Targeting, optimization and creative are just a few of the topics tackled in Marketing Land’s Display Advertising column. We’ll also discuss media buying — ad networks, big publishers, real-time-bidding (RTB), retargeting and demand-side platforms (DSPs) — to help you get the best bang for your buck from your display dollars.

Sign Up To Get This Newsletter Via Email:  


“Real Time” in Display Advertising Doesn’t Really Mean Real Time

shutterstock_129641315-clock A lot of nonsense is spoken today regarding "real-time marketing" and "real-time bidding," yet most of what is actually being bought isn’t really "real time" at all, and marketers need to know why that’s a problem. With the rise of the media exchanges came the separation of the media (the "where" to target) from the data (the "who" to target). The marketer was able to stop simply shouting their message at crowds, and instead became able to pick and choose the individuals they wanted to talk to. The promise was efficiencies unseen in marketing before. There is however a problem. Whils [...]


Do Publishers Have A Clear View Of Viewability?

display-ad-featured We recently surveyed comScore's top 250 publishers to get a sense of their attitudes and readiness regarding viewability. The survey, which came on the heels of our "Viewable Vendor Report," documented (among other things) the high level of importance agencies, brands and many of you assign to the viewability metric. It was startling, to say the least, to learn that some 83 percent of publishers claim to be educated on the issue, yet only about 50 percent said they planned on preparing to sell viewable impressions. That is a jaw-dropping delta between viewability perception and reality. [...]


The Sale After The Sale: The New Reality Of Selling Display Ads

shutterstock_124544959 In my current role leading the sales organization at Simpli.fi, I have the pleasure of interacting with all levels of media buyers representing local and national brands, advertising agencies, trading desks, publishers, ad networks and resellers. Predictably, the contacts making media-buying decisions within these companies span a broad range of age and experience levels. While no universal statement is true for every individual, I can confirm that those that buy online media today are genuinely confused. They are under a sales and marketing assault by vendor representatives that are often [...]


WTF Is Tag Management? Do You Really Know, Or Just Think You Do?

data management In last month’s column (WTF Is A Cookie, Anyway? Do You Really Know, Or Just Think You Do?), I covered the basics of cookies and touched briefly on the idea of tag management. This month, I am going to dive deeper into those tools and explain why you should consider this as an option for your site... or not. Let's start with a definition. What exactly is a tag? A tag is a chunk of code -- often JavaScript -- that performs a given task on your site. Here's an example of a retargeting tag (click to enlarge): Tag code can be meant to gather analytics data, or to cookie a site visitor you [...]


The Power Of Information In Advertising

Cookies There have been a flurry of recent articles stemming from a new study by Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) about how ad value spikes when data is used to boost relevance. Ensuing articles have gushed that "advertisers pay three times more for cookie-based ads" and "advertisers will pay a substantially higher premium for interest-based ads." Part of this is clearly not news: if you use data to refine your ad targeting, you'll get better results. I learned this in business school in 1986, and I'm overwhelmingly confident that it was known well before then. Adweek took the right angle with th [...]


Premarketing: The Evolution Of Targeting

cocacola Nothing has evolved more in online marketing than the way we identify and target users. Just a few years ago, segmentation of publishers into categories or channels was still cutting edge. The "cast-a-wide net and pare down" mantra of the display networks thankfully progressed into one of the first truly effective forms of targeting -- contextual relevance -- where ad servers began to recognize text on a page and serve "relevant" ads to the user. But it took remarketing for display to become relevant for direct response advertising. Unlike its predecessors, remarketing doesn't take much wor [...]


Au Contraire, Ad Contrarian: In Defense Of Digital Advertising

Ad-Contrarian-Book-Cover-New Bob Hoffman is an advertising legend -- a seasoned ad executive who has gained a reputation as one of the most influential advertising bloggers. His books, The Ad Contrarian and 101 Contrarian Ideas About Advertising, top the Amazon bestseller list for advertising. Most of the time, I find myself whole-heartedly agreeing with his terse tweets and bellicose blog posts. Until now. In his recent blog post, "Product Advertising and The Super Bowl," Hoffman basically blames the collective creative "meh" that was Super Bowl advertising this year on digital advertising. In his view, the adve [...]


WTF Is A Cookie, Anyway? Do You Really Know, Or Just Think You Do?

Cookies [Editor's note: This column has been corrected to fix errors that weren't caught in the initial editing process. Thanks to those who pointed them out.] This month's column was inspired by a very brave CMO who bluntly asked, during a recent conversation, "WTF is a cookie, anyway?" This particular gent is smart -- he controls a marketing budget of over $30m a year, a reasonable enough portion of which is digital. His question stems from the many ways our industry talks about cookies (often incorrectly) and the peripheral terms than have become synonymous -- RTB, big data, programmatic, [...]


Creating & Iterating Today: The Marriage Of Tech & Imagination

internet-online-marketing-featured In our industry, we acknowledge the longstanding rub between the quant and the qual. We know that the math and the creative imagination have had their struggles to co-exist. But it's become a bit of a false or dated construct. It's a fun debate, sure, but the either/or conclusion cannot be supported any longer.  Most of us believe that math has changed marketing for good. Further, we see that automated, applied math or data analytics has radically, specifically changed digital marketing. Yet, the focus for some time has been on what analytics has changed as far as the media execution: whe [...]


Unlocking The Tremendous Possibilities Of Audience Data

Maximize Return on Your Investment Arrow Matrix I don't think it's news to anyone that there is more readily-available audience data than ever before. "From the dawn of civilization until 2003, humankind generated five exabytes of data. Now we produce five exabytes every two days… and the pace is accelerating." - Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Google In fact, according to Rick Smolan and Jennifer Erwitt in the book, The Human Face of Big Data, the average person today processes more data in a single day than a person in the 1500s did in an entire lifetime. In the world of advertising, this data comes from many sources, including onli [...]


Creating Fatigue-Proof Retargeting Ads

ads Web surfers aren't going to engage with the same dreary creative displayed over and over again. This makes it key to vary your message, pursue a theme, or even tell a story with multiple creative units, especially if impression frequency per user is more than a couple times a day. As there are many elements to consider, it will likely take a few attempts and/or iterations before finding winning ads. In this article, I'll provide several pointers on how to create fatigue-proof ad creative. 1. Use Relevant Keywords And/Or Relevant Themes This point seems obvious but is often overlooked. Con [...]


Programmatic Dominates Our Top 10 Display Advertising Columns For 2013

ml_disp_adv What was on the minds of Display Advertisers in 2013? RTB? DSPs? DMPs? Indeed, it was all of these acronyms, which you can clearly see from looking at our list of top 10 columns for the year. (By the way, those stand for real-time bidding, demand-side platforms and data management platforms -- all aspects of the increasingly popular programmatic media buying landscape.) Our generous contributor Ratko Vidakovic hit it out of the park with a guide to moving beyond AdWords to Demand-Side Platforms, and with so many other columns covering this emerging area of the display ad landscape. Thanks [...]


5 Ways To Evaluate The Quality Of Audience Data

target-audience-featured The fundamental evolution in display advertising, ushered in by real-time bidding (RTB) technology, is the concept of buying audiences as opposed to just inventory. We used to buy "audiences" by guessing about the characteristics of the visitors to a particular site or type of site. Now, one can pick and choose individuals by their characteristics regardless of where they happen to be on the web. Buying audiences requires that your ad platform have access to targeting data while making split-second decisions about which impressions to buy. Armed with audience data, you can target ad viewers [...]


3 Ways Marketers Can #Win With Twitter’s New Tailored Audiences

Chango_Twitter03 Today, Twitter and several platform providers announced the official launch of Tailored Audiences, giving marketers the ability to target individuals using their own first-party data and any third-party data. Until now, Twitter's advertising solutions were based solely on the data they had about their users. Facebook took a similar step to open their inventory to external data with the creation of the Facebook Exchange, a move that brought them a rush of new ad dollars. Tailored Audiences is about giving the marketer the ability to decide who to target based on external data, and it is bou [...]


The Power Of Integration: Best Practices For Combining Customer Relations Data & Your Media Buy

Data Integration Magnetic With the incredible amount of data available these days, plenty of brands have figured out how to gather, mine and utilize it to engage with consumers. According to a McKinsey report, 15 out of 17 industry sectors in the U.S. have more data stored, per company, than the U.S. Library of Congress. However, there are few companies that have figured out how to successfully integrate their customer relationship management (CRM) data with the most basic campaign metrics, such as impression clicks and conversion rates. This isn't an easy task -- measuring reach and frequency across your media b [...]


Last Minute Google Shopping: Best Practices In PLAs

Imageretailomni Congratulations! You're now fully entrenched in the holiday shopping season. Of course, we know the majority of marketing campaigns were locked down in August (right?), but this doesn't mean you don't have any wiggle room to make last minute adjustments, especially if you're not yet seeing the results you anticipated. One area where you can make small changes and yield big results is in your Google Product Listing Ads (PLAs), Let's take a closer look at how you can improve your returns from Google Shopping this holiday season with the following seven ways to boost PLA results. 1. Ensur [...]


4 Things You Deserve To Know About Your Programmatic Marketing

Know It All Imagine this scenario: your programmatic marketing campaign was a big success; you hit your goals and now your client wants to know why. Or, maybe your campaign failed -- in which case, your client is demanding an even more elaborate explanation. In either case, you need to know the behind-the-scenes details of your campaign targeting so you can answer your client's questions and use the information in your next campaign. You especially need to know more about the people that converted. What were their behaviors, their search keywords, the sites they visited? Why exactly were they the right [...]


Fireside Musings: The Growth Of Real-Time Bidding

Fireplace Flames Today I'm sitting down to meditate on some of the reasons why programmatic ad buying -- real-time bidding (RTB), in particular -- has been showing such strong and steady growth over the past few years, and why industry analysts are predicting continued growth over the next several years. Much of the growth behind RTB has been from two specific areas: mobile and video. So, that's where I will focus my attention today. There seems to be a lot of talk that RTB will ultimately make the biggest difference in mobile. Question: Is this true? If so, why? What kind of impact will it have? How [...]


New Research: The Retargeting Barometer, 3rd Edition

paying for retargeting_chango The results have just been released from the 3rd edition of the Retargeting Barometer, the ad industry’s only survey focused on the use of retargeting. Published by Chango, and this time in partnership with Digiday, the study attracted 300 respondents, including brand marketers from a broad set of industries and from media agencies. The full report can be downloaded here. Key Highlights The key highlights from the 3rd edition of the Retargeting Barometer are: Retargeting is becoming more and more standard for sure, yet there are surprising gaps in its use and how it is measured. R [...]


Agencies & Advertising Tech: Beyond The Client/Vendor Relationship

Handshake shutterstock There has been a lot of commentary lately about the relationship between the Agency and Advertising Technology  -- a liaison just as fraught with potential issues as the familiar one between Agency and Publisher. Thankfully, there's a lot to learn from the classic buyer/seller struggles of Agency and Publisher. Yes, there are issues -- but there are also opportunities. There are several core truths about digital advertising today: Predictive programmatic media has changed the face and guts of marketing All agencies must embrace ad technology Ad technology should be additive to a [...]


Get Our News, Everywhere!

Daily Email:

Follow Marketing Land on Twitter @marketingland Like Marketing Land on Facebook Follow Marketing Land on Google+ Subscribe to Our Feed! Join our LinkedIn Group Check out our Tumblr! See us on Pinterest

 
 

Click to watch SMX conference video

Join us at one of our SMX or MarTech events:

United States

Europe

Australia & China

Learn more about: SMX | MarTech


Free Daily Marketing News!

Marketing Day is a once-per-day newsletter update - sign up below and get the news delivered to you!