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Stop drinking the programmatic Kool-Aid

As an industry, focusing on commoditised technology as a competitive advantage is the fastest way to the bottom. What we’ve collectively established is that automated trading desks create low costs for low-value impressions, and that without human intervention these platforms can become a marketing minefield. Well done. Programmatic buying is only as strong as the people manning the controls and at the moment we’re on collective cruise control as marketers drive agency costs down for a specialism that takes hours to deliver. This, in turn, has led to issues with agency transparency.