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It goes without saying that the Chinese display advertising market is huge and evolving quickly.
With the number of smartphone users comfortably exceeding 500m in 2016, Western brands in China are experimenting with programmatic to increase their reach.
Here are some key points about Chinese programmatic for the newcomer.
Last week, lastminute.com group announced its new media business, The Travel People.
In such an interesting time for online advertising, I wanted to know what this means for lastminute.com group and the advertising on its sites.
Mirroring big publisher websites, is this a move towards more bespoke campaigns and away from standard display?
Though the term non-linear advertising is perhaps a little academic, the concept is a useful one when discussing multichannel campaigns.
It's also a lens through which to view display advertising, and the problems it is beset by.
Here's my attempt at explaining it.
People-based advertising is the use of first-party data to identify known individuals within an advertising ecosystem.
The data is selectively shared with publishers, reaching real people where they congregate online.
So, which solutions are brands using to do this and to what end?
Recently, I wrote an article about the scale of ad fraud.
In it, I mentioned a press release I had received from engage:BDR about their new VP of Inventory Quality.
I decided to catch up with their CEO, Ted Dhanik, to discuss the state of the industry.
Some people seem slightly alarmed by the rise of automation in marketing.
Is it the first step towards all of us being replaced by robots that will eventually enslave humankind and force us to oil their joints until the end of time?
While that might have been a lame attempt at a joke, it is actually very relevant to the Creative Programmatic event I attended yesterday, which was all about how this largely automated channel needn’t spell the end of human creativity in marketing.
No doubt you’re all aware by now that Google is removing ads from the right-hand side of its search results pages (SERPs).
Ads will now only appear at the top and bottom of SERPs.
To give some context around what this means for search marketers, we asked several experts for their take on why Google made this decision, and also how marketers need to adjust their PPC campaigns as a result.
There's no doubt there are still issues with programmatic advertising; fraud, poor creative, and a lack of transparency from media agencies cause much debate.
Despite this, real-time bidding (the automated auction of ad impressions) has many obvious advantages for publishers.
So, I thought I'd help programmatic newbies with a list of the benefits of RTB.
If you're new to real-time bidding (RTB) in display advertising, the acronyms can be an obstacle to understanding a fairly simple concept.
It's just like PPC; using real-time auction technology to sell ad space, often to a known or lookalike audience (which you may be familiar with via Facebook advertising).
For a while now, many have bemoaned the lack of creativity in display and programmatic advertising.
The Economist bucked the trend last year, creating one of the most eye-catching and witty campaigns of 2015, and winning a Masters of Marketing award in the process.
Proximity London was behind the work, marrying provocative content and contextual targeting to help The Economist target new users.
66% of marketers believe location-based advertising is the ‘most exciting’ mobile opportunity for 2016, according to a recent IAB UK study I quoted in our digital marketing stats round-up.
This is a huge endorsement from the marketing community, but how many people really use this channel to its full potential?
For those still relatively new to the term, or for anyone wanting to refresh their knowledge, I’ve created this location-based advertising guide for you.
The belief that people who click display adverts are the ones who convert is a popular one but in fact the complete opposite is true – clickers are actually less likely to convert.
The notion that clicking and converting must be related is highly intuitive which is probably why the theory’s proved incredibly persistent.