Programmatic ‘Is Not Here to Destroy’ #NextTV

Santa Clara, Calif. — Programmatic advertising is not something the industry needs to be afraid of.

“For those who come more from a content background, programmatic is not here to destroy that unique value ad,” said Dan Salmon, media and Internet marketing analyst at BMO Capital Markets, Thursday during B&C and Multichannel News’ Next TV Summit San Francisco. “And it will work its way into this ecosystem and help support better efficiency of monetization.”

His comments summed up the two panels he moderated during the two-day event about the topic.

“I think the reason why it’s scary is probably because of our TV but also the commoditization,” said Brent Horowitz, VP of business development at BrightRoll, during the session Thursday titled “Advanced Programmatic Video Advertising.

In addition to Salmon, Horowitz was joined on stage by Frank Barbieri, senior VP of corporate development at YuMe and Amanda Powter, VP of product, programmatic TV for AOL Platforms’ Adap.TV.

“You really have to, if you’re in the business, craft this ad experience, using programmatic as a tool but continuing to pay attention,” said Barbieri, explaining that people can’t think like the direct response world.

Farhad Massoudi, founder and CEO of adRise, took this concept a step further on Wednesday during the Next TV panel titled “Programmatic Advertising TV, Mobile and Internet.”

Programmatic allows for the optimization of the digital world’s many layers, he said.

“The capabilities on an IP driven over-the-top unit are much more extensive than traditional set-top,” said Massoudi, who was joined on stage Wednesday by Salmon, Doug Hurd, cofounder, executive VP of business development, clypd; and Wendell Wenjen, VP of business development at Simulmedia.

“If you can introduce efficiency through automation, that’s a good thing for everyone,” said Hurd.

Jessika Walsten

Jessika is content engagement director of Broadcasting + Cable, Multichannel News and NextTV. She has been with the brands in various roles since 2013. In her current role, she works primarily behind the screen, keeping an eye on the website and fixing any site bugs. A graduate of USC Annenberg, Jessika has edited and reported on a variety of subjects for NextTV, including profiles on industry leaders and breaking news.