A crisis of trust. That’s what going on in the programmatic buying space, as brands have continued to lose trust in the marketplaces and publishers with which they work. Relationships among agencies, brands, publishers, and the ad tech players that bring these groups together have diminished as brand safety crises and measurement concerns multiplied.
The lack of transparency in the programmatic space has finally reached a tipping point. According to a survey on the state of programmatic media buying, conducted by Digiday, 27% of media buyers say the greatest concern they have with programmatic advertising is the lack of transparency. While many players in the space are claiming that their hands are tied, and agencies continue to push back against audits, upstart technology firms are carving out niches as leaders in the push to bring trust into programmatic advertising.
One organization making a major push in this arena is TRUSTX.