Short-form direct response TV spending increased 12.5% during the third quarter of 2011 compared with the same period last year, according to data released by Kantar Media on Dec. 19. Total ad spend for the third quarter increased 0.4% compared to the same period last year.
Media services companies ZenithOptimedia and WPP's GroupM have softened their independent global ad spending predictions for 2012 in forecasts released Dec. 5.
RadioShack Corp. announced it is in the early stages of an RFP for a new creative agency of record (AOR). Eric Bruner, RadioShack's director of corporate communications, said the assignment will focus on all marketing channels, including direct and digital marketing. RadioShack will decide on the AOR in March 2012.
The latest forecast from Veronis Suhler Stevenson (VSS), issued Sept. 28, projects that targeted media will be the fastest-growing media sector in terms of total spending in 2011, due primarily to an uptick in consumer Internet, mobile services and branded entertainment.
US advertising expenditures increased by 3.2% to $71.5 billion in the first half of 2011, with Internet media accounting for about half of that gain, according to market research firm Kantar Media. Internet display ad spending jumped 12.9% and paid search spending grew by 8.6%, according to the report.
Carat shrunk its global advertising-spending forecast for this year by 0.7% on August 25. The Aegis Group-owned firm dropped its 2011 global ad-expenditure forecast to $481 billion, representing growth of 5% compared with last year, because of economic and political instability and natural disasters.
Global ad spending will grow by 4.8% in 2011 to $505.8 billion, online media company GroupM said on July 6. The company shaved 1% off its December prediction of 5.8% growth because of the Japanese disasters and unrest in the Middle East.
US direct response TV advertising spending increased 2% year-over-year to $1.59 billion in the first quarter of 2011, according to a June 13 Kantar Media report. Industry-wide US advertising expenditures increased 4.4% in Q1, compared with the prior year, to $32.5 billion, according to the New York-based media measurement firm and WPP Group subsidiary.
US direct response short-form TV advertising spending decreased 5.8% year-over-year to $4.5 billion in 2010, according to a March 17 Kantar Media report. Conversely, industry-wide US advertising expenditures increased 6.5% in 2010, compared with the prior year, to $131.1 billion, according to the New York-based media measurement firm.
Advertising spending in the first nine months of 2010 grew 6.4% compared to the same period of 2009. However, DRTV ad spending dropped 6.2% year-over-year for the same period, according to data released by media measurement firm Kantar Media.
Global advertising spending continues to improve, even among print media, but television and the Internet are still leading the industry out of the recession, according to a revised forecast from ZenithOptimedia.
Global advertising spending is rebounding better than was expected earlier this year. The US market and the online sector are leading the modest recovery, according to media agency Carat.
Total advertising expenditures for 2009 were $125.3 billion, a 12.3% drop from the previous year, according to measurement firm Kantar Media (formerly TNS Media). Internet advertising and free-standing inserts were the only sectors that reported growth, 7.3% and 3%, respectively, according to the company.
Advertising spending forecasts for next year represent the first glimmer of hope that the ad market will finally stabilize after an unprecedented downturn. Three leading industry prognosticators weighed in with predictions for next year: ZenithOptimedia said advertising spending will grow globally by 0.9% in 2010 to nearly $448 billion; GroupM predicted similar growth (0.8%) to $448 billion; and Magna Global had a more optimistic prediction of a 6% global advertising increase to $380 billion.
Internet advertising will reach $64.7 billion next year, accounting for about 15% of global measured advertising spending, according to research from GroupM, the parent company of WPP media agencies Mediaedge:cia and MindShare. Ad spending will increase in both search and mobile, and the continuing ad spending decline in traditional media will increase Web advertising's increase in share, according to the report.
Total measured advertising spending during the first half of this year dropped 14.3% to $60.9 billion, compared with the same period in 2008, according TNS Media Intelligence. The data, released September 16, also reveals ad spending during the second quarter was down 13.9% compared to the same period of last year, representing its fifth consecutive quarter of year-over-year declines.
EDiets.com, working with new advertising agency Karlin & Pimsler, will debut a DRTV campaign this month developed to stand out against the company's better-heeled competitors in the nutritional foods vertical.
E-mail marketing spending will continue to expand at double-digit rates — 18.5% per year — for the next five years, according to Veronis Suhler Stevenson, a private equity firm, in its annual Communications Industry Forecast published on August 3. VSS specializes in the information and media industries. VSS puts the total spend for e-mail at $11.9 billion in 2008 and, by 2013, it forecasts e-mail will be a $27.8 billion business.
Worldwide investment in advertising is expected to improve in 2010, but growth is not expected yet, according to media buying giant GroupM. Direct marketing, along with digital media investment, both fare better than traditional media in the agency's outlook.
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