Table of Contents
- Digital Marketing Statistics for 2022
- What Is Programmatic?
- What is Programmatic Direct?
- What Is Real-Time Bidding?
- Programmatic vs. RTB: Similarities and Differences
- The Benefits of RTB
You’re not alone if you don’t understand the distinction between programmatic advertising and real-time bidding (RTB). Even though programmatic and real-time bidding technologies might appear to be the same to you, they are not. And not all programmatic systems support real-time bidding.
Many intricacies, strange terminology, and esoteric ad forms can be found in programmatic. However, we want to discuss real-time bidding, media purchasing, and programmatic here.
Digital Marketing Statistics for 2022
Everyone has witnessed the great digital transition, whether you are an established business or just getting started. Digital marketing was originally thought to be a transitory fad. Today, it has outgrown our wildest expectations and has taken over every area of most firms.
Digitization has become an integral component of the economic world. While traditional advertising may have provided the majority of a company’s revenues in the past, the environment has shifted. The majority of enterprises have already adapted to the change, and those that have not will go out of business shortly.
You can evaluate which parts of your organisation may require more attention by understanding how other businesses function online.
We’ve collected a list of marketing statistics to help you understand the industry and make smarter decisions in the future. Let’s get right into it.
- The global digital advertising and marketing business is expected to reach $946.9 billion by 2027, up from $350 billion in 2020;
- The compound annual growth rate of digital advertising and marketing from 2020-2027 is projected at 14.9%;
- Facebook Ads and Google Ads are the paid ad channels with the highest stated ROI rate;
- Digital advertising and marketing accounts for 55% of all marketing. In 2021, the total digital advertising spend was $436 billion, compared to $196 billion for offline advertising;
- Customers are 155% more inclined to check for your brand’s specific terms after seeing display ads.
- In 2021, firms spent $144.8 billion on search advertising globally.
As you can see, the industry of digital marketing keeps growing and there are no premises for this process to stop.
What Is Programmatic?
Let’s clarify what each phrase means and how they differ. First and all, what exactly is programmatic advertising? To put it simply, programmatic workflow automation is technology-enabled process automation. Programmatic technology in digital advertising is simply one machine talking to another machine to perform campaign trafficking tasks, reducing the possibility of human mistakes. A human defines campaign parameters in a programmatic situation, and the ad tags are automatically transferred to the destination ad server. A second human is not always required, which simplifies the entire operation.
On the other hand, ads purchased directly (or without the help of programmatic technology) are subject to the manual method that has remained relatively unchanged for the past 20 years. Someone emails another person an ad tag that needs to be placed within an ad server campaign (among a multitude of other things). In other words, it is person-to-person communication rather than computer-to-computer communication. There’s a significant difference.
Because some channels, such as search advertising, have been programmatic since their inception, programmatic jargon was not required to define variations in workflow or procedure. This differentiation has only been necessary in the display, which began with manual purchasing. It’s worth noting that, in addition to search, other digital channels of marketing, such as social and email, have always been programmatic. They, however, have nothing to do with RTB advertising.
Artificial intelligence (AI)
The beauty of programmatic buying is that it uses artificial intelligence (AI) technologies like machine learning and deep learning.
Algorithms are used in machine learning to evaluate data, learn from it, and make a prediction or judgement about it, such as predicting the effectiveness of an online advertising campaign or evaluating ROI or user engagement.
The system learns and grows over time, improving campaign performance and reacting instantaneously to ever-changing market circumstances. Individual consumers’ AI systems detect trends and alter their programmatic and online experience accordingly.
Deep learning algorithms will enable computers to learn from their mistakes, track data, and make connections and judgements that people may not have considered otherwise.
Deep learning will enable the creation of more accurate online customer profiles as well as the making of accurate forecasts based on actual usage rather than projected consumption.
As a result, programmatic purchasing not only gives significant data but also important insights. Advertisers gather feedback on how their commercials are engaging the audience and what elements have contributed to the ad’s success.
For example, programmatic buying enables advertisers to determine which age groups performed best and what time of day or week was most effective.
As a result, advertisers may constantly tweak their targeting strategy while ensuring consistent ad delivery.
Basic and advanced targeting
Basic targeting refers to the most basic and often utilised campaign parameters. It allows for minimal customisation based on geolocation (country, region, state, etc.), format, banner size, or traffic-related categories.
Basic targeting often allows you to select your traffic category, ad type, and country from which to buy traffic.
Advanced targeting is another unique technique provided by programmatic media buying. Based on specific parameters gathered by algorithms, you get access to your target audience.
In contrast to the period, when advertising was more about inventiveness with little understanding of the consumers, it is now more about placing the ad in the right context to the right people, independent of location.
Advertisers can offer their advertising to a specific target group on any website by pulling information about possible buyers from first- and third-party data. Gender, age group, geography, household income, and relationship status are all targeting possibilities that allow for a hyper-personalised marketing approach.
What is Programmatic Direct?
The technique of automating a direct sale of guaranteed advertising between an advertiser and a publisher is referred to as a programmatic direct (PD).
Advertising must adhere to three basic rules in order to be classified as such.
- The process must be automated
A PD sale is particularly effective since it is automated and uses transactional and delivery automation. Direct sales were negotiated using old-school phone calls, spreadsheets, and mail in the past. This process is totally automated by a PD.
- The sale must be made directly
The direct sale entails a previously discussed agreement between both the buyer and the seller. Business is done immediately, and placement orders and paperwork are tossed into the place where they belong.
- Advertisement must be guaranteed
When dealing with PD transactions, consider whether the inventory is guaranteed. This will assist you in determining what type of deal it is.
What Is Real-Time Bidding?
Answering the question of “What is RTB advertising?”, we can say that it is essentially an auction in which advertisers compete for space offered by publishers on the “open market” using an automated platform such as a demand-side platform (DSP).
Advertisers can pick where impressions are served in real-time, right as the page loads, based on audience data available at the time of the ad call (or bid request).
Here’s a high-level description of the real-time bidding in the media-purchasing process:
- Ad campaigns in a DSP are created by an advertiser or an advertising agency;
- The DSP connects to an ad exchange, which connects to the inventory from ad networks and supply-side platforms (SSPs);
- When an ad space becomes available on a publisher’s site, the publisher’s SSP sends a bid request to an ad exchange. The ad exchange then conducts an auction among the several DSPs in which they bid on the impression given by the ad network or SSP;
- When a DSP wins the bid, the advertiser’s ad is delivered to the publisher and becomes visible to the visitor.
Programmatic vs. RTB: Similarities and Differences
Programmatic refers to several methods of ad placement. Ads, for example, can be acquired through a private marketplace (PMP), where deals are negotiated through the DSP and organised based on advertiser goals such as viewers or click-through rates. Some DSPs provide programmatic guaranteed (PG) arrangements, in which publishers must guarantee a certain amount of ad impressions so that advertisers may be confident they are getting their money’s value from the placement.
Advertising RTB is a type of programmatic g that provides marketers with access to multichannel inventory sources as well as the flexibility to define their own rates and targeting criteria, so that the DSP can connect them with the correct ad at the right time.
RTB was the “programmatic” of 2010 because it was a game changer in the display advertising business, allowing for the first significant wave of programmatic buying. As a result, many consumers mistake RTB for the only means to buy display advertisements programmatically, confusing the concepts. However, times have changed.
There is now a “PD” on the display, which has nothing to do with RTB. In addition, when we look outside the display channel, we have search, social, and email; all of which are predominantly done programmatically but are not RTB.
So, when you hear the name RTB in the future, remember that you’re talking about the RTB protocol or technology, which encompasses both the open auction market and private marketplaces. The term “programmatic” refers to a considerably broader concept. It includes RTB and a “PD” inside display, as well as other key channels in digital advertising in general.
The Benefits of RTB
What makes RTB special? Let’s see.
RTB enables an attractive return on investment for targeted campaigns. The ad is shown to qualified profiles, which is likely to result in a conversion. It also enables advertisers to manage their spending more effectively. Before entering the auction, an advertiser can specify the highest bid they are ready to pay for an impression. It is also feasible to obtain valuable insights in order to improve bids and evaluate the performance of ad placement in real time.
RTB enables media buyers to find suitable ad locations or websites that they might not have considered otherwise. It enables them to whitelist observed placements inside a certain campaign in order to achieve the best results. Furthermore, they are capable of effectively addressing their audience with unique techniques or messaging.
RTB also provides a lot of possibilities for retargeting. It enables you to reach users who did not convert via RTB on other sites and get them back to your site. The retargeting RTB techniques will be based on your prospect’s likelihood to convert.
In short, RTB is only a subset of programmatic. It is an auction-based real-time advertising purchasing system. In 2019, RTB accounted for around half of corporate digital campaign investments; therefore, to be effective, you need to combine RTB with deal ID tactics.
What does the future hold now that we’ve seen how programmatic and RTB work together?
Given the tremendous advancements in Ad Tech in recent years, as well as the growing interest in effectiveness in advertising and marketing spending, programmatic and RTB will continue to flourish and expand into new mediums such as TV and audio.In case you’re considering becoming a player in the Digital Marketing industry, one of the most important things to consider is the choice of a software development partner. No matter what solution you want to create – from a content management system to a bidding platform – Bamboo Agile can become a reliable shoulder to lean on. Book a free consultation to discuss your thoughts and ideas, and get ready for a huge business boost!
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