One in three buy-side attendees of the 2013 Digital Content NewFronts say the internet ad industry marketplace positively impacted their plans for digital video advertising buys, with 78% stating that they walked away from the weeklong series of powerhouse presentations with at least one new opportunity for their company or a client. Seventy percent of agency and marketer attendees also said they think it is likely that buyers will shift more budget away from television and into digital video over the course of the next year.
These findings, from a Digital Content NewFronts attendee survey, were released by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), which led and managed the 2013 NewFronts event. The week featured star-studded presentations from Alloy Digital, AOL, blip, CBS Interactive, Condé Nast Entertainment, Crackle at Sony Pictures Television, DigitasLBi, Disney Interactive, Google, Hulu, Microsoft Advertising, Univision Communications, VEVO, Wall Street Journal, The Weather Company, Yahoo! and Zynga.
The 17 NewFronts presentations attracted approximately 5,000 attendees in total. Three-quarters of the survey respondents attended three or more events, indicating that the NewFronts are among the interactive industry’s most popular events.
“This year’s Digital Content NewFronts not only shined a spotlight on the depth and breadth of original online programming available in the marketplace – but also provided a pivotal turning point in the minds of many media buyers, who now grasp digital videos’ power and reach,” said Randall Rothenberg, President and CEO, IAB. “Presenters brought out major talent, and showcased comedy, documentary, news, reality, music, games, and services programming of such originality and impact that major advertisers realized they have to get involved.”
Rothenberg said the attendee survey is part of the IAB’s commitment to learn from this year’s NewFronts experience, and improve upon its success to create an even more robust event in 2014.
Another trend spotted in the NewFronts is increasing activity across media boundaries. Sixty-four percent of ad buyers with responsibility for multiple media platforms said they anticipated their “TV plus Digital Video” buys to increase over the next year.
Other key takeaways from the report include buy-side attendees requesting shorter event times at next year’s NewFronts (74%), as well as a dedicated NewFronts app with up-to-date schedules, info and more (63%).