Guide

Programmatic & Native Display

A handy guide to modern display technology.

Thanks to A.I. and machine learning, display marketers have the ability to serve quality, hyper-targeted ads more efficiently than ever before.

By utilising dynamic creative optimisation, enhanced targeting algorithms, and smart bidding strategies, your audience can experience relevant, valuable ads in the right place at the right time.

This guide will help you understand the roles that programmatic and native advertising play in the display advertising arena.

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In this guide, you’ll discover:

  • What programmatic display is & how it works
  • What native advertising is & how it works
  • Different ad creatives & formats
  • How to use programmatic for native ads
  • Our approach to programmatic & native display

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Programmatic & Native Display
– A handy guide to modern display technology.

Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Programmatic display

  3. Why programmatic?
  4. Programmatic vs GDN
  5. Coast Digital’s programmatic process
  6. An integrated technology platform
  7. Retargeting with programmatic
  8. Why display retargeting is effective
  9. Compelling creatives
  10. Ad creatives for programmatic
  11. Native display

  12. Why native?
  13. Native advertising formats
  14. Native display statistics
  15. Programmatic and native combined
  16. Coast’s display team
  17. Case studies

 

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Introduction

Thanks to A.I. and machine learning, display marketers have the ability to serve quality, hyper-targeted ads more efficiently than ever before.

By utilising dynamic creative optimisation, enhanced targeting algorithms, and smart bidding strategies, your audience can experience relevant, valuable ads in the right place at the right time.

This guide will help you understand the roles that programmatic and native advertising play in the display advertising arena.

In this guide, you’ll discover:

  • What programmatic display is & how it works
  • What native advertising is & how it works
  • Different ad creatives & formats
  • How to use programmatic for native ads
  • Our approach to programmatic & native display

eMarketer predicts that programmatic display will make up nearly 89% of the UK’s digital ad spend in 2020

 

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Why programmatic?

Programmatic has transformed the display advertising arena.

Automated buying

AI automated bidding of ad placements on a user by user basis makes programmatic quick to deploy and adapt.

Data-driven targeting

Hyper-targeted to specific demographics, locations, and viewing times – based on real time data.

Enhanced optimisation

Programmatic combines design, data, and media buying to deliver the right ads at the right moment to drive efficiency with every impression.

“By 2020, almost 90% of display spending will be accounted for by programmatic” – eMarketer, 2019

 

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Programmatic vs Google Display Network

When it comes to display, advertisers have a lot of choice.

Though the Google Display Network (GDN) is a quick and simple solution for advertisers already working with Google Ads, it’s not the best choice for running large scale campaigns over multiple channels.

Reach

Out of roughly 644 million active websites on the net, GDN reaches 2 million of them. But programmatic demand-side platforms (DSPs) are connected to all major ad networks and exchanges – including GDN.

Targeting

The targeting parameters of DSPs are far superior to those available on GDN. DSPs can target thousands of broad and niche audiences based on demographics and online behaviour.

Creatives

While GDN is limited to just serving standard banner ads, DSPs can serve a wide variety of creatives, including banners, videos, audio and native content.

In a nutshell

DSPs feature advanced buying capabilities, access to premium exchanges, and broader reach than GDN.

 

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Coast Digital’s Programmatic process

At Coast, we make sure your ads have the opportunity to be seen by real people — wherever they are.

Step 1 | Brief

Obtain as much information as we can about audiences, campaign objectives, creative desires and budget. This allows us to respond with the best possible proposal.

Step 2 | Build Media Plan/Campaign

Establish what data is available from first, second and third party sources to build a media plan, with clear KPIs that will meet the objectives laid out in the initial briefing stage.

Step 3 | Build Creative

Based on client requirements and available assets, we will build the campaign creative. This could include imagery, banner ads, and other rich media such as video.

Step 4 | Sign Off

Once the media plan and creative is built, the client will make any final changes to the plan and sign off the campaign. Once approved, the campaign will go live according to the plan.

Step 5 | Optimisation & Reporting

Once up and running, we continuously monitor the campaign every few days and collate weekly reports and updates on optimisation progress.

Step 6 | Evaluation and further planning

At the end of each campaign, we produce a report which covers all angles of performance, plus what considerations and findings will be fed into other digital channels.

 

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An integrated technology platform

We use an integrated technology platform for programmatic advertising to provide a seamless, flexible, and highly effective cross-channel experience.

An integrated technology platform

 

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Retargeting with programmatic

Display is no longer just about brand awareness – it can fulfil all touch points across the user journey.

What changes? The targeting options, the creative and the message.

Retargeting with programmatic

 

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Why display ad retargeting is effective

Retargeting is one of the most effective advertising strategies around.

Implementing a personalised approach to retargeting means showing the right ad, at the right time based on where your customers are in their buying journey.

Programmatic retargeting optimises user experience with tailored ads directed at customers depending on where they’re at in the marketing funnel.

Programmatic retargeting can provide:

  • Enhanced efficiency
  • Improved ROI
  • Increased ROAS
  • Greater insight into display performance

“Website visitors who are retargeted with display ads are 70% more likely to convert.” – Invesp

 

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Compelling creatives

It’s important to remember that what you show to users is just as important as how you get it there.

You must show your audience the kind of ad that’s likely to achieve your objective – be it a banner ad, video, or a piece of content. Your ad creative is the aspect that gets the job done once the platform finds the user.

For acquisition campaigns, your creatives must be strong enough to draw a click.

For brand awareness campaigns, they should be memorable enough to leave an impression.

Compelling creatives

Use multiple ad variations. Mix up colours, designs, and CTAs. This way, you can learn what your audience will and won’t respond to.

 

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Ad creatives for the programmatic world

With the consumer journey less linear than ever, brands must ensure a variety of creative formats to reach audiences wherever they are.

Ad creatives for the programmatic world

 

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Why native?

Native ads match the look, feel, and function of the platform on which they appear.

Nestled seamlessly among surrounding content, native ads can effectively combat ad fatigue and banner blindness.

Because native ads don’t look like ads, users are more inclined to view them and consider them as endorsed content, that’s why CTR tends to be much higher.

How do native ads work?

Native ads work because they engage users without disrupting their online experience, as banner ads are sometimes accused off.

Most native ads are content-based because they are meant to provide valuable, relevant information, as opposed to a “hard sell”.

Why native?

 

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Native advertising formats

Native ads can come in many forms. The key is choosing the format that best suits your brand’s products or services.

Three of the most popular types of native ad formats are sponsored content, in-image ads, and recommendation widgets.

Here at Coast, we also work with:

  • Search and promotional listings
  • Social platform ads
  • Custom formats
    • Native advertising formats

       

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      Native display statistics

      Wondering whether native display advertising is worth it? Check out these stats and decide for yourself.

      Fast-growing format

      In 2019, native ads made up roughly 66% of display ad spend in the UK. [eMarketer]

      Predicted success

      Native advertising is predicted to drive 74% of all ad revenue by 2021. [Business Insider]

      Content is king

      70% of people would rather learn about products through content, rather than through traditional advertising techniques. [Customer Content Council]

      Positive interaction

      85% of internet users don’t feel that their browsing experience is hindered by native ads. [HubShout]

      100% of Coast Digital’s display advertising specialists are highly experienced with native display campaigns.

       

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      Using programmatic for native advertising

      Thanks to its three main advantages, programmatic can be utilised to further enhance native display.

      1. Automated, real time bidding

      We only buy placements that are relevant to the user’s journey and positively contribute to the campaign’s conversion lift.

      2. Effective targeting

      We can make sure that we target users with the right placements, on the right devices, at the right time of day.

      3. Audience insights
      Programmatic reporting insights allow us to be more attentive with our updates and optimisations for better campaign delivery.

      Using programmatic to deliver native ads means that we can avoid broadcasting adverts out to a generic audience on reach-based platforms. Instead, we can deliver carefully-considered campaigns based on the pre-defined KPIs (e.g. click-through rate, leads or purchases).

       

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      Coast’s display team

      Let’s talk about how display advertising can boost your business.

      Our dynamic team of display specialists can help you deliver a solid display strategy that suits your budget and your business goals.

      Want to find out how users emotionally react to your existing creatives?

      Get in touch today for a FREE creative review with our brand new, cutting-edge biometric testing kit!

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      Case studies

      Discover how we’ve helped some of our other clients get the most out of display advertising.

      essex county council case study

      global software company case study

      toast case study

      Further case studies can be found here.