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  • Now Valued At $10 Million Apiece, Super Bowl Ads Still Mostly Lack Engagement

    Yesterday, NBCU's EVP of Sales and Sales Marketing Seth Winter announced that all of this Sunday's Super Bowl on-air and online ad units are now sold out. At $4.4-$4.5 million for on-air spots, these are the most expensive Super Bowl ads ever. Winter also reiterated something he said a few weeks ago: he believes a 30-second Super Bowl ad really provides a $10 million value "because of all the incremental exposure that the creative receives on all the different social media platforms like YouTube or publicity."

    The comment resonated with me, because way back in 2007, in "On the Road to the $10 Million Super Bowl Ad," I suggested that eventually Super Bowl would in fact reach this level (note that NBC isn't selling the ads for $10 million - yet. It's only saying that's their value).

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  • Save the Date: 5th Annual VideoNuze Online Video Ad Summit on Tues., June 16th in NYC

    Please save the date for the 5th annual VideoNuze Online Video Advertising Summit, on Tuesday, June 16th, in NYC.

    Online video advertising is booming, and the Video Ad Summit has become the industry's top event for learning and networking. Over 425 decision-makers at agencies, brands, content providers, technology companies and others in the video ecosystem attended last year's Video Ad Summit which featured 18 sessions and 45 speakers. In addition, 18 of the industry's leading companies sponsored last year's event.

    With all of the industry's growth, I expect the 2015 event to be even bigger - jam-packed with thought-leader keynotes, panel discussions, fireside chats, presentations and tech demonstrations. Not only will we dig into the big opportunities, but we'll also have candid sessions on key challenges such as viewability, fraud, measurement and ROI. As always, you can expect a high-impact full-day program.

    The Video Ad Summit is moving to a more spacious venue in 2015 as well - the Time-Life Building's 8th floor conference center, conveniently located in midtown at 6th Avenue and 51st Street. Assuming the weather cooperates, we'll have lunch and cocktails outside on the terrace.

    The 2015 Video Ad Summit web site is coming soon. In the meantime, see LAST YEAR'S event web site for more background.

    If you'd like to learn more about speaking and sponsorship opportunities, please contact me!

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  • Twitter Unveils 30-Second Native Video Feature

    Twitter has announced that users will have the ability to record, edit and share 30-second videos within the Twitter app on iPhone and Android mobile devices.  The videos will post within users' timelines just as other tweets do. The feature has been teased for a while and will roll out over the next few days.

    I haven't gained access to the video feature yet, but if it works as easily as Twitter describes it, I think it will be a very valuable addition. Of course Twitter has already offered video via its Vine app, but I see Twitter's native video feature as having 2 distinct advantages: first, eliminating the step of having to switch back and forth between the Vine and Twitter apps and second, Twitter's more flexible 30-second length.

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  • Perspective What's this? The Metric to Watch: Why Tracking Engagement Matters More than Views

    The growth of online video consumption is staggering, and continues to show no sign of slowing down. With YouTube and Facebook alone, well over five billion videos are watched every single day.

    Given the rapid growth, it’s no surprise that brands and advertisers have quickly adapted to using video ads as the means of reaching and connecting with consumers.  To measure their investment in these video ads, most advertisers are using the easiest and most simple way they know - counting video views - but the number of times a video was watched, whether partially or in its entirety, doesn’t actually mean much.  
Pre-roll is the most common way advertisers are buying video ads today. However, according to a study by research firm MetrixLab, 94% of viewers skip pre-roll ads.  For the few consumers who don't skip the ad, more often than not they are simply ignoring it. So how much weight should an advertiser place on the value of video views?

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