Rachel Eisenhauer Wed Nov 14, 2012

Yesterday, I attended Digiday’s Video annual conference here in NYC where roughly 300 digital citizens convened to reflect on the state, growth, opportunities and challenges of the online video market. Admittedly, I skedaddled with still yet a couple of sessions to go, but can sum up my five takeaways from the event as follows:

  1. We are finally and truly living in a multi-screen cultureYume electronics per person 2012
    Recent 2012 research from Yume (supported by a killer infographic that is now hanging on my office wall, snapshot at right) tells us that the average person has 3.96 electronic devices. It was no surprise that the ones that came in on top (in order of usage) are: cell phones, TVs, gaming consoles, PCs and tablets. Whether you are a brand, publisher or agency, you need to be thinking not only about the creation of experiences that feel native to each screen, but also a common way to produce video content – once – and publish to many screens. After all, we are living in the age of the connected generation. View the full presentation here.
  2. We are living in a simultaneous multi-screen culture.
    Mike Proulx of Hill Holiday gave the best presentation of the day (IMO) discussing a great framework chock full of rich examples and stats that drive home the fact that conversations about your favorite TV programs are no longer contained to your living room – and forget the next-day water cooler….The Voice’s “final 12” is old news by then. Social media is the instant feedback loop, and the Tweeting and Facebook posting that happens during such shows as The Voice, Real Housewives (guilty), The Bachelor (guilty), presidential debates (guilty), etc. can have a measurable impact on program ratings. Folks such as Blue Fin Labs help advertisers track social mentions and chart them alongside Nielsen ratings. Interesting stuff. View his presentation below.
  3. Video ad spend will sit with TV if it doesn’t already.
    We learned from the latest Adap.tv Digital Video State of Industry research that digital video spend is up 27% in 2012. In 2011, 40% of survey respondents believed video ad budgets should be aligned with display. However, new 2012 data tells us that dollars have moved primarily from display, and incremental funding has more than doubled.  In fact, 67% of respondents said video is a direct complement to television, and 58% are already planning TV and video buys together. Watch the full presentation here.

  4. Programmatic buying is becoming the new standard for video.
    Just two years ago, the notion of indirect or programmatic buying was somewhat misunderstood. These were dirty words in some circles because of the belief that premium inventory was (or should be) only available direct from the publisher. Now, Adap.tv findings tell us that programmatic buying has tripled over 2011, and half of brands and agencies surveyed are on board with RTB. What’s more, CPMs are up 12%.

  5. Brands need to get more involved in the conversation.
    This is one of a handful of video-oriented events held in NYC each year. And each year, we enjoy new research findings and survey results that help validate existing investments and guide new ones. That said, this event was no different than others this year in that session content, event attendees, research subjects, and survey respondents were heavily skewed toward a publisher and agency audience. There’s a need to expand, and even elevate, the conversation to include more perspective directly from brands. We’re hearing loud and clear from leading brands such as Zappos, AT&T, Toyota and Comcast, that video is not just another channel, but actually integral to CMO strategic imperatives.

Were you at Digiday Video yesterday? What did you think? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.


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