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5 Major Myths about Programmatic Buying in Latin America

Programmatic has made a major splash in the advertising industries of the world and Latin America is no exception to this. But with all the coverage, hype and usage, certain notions have come up that are affecting people’s perceptions about the tactic. And lots of times, these notions come from people with scant experience in the area. Having worked with MediaDesk DSP since we started developing the product in 2012, I’ve developed a pretty solid idea of what’s fact and fiction about programmatic—all based on the hundreds of campaigns we’ve run for clients. As such, below I tackle a few of the erroneous perceptions about programmatic and explain the realities.

#1 Programmatic Inventory Is All Remnant
This is actually not true. Lots of quality inventory on high-trafficked sites is available for advertisers who wish to reach Latin American Internet users. Remnant inventory is a part of what’s out there, but it is far from the only option.  For example, MediaDesk’s recent certification by Google opens up some great YouTube inventory for brands and agencies that understand how wildly popular online videos have become among Latin American Internet users. In the end, what matters is the ability to bid for inventory that is relevant to a campaign’s objectives.

#2 Programmatic and RTB Are the Same Thing
Programmatic simply refers to buying online advertising impressions via a platform as opposed to buying them manually from a selection of Web sites. However, RTB (real time bidding) refers to the buying and selling of online ad impressions through real-time auctions that occur in the time it takes a webpage to load. The price of impressions is determined in real time based on what buyers are willing to pay, hence the name “real-time bidding.” Regardless, the goal is to maximize efficiency and better allocate the ad spend for a given campaign.

#3 Programmatic Is Cheap
DSPs like MediaDesk can help lower costs with online media buying by removing humans from part of the process. However, the true boost in ROI from programmatic comes from using a more strategic and efficient way to buy media rather than saving in fees or intermediary costs. This efficiency leads to less waste in target clients and thus can impact ROI. MediaDesk can help with this process through its vast array of data on Latin American Internet users that allows you to buy by audience.
Now, even with this increased efficiency, clients may find that they need to make higher bids to ensure a better performance with campaigns. That’s the nature of RTB—users are bidding for impressions and certain customer targets have a higher demand—and a subsequent higher price for the impressions to reach them.

#4 Programmatic Is Just for Performance
Because of its superior targeting capabilities and the fact that you can by audiences leads some brands and agencies to think of programmatic strictly as a performance tactic: leads, conversions, etc., nothing more.
However, programmatic is also a strong branding tool. You can occupy high-visibility positions where the data shows your audience goes, thus increasing awareness. In addition, programmatic buying tools allow you to see how the audience interacts with the brand and the results when you vary different messages to gauge engagement.

#5 Publishers Lose Money with Programmatic Inventory
Publishers seem to think that the real-time bidding system can drive down the prices for their inventory. However, publishers can take a look at their ad positions, determine the audience that will be reached via those positions and set a price that corresponds to their value with the supply side platforms (SSP). As such, programmatic can actually help publishers drive revenue as opposed to losing it.

Contact us to get a free demo of MediaDesk—the leading programmatic platform in Latin America—and get a direct sense of the reality of programmatic buying and how you can leverage it for your brand or clients.

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4 Keys for Mobile Media Buying in Latin America

Study after study indicates that there’s a major mobile migration happening in Latin America, with a big projected growth in device adoption, mobile Internet use and m-commerce. But mobile media buying in the region still offers some challenges. That’s why we put together this basic guide about the key factors to factor in when buying mobile media in Latam.

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#1: Mobile Web Versus Applications
Mobile ads run in two basic areas: mobile internet and apps. Mobile internet means the mobile versions of Web sites that people go to by using their mobile phones or tablets. And mobile ads are also sold on apps like Facebook, Deezer and Preguntados. It’s a matter of context, i.e. seeing an ad on the mobile version of a Web site like you would when you go to the site with a PC or laptop or seeing an ad while using an app, maybe an interstitial video or banner that comes up before you start a new game of Candy Crush, for example. You also have to factor in different metrics. With mobile Internet the metrics are similar to those of a regular online campaign but with apps you have to look at average daily users, how much time people spend using the app, their demographic group, etc.
Although apps have gained a lot of ground in Latin America, there are some disadvantages for media buyers and planners. First, not all of these apps run ads. For instance, WhatsApp doesn’t run ads, even though it’s used by 61% of mobile users in Latin America, according to GlobalWebIndex.
Second, apps don’t seem to have ultra-heavy penetration (90% or more) among Latam mobile users. We just saw that WhatsApp, though very popular, only reaches 61% of mobile users in the region. And if we look at a specific market like Argentina, we see that the Facebook app is the country’s most popular app—yet it’s only been downloaded by 76% of mobile users. So you have to factor in that penetration issue when buying in-app ads.
Third, if you buy in-app ads from an ad exchange just to get at the most inventory you can, since you’re not buying directly, the spend may not be as cost-efficient as you—or the client—would like.

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#2: Feature Phones Versus Smartphones

When you run a mobile campaign in Latin America, you have to factor in the type of device. Feature phones are still used by quite a bit of people. According to eMarketer’s estimates, out of the 400 million mobile users in Latin America, there are 194 million mobile users in Latin America that use their mobile phones to go online…and these are obviously who can see mobile ads.  Of these 194 million, 126 million or so have smartphones, while about 68 million still use feature phones to access the Internet. Given this, you may want to consider putting around 30% of the spend towards ads served on feature phones. Without this, you may not see optimal reach or fulfillment.

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#3: Tablets Are Far From Universal

Emarketer estimates that there is a 32% penetration rate for smartphones in Latin America. No surprise here, especially given that smartphone sales have been strong for years. And even if tablets have also sold well in Latam, their sales don’t stack up to those of smartphones. For example, in Q2 2014 tablet sales in Mexico went up by 107% to reach 1.8 million. Great, but in the same period Mexicans bought 6.7 million smartphones. In Q3 2014, Brazilians bought more than 2 million tablets and it’s projected that they will buy more than 10 million in all of 2014. Yet just in Q3 2014 more than 15 million smartphones were sold in Brazil—and it’s projected that 2014 smartphone sales in Brazil will top 55 million. As such, this factor of 4 or 5 in sales volume difference between smartphones and tablets should be considered when you buy mobile ads in Latin America. Unlike smartphones, tablets allow for the same type of display ads that can be viewed on a PC or laptop because tablet screens allow the same web page to be displayed with the same ad formats. This allows for additional segmentation without major modifications of the elements used in a digital campaign.

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#4: Not All Sites Are Ready for Mobile

Before running a mobile ad campaign for a brand, it’s important for media agencies to find out the following about the site where the mobile ads will take users:

  • Does the site have a responsive design that allows it to be viewed well with a mobile device?
  • Does the site have short, easy to use forms for users to fill out?
  • How fast is conversion time for the site?

Without a responsive design for a site, a user will click on the mobile ad and find a site that’s difficult to navigate with their device and probably leave quickly. Or if a brand wants subscribers to a service but has a mobile online form with 10,000 fields or that’s difficult to fill out with a smartphone, the user will probably give up and leave. The same applies if a site doesn’t have a quick and easy purchase process for its product once the mobile ad drives the users there. All of these factors can kill mobile ad performance and believe it or not, lots of brands do not factor this in when deciding to run a mobile ad campaign. This makes a big difference with apps and sites, since ultimately what counts is the user experience and this in turn will have a direct relationship with a campaign’s performance.

THE PROGRAMMATIC ADVANTAGE
Ok, so clearly there are a number of factors to consider when running a mobile ad campaign that can quickly become obstacles.

Fortunately, there’s a way to cut through many of these complications. MediaDesk—the leading programmatic buying platform in Latin America—has put together a substantial mobile ad inventory, and there are several advantages with using MediaDesk’s platform to buy mobile ads:

  • A real time bidding (RTB) system that allows for a smarter, more transparent spend
  • The ability to buy ads and observe the real cost of impressions during campaigns and adjust pricing as need to deliver greater fulfillment as needed
  • Reaching mobile users in Latin America with any type of mobile device or operating system
  • Reaching consumers in all levels of their user experience of a brand and being able to compare and analyze in real time the way that consumers react to different messages in different devices (smartphones, feature phones, tablets or PCs)

Contact us to get a free demo of MediaDesk and get a direct sense of the power of mobile programmatic buying.

 

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Nearly 100% of American Publishers Pursuing Programmatic Strategies

A new survey of 145 advertisers, publishers and tech leaders done by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) indicate that 98% of American publishers are using programmatic marketing strategies.

The publishers indicated that they’d like to expand their programmatic efforts to other markets and it looks like China and Brazil are the markets that should see the most investment in this regard.

According to the surveyed publishers, the most important factor for success with programmatic is “the availability of third party data.” In addition, the publishers indicated that the #1 obstacle to this programmatic expansion is “the lack of understanding about audience development.”

To download the whitepaper that details the survey findings, please click here.

To find out how to leverage programmatic buying with MediaDesk —the leading programmatic buying platform in Latin America— please contact us: sales@mediade.sk.

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Making Display Perform via RTB

Up until now, marketers have seen online display ads as brand presence vehicles. They were not seen as directly leading to sales. SEM and PPC ads were the preferred vehicle for direct response. A buyer at the tipping point searches for the product, sees the ad, like the offer, clicks and (hopefully) buys.

Display ads were for online media whose reader demographics matched those of an advertiser’s target market so potential customers would be aware of a brand and its positioning. This is higher up in the funnel, with the idea that when ready to buy, customers would remember the brand advertised with display ads.

But real time bidding (RTB) may have changed that. The demand side platforms (DSPs) that use real time bidding allow advertisers to buy an audience, not media. Advertisers or agencies review the audiences that the DSP connects to through their media inventories and buy impressions to reach that audience, optimizing creative and other aspects of the campaign as needed.

This precision may well allow advertisers to get performance out of display ads. This is because lots of DSPs allow advertisers to load data into them, whether it’s demographic/psychographic information about a brand’s customers or third party data about users of different sites. In matching up these data sets, a DSP can allow advertisers to target campaigns at people who are proven buyers of the products they are advertising. As a result, a display ads for a product can get in front of customers with a track record for buying, thus vastly improving the chances for converting them.

The challenge, of course, is getting the data sets about buyers of specific products. But with that in place, RTB or programmatic buying may make display even more effective at generating sales.

To find out how you can use RTB to reach more than 95% of Latin America’s Internet users via MediaDesk, the first DSP in the region with a custom RTB system, please contact us.

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MediaDesk Debuts RTB Developed in Latam, for Latam

Recently MediaDesk—a new self-service platform for buying online advertising in Latin America—launched its new real-time bidding (RTB) system. MediaDesk’s RTB system is the first created in Latin America, designed  according to the needs of the Latin American digital ad market.

In contrast, other online ad buying platforms that operate in Latin America tend to depend on third party developers for their RTB systems. Although we had the option to use a third party in developing MediaDesk’s RTB system, we decided to create our own from scratch. We did this to offer our clients 3 key advantages:

  • Faster speed when bidding in real time
  • Transparency
  • The possibility of purchasing better inventory

With our system, clients bid on their impressions directly—there isn’t a third party system receiving the bid and processing it. As such, clients make their bids more quickly and in turn this can improve the price. Another important factor is that with our RTB system, we maintain control over the buys and the intelligence gleaned from different campaigns…without having to depend on the system of a third party.

Confirming Capabilities
Although development of our RTB system went well, development is only part of the process. To participate in this new programmatic buying universe, demand side platforms (DSPs) need to certify that a developed platform is capable of fulfilling expectations in terms of time and process. This is because an RTB platform has to go through the whole process of reading a bid request, interpreting it correctly, applying logic to determine the best price, responding with an auction value and if the impressions are won, delivering them in 100 milliseconds. Without this a DSP can give a negative ranking to a platform and stop supplying it with traffic.

A Key Certification
Rubicon is one of the pioneer firms in terms of blending technology applications and market intelligence into advertising sales. In fact, Rubicon Project—the firm’s main product—has one of the largest real-time and Big Data clouds on the market, since it processes trillions of transactions in milliseconds every month. MediaDesk and its RTB platform were recently tested and certified by Rubicon’s platform in a complex process that covered the following:

Definition of end points. Rubicon has end points in the east and west of the United States and in Amsterdam. Given the speed at which transactions need to be done, the platform’s hosting and the selection of the right end point are crucial, given that latency can affect response time negatively.

Functional test. Through this process, Rubicon certifies that the response formats supplied are the right ones and that the communication between all platforms is correct.

Latency test. The last step is testing whether the platform responds in the amount of time that’s required and this is in fact the defining test. From its end point, Rubicon sends thousands of bids per second that MediaDesk’s RTB system needed to process in the required amount of milliseconds (less than 100).

The whole process is done with the final platform since Rubicon doesn’t test or certify platforms in a preproduction stage. After the process, in just a few days, Rubicon added MediaDesk to its list of bidders and started directing traffic towards it. As such, since October 2013 MediaDesk has been processing campaigns with real-time bidding (RTB).

Besides RTB, Deeper Reach Was Reached
For media agencies, adding Rubicon doesn’t just improve the service that MediaDesk offers—it also expands our inventory considerably. Rubicon has further expanded the major sources of online ad inventory that MediaDesk already has, such as Yahoo’s Right Media, Google’s Double Click and OpenX.

As such, via MediaDesk media agencies can now reach 95% of the 300 million Internet users in Latin America and they have access to more than 130 billion impressions every month.

To find out more about how we can help you reach Latin America’s surging Internet market more efficiently with MediaDesk, please contact us.

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Programmatic Buying: The Future of Digital Media Campaigns

Up to now, digital media buying has mostly been dominated by a custom approach in which you work to match up relevant ads with relevant sites to deliver relevant segments.

But what if you could spend your budget on trying to reach the customers you want to reach, not just a rough percentage of them based on your match-up?

What if you could use a system that automatically (and continually) optimizes your campaigns?

And what if you could reach many more sites than with a manual buy, aggregate highly responsive customer segments to reach a mass scale and measure clicks, shifts and conversions with your campaigns in real time?

These are all the advantages of programmatic buying, a new, paradigm-shifting way of buying digital ad space and implementing online ad campaigns.

What It Is
Programmatic buying basically involves using an automated platform to buy ad impressions. You enter in your customer data, budget and campaign objectives. The programmatic buying platform does the media buy for you based on an auction for available impressions, taking into account the data you entered. The platform also matches up the ads each user sees with the available customer data. The idea is that each Internet user will see an ad that fits their specific needs and interests. For buyers, this means that they only pay to reach the clients they want to reach.

How It Works
Programmatic buying is driven by data. For best results, buyers need to enter in as much data as they can about their target audience. Usually, brands have a wealth of data about their customers that they can provide. In addition, through the programmatic buying platform they choose to use, they can also purchase more data provided by third parties on a CPM basis. Third-party data types can be demographic (e.g. gender, age, income, etc.) psychographic (mindset, interests) and behavioral (recent searches, credit card usage, etc.) The programmatic buying platform takes these data points and uses them to run the campaign. The goal is not just to match the right ad with the customer, but also the right context, especially the context that leads to the campaign objective being fulfilled.
As happens with search marketing, there’s bidding. You bid for the impressions you want and the programmatic platform handles the buy with an auction system that decides who gets what in milliseconds—this is known as Real-Time Bidding (RTB). There are two main approaches to buying media programmatically. With Price-Based Trading, you try to buy the impressions for as low a price as you can and benefit your campaign by reducing the cost as much as possible. You can target and optimize with this approach, which in practice tends to be manual and not automated. The other approach with programmatic buying is value-based. With the value-based approach, you take advantage of the system’s ability to learn from customer responses to ads. The system then automatically gives a value to each ad impression so you know which impressions deliver the goal response you want from your customers—and which ones don’t.

How It Plays Out
Let’s say that you purchase your impressions and have the objective of getting women 35-44 to click on a banner for a jewelry product. And Elena, an Internet user that fits your target demographic, visits a smartphone Web site on a Monday and then a soccer blog on a Tuesday. Because of the data the programmatic buying system has about your campaign and your target, when she visits the soccer blog, she sees an ad for jewelry. This fits her behavior and is in the right context to reach her, specifically. Now contrast this with a custom buy for the soccer blog. Given that it’s a soccer blog, it’s likely that a custom buy would result in Elena seeing an ad for an energy drink or a men’s fitness product. So with programmatic buying, you’re not matching product category to publisher category, you’re matching product to customer profile and behavior, thus increasing the probability of response. And this increased probability isn’t a random supposition, it’s based on what has actually happened based on measurement of previous behavior by the Internet users.

What’s Next
According to eMarketer, spending on digital display ads via programmatic buying will grow by 73% in 2013, with double-digit increases every year through 2017. Given this trend and the clear value of this approach in terms of delivering greater ROI, US Media Consulting has created Media Desk, one of the first-ever programmatic buying platforms for Brazil and Latin America. A robust technology platform and user-friendly interface in 3 languages make Media Desk the ideal solution for any digital media planner who wants to deliver the power of programmatic buying for their clients.

To find out more, please visit mediade.sk or write directly to sales@mediade.sk to obtain a free demonstration of this innovative platform.

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