Navigating the Digital Landscape: Introduction to Display & Video 360

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May 29, 2024
Navigating the Digital Landscape: Introduction to Display & Video 360

In today’s digital world, programmatic advertising is quickly replacing traditional advertising methods. If you’re new to online marketing and advertising, then the term “programmatic advertising” might seem confusing. But don’t worry! In this blog post, we’ll explain programmatic advertising and also introduce you to one of the most powerful and widely used programmatic advertising platforms, Display & Video 360 (DV360).

What is Programmatic Advertising?

Before discussing DV360 in this article, let’s quickly talk about programmatic advertising and some of its benefits. Programmatic advertising is an automated process of buying and selling digital ad space in real-time, which uses algorithms and data to target specific audiences, replacing the old way of negotiating ad placements with publishers. The publisher could be a company or an individual who owns a digital content platform (e.g. apps or websites) with an audience.

Benefits of Programmatic Advertising

Programmatic advertising offers many advantages, but I will be talking about the top four of its benefits that make it a game-changer for me and other marketers:

1. Precise Audience Targeting and Reach

Programmatic advertising allows for precise targeting to reach a wide audience, including specific individuals rather than broad groups. With programmatic advertising, your ads can be shown to your target audience with great accuracy. By leveraging data such as demographics, user behavior, and interests, advertisers can deliver ads to the right people at the right time.

2. Real-Time Campaign Optimization

One of the key benefits of programmatic advertising is the ability to optimize your campaigns in real-time. You can adjust your campaign strategy based on performance data, ensuring you get the best results from your programmatic campaign. 

3. Cost-Efficiency

Programmatic advertising allows for real-time ad space purchases in auctions, which can result in lower costs than traditional methods. Ad-buying processes are more efficient, reducing the need for manual negotiations and cutting costs. This means you can get better results without spending more money.

4. Enhanced Transparency

Unlike traditional methods of advertising, programmatic advertising provides you with a clear insight on your campaign delivery. Where your ads are placed, how each campaign and ad is performing, and who is seeing them. This feature helps you make informed decisions while running your campaigns.

Introducing Display & Video 360

Now that we have briefly covered the basics of programmatic advertising and its benefits, let’s look at one of its most powerful and widely used platforms: DV360.

DV360 formerly known as Doubleclick Bid Manager (DBM), is one of Google’s enterprise-level marketing tools that helps advertisers plan, execute, buy, optimize, and measure their digital marketing campaigns across different channels and formats.

Unlike Google Ads, DV360 is part of the Google Marketing Platform, which is why the Demand Side Platform (DSP) can integrate with Studio for developing campaign creatives, Campaign Manager (CM) for ad serving, Google Tag Manager (GTM) for easy tag management, and Google Analytics (GA4) for measuring campaign success.

How Display and Video 360 (DV360) Works

The reach of DV360 goes beyond Google’s free advertising program for publishers called Google AdSense. DV360 can integrate with multiple ad networks, ad exchanges, and data providers. Here’s a simple overview of DV360 features and how it works:

  1. Audience Targeting: DV360 lets you target specific audience segments based on various criteria, such as age, interests, and online behavior. This ensures your ads reach the most relevant people.

  2. Ad Placement: Advertisers can choose from various ad formats and placements, including display/banner ads, video ads, and native ads. DV360 offers extensive inventory across websites, apps, and digital platforms.

  3. Real-Time Bidding: DV360 uses real-time bidding (RTB) technology to auction ad impressions in milliseconds. Advertisers bid for ad space based on their targeting criteria and budget, with the highest bidder winning the placement.

  4. Campaign Optimization: DV360 provides advertisers with features for monitoring and optimizing campaign performance. Advertisers can track key metrics like clicks, views, impressions, and conversions, allowing them to refine their strategy for better campaign results.

Benefits of DV360

DV360 offers several benefits that make it a preferred choice for advertisers:

  • Powered by Data: DV360 unlocks the potential of programmatic advertising. With its native integration with Google Analytics 360, you can use your custom first-party data segments for targeting in DV360. It also helps expand your reach by creating look-alike audiences automatically.

  • Unified Platform: DV360 provides advertisers with a centralized hub for managing all aspects of digital advertising, from planning and creative to reporting. This simplifies the ad-buying process and enhances display and video campaign efficiency.

  • Advanced Targeting: With access to Google’s vast data, DV360 offers advanced targeting capabilities that allow you to reach highly specific audience segments. It goes even further, offering access to various third-party user lists within the platform. You can use audience lists from many reliable data providers which come with an extra CPM fee.

  • Cross-Channel Reach: DV360 supports various ad formats and channels, including display, video, mobile, and social media. This helps you reach your audience across multiple touchpoints.

  • Performance Insights: DV360 provides comprehensive analytics and reporting tools, giving you deep insights into campaign performance. Advertisers can monitor key metrics in real-time and optimize their campaigns for success.


As an advertiser, using DV360 offers an efficient and effective way to reach your target audience in the digital age. By using programmatic technology, you can achieve greater precision, efficiency, and return on investment (ROI) in your marketing efforts. Whether you’re new to digital advertising or an experienced marketer, DV360 provides the tools and insights you need to succeed in today’s competitive landscape. Start exploring DV360 today and unlock the full potential of programmatic advertising!

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Last Updated: May 29, 2024

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