Carat predicts positive outlook in 2016 with global growth of +4.7% and US$25 billion upsurge in advertising spend


Digital and Mobile Forecasts Upwardly Revised-

Carat,the leading global media network, today publishes its updated forecasts for worldwide advertising expenditure in 2015 and 2016, with continued optimism through positive global and regional outlook and solid growth in Digital and Mobile. Based on data received from 59 markets across the Americas, Asia Pacific and EMEA, Carat’s latest global advertising expenditure forecasts that global advertising spend will grow by +4.0% in 2015 to US$529billion, a slight decline from the +4.6% predicted in March 2015, and 2016 is predicted to grow by +4.7%, accounting for an additional US$25billion in spend.

Fuelled by the rise of Mobile and Online Video spending trends, Carat’s latest forecasts reconfirm the continued solid growth for Digital media, evident through the upsurge in the predicted share of advertising spend in 2015 of 24.3% and 26.5% in 2016. For 10 of the markets analysed, including the UK, Ireland, Canada and Australia, Digital is now the principle media used based on spend, with the US market predicted to join this list in 2018 when digital advertising spend is forecast to overtake TV advertising by more than US$4billion.

From a regional perspective, Carat confirms on-going positive momentum in 2015 for most regions although volatility occurs in some individual markets, with Western Europe at +2.6%, +4.2% in North America, +4.1% in Asia Pacific and +12.7% in Latin America. Western Europe’s continued positive growth is driven by solid 2015 figures in the UK and Spain of +6.4% and +6.9% respectively, strong enough to withstand the political turmoil in Greece and its revised advertising growth this year of -12%, significantly down from the +8% predicted in March 2015. Despite a slight decline in growth forecasts due to China’s economic downturn, Asia Pacific remains strong in 2015 with an above global spend rate of +4.1%, driven by high-performing India at 11% and growing Australia at 2.4%. Carat’s data also reports an encouraging outlook for 2016, with all regions predicted to increase year-on-year spend next year and Central & Eastern Europe to return to positive growth.

By media, Digital continues to be the only channel warranting double digital growth, predicted at +15.7% in 2015 and +14.3% in 2016. This is driven by the high demand for Mobile and Online Video advertising especially across social media, with 51.2% and 22% year-on-year growth expected this year. Programmatic buying is also experiencing rapid growth at a rate of +20% each year. TV remains resilient with a steady 42.0% market share in 2015 and is predicted to grow by more than +3% in 2016, as the upcoming Olympic Games and US elections are expected to drive considerable viewership. Despite the ongoing decline in Print* spend, Carat’s forecasts confirm year-on-year growth for all other media with updated predictions for 2015 highlighting year-on-year growth in Cinema at +4.7%, Radio at +1.3% and Outdoor at +3.4%, with the latter two slightly revised down from March 2015 figures. 

Commenting on the Carat Advertising Expenditure forecasts, Jerry Buhlmann, CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network, said:

“Carat’s latest advertising spend forecast shows optimism balanced with realism during a year of increased volatility in major markets such as Russia and China. Noticeably, the landscape is becoming increasingly complex as previously grouped markets, such as the BRIC economies, are now operating differently and economic situations can quickly change markets at pace. Our teams are well positioned to navigate our clients through this multifaceted marketplace and successfully assimilate new market opportunities at speed.

“Digital media continues to achieve outstanding growth as the effectiveness of this medium and results achieved, especially with millennials, warrants the upsurge in spend levels. As Digital rapidly evolves into a more established asset and Programmatic and Search bring stronger performance and efficiency, we continue to add value to our clients by delivering innovative solutions that are different and better.”



Kirsten Doddy
Global Head of Corporate Communications 
Dentsu Aegis Network 
+44 (0) 7979 537 995
Melissa Mason
Global Marketing Manager 
+44 (0) 20 3640 5399

Notes to Editors


*Print: ‘Print’ is defined as the combined advertising spend of Magazines and Newspapers

Digital: 'Digital Advertising' or 'Digital Media' or 'Digital' includes advertising spend from Search, Display, Online Video, Social Media and Mobile.

Methodology: Carat's advertising expenditure forecasts are compiled from data which is collated from around the Carat network and based on Carat's local market expertise. We use a bottom-up approach, with forecasts provided for 59 markets covering the Americas, EMEA, Asia Pacific and Rest of World by medium - Television, Newspapers, Magazines, Radio, Cinema, Out-of-Home and Digital Media. The advertising spend figures are provided net of negotiated discounts and with agency commission deducted, in current prices and in local currency. For global and regional figures we convert the figures centrally into USD with the average exchange rate. The forecasts are produced bi-annually with actual figures for the previous year and latest forecasts for the current and following year.