Behind the Platform: Keywords & Keyword Targeting

Behind the Platform: Keywords & Keyword Targeting

Bidtellect’s revamped keyword targeting offering includes two additional targeting vendors: industry leader Peer39 as well as Bidtellect’s own custom keyword solution.

Keyword-based programmatic targeting uses a custom built list of keywords and key phrases to serve digital ads to people based on what they are reading about online. Read more about contextual targeting here. 

Behind the Platform: Keywords

Watch Bidtellect VP of Product Arthur Hainline talk through Bidtellect’s keyword offering on our Behind the Platform series. Download the Onesheet below. 

Onesheet: Keyword Targeting

Download the Onesheet to learn more about Bidtellect’s offering below. 

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The Power of Context: Contextual Targeting vs. Optimization And Why It Matters Now

The Power of Context: Contextual Targeting vs. Optimization And Why It Matters Now

With the cookieless future looming large, we break down different types of targeting, the power of contextual targeting, and how optimization can supercharge your programmatic cookieless strategy.

What is Contextual or Cookieless Targeting?

What is targeting in programmatic platforms?

In programmatic marketing, targeting refers to the methods used to identify and reach target consumers or audiences most likely to be interested in the product or service an advertiser is selling.

What are the different ways platforms can target?

There are different types of targeting such as first-party data, third-party data, and one of the most common, cookies. First-party data is data that is directly collected from interactions with your consumers and audiences through your companies’ own site. Some examples of first-party data include demographics, purchase history, website activity, interests, behaviors, etc. First-party data has a direct relationship with the consumer (Treasure Data, 2021).

Third-party data is data you acquire from very large databases where it is bought and sold programmatically (Treasure Data, 2021). Cookies fall under the umbrella of third-party data. A cookie is a small piece of data stored on the user’s computer that helps a website keep track of visits and activity.

What is ‘context’ and what information does it use for targeting?

Context refers to a cookieless set of data points that factor into an ad placement’s ability to perform.

Contextual targeting is targeting based on the information available on the page or site of the ad space, rather than user data. Since it is based on what the consumer is currently engaging with, contextual targeting is successful in predicting what the consumer will engage with next.

Contextual targeting is gaining popularity as it is adaptable to an inevitable cookie-less future. With contextual targeting, the look and feel of every single ad placement is unique to the page and can be correlated even more closely with user behavior. It is the answer to the cookie-less future.

Contextual Targeting

  • seamlessly integrates your ads into relevant content users are already consuming
  • offers precise attribution
  • guarantees higher engagement
  • offers greater cost efficiencies, especially in combination with Bidtellect’s context-driven optimization engine
  • works on all formats: Responsive Native, Display, Video Units, and High Impact Units

What is Contextual or Context-Driven Optimization?

Optimization describes the algorithms that a bidder uses to determine bid prices, whether or not to bid, and how often to bid depending on the performance goals of a campaign. In other words, optimization describes ways to optimize an ad in order to get the best engagement in the most efficient way possible. Once the methods for optimizing the ad campaign have been determined, tools such as Google Analytics 4 make it easy to track success or failure. Analyzing website data with such tools can help determine what changes to make to strategies and what causes poor performance. It is possible to learn such programs by going through online resources (like this set of google analytics 4 exam answers you can find here) so that you can use all the tools at your disposal to optimize your strategies and achieve better results.

Programmatic optimization is the process of improving a programmatic ad campaign’s performance in real-time based on data. It’s what makes programmatic advertising the most efficient use of your digital ad budget. With that being said, research shows that programmatic media buying now accounts for 85% of all digital ad spending (Strategus). If you haven’t already made the switch to programmatic, now is the time.

Platforms optimize performance in a variety of ways from cookies to creatives. On the simplest level, optimizing for brand and content works well most of the time; that is what most b2b companies start off with-hire a web3 copywriter and optimize all the creatives, including website content. This strategy often works itself towards the right target audience, but may take time. Context-driven optimization is optimization without using user data or cookies. Contextual optimization is Bidtellect’s key differentiator that uses contextual signals to optimize performance.

How Does Bidtellect Use Context?

Bidtellect has been utilizing context since our founding. We began as a native specialist demand-side platform nearly a decade ago. With native ads, we necessarily had to evaluate the contextual information on the page to create an ad that blended seamlessly into its environment, in addition to reaching performance goals.

Bidtellect’s Contextual Targeting:

Bidtellect has consistently pushed our technology forward, and now utilizes a combined contextual approach within our platform: the industry’s best third-party contextual integrations plus our unique proprietary contextual targeting solutions: first-to-market context demographics targeting, categorization and keyword targeting, interest targeting, and inventory quality targeting. Bidtellect also teamed up with Bombora to combine our granular ad placement-level targeting with Bombora’s robust B2B taxonomy for a unique first-to-market B2B contextual targeting tool.

Bidtellect’s Context-Driven Optimization:

Bidtellect’s contextual offering goes beyond targeting solutions and into optimization. Optimization maximizes spend, ROI, and performance for advertisers completely using context-driven technology. Contextual optimization is the foundation of Bidtellect’s bidding technology.

AARDvark = Bidtellect’s Automatic Algorithmic Rate Determination tool. It uses contextual signals to automatically bid for the most efficient price on each ad opportunity. It factors multiple context data signals simultaneously including: page-level contextual signals, domains, individual publisher ad placements, devices, times of day, and days of week to evaluate auctions and make bidding decisions according to 14 selectable optimization goal types based on brand needs. In other platforms, bid factoring falls entirely onto traders.

Why Choose a Contextual or Cookieless Strategy with Bidtellect?

Context uses the information on the page rather than audience data to deliver the most relevant ads to consumers. Bidtellect consistently outperforms data targeting strategies with our contextual strategies – not only within our own platform, but when testing against other platforms, as well.

Let us help you optimize on your performance goals!

Reach out to learn more.

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This Week’s Newsletter: 2021 Wrap, Industry News & 2 New Videos

This Week’s Newsletter: 2021 Wrap, Industry News & 2 New Videos

We send a newsletter each week to cover industry news, including Bidtellect updates. Don’t miss out! Subscribe here!

Hello Bidtellectuals!

Happy New Year! Here’s to a bright 2022!

More Platform Videos? Yes Please!

We’re back with more Behind the Platform videos! Next up: Creative Bulk Upload. This is an easy way to save time on campaign planning.

Plus: What is Campaign Flighting?

Campaign Flighting can optimize campaign planning and improve your digital ad performance. Words flying past you? Land here: read our blog post or watch our latest Behind the Platform video to create campaign flights with ease.

That’s a Wrap 2021

15 Billion impressions served
3,642 Creative requests fulfilled
345+ Brand partners
25 New product releases
20+ Press releases, articles, & industry publications
16 New employees
03 Channels plus High impact units
1 Virtual all-hands
Countless hours of hard work, laughs, and learning to adapt to an evolving landscape.
…. that’s powering smarter advertising in 2021 with Bidtellect



Around the Industry:

  • Retail ecommerce will continue to boom in 2022! According to eMarketer, after almost 50% growth in ecommerce channel ad spending during 2020, advertisers increased those allocations by another 27.8% in 2021, and the same rate of growth is predicted for 2022. Not only that, the share of total retail sales that occur online has “jumped an unprecedented amount’ and will continue to grow. It is clear that businesses online are doing very well, so it is imperative for them to take charge of their growth by utilizing the resources available out there, from picking a supportive checking account ( to building on their digital marketing strategies to reach a wider audience.
  • So keep making discovery content: eMarketer estimates that 92.6% of US internet users ages 14 and older will browse, research, or compare products digitally via any device at least once this year, making them digital shoppers.
  • Spotify has added clickable ads to their podcasts, reports Adweek. The new feature, called a Call to Action card, offers a visual, clickable accompaniment to audio ads. The cards then linger as an interstitial ad on the podcast page, the episode page and the now playing view when the episode is playing. The cards will live on those surfaces for seven days or until the campaign ends.
  • According to eMarketer, US Digital Ad spending is expected to rise 13.6% to nearly $240 billion in 2022.
  • Is this what Google was waiting for when it delayed the phase out of cookies on Chrome? The United States Patent and Trademark Office this week granted Google a patent that describes how its technology can attribute a click without using cookies, reported Mediapost.

Bidtellect Meditates!

Check your calendars: our guided meditation session started this week! Join your team members biweekly on Wednesdays from 3:30 – 3:45 pm EST via Zoom to get your ommm on.

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Post-COVID Trends You Need Now

The top trends in a post-covid economy include a new work normal, a looming cookieless future, ecommerce and native discovery. Read it now!

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Top 5 Trends for Digital Advertisers in a Post-COVID Economy (With Data!)

Thank You

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Joint Case Study: HPE Ezmeral & Bidtellect Partnership Reports Data Management & Performance Benefits

Joint Case Study: HPE Ezmeral & Bidtellect Partnership Reports Data Management & Performance Benefits

When Bidtellect recognized it was time to switch to HPE Ezmerel for its data needs, we knew migration would be a massive undertaking. Despite this pressure, we achieved it in just five weeks with no service interruption. In this joint case study feature published by HPE, read how Bidtellect was able to save money and improve performance. Here are 3 takeaways:

1. Change is good!

The motivation to switch came from increasing in prices along with the need for better functionality and performance. Change is (usually) never a bad thing!

2. The data needs

Bidtellect is a highly competitive demand side platform that runs online bid requests and auctions for digital advertising. With that, there is a lot of data that needs to be processed. Migrating to a new vendor would not be easy, and HPE Ezmerel would need to be up to the challenge of our data and performance needs.

3. Key advantages

The migration to HPE Ezmeral has allowed for real-time feedback. There are four key advantages that have been a direct outcome in this migration: more efficient date storage, higher performance, improved security, and an easy-to-access file system architecture.

Read more about our successful partnership with HPE Ezmerel for data and performance outcomes.

Bidtellect reports 4 data management and analytics benefits using HPE Ezmeral 

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