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How Advertisers Are Using Real Time Bidding To Sell You

If you are someone who is up to date on the online marketing and advertising world, then you most likely have heard of real time bidding (or RTB for short). RTB is revolutionizing the way display ads are delivered online by changing how advertisers are connecting with consumers. The major change is that advertisers now bid on each individual impression instead of buying them in bulk – but that’s just the start of how RTB is changing how marketers sell you.

Superior Targeting Capabilities

One of the primary benefits of real time bidding technology is that it allows the advertiser to look at individual impressions and offer a bid based on how attractive each impression is. Attractiveness is subjective to each advertiser, however if a real time bidding platform offers machine learning technology, then the advertiser has a much deeper picture of how attractive you are to them.

Using machine learning technology in real time bidding allows the advertiser to determine your demographics, likes and dislikes, as well as buying patterns in fractions of a second. Each of these variables will impact the ads you see, as smart advertisers will make sure they are showing you ads that appeal to your preferences.

Superior Re-targeting Capabilities

Similar to what was discussed above, being able to pay more for your impression if you have previously viewed an advertisers ad or visited their website, allows marketers to more aggressively pursue you. It is their belief (and statistics do support this), that these impressions are more likely to convert, so they are willing to pay more for these.

‘Customized’ Offers

Let’s pretend you decided to click on an ad you found appealing and was brought to a landing page which presented an offer to you. You are much more likely to click through on a landing page that is tailored to your interests than on one which is generic and mass appealing. Real time bidding coupled with machine learning technology allows advertisers to do this, meaning better offers for you and better results for them. What it boils down to is that with RTB, advertisers have greater control over which impressions they buy, where their ads are seen and how they offer their deals to you. The overall effect is that you are exposed to more tailored online advertising, while the advertiser connects with the right consumers more efficiently.

Next time you are on your favourite website, take a look at the ads – if they are super targeted, you could be the beneficiary of real time bidding! Happy surfing!

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This article was written by Marco, the Marketing Director of Acuity Ads Inc., the industry leaders in real time bidding technology



  1. Noty

    August 8, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Hello Marco, it was wonderful article. thankyou for letting me know what is real time bidding and about advertisers.

  2. Vanessa

    August 9, 2011 at 5:07 am

    Great and interesting point! I learned a lot about RBT just reading your post. Thank you for sharing this very informative article about real time bidding.

  3. joe

    August 9, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Well I only heard of it but did not knew all about them.. thanks for sharing the knowledge.. I learned from the post a lot..

  4. Anita

    August 10, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Hm, that’s great but it also opens privacy concerns on the part of a customer, I’d assume.

  5. reeha

    August 16, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Hmm. that is what i sometimes think and my mind never answers me but after reading your post get the answer which is very close to reality.

  6. sts

    August 27, 2011 at 8:05 am

    This is a good post. This post gives truly quality information. Really very useful tips are provided here. Keep up the good works!

  7. Danny

    June 29, 2013 at 5:35 am

    Really nice post.

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