Database and Directory Publishing in Canada Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

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Over the next five years, the Database and Directory Publishing industry is expected to continue its downward spiral. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has added a report on the Database and Directory Publishing industry to its growing industry report collection.

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As more consumers shift to digital directory, demand for print advertisements will decline.

The transition from printed databases and directories to online formats has left the Database and Directory Publishing industry reeling, with revenue and profit decreasing over the past five years. From the advertisers' perspective, marketing costs are allocated to the media channels that most accurately reflect consumer behavior. “As more and more consumers shift to digital directory and database substitutes, demand for print advertisements, the largest source of revenue in the industry, continues to decline,” according to IBISWorld Industry Analyst Edward Rivera. Over the five years to 2014, the number of consumers with smartphones, which have online directory capabilities, has sharply risen, leading demand for industry products to decline. Consequently, over the five years to 2014, IBISWorld estimates that industry revenue will decline at an average annual rate of 9.5% to $1.8 billion; this includes a 5.8% decline in 2014.

The industry has historically been dominated by several players in the industry, mainly telephone companies that had access to consumer and business contact information. As the industry continued to contract, companies began to spin-off their directory divisions, as exemplified by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and Ontario Teachers' Pension Board acquiring what would become Yellow Media Limited from Bell Canada. “Over the past five years, this trend has continued with companies selling off their failing segments to larger companies,” says Rivera. The purchasing companies have used merging and acquisition activities to diversify their service and product offerings, entering a variety of third-party fields, including market research, data processing and analytics and database management.

Over the next five years, the Database and Directory Publishing industry is expected to continue its downward spiral. Over this period, the growth of overall advertising expenditure is expected to slow, while total print advertisement expenditure is anticipated to decline as a portion of total spending. The growing use of digital advertisements will be the largest contributor to the ongoing obsoleting of print in the advertisement industry.

For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Database and Directory Publishing in Canada industry report page.

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