And have historic associations with “handled services” played a role in this dilemma?
In addition, pressure to maximize return on digital financial investments has put handled service at more threat. Can the industry prevail with such low regard for service? The talent flight itself recommends that service comes at a cost, and we ought to be ready to quantify the pros and cons. And does this require us to unmask legacy preconceptions and review the realities of what “managed” service offers now?

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Todays column is written by Erin Madorsky, Managing Director, MiQ
By its very nature, the ad-tech market has always put a premium on newness, progress and development. Modernizing and advancing technological services are naturally part of our DNA. Automation, machine learning and synthetic intelligence are commonly praised advancements born of a desire for more speed, more scale and more efficiency.
Amidst this push for progress, has the emphasis and worth placed on tech come at the cost of the skill really handling it? Have we deprioritized human capital so much that theyre now pulling out of the formula altogether? And have historical associations with “handled services” played a function in this problem?
When programmatic innovation first emerged, it offered an enticing self-service choice for ownership over ones media transactions. It began to displace ad networks, which were sometimes bogged down by bad actors, fraudulent strategies and inappropriate advertisement adjacencies.
As the need for openness and quality assurance heightened, self-service innovation ended up being the response. This trend caused managed-service networks to be considered as relatively antiquated and sluggish, providing doubtful quality and an absence of openness.
Flash forward 20 years, and while much these dayss advertising industry leverages both programmatic tech and some form of managed service, an unreasonable preconception remains for the latter. Perceiving handled service with the decades-old characterization as “low tech” could not be further from the fact, simply as it would be unreliable to associate all aspects of self-service with high quality and openness.
In addition, pressure to make the most of return on digital investments has actually put managed service at more danger. Can the industry prevail with such low regard for service? I dont believe it can.

As total advertisement markets rebound, eMarketer projects digital advertisement invest to increase by 20.4% in 2021 and reach $455.30 billion by years end. The ability to provide on that growing demand requires capable skill, which is significantly limited today by what some are thinking about an all-out hiring crisis.
At a macro level, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 10.1 million task openings throughout the country in June, which exceeds the variety of out of work. Closer to home, Campaign recently kept in mind that top firms like FCB, McCann, and others have more than 100 openings each since early August. Its clear that the post-pandemic cultural zeitgeist, shifting priorities and action to burnout is causing numerous choosing to pull out of their jobs, leaving business scrambling for skill.
Employing and retaining the skill necessary to prepare and trigger on the current speed of digital financial investment will continue to be a challenge. While there might be unbelievable need for programmatic, if unsuccessfully serviced by qualified skill, we will not capitalize on the growth, particularly when scrutinized versus standard media investments or search and social.
The skill flight itself suggests that service comes at a cost, and we need to want to quantify the advantages and disadvantages. Exists, then, an opportunity to reevaluate the value we appoint to service and the expense we are willing to spend for it? And does this require us to expose tradition preconceptions and review the realities of what “managed” service supplies now?
Managed provider utilize the most current market technology and bring a level of knowledge that facilitates its greatest usage. Since its core strengths lie between tech and human know-how, managed provider can help many customers innovate and release this innovation much better than they can themselves.
While the potential for advanced technology like expert system and artificial intelligence is undoubtedly important, the market needs to keep the human touch that provides expertise, imagination and vision.
And we ought to seek more convenience appointing a price to the worth of managed services. Afterall, we do not live in “Westworld,” yet
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