Full Screen

Display Platforms

More Free Lessons in

Display and Video Advertising View All →

Get cutting-edge digital marketing skills, know-how and strategy

This micro lesson is from one of our globally recognized digital marketing courses.

Start a FREE Course Preview Start a FREE Course Preview
Global Authority

The Global Authority

12 years delivering excellence


245,000+ Members

Join a global community


Associate Certification

Globally recognised


Membership Included

Toolkits, content & more

Digital Marketing - Study Notes:

Popular display platforms

Here are some popular display platforms.

Google Display Network

The Google Display Network allows advertisers to serve video and display ads and over 2 million websites, reaching over 90% of the entire internet population. So, you will reach nearly everyone on the web using the Google Display Network. There are multiple ad formats, and there are different targeting options, and a diverse selection of video and responsive ads to choose from.


Facebook is a social media platform, equally 2 billion users worldwide. They’re quite engaged. They’re what’s called a logged-in environment because they have a profile with an email address to access the platform, and we have access to their demographics and their interests and various things like that. It’s a strong and accurate way of targeting people. And if you consider the mobile nature of Facebook and the mobile nature of the internet community, it’s a very close medium to transit users. So, it’s good for targeting any kind of mobile use.


AdRoll is primarily known as a retargeting platform. We do is we add a pixel to your website or a piece of code, and anyone who goes to the website is then retargeted, essentially served out on premium websites and premium partnerships across the web with your ad. It’s based on a CPM basis and there’s a slight amount of programmatic associated with it too.


Criteo is a specialist e-commerce targeting platform. When you look at a particular product in someone’s website, and then you decide not buy, and then you move to another website, Criteo will serve you that product, the image from the website, and the price from the website. When you click through in that ad, it drives you back to that product page. So, it’s a highly specific e-commerce retargeting option.

Premium Network Buys

We spoke briefly about Premium Network Buys, if you wanted to buy access to a particular audience. So, if you wanted to buy access to the Guardian’s audience because you know that they’re likely to be interested in your product, or indeed a section on the Guardian or a section on the New York Times, or whatever it may be. It’s premium, so therefore it’s more expensive.

Unlike the Google Display Network where you pay on a cost-per-click basis, so you only pay when someone clicks, with premium display, you tend to pay on a CPM basis, which is cost per thousand impressions. This goes back to the awareness piece. You’re serving impressions because you want to generate awareness.

And then premium display tends to begin at €8 CPMs versus what you’ve been paying to Google Display Network could be €2, €1 CPMs. So, it’s a lot more expensive, but the impact is a lot greater, the ad choices are a lot greater, the ad formats, and the access to a particularly specific audience is a lot more impactful. What we do with premium display is we tend to leave it for very large campaigns like a summer sale, or winter sale, or something like that. It tends not to be for Always On or ongoing activity. Your Always On display will be generally based in Google Display Network, or Facebook, or perhaps some low-cost programmatic.

Back to Top
Cathal Melinn

Cathal Melinn is a well-known digital marketing director, commercial analyst, and ecommerce specialist with over 15 years’ experience.

Cathal is a respected international conference speaker, course lecturer, and digital trainer. He specialises in driving complete understanding from students across a number of digital marketing disciplines including: paid and organic search (PPC and SEO), analytics, strategy and planning, social media, reporting, and optimisition.  Cathal works with digital professionals in over 80 countries and teaches at all levels of experience from beginner to advanced.

Alongside his training and course work, Cathal runs his own digital marketing agency and is considered an analytics and revenue generating guru - at enterprise level. He has extensive local and international experience working with top B2B and B2C brands across multiple industries.

Over his career, Cathal has worked client-Side, in digital marketing agencies and media owners with brands including HSBC, Amazon, Apple, Red Bull, Dell, Vodafone, Compare the Market, Aer Lingus, and Expedia.

He can be reached on LinkedIn here.

Data protection regulations affect almost all aspects of digital marketing. Therefore, DMI has produced a short course on GDPR for all of our students. If you wish to learn more about GDPR, you can do so here:

DMI Short Course: GDPR

The following pieces of content from the Digital Marketing Institute's Membership Library have been chosen to offer additional material that you might find interesting or insightful.

You can find more information and content like this on the Digital Marketing Institute's Membership Library

You will not be assessed on this content in your final exam.


    Display Advertising
    Cathal Melinn
    Skills Expert

    This module introduces the key concepts involved in display advertising. It covers the advantages of different types of display platforms and demonstrates how to set up a display advertising campaign. It also explores the key considerations for targeting and bidding in a display advertising campaign, and how to report on and optimize campaign performance.