Digital Advertising RTB Industry Update
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Jun 12

What is happening with the RTB industry?

The real-time bidding (RTB) industry has become a significant element in the digital advertising ecosystem, with no signs of slowing down. The improvement in return on investment is encouraging advertisers, advertising agencies, media buying agencies, and publishers to take an interest in real-time bidding. There is robust growth forecasted in the spending of RTB.

What exactly is RTB?

Real-time bidding is how advertising inventory is bought and sold on a per-impression basis. RTB allows advertisers to manage and optimize ads from multiple advertising networks with ease. In this per-impression way of bidding, advertising buyers bid on an impression with their bid requirements, i.e., desired target audience, price, etc. If the bid is won, the buyer’s advertisement is instantly displayed on the publisher’s website. Real-time bidding is thus a vital component of the programmatic ecosystem and represents the “pipes” connecting the buy side and the sell side of the advertising market being laid down.

How is RTB growing?

Regarding growth, the RTB industry is quickly flourishing. Regarding advertising spending, in 2013, RTB accounted for $3.1 billion in 2013. In comparison, in 2018, RTB will account for over $18.2 billion or 33% of U.S. digital advertising sales. This accounts for a compound annual growth rate of 42%. Mobile and video advertisements are the main culprits about what is driving this growth. Real-time bidding for these channels is projected to top $6.8 billion for mobile and $3.9 billion for video in 2018. This clearly illustrates the potential of the RTB industry to dominate advertising markets in the coming years.

The reason the RTB industry has grown and is projected to increase substantially is that it is a highly useful strategy. The introduction of real-time bidding technology has helped to address some challenges known to both publishers and demand-side platforms. For example, RTB sends the inefficiency publishers are faced with by having to work with all these partners directly. Publishers can now access more than one hundred demand-side platforms through a single integration with an ad exchange or supply-side platform. Also, real-time bidding is especially useful when you are using retargeting or third-party data targeting to increase the number of completed conversions. Lastly, RTB matters because it is cost-efficient. It allows advertising spend to go further with less budget spent on poorly targeted impressions. With access to automation, buyers and sellers are experiencing greater rewards with smaller investments.

In the next three years, the RTB industry is expected to considerably grow, mainly because of its significant impact on the advertising industry that is brought to the table. Real-time bidding is becoming a key player in programmatic by targeting a broader audience, as well as the appropriate target audience for your brand.

About The Author

Megan Sullivan-Jenks is director of marketing & communications at Choozle – Easy Digital Advertising®. A self-proclaimed tinkerer, Megan's a problem solver for marketing and advertising strategies and execution. From nonprofits to consumer goods and software, she's an expert at creating online and offline marketing & communications strategies that are engaging and results-driven. Outside of the office, Megan rolls up her sleeves to enjoy all things DIY like sewing and woodworking.