US Programmatic Digital Display Ad Spending 2022

Navigating Innovation in Identity and Consolidation in Ad Tech

Executive Summary

Programmatic display advertising is thriving, with marketers increasing their spend despite lingering uncertainty as third-party identifiers are slowly phased out. Programmatic will continue gaining ground in years to come, as advertisers, ad tech platforms, and publishers collectively work toward a new normal.


  1. How much will advertisers spend on programmatic display in 2022?
  2. How does that spending break down by device, format, and transaction method?
  3. What market conditions will shape programmatic display this year and next?

WHAT’S IN THIS REPORT? Our latest forecast for programmatic digital display ad spending, as well as our analysis of trends that will affect how advertisers operate in the programmatic marketplace in 2022 and beyond.

KEY STAT: US advertisers spent 41.2% more on programmatic display ads in 2021—the biggest annual increase since 2016. Growth will slow to 16.3% this year.

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    Table of Contents

    1. Executive Summary
    2. Key Points
    3. Market Size and Ad Spending Breakdowns by Device, Format, and Transaction Method
    4. Identity Resolution Is Both the No. 1 Challenge and No. 1 Opportunity
    1. Maturation of the Programmatic Marketplace
    2. Glossary
    3. Insider Intelligence Interviews
    4. Read Next
    1. Sources
    2. Media Gallery

    Interviewed for This Report

    Mel Bessaha
    Senior Vice President and Head of Demand
    Interviewed January 7, 2022
    Tal Chalozin
    Co-Founder and CTO
    Interviewed December 17, 2021
    Kerel Cooper
    Interviewed December 17, 2021
    Jed Dederick
    The Trade Desk
    Senior Vice President, Global Client Development
    Interviewed December 20, 2021
    Kurt Donnell
    President and CEO
    Interviewed December 17, 2021
    Kyle Dozeman
    Chief Revenue Officer, Americas
    Interviewed December 21, 2021
    Alistair Goodman
    CEO and General Manager
    Interviewed January 4, 2022
    John Goulding
    Head of Strategy, US
    Interviewed December 14, 2021
    Sheri Ham
    Vice President, Programmatic Partnerships and Sales
    Interviewed January 5, 2022
    Romain Job
    Smart AdServer
    Chief Strategy Officer
    Interviewed January 6, 2022
    Eric John
    Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB)
    Vice President, Media Center
    Interviewed January 4, 2022
    Joey Leichman
    Vice President, Buyer Development
    Interviewed December 21, 2021
    James Malins
    General Manager, Cross-Channel Strategic Solutions
    Interviewed December 21, 2021
    Iván Markman
    Chief Business Officer
    Interviewed December 16, 2021
    Yoni Markovizky
    Fyber, a Digital Turbine Company
    General Manager, Marketplace
    Interviewed December 22, 2021
    Steve Mougis
    Senior Vice President, Programmatic Sales and Global Strategy
    Interviewed January 6, 2022
    Kunal Nagpal
    General Manager, Publisher Platforms and Exchange
    Interviewed December 13, 2021
    Michael Nevins
    Smart AdServer
    Interviewed January 6, 2022
    David Olesnevich
    Head of Product, IBM Watson Advertising
    Interviewed December 20, 2021
    Orchid Richardson
    Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB)
    Senior Vice President, Programmatic+Data Center
    Interviewed January 4, 2022
    Anudit Vikram
    Chief Product Officer
    Interviewed December 22, 2021

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