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Marketers Expect to Up Web Video Ad Spending

A new study finds that 68% of marketers and media buyers expect to increase their ad budgets for digital video over the next 12 months.

The study, from the Interactive Advertising Bureau, says the new gains come on top of big jumps in spending over the past two years.

The IAB helps put on the Digital Content NewFronts, which start this week. The NewFronts are designed to highlight original digital video just before the upfronts, when marketers commit the bulk of their ad dollars to traditional broadcast and cable networks for the upcoming season.

In the study most respondents said they expected the increase in digital video spending to come from rising ad budgets in a shift in funds away from broadcast and cable TV, with 67% saying they expect their broadcast and cable ad budgets to stay the same or decrease next year.

A similar sized chunk of marketers and agency executives also said they believe that original digital video will become as important as original TV programming within the next 3 to 5 years.

(Photo via Ervins Strauhmanis's FlickrImage taken on Sept. 19, 2014 and used per Creative Commons 2.0 license. The photo was cropped to fit 3x4 aspect ratio.)

Jon has been business editor of Broadcasting+Cable since 2010. He focuses on revenue-generating activities, including advertising and distribution, as well as executive intrigue and merger and acquisition activity. Just about any story is fair game, if a dollar sign can make its way into the article. Before B+C, Jon covered the industry for TVWeek, Cable World, Electronic Media, Advertising Age and The New York Post. A native New Yorker, Jon is hiding in plain sight in the suburbs of Chicago.