Programmatic Media Buying: The ultimate guide

Programmatic Media Buying: The ultimate guide

It’s 2022, we are already dreaming of living in Web 3.0 and the metaverse. Many of us have already been through NFT rug pulls and some degen plays sitting in our hidden folder. After ifs and buts, you finally start to understand the difference between all those NFT projects. What If, I told you that difference already exists in Media buying.

What is Programmatic Media Buying?

Programmatic media buying is based on RTB auction, where Advertisers place bids simultaneously and the highest bidder wins. In programmatic, most media buyers have less intervention since it’s all automated. It’s built on adtech called DSP and SSP.

Demand-Side platform is a technology that allows advertisers to create campaigns, target audiences, and allow them to enter into an auction against hundreds of other Advertisers.

Supply-Side platform is where Publishers sell their inventory, and placement at a certain price. For example, CNN, NY Times, Theverge, etc are well-known Publishers that use such technology by outsourcing it to reputed programmatic Advertising platforms.

Now, Imagine the current meta: Free mint NFTs, 99% chance you have rug pull, and 1% chance to hit Goblin. As plenty of Free, Mint NFTs projects out there with identical names, AI-generated arts, and twisted & turn terminology; that’s as many Programmatic Networks we have available in the Advertising world. Aswell 99% are inventory rebroker and anyone can fall into its trap thinking it’s cheap, however, it’s nothing less than a rug pull. It may give you a bit of performance in the beginning but before you understand anything you might end up losing all the Advertising budget.

How are the greatest Programmatic platforms built?

It’s like your NFT artist creating a 1:1 pfp you might want to buy and hold. We shall speak about it in our column “Direct Media buying”

How to be successful in Programmatic Media Buying?

However, it seems like more cons than pros to Programmatic buying, it’s not that complicated to be a successful Programmatic Media buyer. All you need to do is quit the degen play and you will already eliminate 99% inventory rebrokers.

For example, we have a Clothing Ecommerce brand, find Programmatic Networks with direct collaborations with Publishers you like to target or have access to a direct inventory of respected audiences. Since bidding on this direct inventory won’t be cheap, do not forget to track the audience. Take your time optimizing the conversions manually, it will help you create a lookalike audience, buy cheaper inventory elsewhere or master your GoogleAds or SM buys, it will help extend your reach since not all Publishers sell programmatic or users visit your targeted inventory.

Now as you know the basics, before using any DSP always make sure it has a strong background with full credibility, ask questions, try to get an Account manager, only use SS after fully understanding their platform, and create campaigns yourself if possible, and last but not least meet them in the real world events to build strong connections. I guess that’s your Alpha right there. Wish you happy and successful Programmatic buys.

In the next column, let us speak about my personal favorite direct media buying.



Advait Shah
Sr. Digital Media Buyer
✉️advait@ecartic.com

1536 1140 Ecartic
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