10 Reasons Programmatic Keeps Rolling on bdex.com

10 Reasons Programmatic Keeps Rolling

The expansion of programmatic advertising into the TV, out-of-home and other channels will only increase the need for reliable, real-time, third-party data.

It’s only natural that programmatic advertising has become the driving force behind digital display ads and is now spreading rapidly to out-of-home, television and other channels.

After all, the ability to put your message in front of a person based on what they are doing that moment has long been the Holy Grail of marketing. We may not be there yet, but we are dramatically closer than five years ago and getting closer every day thanks to the MarTech boom.

Not too long ago, online display advertising remained a labor-intensive process that required a request for proposal (RFP), negotiations back and forth between representatives, and manual insertion orders. Programmatic advertising simplifies the process through an automated process that enables computers to use data to decide which ads to buy and how much to pay for them based on real-time data signals generated by millions of connected devices. Generally, brands or their representatives use what is called a demand-side platform (DSP) to choose which ad impressions to buy and how much they should pay, and publishers use a supply-side platform (SSP) to offer ad space.

Programmatic technology was developed as a way for publishers to sell their limitless online ad space but has rapidly expanded its share of ad spending as buyers and sellers recognized the value in such an efficient and productive system.

Today, approximately four out of five digital display advertising dollars are spent on programmatic advertising. By 2020, it’s forecast that 86.3 percent of digital display ads will be served programmatically. That includes everything from online display ads, to messages on electronic signs and billboards, audible search results and video ads.

In some way, programmatic advertising is just getting started, according to Digilant, which recently published a Top 10 Programmatic Media Buying Trends infographic for 2019. Below we share their list with some annotations of our own.

Voice Marketing: The rise of smart speakers has created a new frontier for relaying brand messages. With over 56 million smart speakers sold in 2018, advertisers who are interested in being the front runner of this new medium are already re-defining their digital strategy.

Programmatic Television: With more people viewing television via smartphones, laptops and smart TVs, programmatic technology is poised to transform TV advertising. According to eMarketer, U.S. advertisers are on track to spend $3.8 million on programmatic television ads in 2019 – a number that will continue to rise as agencies and brands become more acquainted with the process and familiar with the results. Marketers can take advantage of this valuable insight today through BDEX, which has data on the viewing habits of tens of millions of consumers.

Audio Advertising: Weekly podcast listeners listen to podcasts for six hours a week on average and comprise 17 percent of the U.S. population, according to MusicOoomph.com. With 100 percent deterministic cross-device matching from BDEX, you can capture what your target customers are listening to add resolution to your customer profiles and or target them via programmatic advertising.

Social Media Shopping: Making purchases directly through Instagram and Snapchat is a growing trend. Twenty percent of Snapchat users are more likely to make purchases after engaging with a shoppable ad seen on the app.

Digital Out of Home Ads: Electronic billboards, signs, and display boards have been steadily increasing in popularity due in part to the ease of automated ad buys. Targeted Digital Out of Home advertising can help drive ticket sales and store visits, increase app downloads and online engagement, and raise awareness of products, events, and services.

Artificial Intelligence in Media Buying: Using algorithms derived from data and online behavior can help optimize your media buying strategy. Four in 10 advertisers are currently utilizing AI to help target prospective consumers more effectively in a way that increases their return on investment.

Fewer Platforms: Agencies have been consolidating media and DSP partners for ease of use and reduction of the ad tech tax. Using programmatic advertising streamlines media buys in a way that benefits brands and ad sellers alike.

Cost Transparency: Having a full understanding of the cost breakdown is important to ad buyers. Agencies are pushing for more transparency when it comes to fees, which makes it easier to evaluate the risks and rewards of committing to an ad buy.

Adding In-House Talent: More CMOs plans to bring programmatic skills in-house – a sure sign they will be upping their spend.

More In-House Agencies: According to Forrester’s “In-House Agency Forum” survey, more brands will be bringing their media in-house, with 64 percent of respondents stating that they will be using in-house agencies in 2019.

The role of third-party data

Marketers that don’t commit to programmatic advertising risk falling further and further behind a trend that is destined to enhance personalization, improve the customer’s brand experience and increase marketing ROI. Yet many are still resisting the technology because of bad experiences they have had with third-party data and/or because they lack the substantial in-house resources needed to vet, cross reference and use it. These concerns are exactly what inspired the creation of the BDEX Data Exchange Platform, or BDEX DXP.

Thanks to more than 100 partners, BDEX analysts can search more than 900 billion data points on tens of millions of U.S. consumers across 19 categories of shoppers and more than 5,000 other categories to help marketers fine-tune their real-time marketing. The platform has been designed from the ground up to save marketers time and money while supercharging their campaigns.

Dozens of global brands, retailers and agencies have been using third-party data vetted, cross-referenced and categorized by BDEX to power their programmatic advertising for years.

Whether you are looking for help launching your first programmatic campaign or a more reliable source of real-time data for your next one, you owe it to yourself to contact BDEX today to see how we can take your marketing to the next level.

Real-Time Data Is Getting Real Important Really Fast on bdex.com

Real-Time Data Is Getting Real Important Really Fast

One the most important steps to launching programmatic advertising is ensuring access to comprehensive, accurate and accessible real-time data. After all, when it comes to data marketing, it’s garbage in, garbage out.

As programmatic advertising and other types of real-time marketing become more widespread, having 24/7 access to accurate real-time data is going from a nice-to-have to a must-have for global CMOs.

Even the World Federation of Advertisers (WFA), which has been pushing the ad tech industry for greater accountability on behalf of global brands, estimates its members spent 28 percent of their digital media budgets on programmatic advertising in 2018. That was up from 17 percent in 2017 and 9.5 percent in 2014, according to WFA membership surveys.

Real-time marketing allows brands to serve the right content to the right person on the right device at the right time to help close the sale or move the consumer further down the sales funnel. This is made possible by real-time analytics and ad server technology that enables brands to respond in milliseconds to signals consumers send during their omnichannel journey.

Concerns about transparency and GDPR notwithstanding, brands are reporting tremendous lifts in traffic, open and conversion rates from programmatic campaigns.

Office Depot was able to increase revenue $6.9 million in four months by personalizing content on its product detail pages, according to personalization software maker Monetate. A luxury travel site was able to increase email sign-ups and catalog requests 8 and 3.6 percent respectively by using Monetate to personalize content for visitors to its web site.

In the United Kingdom, the wireless carrier O2 used usage, device and location data from customer’s mobile devices to show them the trade-in value of their devices, the best upgrade deals available and what customers like them generally preferred upgrading to, reports GlobalWebIndex.com. The result: a 128 percent lift in click-through rates.

The next wave

Real-time marketing continues to evolve right alongside human behavior, which has shown an amazing ability to adopt new technology. Less than five years after Amazon introduced Alexa and began shipping the Echo, more than 66 million smart speakers have been in installed in the United States, including 30 million installed in 2018. To get a sense of the dizzying pace of adoption, check out Voicebot.ai’s Voice Assistant Timeline.

Given predictions that half of all searches will be voice searches by 2020 and that only 8 of every 100 will request audible-only search results, this has huge ramifications for programmatic advertisers. Imagine, for instance, that you have an opportunity to serve the lone audible search result to a consumer who has commanded Alexa to “read me” the results of their voice search for “the most fuel-efficient 2019 SUV model.” How valuable would that be to your business?

One study estimates American consumers purchased $1.8 billion in goods via “voice commerce” in 2017 and forecasted that number to grow 20 fold by 2022.

Nearly one in four (37 percent) new smart speaker owners surveyed for The Smart Audio Report in July 2018 Research said they used it for pre-purchase research.

“This begs the question of how many product sellers are actually ready to serve up information in response to voice queries about their product or category,” Voicebot.ai Editor and Publisher Bret Kinsella wrote at the time. “The answer is very few.”

Garbage in, garbage out

While it will take years to sort out the ideal formats, pricing and attribution models for “read me” voice search ads, forward-thinking advertisers, agencies, publishers and Ad Tech companies are already using the BDEX Data Exchange Platform (DXP) to tap voice search and other real-time data signals to improve their real-time targeting. Thanks to nearly 100 partners, the BDEX DXP contains nearly 1 trillion data points on tens of millions of U.S. consumers. More importantly for programmatic advertising, the BDEX ID Graph uses 100 percent deterministic matching.

This last point is critical because we believe the biggest challenge facing CMOs today is the poor quality of most marketing data. We spent the last five years building a data infrastructure to provide the data brands and retailers need to know and serve their customers better. Today nearly 100 partners contribute data to our DXP.

At BDEX we call this building the “data infrastructure that powers human connectivity,” and we are convinced it will foster the highly personalized and inobtrusive brand experiences consumers want.

Surveys like Deloitte’s 2018 Ad Blocking Report, show that the Ad Tech industry has so far fallen far short of delivering that experience.

BDEX is committed to building the infrastructure that powers human connectivity. Thanks to more than 100 partners, our the BDEX Data Exchange Platform (DXP) marketers can choose data from over 5,500 categories, including shopping, sports, health, recreation, and science. We have over 900 billion data points on U.S. consumers, with half coming from industry-leading sources like Acxiom and Neustar and half coming from real-time custom tags. Why not call BDEX today to see how we can help you launch or improve your real-time marketing.