Asia Pacific advertising spend to grow by 4.5% in 2018 as FIFA World Cup stimulates growth

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  • Forecast growth revised up to 4.5% from 4.2% in January 2018
  • Digital to overtake TV for the first time, to reach 45.5% of Asia Pacific share (TV 33.5%). In seven out of the 14 markets tracked, digital will be the leading advertising channel in 2018
  • One quarter (24.9%) of Asia Pacific ad spend will be delivered through mobile devices for the first time
  • China’s advertising market is predicted to grow 6.5%, up from the previous forecast of 5.4%, to reach RMB 630 billion – 16.2% of global ad investment. Ecommerce platforms Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent (BAT) are forecast to contribute around 80% of this growth
  • Adspend in Australia will be primarily driven by government and pre-election related advertising at a growth of 2.8%. Digital media is expected to increase by 6.1% in 2018, representing 48% share of the total media spend. 
  • Investment in India’s ad spend is also expected to grow by 10.5% to reach 624 billion rupees.

Leading advertising and digital communications group Dentsu Aegis Network today released its biannual global forecasts, pointing to a more positive 2018 for Asia Pacific advertising expenditure than previously expected. Ad-spend growth will rise from 4.0% in 2017 to hit 4.5% in 2018 - higher than the 4.2% forecast in January 2018 and taking total investment to USD 215.95 billion. Regional events such as the 2018 World Cup will be held in Russia, 2018 Winter Olympics South Korea, Asian Games in Indonesia andAustralian federal election will play an important role in stimulating growth. 

Geographically, Asia Pacific is a major growth region, contributing 41% of the global increase (USD 613.5 billion). Comparatively, North America accounts for 32%, Western Europe accounts for 13% with Latin America at 8% and Eastern Europe 5%. 

Commenting on the latest forecasts, Nick Waters, CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network Asia Pacific, said: 

“The region as a whole displays a positive outlook with increasing growth rates. We are seeing upward revisions in most key markets, with India, the Philippines and Vietnam showing high rates of growth. Spend in China continues to grow at pace, though driven almost entirely by the ecommerce platforms, Alibaba, Tencent and Baidu. 

“Digital remains the dominant growth area with a quarter of Asia Pacific advertising spend expected to be delivered through mobile for the first time. Digital will be the leading form of advertising in half of the markets that we track in the region,” Nick added.

Key market trends

  • China: China’s advertising market is predicted to grow 6.5% in 2018, up from the previous forecast of 5.4%, to reach RMB 630 billion – 16.2% of global ad investment. Growth will be driven by digital, which is forecast to command 60% of advertising spend and increase by 14.8%. The online giants Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent (BAT) are projected to contribute around 80% of this growth, underlining their dominance of the marketplace. Mobile payments are also one to watch in the coming years as platforms such as WeChat or Alipay make cash obsolete in large parts of the country.
  • Australia: Australia advertising spend is forecast to show continued growth in 2018, increasing by 2.8% to reach AUD 15.7 billion. The main driver of growth will be election related advertising which includes a boost in advertising by the governments involved as a means to promote the great things they have done during their time in power. In 2018 we expect more than 40% of growth to come from this sector and a further 40% to come from Gambling, Retail and Finance advertising.Digital media is expected to increase by 6.1% in 2018, representing 48% share of the total media spend, which could be a result of brand safety issues where advertisers and media owners look to more autonomy and control of their content.
  • India: India advertising spend market is expected to grow in 2018 by 10.5% to reach 624 billion rupees. Though there had been a slow start in Q1-2018, the market was picking up from March-April, fueled by a stable recovery post demonetization/GST/RERA buoyed by the State Elections in Meghalaya, Tripura, Nagaland and Karnataka in April. The India South Africa Match in January, Budget announcement in February, lead to continued expansion and growth of regional newspapers and television. Both social and online video will see growth for the next five years as India continues to evolve their internet, mobile, cloud audience.

Global Media trends

Mobile on the go
The mobile device is steadily becoming our primary point of access to all digital services and content. In 2018, 52.2% of all worldwide online traffic was generated through mobile phones, up from 50.3% in the previous year, according to Statista. People now spend an unprecedented amount of time on their smartphones—more than five hours a day, according to some estimates. This growth in usage is largely driven by the widespread availability of high-quality digital Video. Mobile Video consumption is exploding among all age groups and content categories. 9 in 10 Social media users opt for mobile browsing, with mobile apps accounting for 70% of time spent on Social media.

Reflecting this, mobile is forecast to represent a quarter of global ad spend 25.2% this year exceeding the previous prediction of 24.8%. With Mobile payments forecast to be more popular in the coming years, Mobile is set to continue on a positive growth trajectory a forecast 23.3% in 2018 and 18.8% in 2019.

Digital still calls the tune
Worldwide Digital media spend is forecast to increase by 12.6% in 2018, more than three times the rate of all media (3.9%), to reach US$230.6 billion—a US$25.7 billion incremental increase year-on-year. Online Video (+24.6%) and Social Media (+21.6%) are particularly strong. Paid Search continues to account for the largest share of digital (39%). As previously predicted, Digital will overtake TV for the first time this year to account for 38.4% share of total ad spend vs. 35.5%. In the US, Digital spend is forecast to overtake TV in 2019. Programmatic ad spend is expected to grow by 23.2% in 2018 and 19.1% in 2019 as the ability to consolidate programmatic buying strategies across formats and devices continues to be an opportunity for advertisers to reach the most valuable audiences at scale. 

  • Traditional media spend is forecast to decline by just -0.5% in 2018 and -0.4% in 2019. Newspapers and magazines are expected to continue their downward trend, with falls of -7.5% and -6.5% respectively. Radio (+2.0%), Out of Home (+2.2%) and Cinema (+5.9%) spend are expected to show steady growth.
  • TV spend is forecast to move back into growth in 2018 (+1.2%), following a -0.7% decline in 2017, remaining a major medium in the mix with 35.5% of overall investment. 

Figure 1: Growth in global ad spend 2017-19 (% y-o-y at current prices)

GLOBAL3.3 (3.1)3.9 (3.6)3.8
NORTH AMERICA2.5 (2.5)3.4 (3.1)3.2
USA2.6 (2.6)3.4 (3.2)3.1
CANADA0.0 (0.0)2.3 (1.1)5.1
WEUROPE3.2 (3.3)2.9 (2.6)2.9
UK4.2 (3.6)4.2 (3.8)4.7
GERMANY2.3 (2.2)2.6 (2.6)2.9
FRANCE2.7 (1.7)2.5 (2.0)2.8
ITALY0.9 (0.9)1.4 (1.9)1.1
SPAIN2.3 (1.9)1.5 (1.4)1.2
C&EE8.8 (8.3)7.8 (7.4)6.6
RUSSIA14.3 (12.9)11.7 (10.4)8.5
ASIA PACIFIC4.0 (3.5)4.5 (4.2)4.4
AUSTRALIA2.3 (2.7)2.8 (2.9)2.4
CHINA6.3 (6.0)6.5 (5.4)6.0
INDIA8.9 (9.6)10.5 (12.5)11.1
JAPAN1.6 (1.0)1.5 (1.6)1.2
LATIN AMERICA8.3 (8.1)6.9 (8.8)7.3
BRAZIL2.8 (2.1)2.3 (5.0)2.6

Figures in brackets show our previous forecasts from Jan 2018

Figure 2: Growth in global ad spend by media, 2017-19 (% y-o-y at current prices)

TELEVISION-0.7 (-0.9)1.2 (0.5)1.1
NEWSPAPERS-9.4 (-9.0)-7.5 (-7.9)-7.4
MAGAZINES-7.6 (-7.2)-6.5 (-5.9)-6.4
RADIO1.2 (0.5)2.0 (1.3)1.2
CINEMA6.1 (4.8)5.9 (4.6)5.2
OOH2.6 (3.0)2.2 (2.4)2.1
DIGITAL15.2 (15.0)12.6 (12.6)11.3

Figures in brackets show our previous forecasts from Jan 2018

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For further information contact:
Pei Xuan Lim
Regional Communications Associate Director,APAC
T: +65 6911 9321

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