By John Ebbert, Managing Editor, AdExchanger.com.
Let's go deep into the auctions of the future... those high-speed auctions where multiple bidders look at a single impression and figure out what this impression is worth to them and then bid. What will the sellers know about this auction, and what will they do with that knowledge? On the buy side, bidders potentially won't need to actually bid or buy an impression to grab data at this point. They will be able to just watch and learn - that's valuable!
Will the publisher be watching and learning or will the publisher only be putting its media on the exchange in hopes of a good price, or a price that at least exceeds a floor?
How about understanding bidding trends? Who are the buyers? Who is the audience in the auction? What are they worth? These are just the basics.
Potentially, for example, given the ability for publishers to require registration and cookie users in return for use of their site, there is a bigger opportunity through reg data to understand the audience and its value in an open auction that the buy side will not have without permission of sellers. (Ch-ching! Proprietary audience data feeds for sale. Good for the publisher.)
Let's be clear. The point here is to not argue that the publisher is losing control. It's that there's untapped opportunity.
The buy side needs data to drive ROI which drives publisher yield. At the same time, there is data to be had for the publisher which can help it drive strategy, selling and revenues.
No doubt yield optimizers are working on bringing more tools to the space for publishers. Even more will be possible in open auctions - more insights on the customer - as data collects through increasingly transparent buying. The publisher should be there, and technology companies focused on this space will likely have a significant opportunity.
One More Thing
Please no more about the scourge of ad networks and technophobia. It's time to move on from the rhetoric. Ignoring innovation by wrapping oneself in the mantle of the prevention of channel conflict exclusively will only hurt in the long run.
It's time to get ready for the future!