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BizReport : Advertising archives : July 29, 2013

RTE taps for programmic buys

One more way for broadcasters to tap into their audience members: programmatic ad buys which target local viewers living or working abroad. Recently RTE, the Irish Republic's largest broadcaster tapped to power programmatic buys outside the Republic - and hit a nearly 100% fill rate.

by Kristina Knight

"Working with provides us with direct access to premium brands and the ability to generate high yields from all of our premium video inventory. The company's innovative approach also sees it offer GRP-comparable metrics (via Nielsen's Online Campaign Ratings), which is growing to be an everyday measurement language making it easier to quantify the value of video-on-demand (VOD). The quality of the environment we offer combined with the ease of access to target audiences provided by technology is a combination that big brand advertisers value," said Conor Mullen, commercial director at RTÉ Digital.

The reasoning behind the move: there is a growing base of Irish viewers who live outside their home country but still want those home-grown programs. RTE tapped to build a more international base so that they could reach those ex-pats. According to, the move pushed a near 100% fill rate through the UK and US while still giving the broadcaster control over pricing and inventory.

"RTÉ is pioneering the successful use of private marketplaces to realise the true value of premium video inventory," said Brian Fitzpatrick, managing director at Europe. "The outstanding results it has achieved demonstrate that buyers are willing to pay premium prices for premium inventory, regardless of how that inventory is sold. It is also proof that programmatic trading can command high rates and provide a cost-effective solution for broadcasters looking to generate revenue outside their core market."

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