Programmatic Guaranteed: Smart is Now Activated Globally Within Google Display & Video 360

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Smart, a leading independent ad monetisation platform has announced that it is expanding its Programmatic Guaranteed capabilities with its worldwide activation within Display & Video 360. Programmatic Guaranteed deals allow publishers and advertisers to execute direct transactions by taking advantage of programmatic automation and efficiency and eliminating manual processes.

Programmatic Guaranteed allows advertisers to reach 100% of impressions on a specific ad slot/page/website. For publishers, Programmatic Guaranteed helps ensure that buyers will buy 100% of the inventory they’ve reserved. All publishers using both Smart’s Ad Server and SSP are now able to set Programmatic Guaranteed deals with all buyers using Google Display & Video 360 DSP without restrictions:

- In any location.
- On all formats.
- In all environments.

Andrew Buckman, COO, at Sublime, a global high-impact marketplace argues "Over the past year, we have been successfully activating programmatic guaranteed campaigns with Smart. They have enabled us to develop a new offer that combines the best of direct with programmatic. Full activation with Google Display & Video 360 will give us the opportunity to strengthen our partnerships with agencies and advertisers. We can’t wait to make use of it."

Smart has been providing Programmatic Guaranteed capabilities for over a year now to leading players on both the buy and the sell sides. It now represents over 20% of the total deals’ spend on Smart RTB+ and has been the fastest growing transaction mode this year with over 500% Q1 2019 vs Q1 2018.

For Benoit Coucke, Global Trading Director at Tradelab "Programmatic Guaranteed is a right tool to increase revenue and drive efficient improvements to campaigns. It is really interesting for the buyers to know how their advertising budget is being spent and also for any brand that has a strong sense of who their target audience is. Programmatic Guaranteed has evolved quite quickly in the ad industry and Smart evolves quickly as well, helping business-oriented players and partnering with a giant such as Google."

David Pironon, Chief Programmatic Officer at Smart, stated: “Drawing upon our deep history as an ad server for premium publishers, Smart delivers the critical forecasting and optimisation tools that enable publishers to run Programmatic Guaranteed efficiently. With the ability to guarantee volume to their advertisers, publishers can benefit from streamlined workflows for their direct campaigns. We have experienced significant Programmatic Guaranteed growth month after month, and we believe this trendline will only accelerate due to this partnership with Google."

Display & Video 360 full activation with Smart validates the quality of the integration, the business potential, and the added value Programmatic Guaranteed brings to the ecosystem. It unleashes new opportunities for publishers and buyers all over the world and is a strong pillar of Smart’s shared interest business approach, which gives greater control to agency buyers and publishers - the two critical players in any direct transaction.