Why GDPR Won’t Stop Programmatic Advertising on bdex.com

Why GDPR Won’t Stop Programmatic Advertising

Learn the impacts of GDPR on marketing technology, and why programmatic advertising is stronger than ever

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect on May 25, 2018, and since then organizations around the world have been updating privacy policies, and consumers have become even more concerned about online transparency and confidentiality.

The privacy changes have proven to be especially relevant to marketers and advertisers, industries that already had to manage a delicate balance between consumer data and privacy compliance.

What follows is a look at how GDPR is affecting marketing technology (MarTech) and why brands are actually continuing to increase programmatic advertising, despite rumors that it was on the way out.

Impacts of GDPR on MarTech

The implementation of GDPR got many in the marketing industry talking about how it may be the end of programmatic advertising. With the stricter privacy laws, many thought programmatic would be too complex to monitor and too prone to violating the new regulations.

Because GDPR requires the consent of consumers if their personal data is involved in an interaction, it was said that it would be too complicated for marketers to have an “entirely opted-in subscriber base,” as Global Web Index put it, making it impossible to continue targeted digital advertising.

Most respondents (79 percent) in a report conducted by London Research and Truth said they were worried about levels of transparency in programmatic advertising. The research surveyed over 100 executives at well-known brands and senior marketers and only 14 percent of respondents said they had a good understanding of the portion of their budget that actually gets to the consumer. One of the biggest industry concerns was a lack of visibility into third parties.

However, programmatic advertising isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. In fact, it’s been increasing since GDPR was implemented last year. The use of third-party data on social media platforms, after a decrease following the implementation of GDPR, started rising again in October 2018. Data from Adaptly shows that 15 percent of Facebook media is purchased with third-party data and that data usage has increased almost three times since the initial decrease.

eMarketer predicts that by 2020, U.S. advertisers will see $69 billion in digital display ad spending programmatically, which will make up 86.3 percent of the entire digital display spending.

Why brands are continuing with programmatic advertising

Programmatic advertising is still going strong because it’s such an effective method. Using data like demographics, geography, personal interests, behaviors, and even weather conditions, programmatic advertising platforms can use this real-time data to identify the right audiences and cater ads to devices specific to that audience.

The accurate, real-time data that programmatic advertising takes advantage of has been the foundation to the method’s success. These ads are personalized to each consumer’s unique interests, behaviors, location, and demographics. Put simply, programmatic advertising allows marketers to put a message in front of a person based on what they’re doing at that exact moment.

In the aforementioned London Research survey, 61 percent of respondents said the greatest benefit of programmatic is the ability to target and optimize effectively. Programmatic enhance personalization and improves the overall brand experience for the consumer while increasing marketing ROI.

So how can these benefits be taken advantage of while following GDPR?

First, marketers must address that consent concern. Make it a priority to receive consent from consumers in everything on your website, including cookies, newsletters, or other subscriptions. Adaptly research shows that 3 in 4 consumers in the UK welcome the changes that GDPR brings, so they’re going to be grateful for your transparency and often willing to give their consent.

Updated privacy regulations also mean quality standards are rising. It’s thus more important than ever to put more energy into creating high-quality ads that are competitive and relevant. It’s a great time for marketers to revisit their entire ad strategy along with updating privacy concerns.

And remember that it’s impossible to produce quality ads without quality data. The BDEX Data Exchange Platform (BDEX DXP) has 900 million searchable data points on tens of millions of U.S. consumers. These data points span 19 categories of shoppers and 5,000 additional categories, such as science, sports, and health, to help marketers home in on the audience they need for effective real-time marketing.

Take advantage of programmatic advertising that’s backed by quality, accurate real-time data. Learn more about how BDEX can help you get the data you need to push your real-time targeting strategy forward. Contact us today to learn more about our advanced data platform.

5 Ways 5G Will Affect Data-Driven Marketing on bdex.com

5 Ways 5G Will Affect Data-Driven Marketing

With the next generation of wireless technology expected to accelerate device proliferation, marketers need 100 percent deterministic cross-device matching more than ever.

A little girl rides her tricycle in her home, and as she passes a glass window, an illustration of a friendly monster appears. A fashion designer uses an AR-enabled screen to create his latest work. A group of gamers immerses themselves in an all-out virtual battle on their mobile phones…

If you didn’t see the Samsung ad that first appeared during the Super Bowl earlier this year, these images might seem like far-off fantasies, but with 5G on the horizon, they will soon become a reality.

For marketers, the opportunities 5G will bring are nearly endless. Here are just a few examples.

New marketing mediums will emerge

The proliferation of mobile devices has allowed people across the United States and around the world to access the internet, but not everyone with a smartphone enjoys the same level of connectivity. While they can typically browse the web or watch a short video, a host of problems, from a lack of bandwidth to latency, can keep these users from actively engaging in the content they consume.

The arrival of 5G will give mobile marketers the opportunity to create immersive user experiences like they never have before. Think interactive mobile games that allow users to talk and see each other in real time or AR-enabled apps from brands and retailers that allow users to try on clothes in the comfort of their home.

5G will make waves outside of the mobile space too. Better wireless internet will lead to better location intelligence, allowing marketers to geo-target potential customers with coupons, store updates, and more relevant marketing material with greater precision. In other words, getting the right message to the right customer at the right time—the goal of any marketing campaign—will finally be possible on a broader scale.

Of course, these scenarios are only a few examples of how marketers can create bigger, better campaigns and user experiences with 5G. Only time will tell how marketers take advantage of 5G once it’s widely available.

Marketers will have access to more real-time data

5G will boost network speeds from about 100 megabits per second to 10 gigabits per second, nearly 100 times faster than what is available through 4G now. Increased network speeds, along with increased bandwidth, will enable retailers and brands to collaborate in new ways.

Adweek predicts 5G will disrupt retailing by enabling in-store purchases via AR mirrors, distribution of long-form video content via MMS, foldable multi-screen devices and even location-based delivery.

Programmatic advertising will get a revamp

We’ve discussed how 5G will open up new avenues for data-driven marketing campaigns, but the current programmatic advertising infrastructure will also change as demand grows.

Open X, a programmatic advertising company, says it currently handles 100 billion ad requests per day. That number may seem high, but when 5G arrives, brands, retailers, and other companies will request programmatic ads even more. Advertisements will load faster and richer audio and video experiences will be possible, giving brands even more reason to invest in programmatic advertising.

Programmatic advertising costs could change as well. More demand could lead to higher prices, but advertisers and publishers also predict there will be more ad formats and pricing options to choose from as well.

Marketing across multiple devices will be a must

With 5G, more consumers will access the internet on more devices at the same time. While the interaction between devices includes smartphones, desktop, and laptops, smart home and voice-enabled devices powered by the IoT will be accessed more frequently as well.

To reach users across all their devices, marketers will have to identify them. Tools like BDEX’s ID Graph, which uses 100 percent deterministic cross-device matching, will become indispensable.

Marketers that fail to prepare could get left in the dust

It’s important to recognize that even though 5G is expected to change how marketers approach data-driven marketing, it will take years to reach the average consumer. In its downloadable report “The 5G era in the US,” the GSMA estimates 5G won’t become the leading mobile network technology in the United States until 2025 when it’s expected to account for about half of mobile connects.

That gives marketers plenty of time to prepare. Whether your company is a startup or a multi-million dollar establishment, the BDEX DXP has an audience and other datasets across more than 500 industries, making it an ideal resource for marketers who want to get ahead and start reaching more potential customers now.

By combining the functionality and reach of a traditional DMP in a true marketplace environment, BDEX enables companies to create and target audiences like never before. Contact us today to learn more.

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.