I am a huge fan of Flite and its CEO, Will Price, due to the company’s ability to add what is really needed for premium programmatic to take “Flite,” which is content and context.

In the past, publishers created economic value by aggregating audiences around a certain demographic or context. Price says that RTB is changing all of this. “RTB is allowing marketers to shift from audiences that are aggregated by context, i.e. publisher domain, to synthetically stitching together an audience across thousands of publishers,” explains Price. 

This scenario has put a lot of pressure on publishers. “It's clearly created a huge opportunity for marketers, who can buy audiences very efficiently, to be much more confident of the quality of the audience they're building in terms of being intentionally an audience they care about,” explains Price. Rather than just targeting someone who's on a page and inferring from that page presence, now brands can use mechanisms to make sure that the customer has the intention to do business or exhibits an expected behavior. “This allows marketers to effectively build audience, to do it at a much lower price point, and to be able to flex their buy a little bit,” remarks Price.

When the industry first started using RTB, it was much more focused on the buy-side benefit than the sell-side benefit. However, the sell side has been reacting to help protect their business. Price sees a huge opportunity for publishers to use first-party data in order to create audiences. “Publishers have an unbelievable amount of data on their user,” comments Price. “For example, a magazine publisher that owns websites has household and demographic information. The whole concept of adding first-party data to an audience to help bolster the value of that audience is something that publishers have really woken up to.”

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