Category Archives: Programmatic

Data and Automation will Drive Programmatic in APAC

Programmatic advertising seems to be taking over the world in 2015, and it’s importance is growing across Asian markets.

Matt-Ware_avatar_1428590011-300x300In fact recent studies show that 3 out of 4 APAC brands to increase investment in data driven buying over the year ahead, in line with global trends.

We talk to Matt Ware, Commercial Director APAC, at MediaMath about the three M’s – Mad Men, Math Men, and Maroon 5. Plus a little bit about programmatic.

DIA Hi Matt. How are you?

MW Hi Digital in Asia! Very well thanks.

DIA We’re big fans of Mad Men here at DIA. Can you explain how we got from the Mad Men era, to the Math Men era, and the key differences?

MW To the world’s first advertising agencies, the technology now available to help marketers would have seemed like something from a fantastical science fiction novel.

In reality, the latest technology is proving to be an essential business tool in delivering what has long been promised but never realised – true customer-centric marketing.

While these tools and new ways of working can seem complex and intimidating even to experienced agency hands and marketers, grasping the fundamentals and understanding how programmatic can help business is surprisingly simple.

DIA What are the most compelling benefits programmatic trading can offer advertisers?

MW The three key business advantages that programmatic can deliver are improved targeting, scale, and relevancy. Combining these elements with real-time decision-making across millions of ad-serving opportunities means a brand can lower its marketing costs while boosting its return on investment.

At the heart of the matter is data. Consumers are becoming more sophisticated in how they use devices – from desktops to tablets and mobiles – and when they want to research, review, and buy goods or services. Marketers can now access more data than ever before about this increasingly complicated consumer path to purchase.

DIA Tell us more about data driven advertising. We know that data is THE key component of marketing moving forward.

MW Data Driven Marketing and Advertising (DDMA) – a common acronym among agencies and networks – is powered by technology that analyses vast data sets and provides the algorithms that underpin programmatic buying. This approach to marketing strategy is attracting more and more investment.

According to research conducted among 3,000 marketing practitioners across 17 countries, almost two-thirds (63%) increased their investment in DDMA in 2014, and nearly three-quarters (73%) expect to increase their DDMA budget this year.

It is vital that companies invest in technology that can analyse their consumer data because without this information, their competitors will simply leave them behind. The technology enables data to be qualified and mined for insights that can help with audience segmentation and contextual targeting. Engaging ads can then be created to serve to potential customers. Finally, these ads must be tracked, measured, adjusted and tested again and again to achieve optimum performance.

DIA How can advertisers take their first steps into programmatic?

MW Many brands are now testing programmatic buying on small projects so they can learn more about the systems, before using the results to help convince the CEO or the board that more budget should be invested in automated trading. Some brands such as Mondelez and Procter & Gamble have already announced that a large chunk of media spend will now be traded programmatically.

DIA What does programmatic advertising mean for consumers?

MW Ultimately, programmatic trading allows clients to serve relevant advertising to the consumer via the appropriate channel or platform, and at the right time. It is customer-centric because it prevents the shopper from being bombarded with meaningless messages for products in which they have no interest. The idea is to create a truly personalised shopping experience.

The brand, client, and agency benefit from efficiencies of scale and accurate targeting, and there is less money wasted on trying to reach the potential consumer. A consumer who is happy with the messages he or she receives is more likely to buy the goods and services on offer. It’s a win-win all round.

DIA Thanks Matt. Finally, has anyone ever mentioned your resemblance to Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine?!

MW Thank you. The rock and roll stardom wasn’t enough for me, I find a career in programmatic far more exciting.

Latest Research Shows Viewability “Just Works”

Viewability was one of the hottest topics in Digital over 2014, but the buzz has eased off slightly since the release of the IAB standards. Concerns around fraud rumble on, with a feeling that current regulation does quite not go far enough.

Getting measurement right is a key component of successful advertising delivery, especially in the Digital space where there is so much measurement available. Benchmarks, research and case studies are crucial, so it’s handy that Sizmek have just released their latest report into the impact of viewability measurement.

The Sizmek Research team analyzed viewable data from more than 240 billion measured impressions, 840,000 ads and 120,000 campaigns served in 74 countries to more than 22,000 publishers and 43 programmatic partners. That’s quite a lot.

The report found that ads with greater interactivity are more likely to be viewable, that mobile ads are more viewable than ads on desktop computers, and ads sold directly to publishers are more viewable than ads sold through automated or programmatic platforms.

There are some interesting comparisons looking at APAC versus other regions. Asia in general scores very high in rich media mobile ad CTRs.

In the US, the IAB minimum viewable threshold for performance, is 70% viewability. The research found this level to be a reliable indicator of performance. The report also found that choosing mobile friendly HTML5 formats and creative sizes specific to mobile devices, improves ad viewability.

Sizmek Viewability Benchmarks [2015]

“The specifics and definitions will no doubt continue to be debated, but the recent efforts at standardizing viewability terminology move the industry toward a more transparent marketplace for digital ads, and our research backs that up. Viewability just works in terms of driving campaign performance,” says Alex White, VP Product Strategy at Sizmek.

Clearly, measuring whether an ad is viewable gives the industry a great starting point for trading in true engagement.

MicroAd leads funding round for Ambient Digital in South East Asia

MicroAd Singapore today announced a Series A investment in Ambient Digital Group aiming to expand market share across South East Asia.

MicroAd will also connect its programmatic ad platform to Ambient Digital’s vast regional supply of inventory – a big win for programmatic ad buyers in South East Asia. Continue reading MicroAd leads funding round for Ambient Digital in South East Asia

MicroAd CEO Discusses Strategy and The Future of Programmatic in APAC

MicroAd’s recently launched supply side platform, MicroAd COMPASS, aims to provide a groundbreaking solution for APAC publishers . Kentaro Watanabe, MicroAd CEO, reveals that their new SSP will support increasing demands in the growing RTB market and optimize publisher revenue. See his full interview with Digital in Asia below. Continue reading MicroAd CEO Discusses Strategy and The Future of Programmatic in APAC

New Advertising and Technology Report covers Data, Programmatic and the Future of the Web

The Economist has just released a special Advertising and Technology report, with comprehensive commentary on not only the current key industry talking points, but also the long term impact of new technology on the Ad business. Continue reading New Advertising and Technology Report covers Data, Programmatic and the Future of the Web

The New Digital Advertising Ecosystem Part IV: The Life of a Programmatic Ad Impression

With advertisers set to spend more than $9 billion on programmatic buying by 2017, we all know the future is coming. However, confusion still exists about how ad exchanges and data driven buying really work.

In this latest in our series on the new Digital advertising ecosystem we look at the incredibly short but complex life cycle of a programmatic RTB ad. Continue reading The New Digital Advertising Ecosystem Part IV: The Life of a Programmatic Ad Impression

The Growing Importance of Audience Data and Programmatic Trading in Asia

Industry analysts regularly highlight the shift currently taking place in the way media is being traded, as the market moves from relationship driven buying to programmatically delivered electronic trading.

We’ve looked at this topic in detail previously in our series The New Digital Advertising Ecosystem, and it’s clear that programmatic will be an area of growing importance in Asia with a staggering 300% projected growth in APAC over 2014. Continue reading The Growing Importance of Audience Data and Programmatic Trading in Asia

The New Digital Advertising Ecosystem part III

For this latest post in our ongoing series looking at The New Digital Advertising Ecosystem, we wanted to go right back to basics, and look at an online advertising 101. Understanding the evolution of the Digital media market over the last decade is a crucial part of understanding what is happening now. Continue reading The New Digital Advertising Ecosystem part III

The New Digital Advertising Ecosystem Part II

We have already covered the new digital advertising ecosystem at a basic level in a previous post.

Here we wanted to start looking at things in a little more detail with the help of LUMA Partners. Continue reading The New Digital Advertising Ecosystem Part II

Digital Benchmarking and Measurement

“How much should we be paying per like on Facebook?” or “What is a good CTR for a display campaign?” are questions that will be familiar to anyone working in Digital. Benchmarks are a constant topic of discussion, and it’s only natural that we want to understand whether we are doing better or worse than everyone else.

It is not easy to find Asia specific benchmarks, but this post is a fairly comprehensive list of all the resources available. Where there are no local benchmarks, more general industry specific or global benchmarks can still help us understand performance, so we have included the best of these. Continue reading Digital Benchmarking and Measurement