There’s been some buzz in the industry this week around our big bets in display advertising and digital marketing technology, with coverage in Forbes of the progress made on DoubleClick Digital Marketing and articles in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times about recent eMarketer predictions of Google’s future in display. As Neal Mohan, VP of Display Advertising at Google, told The Wall Street Journal, "We're seeing strong growth in our brand business. Measurement and creative formats are top of mind for clients these days."

On the heels of this coverage, Neal will be going deeper into these topics with a keynote at the IAB MIXX conference in New York City on Oct 2. He will be joined on-stage by Jon Suarez-Davis, Kellogg’s Senior Director of Global Digital Strategy, and Curt Hecht, Global Chief Revenue Officer at The Weather Channel, who will be representing the advertiser and publisher sides in a lively debate about programmatic buying and brand-building online. Be sure to check it out!

When the Irresistible Force of Technology Meets the Immovable Object of Brand - Paradox, Big Bang or Non-Start?
How the Science of Automation plays into the Art of Brand Building
Tuesday, Oct 2, 3:15-3:45pm

When it first emerged, programmatic buying promised to transform how digital media was bought and sold. Its ability to deliver precise connections, scale, and efficiency attracted performance marketers, but the value to brand campaigns was less clear.  As technologies evolve to better target and engage audiences and measure campaign effectiveness, brands are beginning to funnel dollars into online spend and embrace the programmatic trend. However, some publishers equate programmatic with the loss of advertiser connections and the death of premium inventory. This leaves the industry to confront key questions: Can the whole industry benefit from this transformation? How should publishers and advertisers work together in this new world order? Neal Mohan, VP of Display Advertising at Google, will explore these tensions with senior brand marketers and their publishing partners, taking this debate out of back rooms and onto the big stage.