Q&A: Yahoo’s Sue Hunt on real-time bidding


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Though real time bidding (RTB) has been around for a few years now, it has so far failed to revolutionise the industry as predicted when it first emerged.

Statistics vary, but overall RTB made up about 10% of the overall UK display advertising in 2011.

While this is predicted to grow rapidly during 2012, there is a feeling that ad exchanges still need to convince marketers of the benefits of investing in RTB.

On the face of it, the positives are obvious: it allows advertisers to set the price they are willing to pay to target specific users.

Which, in theory, results in better ROI. However, critics of RTB suggest that it can be too complicated, results in inflated prices and is really just a way for publishers to sell off unwanted ad space.

To find out more about how RTB works I spoke to Sue Hunt, EMEA Director for Yahoo’s Right Media Exchange.

RTB seems like a great deal for advertisers and publishers. Why is the industry still fairly small?

It currently represents a small percentage of overall online EU ad spend, but the uptake in the US over the last couple of years is a good indication of what we can expect in 2012 and beyond.

The expected growth in RTB spend this year in Europe is likely to follow the same trend as in the US last year – 140 to 150% growth year on year.

Publishers have long worked with platforms (exchanges or SSPs) or networks to improve their revenue, and we are seeing the large agency and independent trading desks really gathering momentum now too. Leer más “Q&A: Yahoo’s Sue Hunt on real-time bidding”