Billboard and Outdoor Advertising in Canada Industry Market Research Report From IBISWorld Has Been Updated

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The Billboard and Outdoor Advertising industry is in a transition phase from traditional billboards to digital ones that are expected to increase companies' revenue rapidly, benefiting industry revenue over the five years to 2014; moreover, as advertisers continue to buy more digital ad space than physical, industry revenue will grow even quicker over the five years to 2019. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has added a report on the Billboard and Outdoor Advertising industry to its growing industry report collection.

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Increased difficulty reaching a mass audience has ensured stable industry demand.

IBISWorld estimates that revenue for the Billboard and Outdoor Advertising industry will increase at an average annual rate of 2.5% per year to $1.0 billion in the five years to 2014. This growth comes in spite of a 2.7% decline in 2009, when a fall in consumer spending dragged down corporate profit. This factor forced many companies to reduce costs, including marketing expenditures, which are typically among the first budget cuts to be made. The resulting increase in billboard vacancy rates drove up price competition, dampening revenue and profit during the recession. Although the Billboard and Outdoor Advertising industry rebounded strongly in 2010, revenue volatility remained high due largely to economic uncertainty.

According to IBISWorld Industry Analyst Omar Khedr, “Despite the industry's recent struggles, outdoor advertising has largely escaped the decline of traditional media, such as newspapers, given its ability to capture the attention of a broad market.” The internet has ushered in an age in which reaching a specific demographic market has become easier than ever. However, there is also now more media content than ever for people to consume. Given the millions of websites and hundreds of television channels that are available at a moment's notice, reaching a mass audience has become more difficult. This fragmentation of demographic markets has given the industry's service stability in that its proportion of overall advertising expenditure has remained about the same over the past five years. As such, industry revenue is expected to increase by 4.8% in 2014.

“Nonetheless, the technological changes of the past decade have not been lost on the industry, as more digital billboards and networks are acquired,” says Khedr. Digital signs are superior to traditional billboards in that the content can be changed instantly and marketed to different audiences for different times of the day. Furthermore, digital billboards offer greater visibility and can feature more than one advertiser at a time. As such, operators are generally able to generate higher returns using digital billboards. The adoption of digital signage has also fuelled industry consolidation among larger players in order to increase the size of their digital networks.

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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

The Billboard and Outdoor Advertising industry creates and designs advertising materials for public display, including printed, painted or electronic displays. Operators may place the displays on billboards or panels as well as on or within transit vehicles, shopping malls, retail stores and other display structures or sites.

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