Last year, a surge in demand from the industry coupled with commoditisation of inventory led to a severe downward pressure on price points. It became imperative to improve the efficiencies in the system both within the company and the wider ecosystem in which we operate in order to survive.
Innovative solutions (data driven innovations not site breaking banner creatives) became a necessity to increase the efficiency of utilising inventory. We coped with the challenges by introducing intelligence in serving, improving depth of publishers and properties and crafting products for specific niche(s) and purposes.
This year we are fully geared to face any kind of challenge. We want to tune in intelligence in a fine manner and put it forward to serve.
We are also planning to invest in developing algorithms that will help scale our learning and findings to a newer level. And, finally, we will want to use innovation in data-led solutions for improving returns on the advertising rupee
I am excited about the high growth in brand advertising and yes, also about the fact that the long tail is becoming important in display campaigns. I will also keep an eye on the aggregating properties and crafting specific products to suit the advertisers needs. Last - but not the least - the telecom sector will be a segment on which everybody will keep an eye on.
The other things I will look out for will be the third screen (the mobile phone) starting its journey to become a media, and how fan innovation in technology and business models will suit this immensely personal medium and that mobile number portability (MNP) will finally become a reality. The only thing I am worried about is the possible slowdown in the rollout of 3G services. This can lead to uncertainties in the telecom sector.