programmatic evolution?


Programmatic marketing has rapidly become a growing, powerful strategy for marketers, despite the industry frequently encountering challenges from adblocking, fraud, changing data laws and skills shortages resulting in campaigns that miss the mark.

When faced with the expense and complexity of programmatic marketing, many marketers are still wary. The platforms for buying media programmatically are expensive and indistinguishable, the data infrastructure...

By Oli Boyd, 19 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Programmatic.

What are the adoption barriers of self-serve programmatic platforms?

Despite the clear strategic business advantages, programmatic platform adoption is still often met with significant resistance from some advertising agencies. There is no doubt that change can be difficult and requires costs and investment.

Programmatic platform adoption (self-service operation) can be disruptive as it may touch operations, billing, and human resources at any advertising agency.

More often, however, the perception of barriers are often much greater than the reality, thus halting or delaying...

By Andrew Fischer, 29 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Programmatic.

Programmatic ad-buying in 2017: What marketers should know

2016 saw some powerful new trends begin to emerge for programmatic marketers, presenting both new opportunities and challenges.

While data continues to be the cornerstone of transacting programmatically, most buyers are still too reliant on commoditised third party data and need to do a better job using first party. 

Programmatic creative became a hot topic this year, but in reality it was not being properly executed at scale even though the enabling technology was (and is) available.  


By Sam Bell, 21 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Programmatic.