IAB data: Marketers continue to reinvest in digital advertising

• Financial year data shows 45% increase in video spend year on year

Australian marketers support for digital advertising has continued to strengthen, with the latest data from PwC showing that overall digital advertising revenues have increased 11% year on year, while video has increased 45% year on year.

Total digital advertising for the financial year ending June 2018 reached $8.5bn, an increase of 11% year on year according to the latest IAB/PwC Online Advertising Expenditure Report.

The report highlighted a continued shift in advertising spend from the desktop to mobile devices, with mobile revenue growing 39% year on year. This shift is in line with recent data from Nielsen that reported that in July 2018 more than 1 million more Australians consumed content online via their smartphone compared with one year earlier.

The Report also notes that while Classifieds has continued its steady and stable growth to reach $1.6bn, the general display advertising category is now worth $3.1bn, of which $1.3bn was attributed to video advertising.

This strong growth in video expenditure from 33% to 41% of all display advertising has been attributed to marketers investing more brand dollars into rich media as they pursue consumers who have increased the total time they spend watching video on digital devices by 14% from 2017 to 2018.

Gai Le Roy, interim CEO of IAB Australia, noted that marketers’ use of digital advertising tightly reflects the consumer migration to digital across smartphones, CTV, desktop and tablets.

“Marketers are open about their thorough and continued assessment of their digital advertising programs to ensure effectiveness and ROI, so it’s very pleasing to see them reinvest their marketing budgets in digital advertising across a broad range of platforms and channels,” said Le Roy.

Additional data points:

• General Display advertising showed the strongest growth, increasing 15.2% in the 12 months ended June 30, 2018, while growth for Classifieds and Search and Directories slowed compared to prior year with 12.1% and 7.2% annual growth respectively.
• Growth in General Display and Classified advertising took share from Search and Directories, resulting in General Display making up 37.1% of total advertising, while Classifieds made up 18.7% and Search 44.2%

According to the Report, the Australian market is maturing and diversifying with marketers across a broader range of verticals now embracing digital video. The top three categories for expenditure on digital video in 2017 represented 45% of spend, whereas in 2018, the top three now represent just 31%.

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