In recent years, two important trends in digital have occurred simultaneously: real-time bidding (RTB) has taken off and revolutionized digital advertising, and the rise of mobile has forever changed the way we interact with digital content. And yet, surprisingly, when it comes to RTB on mobile, we’ve haven’t made a great deal of progress. Even some of the most fundamental questions remain unanswered.
What does mobile even mean? Is a tablet a mobile device? How about a laptop with an LTE or 3G connection? If we assume a mobile device is a tablet or mobile phone, then there is a further problem. RTB-based ads can appear inside an app, but they can also appear on a website being viewed on a mobile browser. Each experience is vastly different and has different limitations.
Let’s take a look at three distinct types of RTB on mobile — and see why one should be banished from the definition of mobile advertising.