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.
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.
Amazon may be the world's online consumer retail giant, but don't let that fool you: the company isn't content with being the Walmart of the web.
Already, Amazon has become a leading player in the cloud computing space, and in 2013, it's coming to Madison Avenue, perhaps in a big way.
There has been no bigger news this year in the world of digital advertising than the launch of Facebook Exchange (FBX). The implications are many. It opened up a gigantic pool of inventory in the hottest sector of ad tech: programmatic buying or, more specifically, retargeting. Furthermore, it brought together Facebook API buyers and DSPs in a way that companies are still trying to figure out, and overnight, it created competition, in terms of attention and dollars, for Google’s advertising juggernaut, DoubleClick Ad Exchange.
Now that it’s been almost five months since AdRoll and a handful of other tech companies have joined the FBX alpha, we thought we’d share the key things that we’ve learned about this exciting new channel.
Real-time bidding (RTB) may be a source of concern and confusion for both media buyers and sellers, but that isn't stopping adoption of RTBs.
According to a report published this week by sell-side platform Index Platform, the number of RTB impressions sold via its platform jumped nearly 30% in the first and second quarters of the year. What's more: growth was driven by both major advertisers, which accounted for 57% of all spend in Q2, and local advertisers, which increased their spend by nearly 50% quarter-over-quarter.
Despite challenges and turbulence, adoption of real-time bidding (RTB) is growing and expectations are still high that RTB will be able to deliver on its promise.
One of the big questions that lingers, however, is just how big an impact will RTB have on the online advertising ecosystem outside of display. Take video, for instance. Skeptics make interesting points about RTB's potential shortcomings in the video space and suggest that RTB may not be as applicable to video.
Are the skeptics right? That remains to be seen, but in the meantime, RTB continues to make inroads in video. The latest example of that: yesterday VEVO announced the launch of an RTB platform that it will use to move unsold pre-roll ad inventory.
Companies have more opportunities than ever to reach consumers thanks in large part to the proliferation of digital channels, but taking advantage of those opportunities can be difficult.
From display and mobile to social and video, figuring out the best way to use digital channels is no small undertaking.
So it's no surprise that many companies turn to agencies for answers.
Real-time bidding (RTB) is no longer an unknown entity for marketers, but equally it has yet to reach a clear tipping point in terms of mainstream adoption.
It’s not far off that point though and the launch of Facebook’s RTB network should hasten the move towards more widespread investment.
However a recent study found that one of the biggest concerns among media buyers is that they would be buying low quality inventory, which in turn may damage their brand.
So clearly marketers still need to be educated as to the potential benefits of RTB.
Our new Real-Time Bidding Buyer’s Guide contains detailed information about the trends and issues affecting the online display advertising sector, as well as advice about how to find the right RTB platform.
Furthermore, a new report from Infectious Media includes some useful information regarding the RTB market in various European markets.
It's a seemingly great time to be a brand. Our digital world has created numerous challenges in reaching consumers, but thanks to digital channels like social and mobile, there are arguably more opportunities than ever to create connections.
For agencies, whether the digital revolution is a boon isn't always so clear. Yes, agency services are in great demand as a result, but the complexity of digital advertising is creating some significant pain.
The benefits of real-time bidding (RTB) seem obvious, but as a percentage of the display advertising market, RTB's growth has lagged many observers' expectations.
So what gives?
According to a study (PDF) conducted by Advertiser Perceptions and released this week by Casale Media, approximately half of media buyers and sellers are already participating in the RTB ecosystem, and significant growth is expected over the next year, but both sides still have a number of concerns that are holding RTBs back.