Digital Content NewFronts: Video Ad Spend Study
By IAB and Advertiser Perceptions

The survey of 297 buy-side executives conducted by the research firm Advertiser Perceptions uncovered a prevailing optimism around digital video, with nearly two-thirds of advertisers (65%) anticipating that they will spend more on digital video advertising in the next year than they did in 2013. This comes in contrast to TV advertising, with two-thirds of respondents saying that they will help pay for their digital video increases by shifting funds from television. Additionally, almost half (48%) of respondents think the increase in their digital video spend will be backed in part by an overall expansion in ad budgets.

Expectations are particularly high for original content. Executives surveyed said they plan to nearly spend half (48%) of their internet video budget on “made for digital” video programming in 2014, up from 44 percent in 2012. Three out of four advertisers (75%) foresee original digital programming starting to become as important as TV programming within the next three to five years.

Digital Video Spending and Trends

  • Digital video demonstrates continuing strong growth.  Advertisers plan to spend more on digital video advertising in 2014 than they did in 2012, the first year of the NewFronts.
  • The increase in digital video advertising will be funded by shifting money away from TV -particularly away from broadcast and cable. 
  • Agencies, in particular, are enthusiastic about the potential growth in digital video ad spending. 

Original Digital Video Content Spending and Trends

  • Over the past 3 years, Advertisers have slowly increased the % of their digital video budget dedicated to original digital programming.
  • Within 5 years Advertisers agree that original digital programming will become as important as TV programming. 
  • Research demonstrating original digital video content’s effectiveness at increasing sales and impacting branding will encourage more advertising.  Having digital metrics that are consistent with TV will also spur growth.

Digital Content NewFronts: Awareness and Impact

  • Nearly all Advertisers, 9 in 10,  are aware of the Digital Content NewFronts.
  • The 2014 Digital Content NewFronts will be widely attended, with 8 in 10 Advertisers, who are familiar with the NewFronts, planning to attend.
  • These Advertisers anticipate allocating over one-third of their digital video advertising dollars as a Result of  the 9 day event.
  • This year’s Digital Content NewFronts will capture 40% of advertisers’ original digital video budgets. 
  • The Digital Content NewFronts impacts ad budgets all year long. Nearly half of Advertisers say it impacts their original digital video spending at the event, over the course of the year, and when planning next year’s budget.