New industry partnership looks to increased data-rich programmatic buying

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A first to market opportunity for advertisers and agencies to gain access to real-time deterministic, privacy compliant network operator data has launched, enhancing the ability for brand to produce increasingly targeted and relevant mobile advertising campaigns.

It follows the joining of forces of Smartpipe, a real-time data broker for network operators, and Tamome, a real-time programmatic mobile advertising specialist.

The two are initially working together in the Middle East after...

By Liz Morrell, 12 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Programmatic.

Data management platforms are key to programmatic success

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Data management platforms (DMPs) are key to the future of programmatic advertising as well as offering benefits across other digital channels, according to research from Oracle Marketing Cloud and research house Econsultancy.

It found that more than two thirds (68%) of marketers surveyed agreed with the statement whilst the same number had successfully used data to improve their advertising effectiveness.

The study also showed there are other benefits to using a DMP, with 60% using them...

By Liz Morrell, 17 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Programmatic.

UK native advertising market growth driven by mobile and programmatic

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Mobile and programmatic advertising continue to be the two big areas for growth as the UK’s native advertising market develops, according to new research.

In a study of UK agency attitudes to native advertising nearly a quarter (24%) of agency native spend is predicted to be on mobile by the end of this year. Nearly two thirds (64%) said that they felt that native was the best way to address the creativity gap in mobile ads – with the main benefits of the medium being an...

By Liz Morrell, 15 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Mobile Marketing, Native Advertising, Programmatic.

Five ways to build the best programmatic video strategy

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The programmatic video industry is in a constant state of evolution. Every year, there are better ways of collecting and analysing data. Brands and advertisers have greater access into insights with each new campaign they run.

That being the case, it’s best practice to test new strategies often. Here are five key steps to help build the best programmatic video strategy.

Establish your goals

Start at the beginning: establish campaign goals. Your KPIs will obviously depend on the...

Programmatic ad spend close to smashing £1 billion barrier

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Spending on programmatic ads in the UK is getting closer than ever to smashing the £1 billion mark, now accounting for nearly half of all display ads. By 2018 it is estimated that around 70-80% of digital spend will be programmatic.

The Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) latest Media Owner Sales Techniques studiy shows that of £2.13 billion spent on display ads on both mobile and internet last year 45%, equalling £960 million in total, was traded programmatically. The...

By Liz Morrell, 01 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Programmatic.

DataXu tops rankings in Forrester advertising report

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Programmatic marketing software provider DataXu has come out top in a ranking of nine companies evaluated by Forrester Research. 

The company received the highest scores for its buying, data and analytics offerings in The Forrester Wave: Demand Side Platforms Q2 2015 by Forrester Research. Of the companies evaluated – which were shortlisted from 22 vendors initially – the company also received the highest scores possible for market presence and corporate...

By Liz Morrell, 07 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Programmatic.

Industry calls for collaboration to tackle programmatic video advertising fraud

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Players in the programmatic video advertising industry must work closer together in order to effectively tackle fraud, according to BrightRoll founder and CEO Tod Sacerdoti.

Speaking at his company’s BrightRoll Video Summit last week Sacerdoti stressed that ad fraud was something that all the industry had to work towards solving. “Ad fraud is probably the most important industry problem and we need to make progress in the next few months,” he said.

He cited recent figures...

By Liz Morrell, 06 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Programmatic, Video & Audio Marketing.

New programmatic native advertising exchange launches

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A new programmatic native advertising exchange has been launched across Europe this week to give advertisers access to premium in feed native advertising inventory, to be bought and sold programmatically for the first time across desktop, tablet and mobile devices.

The new exchange has been enabled thanks to a partnership between native advertising specialist Adyoulike and AppNexus. The Adyoulike exchange aims to further streamline the process of buying and selling native advertising in a...

By Liz Morrell, 13 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Programmatic.

The five best practice tips for publishers to maximise their mobile ad revenues

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The explosive growth of smartphones over the last few years means we are rapidly approaching the point where mobile will become the dominant channel for accessing digital content. Last year, mobile internet use in the UK overtook desktop and in 2015 mobile searches will supersede traditional desktop and laptop search activity for the first time.

However, despite this dramatic shift to mobile, many publishers continue to regard desktop as the only source of advertising revenues worthy...

By Simon Birkenhead, 26 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Mobile Marketing, Programmatic.

Standard banner ads decline as content and video get richer

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Video and rich media ads usage is on the rise as consumers engage more fully with such mediums over standard banners advertising.

Research from Mobile Mix, The Mobile Device Index year in review from Millennial Media, shows that video and rich media ads result in nearly twice the engagement of standard banners.

The study showed that in 2014 91% of all developers and publishers on the Millennial Media platform allowed standard banners – down from 93% the year before. Rich media...

By Liz Morrell, 04 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Programmatic, Video & Audio Marketing.

Three quarters of marketers want to increase programmatic spend

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As programmatic advertising continues to dominate brand spend, a new survey has revealed that three quarters of marketers plan to increase their spend on the medium within the next six to 12 months.

It is of no surprise since the same number also saw increasing sales as its biggest advantage.    

However there are still concerns around its usage which, if addressed, would see spend increasing even more dramatically according to the result of a survey by programmatic...

By Liz Morrell, 01 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Programmatic.

comScore uses Trust Profiles to rally ad industry against bot menace

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Digital measurement firm comScore has taken a step closer to uniting marketers against a common enemy that threatens the advertising industry’s very profitability.

Bots are embroiled in a war with marketers who are buying ads that consumers never get the chance to see because they are instead subjected to fraudulent impressions from these bots, but comScore believes its Trust Profiles hold the answer.

The new solution lets advertisers use comScore’s advertising metrics to view how...

By Simon Holland, 23 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Programmatic, Video & Audio Marketing.

Programmatic advertising concerns remain in 2015

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If there was one buzzword in the digital advertising space in 2014 it has to have been programmatic.

Last year saw eight out of ten buyers and sellers actively using it, but there remain three big concerns around usage – the biggest of which concerns brand safety.

A new report from Undertone looks at how marketers, publishers and agencies if they are using it, how and what they are buying, what they want and what concerns them. It showed 82% of marketers are using it, 81% of...

By Liz Morrell, 16 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Programmatic.

Why 2015 will be the year of the customer

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As 2014 came to an end, out trotted the year of the horse and shepherded in is the year of the goat according to the Chinese zodiac, that is. By comparison, the advertising tech calendar has its own oft-debated emblems - can you recall each time the year of the mobile was announced?

This new year, I’d like to take a stab in shaping our calendar based on a year’s reflection, a quick study of the LUMAscape movement and an ear to the ground for what is to come.

If 2014...

Multi-device marketing’s reach moves to embrace wearable users

Advertisers can now tap into the growing market for wearable technology using FitAd, a recently launched wearable advertising platform for fitness and health-oriented brands and publishers.

Engagement on mobile health software is higher than almost all other categories of apps, making it a market ripe for advertisers. Nielsen’s own evidence points to 46 million users of apps averaging 16 uses each month for a period totalling one hour per engagement.

New...

Ad fraud hits video campaigns

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More needs to be done to protect the display advertising technology industry from video ad fraud according to a new report from bots and malware detection specialist Whiteops.

The Bot Baseline – Fraud in Digital Advertising report by White Ops and the Association of National Advertisers shows that globally advertisers are set to lose $3.6 billion globally to bots in 2015.

White Ops and ANA worked with 36 member organisations of the ANA to analyse digital advertising campaign...

Native advertising sold programmatically for first time

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A new partnership claims it will deliver the industry’s first global programmatic platform for native advertising – enabling brands to increase their audience exposure. It will initially be launched in the US and UK and roll out to other markets later.

The partnership brings together Xaxis, the world’s largest programmatic media and technology platform, and Disqus, the web’s largest network of discussion communities. The new platform will enable Xaxis...

Yahoo bulks up on video after $640-million Brightroll acquisition

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Programmatic video ad platform Brightroll has been purchased by Yahoo in a $640 million cash deal.

News of the acquisition broke on Yahoo’s Tumblr account where CEO Marissa Meyer talked up the deal by describing video advertising as the next evolution in display marketing technology.

“Video is display 2.0,” she said. “It’s what brand advertisers love. It’s a format that elegantly and easily transitions from broadcast television to PC to mobile and even to

By Simon Holland, 12 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Mergers and acquisitions, Programmatic, Video & Audio Marketing.

Ad fraud targeted by AppNexus-led certification

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Online advertising technology company AppNexus has partnered with a host of industry big hitters to create a new classification standard that the group of businesses hope will eradicate fraud.

DoubleVerify, Integral Ad Science, Microsoft, PubMatic and Xaxis have all joined forces with AppNexus to create a standard that will identify safe and trusted inventory on the internet.

Fraudulent ad impressions mostly stems from bot traffic where computers hijacked by viruses mimic human...

By Simon Holland, 10 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Campaigns, Programmatic.