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  • Why American Express is Bullish on Programmatic Video [SHIFT VIDEO]

    At last month’s SHIFT // Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit, David Szahun, American Express’s Director of US Media, Global Brand Marketing and Digital Partnerships shared his insights about the evolution of programmatic video & TV and why he’s bullish on both. In particular, David zeroed in on the need for “premium programmatic video” which he defines as a direct buyer-to-publisher relationship, with a fixed CPM, guaranteed premium reserve inventory and first-party data overlay. David explains more about why he believes this is valuable.

    In a follow-up interview with me, David also provides thoughts on why programmatic TV is developing more slowly than video, why addressable TV with automation isn’t here yet, how American Express is organized and what role its agency plays, and the key challenges for programmatic. Throughout, David is quite candid and thoughtful about how AmEx views programmatic and how it’s being incorporated into the company’s marketing mix.

    Note, all of the SHIFT session videos are now included in the player below.

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  • What’s Driving Growth in Programmatic Video & TV and What’s Ahead? [SHIFT VIDEOS]

    What’s driving the growth in programmatic video & TV and what’s ahead? These questions were the focus of our opening and closing sessions, respectively, at last month’s SHIFT // 2015 Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit. Together, the sessions present a compelling picture of the shift to programmatic and its potential going forward.

    In the opening session, Magna Global’s EVP and Director of Global Forecasting, Vincent Letang shared the firm’s forecast that 56%, or approximately $11 billion, of online video ad spending in 2019 will be programmatic. Of this, almost $8B will be RTB. The panel, which included Vincent and Keith Grossman (Head of US Sales, Bloomberg), Jason Lopatecki (Chief Strategy Officer, TubeMogul), Trevor Mengel (Director, Programmatic Product - HX, Horizon Media) with Sorosh Tavakoli (SVP, AdTech, Ooyala) moderating, then dug into what’s driving the rapid growth.

    Then later in the day, our “Looking Ahead” session focused on how programmatic is going to play out and over what timeline. In particular, key nuances were discussed, such as legacy systems and motivations in TV. The session included Lorne Brown (Founder and CEO, Operative), Noah Levine (SVP, Revenue Operations, Advanced Advertising Product Team, Fox Networks Group), Scott Rosenberg (VP, Advertising, Roku), Alan Smith (Chief Digital Officer, Assembly), Rich Sobel (SVP, Solutions, VivaKi Operating System) and David Silverman (Assurance Partner, PwC), moderating.

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  • What’s the Agency’s Role in the Programmatic Video Future? [SHIFT VIDEO]

    As the traditional bridge between buyers and sellers in the video ad business, agencies have a huge vested stake in how programmatic plays out. On the one hand, programmatic gives advertisers more control than ever in terms of managing their spending and targeting their audiences. But on the other hand, programmatic requires highly specialized new skill sets and investments to truly pay off.

    These topics and more were part of our “Agency of the Future” session at last month’s SHIFT // 2015 Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit. The session included Christina Beaumier (SVP, Xaxis Media), Adam Kasper (Chief Media Officer, Havas Media North America) with Steve Grubbs (Prohaska Consulting and former CEO, PHD North America), moderating.

    Adam and Christina shared how their organizations are structured to capitalize on programmatic, why automation does not lead to staffing cost savings, what the proper agency compensation models are for programmatic, whether programmatic video and TV should be planned/executed in one group, why connected TV advertising is gaining momentum and much more. It’s a fascinating discussion for anyone with an interest in agencies’ role in the programmatic future.

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  • What Exactly is “Programmatic TV?” And What Are Its Main Challenges and Early Successes? [SHIFT VIDEOS]

    What exactly is “programmatic TV” and what are its main challenges and initial successes? These were the topics of two of our sessions at last month’s SHIFT // 2015 Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit. While the term “programmatic” was in the conference’s title, as our panelists explained, it means something very different when applied to online/mobile video vs. when it’s applied in TV.

    In fact, a number of the panelists on the two sessions objected to the very use of the term “programmatic” for TV advertising (as did our morning keynoter, Turner Ad Sales president Donna Speciale), believing it shouldn’t be carried over from video and display advertising because TV’s specifics are so different.

    Regardless of terminology, both sessions highlighted how TV network groups are building out their own data platforms to support a shift to audience-based targeting/buying beyond just age and gender. But many panelists noted that these disparate efforts will cause even more market complexity compared to the singular (if imperfect) current Nielsen system.

    Panelists also explained that data-centric buying in TV advertising is happening in many different ways, and “addressable TV” (which uses set-top box viewing data) appears to have emerged as an early favorite.

    All in all the two sessions provided many critical insights on programmatic TV (loosely defined), the key hurdles, early successes and likely trends for 2016. For anyone trying to better understand how TV advertising is going to evolve in the face of OTT’s growth, watching the session videos below, will be time well-spent.

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  • Making Programmatic Payoff in Mobile Video [SHIFT VIDEO]

    As wireless carriers ramp up promotion of unlimited data and video viewing, mobile is poised to account for a bigger share of video viewing. As a result, understanding how mobile video will be fully monetized is becoming a more critical topic. The recent SHIFT // 2015 Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit featured a session on programmatic’s role in mobile video advertising.

    As the panelists explained, programmatic is a really good fit for mobile in a lot of ways, including that mobile generates a lot of actionable data, mobile inventory can be volatile due to unexpected viral hits or weather events rendering traditional upfront sales sub-optimal, and that there’s a long tail of publishers that don’t necessarily have direct sales teams. The session explored all of these topics and others such as the technical challenges of delivering mobile programmatic video campaigns, the impact of VAST 4.0, how data is being used to drive improved campaign results and more.

    The panelists included Jeremy Hlavacek (VP, Programmatic, The Weather Company), Brian Rifkin (Co-founder and SVP, Video Sales, JW Player), Chip Schenck – VP of Programmatic Sales and Strategy, Meredith), Frank Sinton (CEO, Beachfront Media) and Gavin Dunaway (Editor, US, AdMonsters) as moderator.

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  • Premium Publishers Navigate the Programmatic Video Opportunity [SHIFT VIDEO]

    Eager to unlock the full value of their audiences, premium publishers are tapping into programmatic, using data and a variety of tools. At the recent SHIFT // 2015 Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit we dedicated a session to exploring how this is all unfolding. Among the topics discussed was how programmatic aligns with direct sales, the evolving role of measurement, how to aggregate across all platforms and much more.

    The session included Trent Anderson (Senior Director, Client Solutions, FreeWheel), Jason Barnett (Head of Programmatic, Teads.tv), Jason DeMarco (Director, Programmatic and Audience Solutions, A+E Networks) and Jana Meron (VP, Programmatic & Data Strategy, Business Insider), with Tim Hanlon (Managing Director, FTI Consulting) moderating. Follow the link below to watch the session video (31 minutes).

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  • Data is the New King [SHIFT VIDEO]

    At the recent SHIFT // 2015 Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit, the data’s vital role in programmatic was a recurring them. In a dedicated morning session, “Data is the New King: Re-Aggregating Audiences in the Programmatic Era,” Matt Spiegel, SVP/GM, Marketing and Technology Solutions at MediaLink led an insightful discussion

    Participating on the session were Bob Ivins (EVP, Cross Media Business Development, comScore),
    Brian Leder (SVP, North America Media, Razorfish), Manny Puentes – CTO, Altitude Digital and Julian Zilberbrand (EVP, Audience Science, Viacom).

    Among the many topics the group explored were how to validate 3rd-party data sets, how data drives ROIs, the impact data has on content creation, new staffing requirements and lots more.

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  • VideoNuze Podcast #301: SHIFT Highlights; TV Antennas Make a Big Comeback

    I'm pleased to present the 301st edition of the VideoNuze podcast with my weekly partner Colin Dixon of nScreenMedia.

    First up on this week’s podcast, I share some of the key highlights from this past Tuesday’s SHIFT // 2015 Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit. Perhaps the biggest takeaway is the diversity of perspectives on what programmatic means in video and TV. Most definitions focus on automation and data, but understanding which business model applies makes things fuzzier. I’ll have a lot more on SHIFT as I post the session videos in the coming weeks.

    Next we discuss Digitalsmiths’ new Q3 2015 Video Trends Report which was released this week. Colin zeroes in on a couple of noteworthy data points: the soaring adoption of over-the-air antennas plus how these complement SVOD subscriptions and the wide variation of SVOD subscription rates by pay-TV operator. Colin has much more detail in his analysis of the report here.

    Listen now to learn more!



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  • Lots of Insights at Today’s SHIFT // 2015 Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit

    We had a jam-packed day at SHIFT // 2015 Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit today, with 50+ industry leaders speaking on 14 sessions. There were tons of insights shared about what programmatic does and doesn’t mean for video & TV, with more than a few speakers saying they strongly dislike the term “programmatic” even being used in this context!

    Our 2 keynotes guests, Donna Speciale, President of Turner Ad Sales, who was interviewed by Matt Prohaska, CEO and Principal of Prohaska Consulting and Lou Paskalis, SVP, Bank of America, who was interviewed by Michael Kassan, Chairman and CEO, MediaLink, totally hit it out of the park with their incisiveness and candor.

    Many thanks to all of our speakers, our 18 sponsors and the hundreds of industry colleagues who attended.

    I’ll have many more takeaways to share about SHIFT in the coming days and will also be posting all of the session videos on VideoNuze. There are also lots of tweets at #ShiftVideo2015!

     
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  • LAST CHANCE to Register for Tomorrow's SHIFT // 2015 Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit

    The SHIFT // 2015 Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit is tomorrow, Tuesday, December 1st in NYC. If you've been on the fence about whether to attend, this is your last chance to decide. Here's are some incentives:

    Over 50 industry leaders will be speaking on 14 sessions. Executive speakers represent companies including A+E Networks, ABC, AMC Networks,  American Express, Assembly, Bloomberg Media, Business Insider, Fox Networks, Havas Media, Trilia/Hill Holliday, Horizon Media, Magna Global, MediaVest, Meredith, NBCU, RAPP, Razorfish, Roku, The Weather Company, Tribune Media, Truffle Pig, Viacom, VivaKi, Xaxis plus many others.

    Our 2 fantastic keynote guests are Donna Speciale, President of Turner Broadcasting Ad Sales, who will be interviewed by Matt Prohaska, CEO and Principal of Prohaska Consulting and Lou Paskalis, SVP, Bank of America, who will be interviewed by Michael Kassan, Chairman and CEO, MediaLink.

    Over 450 industry colleagues are registered, guaranteeing a premier day of networking and learning.

    A special bonus will be Lior Manor, an internationally-recognized mentalist, who will be doing a 20-minute show during cocktails, courtesy of Jinni. He’ll also join me on stage briefly in the afternoon to provide a couple of teasers. It will be a lot of fun!

    Many thanks to our 18 generous sponsors, Title Partner Adobe; Premier Partners Altitude Digital, FreeWheel, Jinni, TubeMogul and Videology; Headline Partners Beachfront Media, comScore, JW Player, Levels Beyond, Ooyala, Operative, Placemedia, SpotX and Teads.tv; and Branding Partners Alphonso, Cedato and Roku.

    Please join us for this must-attend day of learning and networking!

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  • One Week from Today: Join 400+ Colleagues at SHIFT // 2015 Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit

    A quick reminder that the SHIFT // 2015 Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit is one week from today, on Tuesday, December 1st in NYC. With 400+ industry executives already registered to attend, SHIFT // 2015 promises to be an excellent day of networking and learning from colleagues. Registrants come from throughout the ecosystem - ad agencies, brands, content providers, technologists, venture capitalists, journalists and others.

    Over 50 industry leaders will be speaking on 14 sessions. Having participated on many of the session prep calls, it’s clear there will be lots of differing perspectives on how programmatic video & TV will unfold, which will contribute to fascinating discussions.

    Executive speakers represent companies including A+E Networks, ABC, AMC Networks,  American Express, Assembly, Bloomberg Digital, Business Insider, Fox Networks, Havas Media, Hill Holliday, Horizon Media, Magna Global, MediaVest, Meredith, NBCU, RAPP, Razorfish, Roku, The Weather Company, Tribune Media, Truffle Pig, Viacom, VivaKi, Xaxis plus many others.

    Donna Speciale, President of Turner Broadcasting Ad Sales, will be our morning keynote guest, interviewed by Matt Prohaska, CEO and Principal of Prohaska Consulting. Lou Paskalis, SVP, Bank of America, will be our afternoon keynote guest, interviewed by Michael Kassan, Chairman and CEO, MediaLink.

    A special bonus will be Lior Manor, an internationally-recognized mentalist, who will be doing a 20-minute show during cocktails, courtesy of Jinni. He’ll also join me on stage briefly in the afternoon to provide a couple of teasers. It will be a lot of fun!

    Many thanks to our 18 generous sponsors, Title Partner Adobe; Premier Partners Altitude Digital, FreeWheel, Jinni, TubeMogul and Videology; Headline Partners Beachfront Media, comScore, JW Player, Levels Beyond, Ooyala, Operative, Placemedia, SpotX and Teads.tv; and Branding Partners Alphonso, Cedato and Roku.

    Please join us for this must-attend day of learning and networking!

    Learn more and register now!

     
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  • Over 50 Speakers on 14 Sessions at Dec. 1st SHIFT // 2015 Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit

    The program is now locked down for the SHIFT // 2015 Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit on Tuesday, December 1st in NYC, with over 50 industry leaders speaking on 14 sessions. A ton of work has gone into developing the program, and I’m confident it will be the highest impact conference of the year focused on programmatic video & TV.

    Speakers represent the full ecosystem, including A+E Networks, ABC, AMC Networks,  American Express, Assembly, Bloomberg Digital, Business Insider, Fox Networks, Havas Media, Hill Holliday, Horizon Media, Magna Global, MediaVest, Meredith, NBCU, RAPP, Razorfish, Roku, The Weather Company, Tribune Media, Truffle Pig, Viacom, VivaKi, Xaxis plus many others.

    Donna Speciale, President of Turner Broadcasting Ad Sales, will be our morning keynote guest, interviewed by Matt Prohaska, CEO and Principal of Prohaska Consulting. Lou Paskalis, SVP, Bank of America, will be our afternoon keynote guest, interviewed by Michael Kassan, Chairman and CEO, MediaLink.

    I’m also pleased to share that Lior Manor, an internationally-recognized mentalist, will be doing a 20-minute show during cocktails, courtesy of Jinni. He’ll also be on stage briefly in the afternoon which will spice things up. He’s an incredible entertainer and will add a fun element to SHIFT.

    Many thanks to our 18 generous sponsors, Title Partner Adobe; Premier Partners Altitude Digital, FreeWheel, Jinni, TubeMogul and Videology; Headline Partners Beachfront Media, comScore, JW Player, Levels Beyond, Ooyala, Operative, Placemedia, SpotX and Teads.tv; and Branding Partners Alphonso, Cedato and Roku.

    Please join us for this must-attend day of learning and networking!

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  • LAST DAY to Save $100 and Win a 50-Inch Sharp Roku TV at Dec. 1st SHIFT // 2015 Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit

    Today is the last day to get discounted early bird tickets for the SHIFT // 2015 Programmatic Video & TV Advertising Summit on Tuesday, December 1st in NYC. Early bird registrants save $100 on regular tickets and will be entered to win a 50-inch Sharp Roku TV, generously provided by Roku. Further discounts are available on 5-packs and 10-packs. And, startups and students can register for the reduced $195 ticket (contact me for the code).

    SHIFT will feature 45+ industry leaders from ABC, Altitude Digital, Assembly, Bloomberg Digital, comScore, Fox, Havas Media, Hill Holliday, Horizon Media, Magna Global, MediaVest, Meredith, Operative, Razorfish, Roku, SpotX, The Weather Company, TubeMogul, Viacom, Videology VivaKi, Xaxis and others. Donna Speciale, President of Turner Broadcasting Ad Sales, will be our keynote guest, discussing the company’s data and audience-based buying initiatives.

    Please join us for this must-attend day of learning and networking!

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  • Only 1 Week Left to Save $100 and Win a 50-Inch Sharp Roku TV at Dec. 1st SHIFT // 2015 Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit

    Reminder that there’s just 1 week left to take advantage of discounted early bird tickets for the SHIFT // 2015 Programmatic Video & TV Advertising Summit on Tuesday, December 1st in NYC. Early bird registrants save $100 on regular tickets and will be entered to win a 50-inch Sharp Roku TV, generously provided by Roku. Further discounts are available on 5-packs and 10-packs. And, startups and students can register for the reduced $195 ticket (contact me for the code).

    There are now over 40 industry leaders scheduled to speak at SHIFT from ABC, Altitude Digital, Assembly, Bloomberg Digital, comScore, Fox, Havas Media, Hill Holliday, Horizon Media, Magna Global, MediaVest, Meredith, Operative, Razorfish, Roku, SpotX, The Weather Company, TubeMogul, Viacom, Videology VivaKi and Xaxis, with others to be announced shortly. We’re privileged to have Donna Speciale, President of Turner Broadcasting Ad Sales, as our keynote guest, discussing the company’s data and audience-based buying initiatives.

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

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  • Turner Ad Sales President Donna Speciale to Keynote Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit

    I’m excited to share that Donna Speciale, President of Turner Broadcasting Ad Sales, will be our keynote guest at the SHIFT // 2015 Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit on Tuesday, December 1st in NYC.

    Donna will be interviewed on the topic of “How TV Networks Can Capitalize on Programmatic.” Since TV networks have the most valuable ad inventory, programmatic represents a unique opportunity, especially as consumption of TV programs goes multi-screen. TV networks must balance programmatic innovation with the benefits of the traditional direct sales model. Turner has been aggressively building out its data capabilities to drive further value from its premium content.

    Donna’s session will be one of the highlights of a jam-packed day of sessions meant to demystify programmatic video & TV and accelerate its adoption. Over 30 industry leaders, all with direct experience with programmatic video & TV, are set to speak, representing companies including ABC, Altitude Digital, AMC Networks, Assembly, Bloomberg Digital, comScore, Havas Media, Hill Holliday, Horizon Media, Magna Global, MediaVest, Meredith, Operative, Razorfish, Roku, SpotX, The Weather Company, Viacom, Videology, VivaKi, Xaxis and others.



    Remember - all early bird registrants will be entered to win a 50-inch Sharp Roku TV (value $450), generously provided by Roku. In addition, early bird registrants also 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 $195 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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  • Program and Initial Speakers for SHIFT // 2015 Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit Now Posted

    The program and initial group of speakers for the Dec. 1st SHIFT // 2015 Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit in NYC are now available on the SHIFT web site. The program includes 14 sessions that cover all angles of programmatic video & TV. The goal is to help attendees understand what’s driving programmatic video & TV’s rapid growth, benefit from the insights/lessons industry leaders have with programmatic video & TV and learn about the key remaining challenges.

    Overall, SHIFT is focused on accelerating the growth and success of programmatic video & TV, to help everyone in the ecosystem. Our initial group of speakers come from leading advertisers, agencies, content providers/publishers and technology providers, including ABC, Altitude Digital, Bloomberg Digital, comScore, Havas Media, Hill Holliday, Horizon Media, MediaVest, Operative, Razorfish, Roku, SpotX, The Weather Company, Videology and Xaxis, with many others to be announced shortly.



    There’s a ton of excitement around programmatic and the big impact it’s poised to have on video and TV advertising. Just yesterday I posted on eMarketer’s new forecast that 65%, or $7.4 billion, of online video ad spending will be transacted programmatically by 2017. But to reach that point, there needs to be a much clearer understanding of programmatic’s benefits and how to implement it. My goal is for SHIFT to meaningfully contribute to all of this.

    Reminder that all early bird registrants will be entered to win a 50-inch Sharp Roku TV (value $450), generously provided by Roku. In addition, early bird registrants also 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 $195 ticket (contact me for the code).

    Learn more and register now!

     
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  • Win a 50-Inch Sharp Roku TV and Save by Registering Early for SHIFT // 2015

    Here’s another great incentive to register early for SHIFT // 2015 Programmatic Video & TV Advertising Summit on Tuesday, December 1st in NYC: all early bird registrants will be entered to win a 50-inch Sharp Roku TV (value $450), generously provided by Roku. In addition, early bird registrants also save $100 off the regular rates. And remember, startups and students can register for the reduced $195 ticket.



    Roku is also on board as a Branding Partner for SHIFT // 2015 and will be demonstrating its product line in the exhibit area. I’m also pleased to announce that TubeMogul has come on as a Premier Partner and Beachfront Media has come on a Headline Partner. There are now 13 sponsors for SHIFT // 2015, including Adobe (Title Partner); Altitude Digital, FreeWheel and Videology (Premier Partners); comScore, Levels Beyond, Ooyala, Operative and SpotX (Headline Partners) and Alphonso (Branding Partner). I’m hugely grateful for their support of the inaugural SHIFT // 2015.

    Programmatic video & TV were a recurring theme at many of the sessions I attended at Advertising Week in NYC this week. A lot of the discussion focused on automation and data benefits. Data was a particular focus in light of all the buzz around ad-blocking and the need to make advertising more relevant so that it is more acceptable to viewers. This week Magna Global also released an updated forecast that programmatic will grow from an estimated 26% of global desktop and mobile video in 2015, to 55% by 2019.

    Keep an eye on the SHIFT // 2015 web site for more updates on the program and initial group of speakers. SHIFT // 2015 will be a premier day of learning and networking for anyone with a stake in programmatic video & TV. I hope you’ll join us on December 1st!

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  • Ten Initial Sponsors for SHIFT // 2015 Programmatic Video & TV Advertising Summit

    Ten industry-leading companies are on board as the initial sponsors of the inaugural SHIFT // 2015 Programmatic Video & TV Advertising Summit on Tuesday, December 1st in NYC.

    The group includes Adobe (Title Partner); Altitude Digital, FreeWheel and Videology (Premier Partners); comScore, Levels Beyond, Ooyala, Operative and SpotX (Headline Partners) and Alphonso (Branding Partner). Each of these companies is making important contributions to the programmatic video and TV advertising ecosystem and I’m gratified that they’ve chosen to support SHIFT // 2015. There are additional charter sponsorship opportunities available; please contact me if you’d like to learn more.



    In addition to the sponsors, the program for SHIFT // 2015 is coming together well, focusing on the most important topics in programmatic video and TV advertising. As with all VideoNuze events, we’ll have experienced industry executives sharing actionable insights and data which attendees can use in their own roles. I expect to share more details about the program in the next couple of weeks.

    Programmatic video and TV are among the most important trends in the video advertising industry, with billions of dollars of spending already shifting. Going forward, eMarketer forecasts at least $4 billion, or nearly 40%, of U.S. online video ad spending will be done programmatically in 2016. And earlier this week, IHS and SpotX forecast that by 2020, 2 billion euros, or over half of all online video ad spending in Europe, will be done programmatically.

    But it’s still early days for programmatic video and TV, with a complicated ecosystem and several key challenges. That’s where SHIFT // 2015 comes in - providing a laser-focused day of learning and networking for buy-side, sell-side and technology providers to help accelerate the adoption and success of programmatic video and TV.  If your company has a stake in programmatic video and TV, then attending SHIFT // 2015 will be time well spent.

    Early bird discounted tickets are now available. I hope you’ll join us on December 1st!

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  • Introducing SHIFT // 2015 Programmatic Video & TV Advertising Summit

    I’m excited to announce our next VideoNuze conference: SHIFT // 2015 Programmatic Video & TV Advertising Summit, which will be on Tuesday, December 1st in NYC at the Time-Life Conference Center.

    SHIFT // 2015 is an immersive new one-day conference which will bring together senior industry leaders and influencers who have a stake in the success of programmatic video & TV advertising. SHIFT // 2015 is the first conference laser-focused on programmatic video & TV advertising, which eMarketer forecasts will account for almost $4 billion, or approximately 40%, of online video ad spending in 2016, up from just $190 million in 2013.



    As VideoNuze readers know, I’ve written extensively about how video viewers are fragmenting across countless devices, services and platforms, which has in turn created unprecedented challenges for advertisers and content providers. As David Cohen, UniversalMcCann’s Chief Investment Officer said in his keynote interview with me at this past’s June’s Video Ad Summit, re-aggregating target audiences and delivering the right video ads - efficiently and at scale - have become the media industry’s top priority (last week’s market meltdown in media stocks underscored its urgency).

    This is why programmatic video & TV advertising has such huge potential - offering the ability to shift (hence the conference name!) to an automated, data-driven and flexible approach. Programmatic enables ad buyers to target and reach their audiences wherever they watch video, and content publishers to recognize the full value of their inventory.  

    Despite this potential, it is still early days for programmatic video and even earlier days for programmatic and cross-screen TV. For many industry executives, programmatic’s complex ecosystem and “alphabet soup” of participants is difficult to understand. Questions about viewability, channel conflicts, pricing integrity, measurement, attribution, etc. swirl. As a result, there’s still caution around programmatic video & TV.

    By comprehensively addressing these and other key topics, I’m confident SHIFT / 2015 will create new value for market participants. The SHIFT // 2015 program will focus on the most critical aspects of programmatic video & TV advertising, with experienced industry executives delivering actionable insights and data that help attendees to be smarter and more productive back at the office. SHIFT // 2015 will pick up on important themes raised on our programmatic sessions at the Ad Summit, which drew 450+ attendees and featured 55 speakers.

    I’ve spent a lot of time over the past couple of months talking to industry colleagues about the opportunity for SHIFT // 2015 and have been hugely gratified by the response. I’m very aware of the proliferation of conferences and believe SHIFT // 2015 is differentiated by its deep-dive focus on programmatic video & TV.

    I’ve set the bar high for SHIFT // 2015 to be a must-attend day for executives at publishers, distributors, agencies, advertisers, trading desks, networks/exchanges, technology providers/platforms, research and investment firms, journalists and anyone else seeking to learn more about programmatic video & TV and accelerate its success.

    SHIFT // 2015 is an important new initiative for VideoNuze which will build off momentum from our many prior Video Ad Summits and VideoSchmoozes. Early bird discounted tickets are now available as are discounted charter sponsorships (contact me to learn more). I’m excited to share a lot more about SHIFT // 2015 in the coming months and I welcome your input. I hope you’ll join us on December 1st!

     
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