As RTB continues its exponential growth and surpasses $20 billion in the US next year, humans simply aren’t needed to power deals and manage negotiations the way they once were and advertising professionals are feeling the pinch. Yet while some see this shift as the death knell for the human element in advertising, it can be argued that what we’re seeing now is the creativity renaissance of the ad industry.
Advertising professionals needn’t feel threatened by ever-increasing automation. Time once spent on repetitive tasks has been freed up to invest in creative work at the very moment our creative needs are exploding. Rather than replacing humans on the job, automation has freed up human labour capacity that can be invested in creative to meet the demand for cross-channel, more granular campaigns.
In performance and brand advertising alike, advertisers have always had an overarching message to share and distribute consistently across channels. As those channels have evolved beyond television and print to include myriad digital channels including social, mobile, video and display, ads have become more granular and targeted to evermore-specific audience segments.
What does this creative renaissance mean for advertising professionals and teams? Let’s explore four factors driving the demand for creative talent across the ad industry: audience segmentation, ad sequencing, real-time marketing and data-driven creative.