Waze enables programmatic inventory, offers richer analytics with Google ad tech integrations

Local businesses advertising on the platform can bring customers to their front door with programmatic placements and richer analytics that include real-time insights.

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Waze announced Wednesday that its zero-speed takeover ad unit is now available programmatically via Google’s Display & Video 360 DSP. The Google-owned navigation app also said it will integrate with Google Campaign Manager to provide deeper measurement, allowing brands to compare Waze campaign performance against other media buys.

Why you should care

The Display & Video 360 connection marks the first integration by Waze with Google’s ad tech properties and first foray into offering its inventory programmatically.

The relatively new zero-speed takeover ads appear when the driver is near a location — or a brand’s billboards as McDonald’s has tested — and the car is stopped. Buyers can layer first-, second- or third-party data in targeting Waze users, including information about their location, frequent routes, weather, and time of day.

Waze promoted search ads and branded navigation pins are not offered via programmatic at this point.

The Campaign Manager integration will let media buyers compare Waze reach and frequency metrics against other channels.

More on the news

  • Since launching in 2018, in-app Waze Local ads have attributed to more than 7.2 million navigations to local businesses, the Google-owned company said at a press event in New York City Wednesday.
  • While Waze ads are tailored to drive traffic to local businesses. Businesses should consider their in-transit audience profile before diving into Waze’s destination-based ads.
  • Waze claims 115 million users.

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Taylor Peterson
Taylor Peterson was Third Door Media’s Deputy Editor, managing industry-leading coverage that informs and inspires marketers. Based in New York, Taylor brings marketing expertise grounded in creative production and agency advertising for global brands. As co-founder of The Sauce, an education hub for content creators and internet entrepreneurs, Taylor's editorial focus blends digital marketing and brand strategy with topics like creative management, emerging formats, and the growing creator economy.

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