Real-time bidding (RTB) is a small, but rapidly growing part of the overall display advertising market, which is billed as a way of giving agencies and advertisers better control of their ad buys and costs.
Last year eMarketer predicted that RTB spend in the US will reach $7.1bn by 2016 - nearly a third of the display ad market - up from $1.9bn in 2012.
However RTB also receives criticism for being too complicated, overly expensive and offering poor quality inventory.
With this in mind, AdMonsters and PubMatic have published a new report that examines publisher attitudes towards RTB.
AdMonsters distributed an online survey to its European publisher contacts and carried out several in-depth interviews with experienced RTB users in both the US and Europe.
There are a number of airline aggregators available online, and in general they provide a very useful service for travellers.
However one new startup hopes to wrestle control of the market from the established players by focusing on usability.
To find out more about AirlineHunter.co.uk, I spoke to marketing director Petra Vaskovych...
Smartphones and tablets accounted for almost a fifth (18%) of total US search spend in Q4 2012, according to data from IgnitionOne.
Year-on-year figures show that paid search spend on tablets has increased by 163% compared to 87% on smartphones, while clicks have increased by 135% and 29% respectively.
The report also found that CPCs have increased by 45% on smartphones, while tablet CPCs have increased by a relatively low 12%. On tablets search ad impressions increased 212% while on smartphones the increase was 20%.
Separate figures published by the IAB in October show that mobile advertising accounts for 7% of all digital ad spend in the UK. So though the reports focus on different markets, it still suggests that mobile search is outperforming other areas of mobile marketing.
Here are some of the most interesting digital marketing stats we've seen this week.
Stats include tech companies use of social media, digital opportunities in 2013, showrooming, LinkedIn's 200m members and the mobile web in Africa.
For more digital marketing stats, check out our Internet Statistics Compendium.
As we've been off for a few weeks I've rounded up some of the best infographics that we've seen from the past fortnight.
The topics include festive insights for retailers, Facebook's mobile advertising performance, content marketing and real-time bidding.
Social media is one of the most important marketing channels for brands, as it offers unique opportunities to communicate with customers.
But getting social media strategy right isn’t an easy task, and the brands that are achieving the best results tend to be those that are taking risks and trying new things.
With this in mind, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at how major brands use social, focusing on which of the main networks they are active on and how they use them.
And what better place to start that with the world’s biggest retailer: Walmart. Handily Walmart has actually published its own social media guidelines, which include things like 'don't be rude' and 'keep it real'.
So here's a quick look at how Walmart uses Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+.
A new report into the use of social media among the UK’s top 50 tech companies has found that while usage has increased since 2011, engagement levels have actually fallen.
EML Wildfire’s study found that LinkedIn proved to be the most popular social network, with 98% of companies in the study having registered an account, compared to 82% on Twitter and 68% on Facebook.
Interestingly, Facebook usage has actually dropped slightly from 70% in 2011 and would have fallen further had it not been for B2B businesses.
In the 2010 and 2011 reports 100% of B2C companies used Facebook, however this fell to 83% in 2012, while B2B usage increased from 32% in 2010 to 65% this year.
There is no longer a debate over whether online retailers need a mobile site, as consumer demand dictates that brands need to optimised for small screens.
However there are still several different options facing brands that want to create a mobile optimised site.
Responsive design is seen by many as being the future of web design, and we previously looked at 11 gorgeous examples of the technology and asked several experts whether site owners need to adopt it.
But the examples we’ve seen suggest that responsive design is currently more popular among design agencies and artists, while major ecommerce retailers have been slow on the uptake.
So to show how responsive design can be applied in retail, here are 10 examples of ecommerce sites built using responsive design...
Product videos are a great way to improve conversion rates online as they reassure the customer by helping them make an informed purchase decision.
One of the main problem with ecommerce is that you can’t hold the product in your hands before you buy it, which is why offering free returns is such a great selling point.
But video is also a great way to limit the impact of returns, as it gives customers a full view 360 degree of the product.
We've previously blogged best practice tips for ecommerce product videos, and recently looked at the rise of video in 2013.
With this in mind, here’s a round up of some stats showing how product videos have improved conversion rates for six online retailers...
Live chat is still a relatively new customer service channel, though it’s proving to be an increasingly popular method of communicating with brands.
Stats from BoldChat show that more than 65% of US online shoppers have used live chat, up from 50.4% in 2009.
The figure is slightly lower in the UK but still growing at 53%, up from 41% in 2011.
The same research shows that 31% of respondents would be more likely to purchase after a live chat, however this stat should be treated with a decent amount of scepticism, as it’s difficult for people to accurately predict their future purchase behaviour.