Defining the Future of Digital Media

August 12-15, 2018 | Portland, OR

No other conference comes close to offering the community, exchange of ideas and learning opportunities of the AdMonsters Publisher Forum [drop the mic].


  • Scott Newton

    SVP, Revenue
  • Zachary Stafford

    Editor in Chief and Chief Content Officer


No other conference comes close to offering the community, exchange of ideas and learning opportunities of the AdMonsters Publisher Forum [drop the mic].

  • Connect with your peers to advance the digital media industry.
  • Delve into the latest topics focused on maximizing revenue.
  • Experience a unique event with an agenda you help set.
  • Interact with technology service providers and see their solutions in action.
  • Take away actionable insights for your company, your department and yourself.

Registration for this event is now only $1,495 and includes:

  • 3.5 day of discussion and discourse
  • Keynote addresses from industry visionaries
  • Attendee-led sessions and workshops
  • Small group breakouts covering a wide variety of ad op current topics
  • Sunday evening cocktail reception and dinner
  • Monday evening Tech Crawl networking reception
  • Sponsor & attendee Monday dinner
  • Tuesday afternoon off-site activities
  • Attendee-only Tuesday dinner
  • Breakfasts and lunches during the conference

Early bird rate expires July 13, 2018! 

Don’t take our word for it. Over 98% of attendees leave with tangible learnings that they can apply in their job:

“Best event in our space. All Ad Ops people should attend, it is actionable and the only place where you can interact with your people for hours on end.”

“This is a great experience to meet other people in your same industry who are going through similar issues. It is an opportunity to learn about new solutions as well as contribute to the community.”

“It’s the one place to go and collaborate with other publishers. The learning environment is invaluable.”

“AdMonsters Publisher Forums is the place where your career takes off.”


Sunday August 12

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

New Monsters Welcome Session

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Welcome Networking Reception

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Opening Reception

Monday August 13

8:00 am - 9:00 am


9:00 am – 10:00 am

PubForum Kickoff Keynote

10:00 am - 10:30 am

General Session

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Morning Networking Break

11:00 am - 11:50 am

Breakout Sessions – Choice of 3

12:00 pm - 12:40 pm

General Session & Industry Buzz

12:40 pm - 1:40 pm


1:40 pm - 2:20 pm

State of Ad Ops

2:30 pm - 3:20 pm

Attendee Breakout Sessions – Choice of 4

3:20 pm - 3:40 pm

Afternoon Networking Break

3:40 pm - 4:30 pm

Monday Closing General Sessions

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Attendee-Sponsor Tech Crawl

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Attendee-Sponsor Dinner

Tuesday August 14

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Attendee-Sponsor Breakfast

9:00 am – 10:00

Daily Keynote

10:00 pm - 10:20 pm

General Session

10:20 am - 10:50 am

Morning Networking Break

11:00 am - 12:20 pm

Breakout Sessions – Choice of 4

12:20 pm - 4:00 pm

Offsite Activities

11:00 am - 12:20 pm

Breakout Sessions – Choice of 4

12:20 pm - 4:00 pm

Off-Site Activities

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Publisher-Only Dinner

Wednesday August 15

8:00 am - 9:00 am


9:00 am – 9:20

AdMonsters Business

9:30 am - 10:10 am

Breakouts, Round 1 – choice of 4

10:10 am - 10:30 am

Break + Check Out of Hotel

10:30 am - 11:10 am

Breakouts, Round 2 – choice of 4

11:20 am - 12:00 pm

Attendee Roundtables

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Report In and Wrap-Up


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Sunday, Aug 12

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  1. 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

    New Monsters Welcome Session

    Are you a Publisher Forum rookie? Come down and hear what the next few days are about—and you'll get to meet rookies like yourself.

  2. 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Welcome Networking Reception

    Meet your fellow attendees over drinks and snacks! Participants will be broken up into groups and asked to complete a (fun, we swear!) activity that will inform the agenda and discussion over the coming days.

  3. 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Opening Reception

    Ain't no party to kick off a PubForum like a party! Other sponsoring company will join the conversation and nosh.

Monday, Aug 13

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  1. 8:00 am - 9:00 am


    Best get a big helping of this scrumptious breakfast because you've got a long day ahead!

  2. 9:00 am - 9:20 am

    PubForum Kickoff

    A big hello from emcee Rob Beeler, AdMonsters Chair, who will share the house rules, introduce the AdMonsters team and give an overview of the next few days.

  3. 9:20 am - 10:00 am

    Keynote—Now Live-Streaming: The Twitch Story

    Twitch is at the intersection of two hot media trends: the rise of e-sports and live-streaming video. Although the site has risen to great prominence, the journey there was difficult and eventful—particularly when it came to monetization. Vice President of Revenue Scott Newton shares the behind-the-scenes story about how Twitch developed a top-notch revenue stack as its popularity exploded. 

  4. 10:00 am - 10:20 am

    Chairman's Corner: All About the Video

    Thanks to the proliferation of connected TVs, the video advertising market is a brave, new—and uncertainly still-developing—world. Beeler chats with FreeWheel's Julie Van Ullen about the latest in multi-screen video ad delivery, programmatic video, audience targeting, and whatever else they can fit into 20 minutes.

  5. 10:20 am - 10:50 am

    Morning Networking Break

  6. 10:50 am - 11:40 am

    Publisher Session 3: Mobile App Madness

    Advertisers may say how much they want to reach consumers on mobile, "the most personal of all devices," but in reality getting them to devote budgets to advertising on the smaller screen. In particular, monetizing mobile apps has been a real challenge for reasons both practical and technical. This session will examine how to leverage programmatic channels and custom ad products (and sometimes both) to drive revenue from your mobile apps.

  7. 10:50 am - 11:40 am

    Publisher Session 1: KPI Management—Enter the Performance War Room

    The click hasn’t cut it for a long time. Advertisers are looking for KPIs that can be tied to business outcomes, but grabbing the right data from a variety of demand partners can be fraught with challenges. Watson Advertising’s Kevin Smith will dive into the development of their “Performance War Room” and the company’s efforts to unify metrics across programmatic and direct channels. 

  8. 10:50 am - 11:40 am

    Publisher Session 2: Taking Audience Extension to the Next Level

    Audience extension has finally matured into a lucrative channel for many publishers, but it’s time to think beyond the box of, “Hey, we just need some extra inventory to satisfy this campaign.” With the need to drive traffic to burgeoning branded content campaigns as well as develop leads for other purposes, publisher revenue teams should have user acquisition on their minds. Edmund’s Madhura Sengupta will detail her cross-functional team, and explain why mastering the buy and sell sides is a game-changer.

  9. 11:50 am - 12:10 pm

    Question the Tech: Round 1

    What’s going on with the hottest names in ad tech? Who is debuting game-changing products? What digital media trends are the providers excited about… and what’s making them nervous? During these brief but insightful panels, we’ll get the real scoop on the latest industry developments.

  10. 12:10 pm - 12:30 pm

    LiveIntent Unwraps People-Based Marketing

    People-based marketing—you've heard the term bandied about, but how do publishers get involved in this hot digital advertising trend? LiveIntent thinks you may be surprised at just how straightforward it is.

  11. 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


    After a crazy morning of content, we bet you could use a bite!

  12. 1:30 pm - 1:50 pm

    State of Ad Ops

    What's keeping digital revenue professionals up at night? AdMonsters Chair Rob Beeler and Editorial Director Gavin Dunaway will enlist data gathered from attendees in painting a picture of the current scenario for operations and other publisher monetization specialists. They might make a few jokes too—you were warned...

  13. 1:50 pm - 2:10 pm

    A New Vision For Viewability

    Tired of thresholds and ever-changing advertiser demands? Instead of talking about what currently frustrates us with viewability, let's discuss how we make it to the next chapter: engagement, time-in-view minimums, and more.

  14. 2:20 pm - 3:10 pm

    Publisher Session 3: Viva the Podcast Revolution!

    Podcasts are proving fast-growing revenue streams for all kinds of publishers. Monetizing them is proving a creative outlet for many ops professionals.

  15. 2:20 pm - 3:10 pm

    Publisher-Sponsor Session: Pixel Management and Vendor Certification in a Post-GDPR World

    Although we’re past the initial shock of GDPR, there’s been a state-side privacy quake in the form of the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018. Though we’re just beginning to understand the ramifications of this law, publishers have been actively transforming their pixel strategies and vendor certification guidelines in an era where consumer consent is quickly becoming king. NBCU’s Leslie Black will walk through how revenue teams should be viewing these issues in the post-GDPR world, and how to employ technology like consent management platforms (CMPs).

  16. 2:20 pm - 3:10 pm

    Publisher Session 1: You Better Get Yourself Connected TV

    Everybody is watching TV through some kind of connected device today. So how do you seamlessly deliver the variety of advertisements (live-stream ads, DAI, etc.) out there... Without going crazy?

  17. 2:20 pm - 3:10 pm

    Publisher Session 2: CDPs and Advanced Audience Segmenting

    It feels like you can’t open a digital advertising trade site these days without hearing about consumer data platforms (CDPs), the buzziest new tech out there that’s a little bit CRM, a little bit DMP, but mainly something new. It may seem like a toy for marketers, but Digital Trends' Andrew Beehler suggests you’ll be pretty surprised what one of these can do for your revenue efforts. Beehler will not only take us through the uses of a CDP, but also dive into how revenue operations can use it to be a larger force in publisher marketing efforts.

  18. 3:10 pm - 3:30 pm

    Afternoon Networking Break

  19. 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

    Publisher Panel: Smart Explores Private Gardens

    Imagine you could manage all your auctions and header partners at a single point, potentially having direct and indirect channels compete for inventory. OK, you no longer have to imagine.

  20. 4:00 pm - 4:20 pm

    Question the Tech: Round 2

    AdMonsters Chair Rob Beeler and Editorial Director Gavin Dunaway get the industry lowdown during these brief interviews with sponsoring tech providers.

  21. 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    Publisher-Sponsor Tech Crawl

    In this unique format for getting to know the tech providers sponsoring the Publisher Forum, attendees have the opportunity to do a tech crawl to investigate new technologies, learn a bit about how each company is changing the digital advertising industry. (Of course, there will be drinks and snacks to liven up the conversation.) Sponsoring companies will give attendees markers, and those that grab enough will be eligible for a serious prize given out during the Attendee-Sponsor Dinner.

  22. 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    Publisher-Sponsor Dinner

    A gourmet meal enjoyed by attendees and sponsoring tech provider together, accompanied by music and... surprises?

Tuesday, Aug 14

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  2. 9:00 am - 9:50 am

    Tuesday Keynote: The A-Factor: How Authenticity Reaps Rewards

    LGBTQ consumers command a spending power of more than $5 trillion globally, and while many brands are embracing LGBTQ consumers, there’s no question that they can do better. After Pride Month ends every June, what do marketers do to further their inclusiveness of this key audience? During this poignant and provocative fireside chat, Zach Stafford, editor-in-chief at INTO, Grindr’s millennial-focused LGBTQ digital magazine, will discuss his outlet’s latest research, which examines LGBTQ consumers’ perceptions of brand marketing today and what brands are or are not doing to authentically engage with LGBTQ consumers—. 

  3. 9:50 am - 10:10 am

    Industry Buzz

    If you're not quite awake, AdMonsters Editorial Director Gavin Dunaway is here to sound the alarm about the biggest happenings in ad tech with help from The Media Trust’s Alex Calic. The two will walk through the latest on blockchain, augmented reality, ad tech consolidation, and more.

  4. 10:10 am - 10:30 am

    What Is Availability Bias? OpenX Explains Why You Need to Know

    Header bidding has been a boon for publisher revenue efforts, but it's also caused all kinds of havoc for the larger programmatic space. How can pubs make the landscape beneficial for all their partners—and to their revenue advantage?

  5. 10:30 am - 10:50 am

    Morning Networking Break

  6. 10:50 am - 11:10 am

    Question the Tech: Round 3

    AdMonsters Chair Rob Beeler and Editorial Director Gavin Dunaway get the industry lowdown during these brief interviews with sponsoring tech providers.

  7. 11:10 am - 11:30 am

    The Quest for Ad Quality

    The redirects, the damned redirects! When will they ever cease? This session will explore emerging technology for ensuring ad quality, including sandboxing and real-time blocking of bad creative.

  8. 11:40 am - 12:30 pm

    Breakout Panel 1: Advanced Programmatic

    You got takes on header integrations, PMPs, data targeting, or anything else programmatic? This is the place where you BRING IT.

  9. 11:40 am - 12:30 pm

    Breakout Panel 3: Direct-Sold Ad Ops

    Where the real work gets done! We'll dive into workflow, trafficking and discrepancies, client services, dealing with sales, and much more.

  10. 11:40 am - 12:30 pm

    Breakout Panel 2: Video Views

    This hybrid of a panel and a breakout session will dive into all your video issues—from programmatic and VAST troubles to delivering on connected TVs.

  11. 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    Off-Site Activities

    Let's get out of this hotel and enjoy some local treasures! The sponsors join for a variety of fun trips and activities:

    Sailing in Portland
    Gorge Waterfall Tour
    Brewery Peddle Tour
    Forktown Food Tour
    Portland's Culinary Workshop
    Oregon Wine Class
    Hike in Forest Park

  12. 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Publisher-Only Dinner

    Enjoy a delicious dinner at a beautiful spot with your publisher pals.

Wednesday, Aug 15

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  2. 9:00 am - 9:20 am

    AdMonsters Business

    There's a lot going on at AdMonsters—webinars, surveys, meetups, oh my!

  3. 9:30 am - 10:10 am

    Publisher Breakouts Round 1: Reporting and Analytics; Privacy Concerns; Vendor Management, 2nd-Party Data

  4. 10:10 am - 10:30 am

    Networking Break/Check Out of Hotel

  5. 10:30 am - 11:10 am

    Publisher Breakouts Round 2: Header Bidding vs. S2S; Hiring and Training; International Traffic; Connected TV Inventory

  6. 11:20 am - 12:00 pm

    Publisher Roundtables

    Discuss a variety of topics with your peers:

    1. Hiring and Retention
    2. Training
    3. Workflow and Order Management
    4. Account Management/Client Services
    5. User Experience and Site Performance
    6. Reconciliation and Finance
    7. Reporting and Analytics
    8. Data Management and Alliances
    9. Vendor/Partner Management
    10. TAG, Coalition for Better Ads, and Other Industry Initiatives
    11. Social
    12. Working With Other Departments

  7. 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

    Report In and Wrap-Up

    Let's shut this mother down with a recap of the breakout sessions and roundtables.


The Nines Hotel

525 SW Morrison St
Portland, OR 97204
(877) 229-9995

*Rooms at the special AdMonsters group rate of $308 inclusive per evening can only be reserved when you register for the AdMonsters Publisher Forum.



Our networking events are where Publisher Forums go from conference to full-scale event experience: 

Opening Reception for Attendees | Sunday – 6:00-7:00 PM
Meet your fellow attendees over drinks and snacks! Participants will be broken up into groups and asked to complete a (fun, we swear!) activity that will inform the agenda and discussion over the coming days.

Opening Night Reception | Sunday – 7:00-10:00PM
Meet. Mingle. Kick of the Publisher Forum with your fellow Ad Ops brethren.

Attendee-Sponsor Tech Crawl | Monday – 5:30-7:30 PM
This unique event is where the rubber meets the road. Speak with tech providers in a casual setting about your specific challenges, get personalized attention and real-world solutions. Drinks and snacks provided.

Attendee-Sponsor Dinner | Monday – 7:30 – 10:00PM
A gourmet meal enjoyed by attendees and sponsors, accompanied by music and… surprises? Always one of the highlights of Publisher Forum!

Off-Site Activities | Tuesday – 1:00 – 4:00PM
Got adventure? Your brain needs a little break after all this thinking! Enjoy our host city with activities that range from adventurous to cultural to relaxing… and where you’ll make connections that will last long past the adrenaline rush. See Portland Activity choices. 

Publisher Dinner | Tuesday 7:00 – 10:00 PM
Look forward to an unforgettable meal to top off a memorable day. AdMonsters has found a gorgeous local spot for attendees to enjoy first-class food and beverage, as well as the good company of your ad ops peers.

Who's Attending


Who attends Publisher Forum?

AdMonsters Publisher Forums are designed specifically for digital strategists and operations and technology leaders at online publishers, content creators and mobile application developers. AdMonsters reviews and approves each individual participant to ensure a conversation amongst a community of senior peers in digital media.


What should I expect at the Publisher Forum?

Most sessions are open to attendees only, except for Sponsor Workshops, Panels, and Networking Sessions.
The Publisher Forum conference takes place over three days, beginning with a cocktail reception and dinner on Sunday evening and ending at 5 PM Wednesday. The agenda includes:

  • 2-3 keynotes by industry visionaries
  • Sessions led by ad ops leaders who are also part of the AdMonsters community
  • Breakouts covering a wide variety of focused and ad-ops relevant topics

The 30-60 minute attendee sessions include presentations, round-table discussions and case studies on a wide variety of relevant topics such as: ad serving technology, inventory management, organizational structure, business process automation, ad operations policies, rich/streaming media and more.


Why should I register early?

Two reasons:

  • The price for Publisher Forums goes up as we get closer to the event date
  • We always sell out since we limit the number of attendees to keep the conversations open and flowing   


IAB Digital Ad Operations Recertification

Attending the full Publisher Forum can earn your 8 credits towards your IAB Digital Ad Operations Recertification.


Cancellation Policy

All conference fees are non-refundable. Substitutions will be accepted.  Non-payment or non-attendance due to natural disaster or any other reason does not constitute cancellation or refund. If for any reason Access Intelligence/AdMonsters decided to cancel or postpone this event, Access Intelligence/AdMonsters is not responsible for covering airfare, hotel or other travel costs incurred by the attendees. No hotel cancellations available within 30 days of event. Note: All payments must be received before entering the event.


IAB Digital Ad Operations Recertification

Attending the full Publisher Forum can earn you 8 credits towards your IAB Digital Ad Operations Recertification.