Reviewing ‘Programmatic: buzzword or the future of advertising?’ – A Monster Event

by in Digital, Recruitment, Recruitment Marketing

Although the term programmatic advertising is certainly not new, when we were invited to a presentation about it by Monster last month, we didn’t hesitate to accept and were interested to see what they had to say about it.

Monster has the philosophy that you should never settle and you should focus on innovation. With predictions that by 2019, 85% of all media will be bought programmatically, it would only be right for Monster to get stuck into programmatic advertising.

Programmatic Advertising

A helpful summary of programmatic advertising

So what is it?

Simply put, programmatic advertising is the purchase of algorithmic software and the sale of advertising space that allows companies to get the message they want, out to audiences they want.

What’s great about it?

  • It is an enabler for data driven marketing and enables more of a focus on effectiveness not just efficiency
    It allows you to set the price and budget and to manage where the inventory is going, rather than it being out of your hands and into the job boards or advertisers
  • 87% of advertisers are doing programmatic with 80% of all media inventory currently being programmatic and this number continues to grow. There’s a high probability your competitors are doing it, even if you’re not
  • It enables you to receive immediate feedback on how your advert is doing and see what’s working and what’s not, which also gives you a chance to make alterations while everything is still live and therefore fully optimising everything

What’s wrong with it?

  • Some websites have questionable content, so your advert could end up on an inappropriate site, or on a site with poor content which could lead to bad press
  • What happens if you pay the money for programmatic and your advert is out of view?
  • There is always the concern of targeting the wrong audience. Trial and error is a great motto but it’s difficult when money and ROI is on the line
  • As always, safety can be a concern
  • Do things such as ad blocking mean it could be a wasted effort?

What challenges do you need to think about?

  • If you don’t have a defined persona or market, you may struggle to use it effectively or get the best out of it
  • Do your research before you start to get insight into the market to define your target personas
  • There are an overwhelming number of options, start small and in places you are familiar with and use lots of narratives


Monster Panel

Monster Speaker Panel

Does this mean the job board is dead?

The way we consume media is changing. There are and always will be so many disruptions to recruitment advertising such as LinkedIn, social media advertising, behavioural marketing and now programmatic. It’s hard to say whether the next big thing to come along may push programmatic out the window.

The rise of programmatic doesn’t necessarily mean the job board is dead however. Although there will always be something new, these things come and go. There will always be job boards and recruitment agencies.

“Budgets are down and demand is up” – Jon Hull, Carillion

Most people responsible for recruitment have tried to catch the biggest amount of fish with the biggest net possible, however programmatic moves you away from this and allows you to focus on quality over quantity.

What can you do with it?

Now, it’s all about talent retention rather than talent attraction.

As the market moves on, people expect content to find them. Your company needs to do this so you don’t miss out on a huge percentage of the market. Programmatic allows you to do this, although it doesn’t mean it will take over everything.

The average candidate or job seeker only spends 1.7 seconds looking at your job. Demand is therefore massive. Make sure you’re not doing anything to jeopardise the success of your ad. These can include: making sure your job copy is good, writing job ads not job descriptions – there is a huge difference. You need to write copy that will get candidates excited and/or curious about the job role and the company.

People are so busy online – they expect (and rightfully so) us to serve them, you can’t wait for candidates to come and find you. You need to write relevant content that will excite candidates and shift your spend to hotspots to greater the success of your adverts.

Your brand needs to be authentic. With programmatic you can tailor your message as you wish, it’s far more powerful than just viewing a job advert because it goes straight to the candidate. It’s important to remember to go for quality over quantity. But with programmatic, you can get both.