The symbiotic relationship between advertisers and publishers dates back hundreds of years to the rise of print mass media, when branded advertisements emerged as a means of funding the handbills and newspapers that educated the general public, both in the U.S. and abroad. Throughout the centuries, the relationship between advertisers and publishers has evolved gradually. But with the rise of digital and programmatic media buying, we’ve seen this partnership undergo a dramatic upheaval as algorithmic ad buying replaced the formerly strategic, relationship-driven nature of brand-publisher alliances.
These days, more than 85% of digital display ad dollars in the U.S. are bought programmatically, and the resultant downward pressure on ad prices weighs heavily on publishers’ minds. Further, social media and search have also affected the relationship consumers have with professional content creators, applying further revenue pressure.
But publishers are responding in aggressive ways, working to restore the direct relationships they once held with advertisers by creating new sponsorable products and buying models that they can better control. Those moves are beginning to pay off.
Brands and progressive publishers are realizing that strategic, bespoke relationships are key to truly unlocking the value that they seek from one another. A few have been very aggressive in this area, while others are still dipping their toes in these new relationship forms. Here are some of the opportunities that can restore strong and highly productive relationships between publishers and advertisers.
much more at: https://www.pubexec.com/post/restore-value-publisher-advertiser-relationships/