This post was most recently updated on September 6th, 2021
In the world of digital advertising, programmatic is king. Research and forecasts from eMarketer suggest that for the United States market, display ad advertising spend currently transacts 82.5% programmatically and could increase to 86.3% by 2020.
For 2018, programmatic direct accounted for 58% of programmatic ad spending, with private marketplace deals at 19% and open marketplace deals at 23%.
Programmatic direct is clearly a favorite. However, what is it really and how does it even work? Let’s take a closer look to find out just that.
With programmatic direct, an ad transaction or agreement takes place directly between the publisher (seller) and the advertiser (buyer) through some kind programmatic ad buying system.
Programmatic direct can also contain a variety of programmatic deals such as private auctions, preferred deals, and guaranteed/non-guaranteed deals. The image below provides more information.
With other programmatic transactions, this would typically run through an ad exchange and RTB technology would be used to bid on ad inventory such as an open auction.
Both are very much the same, however, programmatic direct can contain programmatic guaranteed or non-guaranteed agreements between publishers and advertisers as mentioned above.
Programmatic guaranteed is when the advertiser (buyer) buys ad inventory directly from the publisher with an agreement for a fixed number of impressions, a specific delivery timeline, and predetermined price.
-As header bidding continues to become a standard in most publisher ad stacks, the advantages of programmatic direct for advertisers are being limited and publishers might not be able to leverage premium ad inventory access as they used to.
In an ever-changing digital advertising and ad technology landscape, programmatic direct still play an essential role despite some challenges. It’s no wonder it’s the preferred programmatic selling method for publishers.
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