April 27, 2015 Last Updated 2:33 pm

Survey finds marketers upping their digital video ad budgets in the next 12 months

Marketers expect that greater investment in digital video will come from rising adbudgets in 2015, and a shift in funds away from broadcast and cable television

NEW YORK, NY – April 27, 2015 — More than two-thirds (68%) of marketers and agency executives expect to see their digital video ad budgets increase in the next 12 months, according to the second annual “Digital Content NewFronts: Digital Video Spend Study,” a survey of 305 buy-side professionals conducted by Advertiser Perceptions and released today by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB). This optimism about the medium comes on the heels of a strong uptick from spring 2013 to spring 2015 in budget allocation to digital video by brand advertisers and media buyers, with the former increasing its commitment to digital video by a whopping 90 percent over that two-year time period.

new-iab-logo-100For the most part, the buy-side expects that greater investment in digital video will come from rising advertising budgets in 2015, and a shift in funds away from broadcast and cable television. Two-thirds (67%) of the survey’s respondents said that they anticipate their broadcast and cable TV ad budgets to stay the same or decrease in the next year.

The study further revealed that two-thirds of marketers and agency executives (67%) believe that original digital video will become as important as original TV programming within the next 3 to 5 years. In order to close the gap between digital video and TV programming, both groups will be looking for digital to demonstrate its ability to develop effective sales and branding opportunities, and produce metrics that are consistent with TV.

In addition, 8 in 10 advertisers and agency executives who attended the 2014 NewFronts agree that their participation resulted in more spending on original digital video content and/or motivated them to increase their 2015 budgets. The marketplace event has been directly responsible for driving more than a third (36%) of buy-side attendees’ spend on original digital video advertising over the past 12 months. This marks a double-digit increase of 24 percent in the NewFronts’ impact on share of spend over the same time in 2013.

Whether they have attended in the past or not, the majority (77%) of brand advertising decision-makers are aware of the NewFronts, with those in Automotive, Telecommunications, and Retail verticals being most familiar. Among those advertisers with knowledge of the marketplace, three-quarters plan to attend in 2015 – representing a 111 percent increase from 2013.

Advertisers across Automotive, CPG, Financial Services, Retail, and Telecommunications have plans to devote more dollars to digital video, and the majority (67%) anticipates moving a portion of spend out of TV to do so. CPG, Financial Services, and Telecommunications marketers expect the greatest impact to be on their cable TV budgets. In comparison, despite planning cuts to broadcast and cable TV, two-thirds (63%) of Automotive advertisers say they are most likely to get the funding from expanding budgets.

“This study demonstrates unequivocally that digital video is a fierce competitor for advertising dollars,” said Sherrill Mane, Senior Vice President, Research, Analytics, and Measurement, IAB. “Brand advertisers and media buyers have been dramatically increasing their commitment to digital video, so all signs point up for this captivating form of storytelling as the industry rallies for the NewFronts.”

“The extent to which the NewFronts are driving big dollars to original digital video content and shaping the marketplace is evident,” said Anna Bager, Senior Vice President of Mobile and Video, and GM of the Digital Video Center of Excellence, IAB. “Marketers and agencies are planning to direct more of their budgets to digital video, and a significant number of these spending decisions will be made as a direct result of NewFronts presentations over the next two weeks.”

The release of the survey coincides with the start today of the 2015 Digital Content NewFronts. Managed by the IAB, the two-week annual event features presentations by 33 of the largest, most important, and innovative digital video and technology leaders. Since last year, the number of presenters has increased by more than 50 percent, extending the length and expected attendance of the marketplace.

To download the complete “Digital Content NewFronts: Video Ad Spend Study 2015,” please go to http://www.iab.net/videoadspend.

Source: IAB

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