The whole world is going digital, especially in all aspects media and advertising? Well, not quite! Advertising via the postal system is still going strong. In the United States alone, some 8 million metric tons of advertising mail are still sent via the post.
Listening to podcasts as a source of information and entertainment has become very popular. According to Nielsen’s newest figures on podcasts, the number of avid podcast fans has risen from 13 million in the fall of 2016 to 16 million in the same period of 2017 in the U.S. While podcasts have increased their overall reach, the researchers also found that they are a pretty effective advertising medium, measured by lift in purchasing intent.
The most effective topical environment seems to be business, where purchasing intent scored an 14 percent increase, followed by news and politics with an 12.8 percent lift. And even in the more niche comedy genre advertising seems to have the potential to pay off. Any publisher who hasn’t yet got a podcast on site should seriously think about getting one up, it might prove lucrative.
The worldwide social media advertising market was worth some 43.78 billion dollars in 2017, and accounted for 18 percent of the total digital advertising market. As our infographic shows, the U.S. market is by far the biggest in the world, having generated some 21 billion dollars. That’s a 22 percent share of the total U.S. digital advertising market.
Its European counterpart was worth about 8 billion dollars, not even half the size of the U.S. market. In China, 11 percent of the digital advertising revenue comes from social media. Around the world, mobile is more important than desktop targeted social media advertising. While all markets are poised for growth in the foreseeable future, it’s China where most growth is likely to occur, almost doubling in the years to come, until 2022.
Creating content is the top goal for marketing pros around the world. According to figures compiled by communications and marketing agency Cognito, 61 percent of the 165 marketing leaders they interviewed for a survey named creating content as the area where more of their marketing budget will be invested in 2018. This makes sense, as in the previous report only 18 percent of respondents were happy with the content they could market.
Investor relations (71 percent) and public affairs (69 percent) featured in the two top positions of areas where investment will remain the same. The top loser according to the survey will be traditional advertising, with 40 percent of marketing leaders wanting to invest less.
These developments could have negative implications for traditional media outlets, as the volume of content published or disseminated by company marketers could more strongly compete with traditional publishing content. Diverting dollars from traditional advertising could also negatively affect heritage media ad revenue. This chart was first published by our partner FIPP.
According to PwC’s latest Entertainment & Media Outlook, online advertising in the United States is poised for further growth in the next few years. PwC estimates that internet ad revenue could grow to $116.2 billion a year by 2021, up from $86.4 billion this year.
Fortunately for traditional media outlets, i.e. TV and radio broadcasters, newspaper and magazine publishers, advertising is not a zero sum game and a dollar spent online is not necessarily pried away from a dying newspaper. In fact, traditional media outlets are profiting from the digital ad boom themselves.
As our chart illustrates, print publishers as well as TV and radio broadcasters are expected to generate a significant chunk of their ad revenue online by 2021.