Ad Market Expands For 14th Month, Rises 60% Over April 2020’s Low

U.S. ad spending expanded for the 14th consecutive month in April, rising 4.3% over the same month a year ago. More significantly, April represented a 60% expansion over April 2020, which was the low point of the COVID-19-related ad recession two years ago. The data, which comes from U.S. Ad Market Tracker, a collaboration of Standard Media Index and MediaPost, also shows smaller advertisers and categories continue to lead the expansion, while the top 10 were essentially flat — rising only 0.5% over April 2021, although the group gained 48.8% over April 2020.

U.S. TV Ad Spending To Drop 4% In 2021 As Digital Video Booms

Media agency Zenith is forecasting a decline in U.S. TV ad spending in 2021 as audiences shrink and marketers pour their advertising dollars into digital video. “Audiences continue to migrate online, and online video viewing is growing rapidly, even as traditional television ratings shrink again after a one-off spike when lockdowns began in 2020,” Zenith said in its report. “Advertisers value online video as a means of maintaining reach while television declines, but it’s an effective form of brand communication in its own right.”

Ad Market Grows 35.2% In June

The U.S. ad economy expanded 35.2% in June vs. the same month a year ago, marking the fourth consecutive month of expansion since the ad industry pulled out of its COVID-19 recession. It was the best June ever since Standard Media Index began the U.S. Ad Market Tracker, though it represented only a slight 0.3% increase over June 2019.

Cruise, Airlines Ad Spending Lags Behind Customer Readiness

Consumers are ready to travel but the industry is still playing catch-up, including in its advertising efforts. That’s according to a report from MediaRadar that looks at cruise and airline ad spending across digital, TV and print. Overall, airline and cruise ad spending is building, but is far from 2019 levels.

Top 25 Media Suppliers Now Control Two-Thirds Of All Ad Spending

While Google and Facebook remain the world’s biggest advertising behemoths, four of China’s media companies now rank among the world’s top 10, including TikTok owner Bytedance, which barely even existed just a few years ago. The findings are based on estimates just released by GroupM’s Business Intelligence unit, and are pro-forma calculations based on an analysis of advertising revenue estimates from company reports.

Ad Demand Continues To Improve

Monthly U.S. ad spending pacing has improved consistently since the ad recession began earlier this year following the U.S. pandemic lockdown, but there was a slightly negative blip in August, according to a tracking study of ad executives’ “run rates,” compiled by Wall Street equity research firm Pivotal Research Group.

Global Ad Spending To Shrink 9% In 2020, But Digital Is Bouncing Back: Zenith

Advertising spending is due to decline 9.1% in 2020 due to COVID-19, according to a new forecast by media agency Zenith. Regionally, the U.S. is benefiting from political spending ahead of the November elections, with the decline projected at 7% in 2020. Zenith now forecasts that digital advertising will account for 51% of global ad spend this year, up from the 49.5% it forecast in December.

Connected TV Seeing More Ad Spend

After a day of NewFronts panels in which multiple presenters talked about consumers’ accelerated migration from linear to streaming during the pandemic, the Interactive Advertising Bureau released its annual video ad spend study, which indicates that many buyers are starting to shift some of their broadcast and cable ad spend to connected TV.

Travel Ad Spend Cut Dramatically

Across channels, the travel industry is dramatically cutting ad budgets in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Comparing the first half of February to the first half of March, digital and TV ad spending tumbled by 44%, according to MediaRadar. Year-over-year, travel investment in the first two weeks of March is down nearly 50%.

U.S. Ad Spend Expands Nearly 8% In First Half

Amid concerns of a looming U.S. economic downturn, the U.S. ad market grew 7.6% during the first half of 2019 and is on track to increase a total of 6.3% for the full year, according to revised estimates released today by IPG Mediabrands’ Magna unit.

Total 2019 TV Spend To Be Down 4%

As the TV advertising market sees improvements in the second quarter — posting flat results versus declines in previous months — total TV advertising is projected to be down around 4% this year, according to one analyst. Second-quarter ad revenues were estimated to have dropped 0.5% to $12.2 billion, according to MoffettNathanson research.

TV Ad Spending Up 2% In May

A surprisingly strong May, particularly in terms of national TV ad dollars, is evidence of positive results for the upfront TV ad market, according to Standard Media Index. Average weekly ad spending on national TV networks grew 2% — from $895 million to $912 million.

GroupM: 2019 Ad Growth To Be Under 3%

GroupM issued a revised ad-spending forecast today for the U.S. predicting underlying growth (which excludes political advertising) of 5.8% for 2019. That’s just slightly lower than the 6% underlying growth GroupM says the U.S. market achieved in 2018. The WPP media unit also forecast underlying growth of 4.8% for 2020.

Local Advertisers See Flat Overall Ad Spending

In 2019, local advertisers don’t plan on increasing their budgets. Mobile and social advertising are the two areas where advertisers indicate a willingness to increase ad spend in 2019.

US Ad Spending Climbed 4.1% In ’18

U.S. ad spending expanded 4.1% in 2018, according to final estimates released late Wednesday by WPP’s Kantar Media unit. That is only slightly off the 4.2% expansion in the U.S. Gross Domestic Product. Advertisers spent $151.7 billion in 2018, across the media tracked by Kantar Media, the highest total ever.

Midyear Broadcast TV Ad Spend Declines

With or without politics, broadcast TV advertising spending declines in midyear update, while digital broadcast surges. Radio remains flat. The findings come from Matrix Solutions’ 2018 Midyear Ad Spend Report, an update on the state of the advertising spend ecosystem providing insights derived from the activity of more than 10,000 users within media ad sales teams from January 2018 to June 2018.

TV Ad Spend To Drop By $1B As Digital Rises

As TV viewing continues to change, marketers are trying to keep pace. That means 2018 spending on traditional TV ads will fall by $1 billion to drop below the $70 billion plateau for the first time since 2015, according to a new forecast from eMarketer.

Advertisers Pull Back On NFL Spending

Ad spending on regular season NFL games declined last year as the league continued to struggle with falling television ratings. Marketers spent $2.42 billion on in-game NFL commercials in 2017, a 1.2% decline from the previous regular season, according to Standard Media Index, which tracked outlays at NBC, CBS, Fox and ESPN. Ad spending had increased the two previous seasons. It was the first drop since the company began following football spending in 2014.

Magna Predicts Slight Uptick In Ad Spending

Magna Global has updated its ad forecast to reflect a slightly greater increase in spending next year, though the jump is partially offset by a slowdown in offline ad spending.

eMarketer: Digital Ad Spend To Top TV In ’17

In 2017, total digital ad spending in the United States will hit $77.37 billion, or 38.4% of total ad spending, according to an eMarketer forecast. That will outpace TV ad spending, which  will total $72.01 billion, or 35.8% of total media ad spending.

Long-Term Ad Spending Seen Growing 5%

Total ad spending is forecast to grow an average 5% annually through 2020 according to a new report issued today by MyersBizNet. That growth is led by digital media including the digital assets of legacy media companies. Total digital advertising is predicted to increase an average 21.2% annually from $58.3 billion in 2016 to $113.3 billion in 2020. Legacy media categories, excluding their digital revenues, are forecast to decline an average 1.1% annually from $129.4 billion in 2016 to $124.7 billion in 2020.

AT&T Leads Carriers’ TV Oct. Ad Spending

AT&T Mobility continues to top all of its competitors in TV advertising spending in October, according to a new report from TV advertising measurement firm AT&T also led the market in TV ad spending in September and August, according to, while T-Mobile US was the leader in July.

Ad Spending Hit Hard In Second Quarter

Ad spending was down another 3.9% during second quarter, according to new data from Kantar Media, following a 4% drop in first quarter. TV was down 4.5%. A few years ago, this would have been a clear indication that the media economy is struggling. But these days, with advertisers pulling back on traditional media in favor of cheaper, better-targeted new media, the declines are as much an indication of the changing industry as they are a weakness in the ad economy.

Moody’s: Soft ’15 Ad Spend, Record In ’16

Broadcast TV outlets have been bracing for a difficult year in advertising, with ad revenues expected to fall by 6% to 9% compared to last year, according to a forecast by Moody’s Investor Service. Growth in national advertising has stalled as marketers shift their dollars to digital outlets and cable TV channels. Local advertising, the key driver for television stations, should offset the weakness in national advertising, according to Moody’s report released early Wednesday. However, the two-year outlook is particularly sunny.


What Threw A Wrench Into Media Economy

The media economy experienced a slowdown during the final months of last year, and that trend may continue into this year. That’s because a good deal of the declines are based on longer-term changes in ad spending that will be playing out over the next few years. Jon Swallen, chief research officer at Kantar Media, talks about why the fourth quarter was so rough, how TV is shaping up for the coming year, and why newspapers are struggling.


A Disappointing Year For Ad Spending

Even years are supposed to be good ones for ad spending. There’s the Olympics, an election, and last year there was even the quadrennial World Cup. But none of those were strong enough to cancel out the bad year for traditional media, which was hit with more ad spending declines. Ultimately that led to disappointing spending in a year that was supposed to be quite strong. Ad spending was up 0.7% for the full year, according to Kantar Media, to $141.2 billion.


Some Promise For Third Quarter Ad Spending

The U.S. media economy appeared to take a step back during third quarter, with ad spending declining by 1.9%. But that dip was entirely attributable to tough year-to-year comparisons with third quarter of last year, when Summer Olympic and record political spending took place. Take out those two biannual events, and third quarter ad spending would have increased, according to Kantar Media.

Meet America’s 25 Biggest Advertisers

Here are the most-advertised brands by 2012 U.S. measured-media spending. AT&T is No. 1 at $1.59 billion, while Budweiser is 25th at $449 million.

Kohl’s Plans To Boost TV, Digital Ad Spending

Kohl’s, which is without a chief marketer, plans major changes to marketing strategy — including a big boost to TV and digital spending.


An Upbeat Take On 2013 Ad Spending

STRATA, which produces media buying and selling software and monitors the deals that are made through it, says that the new year has started out stronger than many are forecasting. “We are already 3% to 5% ahead of 2012, which is interesting because there is no political advertising to support the ad economy this year,” says John R. Shelton, STRATA president-CEO.

GEICO Advertising Soars To $1 Billion

GEICO Corp. topped all property and casualty writers in terms of advertising dollars spent in 2011, according to SNL Financial. The direct insurer spent just under $1 billion in 2011 on TV, radio, billboards and Internet banners in the U.S.


Why The Rosier Outlook For Ad Spending

On Tuesday MagnaGlobal upped its outlook for U.S. ad spending this year, raising its forecast from 2% growth to 2.2%, excluding political and Olympic spending. Vincent Letang, EVP and head of global forecasting at MagnaGlobal, talks about the state of the economy, why online advertising is so hot and what ad categories are not.


Media Spending Growing Faster Than GDP

Overall communications spending by consumers, marketers and institutions is expected to reach $1.419 trillion by 2015, giving it a compound annual growth rate of 5.7%, according to a new forecast from the private equity firm Veronis Suhler Stevenson. That’s substantially faster than GDP, which has a projected CAGR of 4.4% over that period.


Philadelphia: Off To A Slow Start In 2012

In contrast to many other markets around the country, Philadelphia is not seeing a big bump in ad spending so far in 2012. Demand, spending and pricing all down compared to last year at this time.

Poll: Where Have 1Q Ad Dollars Been Spent?

While social media is getting a lot of attention and spending, the big bucks are going where they’ve always gone — TV. Social-budget dollars are coming from print, radio and other Web properties.


Economy Slows, Will Advertising Follow?

This week brought grim economic news on various fronts, calling into question not only the durability of the economic recovery in general, but also the associated recovery in advertising spending that began in 2010. However, the latest economic woes are unlikely to send advertising into the kind of nosedive that gripped the industry in 2008-09.


Ad Spending Showing Signs of Life

While the economic recovery remains shaky, overall ad spending showed some modest signs of life during the first nine months of 2010, according to data released today by Kantar Media.

Colgate May Ratchet Up Its Ad Spending

For years Colgate-Palmolive Co. defied odds as it held or gained share in the U.S. despite being massively outspent by bigger rivals, particularly Procter & Gamble Co. But in a growing number of categories — including toothpaste, deodorant, body wash, dish soap and pet food — Colgate has been losing share at an accelerating pace lately, fueling speculation that it will have to hike marketing spending dramatically next year.