Advances in programmatic have made digital advertising across apps and sites easier in many respects, but new problems have emerged. Amidst the vast landscape of DSPs, SSPs, and all the other partners in between (programmatic exchanges, data and targeting providers, measurement and attribution providers, verification services, etc), there are more and more players collecting fees throughout the supply chain and manipulating auction dynamics to boost revenues.
eMarketer estimates that US advertisers will spend almost $12 billion this year on the fees that make programmatic display transactions possible.1 That’s a third of all advertising spend ending up in the hands of intermediaries and other programmatic partners as opposed to the actual media.2
Publishers see a problem with this, too. More than one third say that a lack of trust in their ad tech partners holds them back from making more inventory available programmatically.3 As a result, marketers are taking a more critical view of their SSP and exchange partners and demanding a more transparent view into their programmatic advertising buys. Many large advertisers are even reducing the number of partners they work with to consolidate their investment and increase media efficiencies.
In a time when marketers are being more critical, what’s the best path forward for publishers and SSPs?
The progress the industry has seen over the past year or two is promising, but it is just the beginning. By offering advertisers access to more information, publishers and SSPs have shed light on a number of advertiser pain points, including fees in the supply chain, supply quality, and auction dynamics. This transparency has given and will continue to give advertisers the reassurance they need that publishers and SSPs are doing what they say - like hosting second price auctions that are truly second price, without any hidden fees.
“Fee transparency and auction level insights are increasingly more important in this industry,” says Chris Kane, Founder and CEO of the programmatic consultancy Jounce Media. “If you’re a buyer, it’s table stakes when choosing a partner. If you’re a publisher, it means access to more trusted programmatic solutions and quality demand opportunities. Sharing data is not only good for buyers and exchanges, it’s good for the ecosystem.”
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1. eMarketer, Aug 2019
2. eMarketer, July 2019
3. Ad Perceptions, March 2019
4. comScore, Custom Report, US, Multi-platform, Verizon Media (and Microsoft Partnership), Dec 2019
5. ComScore, Monthly US Audience Rankings, Oct 2019
6. ComScore, Monthly US Audience Rankings, Oct 2019
7. Comscore, Media Metrix, Feb 2020
8. The Fantasy Sports & Gaming Association 2019
9. Comscore, Media Metrix, News Sites, HuffPost and Yahoo News network US, Feb 2020
10. Apple/Android App Store