January 29, 2019
New York, NY

The Short and Long Game: The Media Plans of 2019 & 2024

MediaPost’s annual Forecast gathering of the media leaders reviews how agencies and their clients have allocated spending for the current year and where they are placing their bets for the next five.

Our editors press senior agency executives on how they are knitting coherent plans from this fragmented media scape of linear and advanced TV, digital display and video, mobile screens, the social and search oligopoly and post-advertising marketing efforts. How are concerns around transparency, brand safety, privacy, the tug of performance metrics and a consolidating media industry impacting immediate planning?

And then we turn to some of our favorite futurists, borrow their crystal balls and predict how current and emerging channels will dominate the media plans of 2024. Are any of the bright shiny objects in tech – blockchain, AI, VR, Internet of Things - worth a solid bet? And how will we manage and secure the data and automation needed to drive such complex systems? Will humans even be doing the 2024 media plan?

We will explore:

  • The state of media budgets in 2019 and how they may change by year’s end
  • Allocation shifts across digital/analog channels and he new customer journey
  • Attention vs. engagement
  • How and where more advanced data are driving media decisions and measuring impact
  • Are marketing and DR budgets supplanting branding and ad spend?
  • The impact of trust and accountability on media decisions
  • Managing the digital oligopoly
  • Blockchain, AI, IoT and the next platforms and media tech to watch
  • Understanding the new consumer and an attention economy  
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Steve SmithSenior Editor, MediaPost

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Tuesday, 01/29

8:00 AM
Registration & Check-In
8:15 AM
8:45 AM
Opening Remarks
Ken Fadner, Chairman, Publisher, MediaPost Communications 
9:00 AM
Forecast 2019 – Fighting the Attention Wars
Consumer attention is as fleeting as it is fragmented, and paths to purchase are as chaotic as they are individual. We ask leading media buyers and brands to reflect on their allocation bets for 2019 and what understanding of consumer attention and decision-making informed them? How have consumer behaviors, brand safety, walled gardens, transparency and the increasing invisibility of advertising shaped their thinking and planning? What has caused them to shift dollars one way or the other? And what course corrections may be necessary by year’s end?
Alex Weprin, Editor, Digital News Daily, MediaPost 
David Campanelli, Co-Chief Investment Officer, Horizon Media 
Colleen Hotchkiss, EVP, Managing Director, Zenith 
Oleg Korenfeld, Global Chief Platforms Officer, Wavemaker 
Geoffrey Sanders, Senior Vice President, Growth, Casper 
Albert Thompson, Digital Strategist, Walton Isaacson 
10:00 AM
Coffee Break
10:30 AM
Forecast 2024 – Brave New Media World?
Is technology really driving media to a brighter future of higher creative engagements, personalized interactions with customers, brands that serve rather than sell? Will blockchain technologies build cleaner, more transparent connections across the supply chain, and even between consumers and their media sources? Are VR, AI and IoT moving us to a new stage where the individual customer, their daily habits, locations and wearable tech become the next channels we buy against? Are people the next media?
Joe Mandese, Editor-in-Chief, MediaPost 
Bonnie Barest, Managing Director, The Media Kitchen 
Sargi Mann, EVP, Digital Strategy – Investments, Havas Media Group 
Israel Mirsky, Executive Director, Global Technology and Emerging Platforms, OMD Worldwide 
Ilana Nolte, President, North America, m/SIX 
Louisa Wong, Chief Transformation Officer, Carat 
11:30 AM
Conference Concludes

Featured Speakers

Bonnie Barest

The Media Kitchen
Managing Director

David Campanelli

Horizon Media
Co-Chief Investment Officer

Israel Mirsky

OMD Worldwide
Executive Director, Global Technology and Emerging Platforms

Ken Fadner

MediaPost Communications
Chairman, Publisher

Colleen Hotchkiss

EVP, Managing Director

Oleg Korenfeld

Global Chief Platforms Officer

Joe Mandese


Sargi Mann

Havas Media Group
EVP, Digital Strategy – Investments

Ilana Nolte

President, North America

Geoffrey Sanders

Senior Vice President, Growth

Albert Thompson

Walton Isaacson
Digital Strategist

Alex Weprin

Editor, Digital News Daily

Louisa Wong

Chief Transformation Officer


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