Brands build internal programmatic expertise

Brand marketers are becoming smarter about ad tech. More and more companies have improved their in-house programmatic media buying capabilities by holding direct billing relationships with tech vendors, as well as building in-house teams to oversee programmatic strategy. As brand marketers take back control of their ad tech stacks from their media agencies, the era of hidden programmatic margins is nearing an end.

Join us at the Digiday Programmatic Marketing Summit this spring as we explore these trends and what they mean for brand marketers going into the future.

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Wednesday, May 30

  • 1:00 p.m.
  • 2:00 p.m.
    Town Hall

    Brands only

    Participants will meet to discuss the biggest challenges their organizations are facing, and work together to come up with potential solutions.

  • 2:30 p.m.
    Sandbox Presentations

    These rapid-fire presentations introduce brand participants to tech providers.

  • 3:00 p.m.
    State of the Industry & Digiday Challenge Board

    We'll review the top five trends impacting the industry right now, and attendees will submit their own challenges to the Digiday Challenge Board.

  • 3:10 p.m.
    Being a CMO in the Age of Transparency

    The role of CMO is changing and evolving as brands start to re-evaluate their media spend. CM’s now are being asked to build tech stacks,  source data, and structure media buy contracts. Hear how CMO’s are evolving past the point of orchestrating marketing deals.

  • 3:30 p.m.
    Is Brand Safety On The Brands To Figure Out?

    2017 was a banner year when it came to figuring out brand safety. But each brand profile is unique, and what works for one brand isn't always going to work for another. It is on the brands to establish what and where it is safe for their ads to display. In this session, hear what you should consider when building out a safe brand profile.

  • 3:50 p.m.
    Sponsor Workshop
  • 4:05 p.m.
    What Does ‘In-House’ Really Mean -- And Should You Be Considering It?

    A common misconception is that taking your programmatic in-house means cutting out agencies completely, but this is not the case. For most, this means having direct relationships with ad-tech vendors and having some part of control in your programmatic strategy. But, there is no one-size-fits-all strategy. In this session, we’ll discuss the problems with going “in-house,” and how to do it right.

  • 4:25 p.m.
    Networking Break
  • 4:45 p.m.
    Start Building Your In-House Programmatic Capabilities

    The growth of interest in in-house capabilities has skyrocketed in the last few years. This session will cover the steps and considerations a brand should take when starting to build an in-house programmatic team.

  • 5:05 p.m.
    Working Group Sessions

    Attendees will split off into groups focusing on one of three key challenges that brands face. With guidance from group leaders, each group will meet throughout the summit to work together on a presentation that outlines how to solve the challenge at hand. These will be presented at the end of the summit.

  • 5:45 p.m.
    Brand Participant Reception

    Brands only

  • 6:00 p.m.
    8-Minute Meetings

    The 8-Minute Meetings are designed to help connect brand participants with innovative technology platforms and media companies, and build valuable business relationships.

  • 7:00 p.m.
    Cocktail Reception

    Open to all

    Continue networking with casual cocktails

  • 8:00 p.m.
    Dinner with Strangers

    Network and enjoy a delicious meal with your fellow attendees during the first night of the summit. Digiday has made a group reservation at a wonderful, nearby restaurant. Costs are at your own expense.

  • 9:30 p.m.
    After-Hours Hangout

    After dinner, continue the fun at a nearby bar. Sign up at the registration desk. Costs are at your own expense.

Thursday, May 31

  • 7:00 a.m.
    Morning Yoga

    Start your day with a zen morning yoga session. Equipment is provided and open to all. Sign up at the registration desk.

  • 8:00 a.m.
  • 9:00 a.m.
    Town Hall

    Brand participants only

    Participants will meet to discuss the biggest challenges their organizations are facing, and work together to come up with potential solutions.

  • 9:30 a.m.
    Sandbox Presenations

    These rapid-fire presentations introduce brand participants to tech providers.

  • 10:00 a.m.
    Digiday+ Agency Research Results
  • 10:15 a.m.
    Hiring the Best Programmatic Talent

    The challenge is on to find talented programmatic professionals to bring in-house. They are tough to find and even harder to pull in-house. This session will explore where brands are finding their in-house talent and how they are persuading them to join.

  • 10:45 a.m.
    Picking the Right Agency

    For brands, the right agency partner can make the difference. In this session, we’ll explore how brands have worked with different types of agencies, from small independent ones to large holding company agencies.

  • 11:05 a.m.
    Sponsor Dialogue
  • 11:15 a.m.
    Navigating Private Marketplaces

    Private marketplaces (PMPs) are great for better inventory, and are on the rise. But they are extremely difficult deals to run smoothly. Hear how brands are learning to navigate the complicated waters of PMPs.

  • 11:35 a.m.
    Networking Break
  • 11:45 a.m.
    Addressing the YouTube Ad Scandal

    In the last year, marketers at major brands have taken a stand against YouTube. The plethora of brand unsafe content, coupled with the fact that it’s seemingly impossible to completely stop advertising on YouTube, has resulted in brands having to step up to make demands about changes they need.

  • 12:05 p.m.
    Sponsor Workshop
  • 12:20 a.m.
    Taking Control Over Media Buys Without Going In-House

    Most brands don’t have the bandwidth to bring media buying in-house but don’t want to fully rely on agencies to be in control either. Hear how brands have been embracing the model of contracting directly with demand-side platforms (DSPs), data management platforms (DMPs) or both to ensure they are getting the most out of their media spend.

  • 12:40 p.m.
  • 1:30 p.m.
    Afternoon Activities

    This is free time, so spend it as you see fit: catching up on work, relaxing or mingling with new friends. Digiday also has some activities planned below.

  • 5:00 p.m.
    Working Group Sessions

    Groups will reconvene to discuss their challenges, and with guidance from their group leaders, work to uncover potential solutions.

  • 6:00 p.m.
    8-Minute Meetings
  • 7:00 p.m.
    Cocktail Reception

    Open to all

    Continue networking with casual cocktails.

  • 8:00 p.m.
    Dinner with Friends

    Digiday will be making a group reservation at a nearby restaurant. Costs are at your own expense.

  • 9:30 p.m.
    After-Hours Hangout

    For the last night of the summit, head to nearby bar. Sign up at the registration desk. Costs are at your own expense.

Friday, June 1

  • 8:00 a.m.
  • 9:00 a.m.
    Digiday Mind Map

    This is an illustrated recap of the themes discussed during yesterday's town hall session.

  • 9:10 a.m.
    Programmatic Under the Trump Administration

    Before Trump was elected, brands were concerned about where their ads were being placed but not on high alert. But the election has caused brand safety to sky rocket to the top of the list. Hear how brands are navigating the intense political climate and how it is has affected their media buying strategies and specifications.

  • 9:40 a.m.
    Working Group Reports

    Working group leaders will present their group’s findings after three days of discussion and deliberation.

  • 9:55 a.m.
    The Race for Premium Inventory

    The race for premium inventory among brands is on. Hear why brands are requesting and willing to pay more money for premium inventory to mitigate the chances of ad fraud, ensure brand safety and gain access to more specific and unique data.

  • 10:15 a.m.
    What To Make Sure Your Agency Is Looking For When It Comes to Ad Verification

    More and more brands are turning to ad verification companies to ensure their media spend isn’t going to waste. Hear what you should be asking your ad verification partner to ensure the viewability, brand safety, and efficiency of your ads.

  • 10:35 a.m.
    The Power Of Working Together - Breaking Your Agency Partners Out Of Their Silos

    Gone are the days when brand partners can operate in silos. This session will cover how brands are forcing their agency partners to work together to make creative projects for specific channels and audiences and more importantly with specific campaign goals to ensure the success of each media buying campaign.

  • 10:55 a.m.
    What Metrics Are Really Important

    Of course, brands want to know how many people, actual humans, see their ads but with ad fraud on the rise brands are shifting to focus on more measurable metrics than just impressions. Hear what metrics are at the top of the list for brands to measure ad campaigns by.

  • 11:15 a.m.
    5 Things We've Learned

    We’ll summarize the event with the top themes that have emerged through three days of content.


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It was great to hear varying perspectives from a variety of companies and agencies. I had the opportunity to learn about the challenges many faced and possible solutions to help move the industry forward.

— associate director, programmatic, Starcom

Everyone I met was very open and passionate about programmatic, which brought new perspectives to my attention that I could later share with my media team.

— programmatic media specialist, Conagra Brands

The Digiday Programmatic Marketing Summit was a great event for learning more about a complicated ecosystem, as well as hear what other brands and agencies are facing as challenges

— associate director, programmatic, DigitasLBi

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