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John Childs-Eddy is VP of Business Development at Australian direct response ad network, Funbox.
As I sat at my desk the other day, I remarked to our lead analyst that after reading what feels like hundreds of articles on RTB, I still didn't know from a business point of view what it really did, or how it would help us make more money.
Chew (our lead analyst) whose opinion I greatly respect, and who was recently invited to (and gave) a talk to TED on chaos theory, went on to give me a long and detailed explanation of how RTB causes a market to function more efficiently.
"Yes, I can see how that is true", I answered.
"But, ultimately what I see is a technology being pushed at us, which does not bring either more supply, or more demand. In fact, all it does is cause prices to become more efficient, which creates a more effectively priced market place… but unless the benefits of that outweigh the costs of applying the new technology, then from a P&L viewpoint of our business and our clients, I do not see why we would be interested in it. After all, it's not increasing the amount of money in exchanges, or our ability to get more of the existing money."