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  • Survey: 60% of Brands' Video Ad Spending Allocated to Programmatic

    In another sign of programmatic video advertising's rising popularity among brand advertisers,'s newly released 2014 State of the Video Industry report has found that 60% of brands' video ad spending is now allocated to programmatic channels. That compares with 44% for ad networks and 38% for agencies and trading desks.

    However, when it comes to premium video, brands said just 23% of ad spending was done programmatically, reflecting how important publisher direct sales remains for the most coveted ad inventory. In fact, 51% of publishers said they're making premium ad inventory available for sale programmatically, up just slightly from 49% in 2013. Still, private marketplaces continue to gain, with 32% of publishers running one in 2014, up from 20% in 2013.

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  • Football is Helping Drive Online Video Advertising

    It turns out that football not only drives audience spikes on TV, but also online video advertising and engagement across devices. That's according to which this morning released select data from its video ad marketplace. has found that football has driven an overall 81% increase in video ad opportunities, with a 127% bump in smartphone video ads, 120% on desktops and 22% on tablets. 

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  • Survey: Almost 90% of Brands Plan to Increase Video Ad Spending in 2014 and Digiday have released their Q4 2013 state of the video industry survey results, which found strong interest in online and mobile video advertising. In particular, 86% of brands anticipate increasing their online video ad spending in 2014, by an average of 65% vs. what they spent in 2012. In addition, 91% of agencies see an increase averaging 28% vs. 2012 spending.

    However, there's disagreement on how these online video ad spending increases will be funded. 42% of  agency and brand executives believe that budgets currently used for out-of-home advertising will be tapped, followed by Search (26%) and broadcast TV (21%). But when brands alone are broken out, 33% said "no other category" (implication is video spending is incremental), with broadcast TV in second (cited by 31%), display (30%) and print (19%). In a sign that plans to poach broadcast TV dollars may be over-estimated, 42% of buyers said there hasn't been any change in their spending on that media.

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  • Serves 3.7 Billion Video Ads In September, Topping comScore's Rankings

    With 3.7 billion video ads served, the combined has landed atop comScore's September 2013 U.S. Online Video Rankings. (see chart below) It's the first time that AOL has outranked Google (primarily YouTube), which dropped to second with 3.2 billion video ads served. On its own in August, served over 2.5 billion video ads. was also tops in total ad minutes in September with over 1.6 billion, followed by BrightRoll with nearly 1.3 billion.

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  • Report: Online Video Ads Gain As Augment to TV Spending

    Advertisers and agencies are funneling more money into online video advertising, and they’re taking more money from TV and online display ad budgets to make it happen, according to the latest “2013 Video: State of the Industry” report from and Digiday.
    The Q1 2013 report, surveying 759 advertising and digital media professionals, shows 72% of video buyers increased spending for online video ads over the preceding 12 months, spending an average of 53% more on the category. That’s more than double the average 20% spending increase recorded over the previous 12-month period. The spending increases are a sign of momentum with the report saying, "Those for whom online video is a marketing staple are ‘doubling down’ on the medium."

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  • Report: Online Video Ads Complement TV, Don't Replace It and Digiday released their latest "Video: State of the Industry" report yesterday, and among the key findings were that 62% of respondents see online video ads as a complement to TV, up from 56% last year, while just 10% see it as a replacement. In addition, 48% of respondents from brands and agencies said that TV and online video ads are planned together, with another 25% saying they will be planned together within the next 12 months.

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