How BBC and Essence helped the FT find new subscribers

May 2018

The BBC and Essence efficiently drove subscriptions for the FT using DoubleClick’s Programmatic Guaranteed with Audience Lists.


Drive FT subscriptions

Target key audience segments on premium inventory

Prevent media wastage


Sold campaign through DoubleClick Ad Exchange

Employed Programmatic Guaranteed with Audience Lists


66% of ads were in view

22% increase in users in target frequency range

18% increase in users who subscribed to the FT having been exposed to the campaign

In partnership with digital agency Essence, the BBC offered the FT an efficient new way to drive consumers to subscribe. Essence collaborated with the BBC to utlise DoubleClick’s Programmatic Guaranteed with Audience Lists, which meant they, on behalf of the FT, could access premium inventory that wouldn’t be available through the open exchange, target key segments within the BBC audience and exclude current FT subscribers from exposure to the campaign.

How the Financial Times gained more subscribers using DoubleClick
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- David Goddard, Global Head of Programmatic Trading, BBC Worldwide