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  • AppNexus Grows Microsoft’s Video Ad Revenue by Over 200%

    Ad tech provider AppNexus grew Microsoft’s video ad revenue from instream video inventory in Q1 ’18 by 201% vs. Q1 ’17, according to an announcement by the companies. In addition, Microsoft’s eCPMs increased by 29% in Q1 ’18 vs. Q1 ’17. Microsoft said it had expanded its partnership with AppNexus from 1 ad format in 1 market to 3 ad formats in 65 markets, including Europe and emerging markets.

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  • Bringing the Precision of the Digital Age to Television and Key Trends in Programmatic [SHIFT Videos]

    Below are the final two session videos from our recent SHIFT // Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit.

    First up is “Bringing the Precision of the Digital Age to Television” which was kicked off with a short presentation by Scott Ferber (Chairman and CEO, Videology) showcasing research on key challenges to accelerating programmatic TV. Following his presentation, Scott joined a panel I moderated, with Larry Allen (VP of Ad Innovation and Programmatic Solutions, Turner Ad Sales) and Andrew Feigenson (CEO, Simmons Research) also participating.

    The second session is “Trending Now: What’s Ahead for Programmatic Video and TV?” which included Paul Alfieri (Chief Marketing Officer, Cross MediaWorks), Rob Byrnes (VP, Digital Planning, National Geographic), Rob Cukierman (VP, Sales Strategy & Partnerships, Vevo), Stephen Strong (Head of Revenue, Newsy), Tore Tellefsen (VP of TV Solutions, DataXu), with Chris Karl (CEO, VertaMedia) moderating.

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  • Audience Buying and Data’s Critical Role [SHIFT Videos]

    At our SHIFT // Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit a couple weeks ago we had two sessions that were connected: one that focused on executing the roadmap for success in audience buying and one that focused on maximizing data’s ROI.

    Panelists for the audience buying panel included Gabe Bevilacqua (SVP of Product Management, Advanced Advertising, Viacom), Jason DeMarco (VP, Audience and Data Solutions, A+E Networks), Anupam Gupta (Chief Product Officer, 4C Insights) and Adam Hecht (VP, Monetization, SintecMedia), with Mary Ann Halford (Senior Advisor, FTI Consulting), moderating.

    Panelists for the maximizing data’s ROI panel included Scott Ashby (Sr. Director, Advanced Ad Products, Fox Networks Group), Judith Hammerman (SVP, Data Solutions & Programmatic Solutions, Time Inc.), Mark Risis (Head of Global Data Partnerships, IBM Watson Advertising), Damian Garbaccio (Global Chief Revenue Officer, Nielsen Marketing Cloud), with Brian Leder (Partner and Chief Strategy Officer, Promatica), moderating.

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  • Keynote Discussion With NBCUniversal EVP Mike Rosen [SHIFT Video]

    Our afternoon keynote interview at the recent SHIFT // Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit was with Mike Rosen, EVP, Portfolio Sales and Strategy, NBCUniversal. Mike was interviewed by Matt Prohaska, CEO and Principal, Prohaska Consulting and shared a fantastic insider’s look at how the TV industry is evolving.

    Mike discussed a range of topics including how NBCUniversal has organized itself around audiences instead of verticals with content a key focus, how he defines the term “programmatic,” why data comes up in every single meeting and how it feeds NBCU’s optimization platform, what the “new” currency is and the challenge of giving up legacy approaches, which industries are adopting custom segmentation approaches first, how to overcome attribution challenges and much more.

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  • Devices and Distribution: Making Advertising Pay Off [SHIFT Video]

    At our recent SHIFT // Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit, we had a great session focused on how devices and distribution are contributing to advertising paying off in new ways. Topics included how to improve audience targeting, creating value in a multi-touch world, how to unify analytics across all distribution points, why more premium content is flowing through connected TV devices, the role of ad ops and yield management, plus lots more.

    Panelists included Youssef Ben-Youssef (Head of Ad Platform, Roku), Stephen Bach (SVP, Partnerships and Business Development, Vemba), Keith Grossman, Global Chief Revenue Officer, Bloomberg Media Group), Anthony Laurenzo (SVP, Non-Linear Video Strategy & Investment, Amplifi), with Tim Hanlon (Founder and CEO, The Vertere Group) moderating.

    (Apologies, there was a problem with the primary audio source, so there's a little background noise)

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  • Keynote Discussion With Universal McCann’s CIO Jon Stimmel [SHIFT Video]

    Our morning keynote interview at the SHIFT // Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit was with Jon Stimmel, Chief Investment Officer, Universal McCann. Jon was interviewed by Matt Spiegel, Managing Director, Marketing and Technology Solutions, MediaLink about a range of topics including unified measurement, data fragmentation, changes to UM’s planning and investment process, integrated buying, CMOs’ outcome targets and much more.

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  • Innovation in Programmatic Session [SHIFT Video]

    At our recent SHIFT // Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit, one of our sessions focused on innovation in programmatic video and TV, with many topics discussed including header bidding, AI, brand safety, mobile, role of data, syndication and much more.

    Panelists included Paul Bannister (EVP, CaféMedia), Dvir Doron (CMO/BDO, Cedato), Joe Lospalluto (Head of Sales, Americas, Smart), Chip Schenck (VP of Audience and Programmatic Solutions, Meredith), Frank Sinton (President and Founder, Beachfront Media) with Brian Ring (Principal Analyst, Ring Digital LLC) who moderated.

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  • Server Side Ad Insertion’s Role with Programmatic Video [SHIFT Video]

    One of the highlights of last week’s SHIFT // Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit was a joint presentation from Brightcove (Mike Green, VP, Marketing and Business Development, Media), SpotX (Kevin Schaum, Sr. Director, Mobile and Connected TV) and the IAB Tech Lab (Amit Shetty,  Sr. Director, Video & Audio Products) on how server side ad insertion (SSAI) adds value to programmatic for both linear and on-demand advertising.

    For those not familiar with SSAI (also known as “ad stitching”), this is a process for inserting ads into a piece of content (frequently long-form). There are multiple benefits of SSAI including better user experiences, reduced buffering, extended device reach, elimination of ad blocking and lower cost of deployment. Mike, Kevin and Amit elaborated on how these benefits are even more valuable for programmatic, especially in live and in skinny bundles, while also noting some of the key outstanding challenges.

    The presentation clearly communicated how the industry needs to work together to evolve video advertising given new viewer behaviors, device proliferation and publishers’ pressures to fully monetize.

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  • Digging Into eMarketer’s Forecast for Programmatic Video & TV Ad Spending [SHIFT VIDEO]

    At last week’s SHIFT // Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit, Lauren Fisher, eMarketer’s principal analyst, kicked off the day sharing her forecasts for both programmatic video and programmatic TV ad spending in the U.S. Following her presentation, I interviewed Lauren and the audience asked a number of questions.

    Overall, Lauren sees strong growth ahead for programmatic video, which will account for 76.5%, or over $13.4 billion of online video advertising by 2019. She’s particularly bullish about the role of mobile, which she sees growing to 60% of programmatic video by 2019. Lauren is also optimistic about connected TV’s opportunity, though she still see it as early in its development.

    Programmatic TV is not nearly as far along, with Lauren forecasting $3.8 billion in spending by 2019, representing 5% of overall TV ad spending. Lauren also reduced her 2018 forecast to $2 billion, which is roughly half of what she forecast for 2018 when she presented at SHIFT 2016. We discuss all the reasons behind her revisions.

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  • Google and Facebook Have Single Entity Advantage in Race for TV Ad Dollars

    No surprise, at last week’s SHIFT // Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit, the “duopoly” of Google and Facebook came up repeatedly on stage, mainly in the context of how they’re pursuing TV ad dollars and what the TV industry is doing to defend itself. In fact, the whole concept of “programmatic TV” - TV networks data-enabling and automating /streamlining the ad transaction process - pretty much captures what the industry is doing to become more competitive. 

    But as I listened to and participated in the SHIFT sessions, one consideration kept coming back to me as possibly being the biggest single influence over how TV advertising evolves in the coming years: the idea that Google and Facebook are single entities, while the TV industry is fragmented with many different powerful players, each with their own agendas, capabilities and resources.

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  • VideoNuze Podcast #397: The 4 Big Themes From This Week’s SHIFT // Programmatic Conference

    I’m pleased to present the 397th edition of the VideoNuze podcast with my weekly partner Colin Dixon of nScreenMedia. Many thanks to Brightcove, this week’s podcast sponsor.

    This past Wednesday was our 3rd annual SHIFT // Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit in NYC. There were so many great insights shared by speakers and in today’s podcast, I highlight (and we discuss) 4 main themes that recurred throughout the day.

    Taken together, the themes reveal just how significant the challenges are that the ad-supported TV industry now faces. Changes in viewer behavior, ad buyer expectations, competitive forces and technology have created what a number of speakers characterized as an “existential threat” to ad-supported TV’s future.

    As Colin and I discuss, there are no silver bullets that neatly address these challenges. The industry is trying a lot of different things, but it’s not clear yet what these efforts will add up to.

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  • Join Over 350 Colleagues at Tomorrow's SHIFT // Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit

    Join over 350 industry colleagues at our 3rd annual SHIFT // Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit, tomorrow, Wednesday, November 29th in NYC.

    Over 40 industry leaders will be speaking on 11 sessions, including A+E Networks, Amplifi, Bloomberg Media, Discovery, eMarketer, Fox Networks, Meredith, National Geographic, Publicis Media, Roku, Time, Turner, Vevo, Viacom, plus many others.

    Our 2 amazing keynote guests are Mike Rosen, EVP, Portfolio Sales & Strategy, NBCUniversal, who will be interviewed by Matt Prohaska from Prohaska Consulting and Jon Stimmel, Chief Investment Officer, Universal McCann, who will be interviewed by Matt Spiegel, Managing Director, MediaLink.



    Overall, SHIFT promises to be a premier day of learning and networking.

    All paid registrants are entered to win 1 of 3 Roku Ultra 4K players. Perfect for yourself or for a stocking stuffer gift this holiday season.

    Many thanks to our 14 generous sponsors including Title Partner FreeWheel; Premier Partners SpotX, VertaMedia and Videology; Headline Partners 4C Insights, Beachfront Media, Brightcove, Cadent, Cedato, SintecMedia, Smart AdServer, Vemba; and Branding Partners Gotham Ads and Roku.

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  • Two Weeks From Today at SHIFT Programmatic: Hear from 40 Speakers Including NBCU, UniversalMcCann, Turner, Bloomberg, Vevo, eMarketer + Many Others

    Two weeks from today will be our 3rd annual SHIFT // Programmatic Video & TV Advertising Summit on November 29th in NYC. The program is locked in with 40 amazing speakers who will be featured in keynotes, research presentations, fireside chats and panel discussions throughout the day.

    Kicking things off will be Lauren Fisher, Principal Analyst at eMarketer, who will share details behind her forecast that programmatic video & TV will exceed $17 billion by 2019.

    Our morning keynote interview is with Mike Rosen, EVP, Portfolio Sales and Strategy, NBCUniversal and the afternoon keynote interview is with Jon Stimmel, Chief Investment Officer, Universal McCann. In addition, Dan Aversano, SVP, Ad Innovation and Programmatic Solutions at Turner Ad Sales will be featured in an afternoon spotlight fireside chat.

    A reminder that all SHIFT paid attendees will be entered to win 1 of 3 Roku Ultra 4K players, generously provided by Roku. Additional discounts are available on 5-packs and 10-packs. And, startups and students can register for the reduced $245 ticket (contact me for the code).



    As always, there will be abundant networking opportunities with speakers and attendees at SHIFT.

    Please join us for what will be the highest-impact day of learning and networking around programmatic video & TV of 2017.

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  • LAST DAY to Save $100 on Tickets to Nov. 29th SHIFT // 2017 Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit

    Today’s the last day for early bird discounted tickets for the SHIFT // 2017 Programmatic Video & TV Advertising Summit on Wednesday, November 29th in NYC. Early bird registration saves you $100 and also doubles your chances* of winning 1 of 3 Roku Ultra 4K players, generously provided by Roku. Additional discounts are available on 5-packs and 10-packs. And, startups and students can register for the reduced $245 ticket (contact me for the code).

    SHIFT is going to be a jam-packed day of learning and networking with 30+ industry executives on a dozen different sessions. Attendees will hear from companies leading the charge into programmatic video and TV including 4C Insights, A+E Networks, Amplifi, Beachfront Media, Bloomberg Media Group, Brightcove, Cedato, Cross MediaWorks, eMarketer, FreeWheel, Fox Networks Group, IAB, IBM Watson, MediaLink, Prohaska Consulting, Publicis, Roku, SintecMedia, SpotX, Time, Inc., Turner Ad Sales, Vemba, VertaMedia, Vevo, Viacom, Videology and others.


    Our amazing keynoters are Mike Rosen, EVP, Portfolio Sales and Strategy, NBCUniversal and Jon Stimmel, Chief Investment Officer, Universal McCann,

    I hope you’ll join us for this must-attend day of learning and networking!

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    (* Early bird registrants get 2 entries each for the Roku Ultra drawings.)

     
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  • Early Bird Ends Friday: Save $100 and Win a Roku Ultra at Nov. 29th SHIFT // Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit

    Early bird discounted tickets end on Friday for the SHIFT // 2017 Programmatic Video & TV Advertising Summit on Wednesday, November 29th in NYC. If you register early you save $100 and also double your chances* of winning 1 of 3 Roku Ultra 4K players, generously provided by Roku. Additional discounts are available on 5-packs and 10-packs. Startups and students can register for the reduced $245 ticket (contact me for the code).

    SHIFT is going to be a jam-packed day of learning and networking with 30+ industry executives on a dozen different sessions. Attendees will hear from companies leading the charge into programmatic video and TV including 4C Insights, A+E Networks, Amplifi, Beachfront Media, Bloomberg Media Group, Brightcove, Cedato, Cross MediaWorks, eMarketer, FreeWheel, Fox Networks Group, IAB, IBM Watson, MediaLink, Prohaska Consulting, Publicis, Roku, SintecMedia, SpotX, Time, Inc., Turner Ad Sales, Vemba, VertaMedia, Vevo, Videology and others.

    Our amazing keynoters are Mike Rosen, EVP, Portfolio Sales and Strategy, NBCUniversal and Jon Stimmel, Chief Investment Officer, Universal McCann.



    I hope you’ll join us for this must-attend day of learning and networking!

    Learn more and register now!

    (* Early bird registrants get 2 entries each for the Roku Ultra drawings.)

     
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  • Program and Initial Speakers for Nov. 29th SHIFT // Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit Now Available

    The program and initial group of over 25 speakers for SHIFT // 2017 Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit on Wednesday, November 29th in NYC are now available on the SHIFT web site. The program includes 12 sessions that will dig into all aspects of programmatic video & TV. There are keynote interviews, fireside chats, research presentations and discussion sessions all meant to enhance attendees’ understanding of the burgeoning programmatic video & TV landscape.

    Our initial group of speakers come from leading advertisers, agencies, content providers/publishers, technology providers and investors. Our keynoters are Mike Rosen, EVP, Portfolio Sales and Strategy, NBCUniversal, who will talk about how the company is raising the bar for programmatic and Jon Stimmel, Chief Investment Officer, Universal McCann who will address agency opportunities in programmatic video and TV.



    Other speakers are from A+E Networks, Amplifi, Beachfront Media, Cedato, eMarketer, Essence, Fox, FreeWheel, IAB, IBM Watson, MediaLink, Meredith, SintecMedia/Operative, Prohaska Consulting, Roku, SpotX, Time, Turner Ad Sales, VertaMedia, The Vertere Group, Videology, with many others to be announced soon.

    Reminder that all paid registrants will be entered to win 1 of 3 Roku Ultra 4K streaming players, generously provided by Roku. In addition, early bird registrants save $100 off the regular rates. Further discounts are available on 5-packs and 10-packs. And, startups and students can register for the reduced $245 ticket (contact me for the code).

    Learn more and register now!

     
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  • Win a Roku Ultra 4K Player by Registering for SHIFT // 2017

    A reminder that all paid registrants for our 3rd annual SHIFT // Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit on Wednesday, November 29th in NYC will be entered to win 1 of 3 Roku Ultra 4K streaming players, generously provided by Roku. The Ultra is Roku’s top-of-the-line player featuring support for 4K, HD and HDR. I’ve been using one for a while and it’s amazing.

    The SHIFT program is coming together really nicely and once again it promises to be the highest-impact conference for anyone in the industry who is focused on programmatic video and TV. Programmatic approaches, which rely on data and automation, already account for billions of dollars of annual TV and video ad spend and are poised for further rapid growth.

    Still, there are many issues swirling around programmatic, including viewability, fraud, labor intensity and supply chain complexity. At SHIFT we’ll be digging into all of these along with the big opportunities programmatic creates.

    Our two keynoters, Mike Rosen, EVP, Portfolio Sales and Strategy, NBCUniversal and Jon Stimmel, Chief Investment Officer, Universal McCann will provide invaluable insights into how their companies are approaching programmatic. There are dozens of executive speakers set to participate across panel discussions, research presentations, fireside chats and more, which I’ll be sharing shortly.


    In the meantime, early bird registrants save $100, with all registrants eligible to win one of the 3 Roku Ultra 4K Streaming Players. Further discounts are available on 5-packs and 10-packs. Startups and students can register for a reduced $245 ticket (contact me for the code).

    I hope you’ll join us for this must-attend day of learning and networking!

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  • NBCUniversal EVP Mike Rosen and Universal McCann Chief Investment Officer Jon Stimmel to Keynote SHIFT // 2017

    I’m excited to share that Mike Rosen, EVP, Portfolio Sales and Strategy, NBCUniversal and Jon Stimmel, Chief Investment Officer, Universal McCann, will be our keynote speakers at our 3rd annual SHIFT // Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit on Wednesday, November 29th in NYC.

    Mike will be interviewed by Matt Prohaska, CEO and Principal of Prohaska Consulting, focusing on how NBCUniversal is innovating with programmatic. NBCUniversal has moved aggressively to enable ad buyers to use data and technology to buy its inventory. It most recently announced Target as its first self-serve programmatic client for national inventory, powered by 4C Insights. In addition to discussing NBCUniversal’s own efforts, Mike will address how TV networks can embrace programmatic to compete more effectively.

    Jon will be interviewed by Matt Spiegel, Managing Director, Marketing & Technology Solutions at MediaLink about how UM is driving clients’ business outcomes with automation and data-enablement for video and TV ad buying. Jon will also address more broadly how programmatic is impacting agencies and what they should be doing to adapt and succeed.



    Mike’s and Jon’s keynote sessions highlight a jam-packed day of exciting sessions covering all aspects of programmatic video and TV. I’ll be posting the full SHIFT program shortly.

    Early bird registrants save $100, with all eligible to win one of three Roku Ultra 4K Streaming Players. Further discounts are available on 5-packs and 10-packs. Startups and students can register for a reduced $245 ticket (contact me for the code).

    I hope you’ll join us for this must-attend day of learning and networking!

    Learn more and register now!

     
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  • SpotX Bolsters Amazon’s Transparent Ad Marketplace For Video Header Bidding

    Late last week SpotX announced that it has integrated its recently-launched header bidding solution for video ads with Amazon Publisher Services’ Transparent Ad Marketplace (TAM). To learn more about the integration and the benefits to publishers, SpotX and Amazon, I spoke with Tal Almany, SpotX’s Senior Director, Advanced Integrations who recently joined the company from OpenX.

    For those not familiar with header bidding, this is an approach that video providers use to offer their ad inventory simultaneously to multiple demand sources to optimize bidding and monetization. Amazon’s TAM is a header bidding solution that is cloud-based and server side, which means less code is running on the publisher’s site, creating efficiencies. TAM is relatively new to the market, but because it’s from Amazon, it has gained a lot of attention.

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  • Perspective What's this? For Publishers, Regaining Programmatic Control Is Simpler Than It Seems

    It didn’t happen as quickly as it did in display advertising, but last year saw a tipping point when the majority of US digital video ad spend was transacted through programmatic technologies, according to eMarketer. It is no wonder these systems are forecast to account for 74% of video spending by 2018 - advertisers now have an insatiable appetite for video inventory, and they are pushing publishers to offer space using the same data-driven trading technologies they currently enjoy in display.

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