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More online videos than search (soon!) October 12, 2007

Posted by jeremyliew in advertising, business models, Consumer internet, Search, video.

Tod Sacerdoti, CEO of the online video ad network Brightroll, notes that video impressions will soon pass number of searches.

1. U.S. video impressions will pass core search impressions in the next three months
2. U.S. video impressions will pass expanded search (meaning including Amazon, eBay, etc.) in the next twelve months.
3. Video advertising spend is being underestimated by analysts (eMarketer currently estimates video will grow from 10% to 25% of search revenue, and from 5% to 12% of total online ad spend, over the next five years)

As with all audience shifts, such as network television to cable television or television to the Internet, ad dollars will follow the audience. However, it does take time, as the network to cable transition took 5+ years and we are still in the midst of the spend movement from television to the Internet.

My bet? I estimate that video advertising will be 50% of search revenue within the next five years and will be larger than the entire search advertising business in the next ten years.

A couple of years ago, when I was running Netscape, the average revenue per search was about 2.5 cents when factoring in sponsored link click through rates and average CPCs. That translates to about a $25 CPM. Web video eCPMs may end up in a lower range than that, although premium video advertising inventory is certainly in that range today. This bodes well for Todd’s projections.

Liz Gaines at New Tee Vee weighs in with her opinion here


1. Felipe Veiga "Dent VII" - October 12, 2007

I partially disagree. Although videos will be responsible for a much higher revenue, they will not outplace the search ad revenue income that much.

People will continue to search for stuff, the difference will be that more people will watch videos. From those “newcomers” that the biggest part of the increase in the revenue will be comming from.

2. Mike - October 12, 2007

Given that what do you guys think about Roo.com?

The cozy relationship with NewsCorp owning 5% and putting the player to use is interesting to say the least, (Sun.com.uk and NYPost sites).


What do you put the value of Brightcove at and what stocks are best positioned to take advantage of the trends you pointed to above?

3. jeremyliew - October 15, 2007


I haven’t looked hard at Roo.com or Brightcove so I’m afraid I can’t comment on either one

4. GuruWatch - October 16, 2007

I need my information faster than most video can give me. I’d rather read it than hear it anyday

5. Alex Beevers - December 28, 2009

I visited your Blog and I have found your Blog to be most informative, precise, as well as to-the-point, containing great content. I have picked up some pearls of wisdom from your posts and I really thank you. Keep up the good work. Video advertising is the way to go.

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