It doesnâ€™t take a savant to see that digital video advertising is hotter than an industrial forge. eMarketer estimated that digital video ad spend hit $6 billion in 2014, and spend for 2015 will run somewhere around $7.7 billion. And within that, programmatic video spend will hit $2.8 billion in 2015 (37% of total digital spend) and increase the next year to $3.8 billion (40%). A 2014 industry survey suggested that more than half of digital publishers are making their premium video inventory available for programmatic buying.
Yet, premium digital video is still considered a scarce resource, and itâ€™s arguable that supply is not meeting demand. While many video publishers can sell out of inventory easily through direct sales efforts, any publisher monetizing video must have a programmatic strategy in place considering the serious cash injections the space is witnessing. Beyond that, digital publishers getting their video programs up and running will find that programmatic is a highly effective way to sell inventory, lure in new advertisers and determine pricing.
But where to start? What should you be expecting from a video SSP, and where should you even look? What are the integration requirements? How does this VPAID thing work? Is a unified platform preferable to a piecemeal solution? Are private marketplaces the way or do open exchanges have their perks?
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