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Casual Connect Recap Article:

July 24, 2009

Mike Shehan spoke on a panel at the Casual Connect show in Seattle this past week.  He spoke about monetizing casual games.  Colin Campbell quotes Mike in his conference recap article titled “Opinion: Casual Connects.”

Mike’s quote:

But change is inevitable, and it’s fueling the growth of the casual games business. Mike Shehan, founder and CEO of SpotXchange said, “The money is moving in only one direction.” His company auctions video-based advertising on games sites, with, he said, theatricals increasingly keen on online because movies studios wants their ads to be seen by targeted audiences and “nothing targets as effectively as online games”. Portals are becoming ever more effective at knowing who is playing their games, and what sorts of products they like.

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March 25, 2009

longtailI recently saw that the IAB produced a video and a new site called, which highlights some of the stories behind the estimated 1.2 million websites that support themselves through advertising.  Personally, I really found the video very inspiring.  Many of these ‘long tail’ publishers have very loyal, niche audiences.  The publishers themselves care very deeply about their subject matter and produce quality content.  Their visitors trust the sites enough to return again and again.  However, these same publishers are often not recognized as quality sources of ad inventory by many media planners in the industry.  Granted, they aren’t household names like CNN. And they often don’t have the critical mass that many media planners need in order to invest their time executing a buy.  However, I’d like to point out that many ad networks, including SpotXchange, enable advertisers to sponsor these sites in a transparent manner with surprising ease and effectiveness.  And often, these same ad networks provide incredibly sophisticated targeting and optimization tools to manage campaigns on these types of sites.  Ad networks – love ’em or hate ’em, they do serve a purpose for all parties involved.  I’m hoping that was the point of the IAB producing this video.

Brightcove Announces Partnership with SpotXchange

December 9, 2008

Brightcove Inc. today announced that SpotXchange is participating in the Brightcove Alliance, a global ecosystem of leading technology and distribution partners who have integrated with the Brightcove online video platform, as well as solution providers building customer websites and video applications using Brightcove. Through the Brightcove Alliance, organizations worldwide have access to a broad range of expert partners, pre-integrated technologies and services to support online video initiatives of any size and scope in every market. 

This partnership will provide Brightcove customers seamless integration with the SpotXchange Marketplace where they can efficiently monetize their unsold video ad inventory. Advertisers within the SpotXchange Marketplace compete for opportunity to have their ads run against inventory made available by participating Publishers. Rather than letting inventory go unsold, publishers can make real-time calls to SpotXchange requesting ads that meet the precise specifications (set in advance by each publisher). SpotXchange will then return any ads, in order from highest to lowest CPM, that meet the publisher’s quality and targeting criteria.

SpotXchange is profiled on Brightcove as an advertising partner here:

SpotXchange CEO to Speak on Internet Video & Marketing Panel during Digital Hollywood at CES

November 19, 2008


What: SpotXchange President/CEO Michael Shehan will participate in the panel, Internet Video, Advertising & Marketing: The Next Generation of Consumer Reach at Digital Hollywood at CES in Las Vegas on January 10, 2009.

Shehan and fellow panelists will discuss where consumer reach is headed as online video becomes a part of the marketing mix.

SpotXchange demonstrations and interviews with Shehan can be arranged prior to the event.

Where: Digital Hollywood at CES
Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas, Nevada

Who: Michael Shehan Founder, President, Chief Executive Officer, SpotXchange

When: Internet Video, Advertising & Marketing: The Next Generation of Consumer Reach
Saturday, January 10, 2009
12 to 1 p.m.

Contact: Valerie Quintanilla

About SpotXchange
In 2007 and 2008, the SpotXchange patent-pending online video advertising platform received the Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Award for BEST VIDEO AD PLATFORM. The company was spun off from Colorado-based digital marketing and technology company, Booyah Networks in March 2007. Booyah Networks ranked 23rd on the 2006 Inc. 500. Clients and partners include Clip Syndicate, Lycos, TVU, Pando, Voxant, Slingo, NeoEdge, United Press International and others.

SpotXchange is Top 3 in Readers’ Choice Categories

September 2, 2008

Thanks to everyone for voting for SpotXchange in the Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Awards. I am pleased to announce that SpotXchange made the top three for both nominated categories.

Winners are going to be announced at Streaming Media West in late September.

Thanks so much for the support! Mike

Video Advertising Network

  • BrightRoll Video Ad Network & Videostitial Unit
  • SpotXchange
  • Tremor Media Network

Video Advertising Platform

  • BlackArrow
  • Internap Advertising Services
  • SpotXchange

TVWeek: Digital Dealmakers

August 4, 2008

Digital Dealmakers
August 3, 2008

Mike Shehan, CEO of SpotXchange

The player: Mike Shehan, CEO of SpotXchange

The play: SpotXchange is an online video advertising network that brokers deals for ads against online video content. Ads can be pre-rolls, overlays, banners and pre-game ads in which a video advertisement plays before a casual game starts. SpotXchange is the sister company to Booyah Networks, which builds technologies and provides solutions for sponsored search.

The pitch: Because of parent company Booyah’s work in search, SpotXchange can allow advertisers to tweak their campaigns on the fly based on real-time Web results, much like advertisers can do with search campaigns. “We provide a lot of transparency to allow advertisers to see exactly where their ads are being placed. They can load and launch campaigns within minutes as opposed to 30 days,” Mr. Shehan said. “The biggest thing our advertisers appreciate is the ability to optimize campaigns based on performance, just like you would with search.” Advertisers can pick and choose the sites and inventory they want.

In the mix: SpotXchange reaches 84 million people per month across its network of publishers, including,,,, and Advertisers have included big brands like the U.S. Army and Ford, agencies like Universal McCann and direct-response marketers like Netflix. SpotXchange also works with local advertisers such as attorneys, retailers and restaurants because SpotXchange can target by city. “It’s a powerful marketing tool because it does drive phone calls and leads to them. For every local video ad, we overlay with a unique phone tracking number,” he said.

The backstory: Mr. Shehan founded parent company Booyah in 2001 with proceeds from selling his house. That company is now profitable.

The money guys: SpotXchange was funded by Booyah Networks at launch in 2006 with $6 million. The company also has raised an undisclosed amount of strategic investment money. SpotXchange makes money from selling ads and expects to be profitable in 12 to 24 months.

The pros: Online video advertising is a fast-growing business and revenue should rise from $471 million last year to $7.2 billion in 2012, according to Forrester Research.

The cons: Competition is stiff from online video ad networks like Tremor Media and Broadband Enterprises.

Background: Mr. Shehan was born in Westchester, Pa., and grew up in Baltimore. He graduated with a degree in biology from Vanderbilt University. Before founding Booyah in 2001, he was CEO of an image search technology firm and founded e-commerce company Logex. He lives in the Denver area with his wife and four children.

Who knew? In 2001 Mr. Shehan and his wife sold their dream home in Boulder, Colo., to fund Booyah Networks. Three months after they moved the house was featured in Better Homes & Gardens, with the couple in front of the home on the cover.

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