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Fix Programmatic So It Solves Marketing Problems

ClickZ

Programmatic platforms should help advertisers deliver performance at scale, but several proposed “fixes” are actually preventing the technology from doing its job.

At a recent conference, the chief marketing officer (CMO) of a major food and beverage brand said, “I don’t have an ad-tech problem, I have a marketing problem.”

This is right on.

We need to focus on making sure that advertising technology delivers performance at scale. Programmatic will only exit its awkward teenage stage if we focus on solving real marketing problems instead of wasting time thinking up new ad-tech buzzwords to package into media buys.

If 2014 marked the year that programmatic “arrived,” 2015 should be the year that it actually solves some marketing problems. Unfortunately, two leading proposed programmatic “fixes” actually prevent programmatic platforms from unleashing their potential – delivering advertiser performance at scale.

Viewability Is Not an End Unto Itself

Impression fraud is the major issue crippling programmatic traffic, and yet the industry’s response seems hung up on something else: viewability tracking. “Pay us to guarantee that you only pay for ads that are viewable!” goes the battle cry of ad-tech vendors after they terrify marketers with made-up statistics about purchased impressions that no one ever sees. It’s a ruse.

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How Twitter Makes Money

ClickZ, 4/26/11

On January 24, eMarketer predicted that Twitter would bring in a bit over $150 million in 2011 and $250 million in 2012. (You can see the chart at the bottom of this column.) Is this realistic? I think it may be from what I have learned and am writing about below.

Twitter’s “Promoted” Products

Recently my firm had a very interesting series of calls and meetings with Twitter and I got my head around all the details of its advertising or “Promoted” products. Twitter’s offerings have three attributes that really struck the value/performance chord in my book:

Cost-per-click from its Promoted Tweets

Cost-per-action (actually cost-per-follower) from its Promoted Accounts

Exclusivity from its Promoted Trends offering (basically Twitter’s version of a home page takeover)

So here is a quick breakdown of what those products are offering:

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