Global Advertising & Marketing Revenues Up 3.9% to 1.2T in 2017, As Odd-Year Slowdown Offset by Mobile, Smart Tech, Word of Mouth, Content Marketing & Product Placement

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Global advertising & marketing revenues are expected to increase 3.9% to $1.2 trillion in 2017, fueled by strong growth in smart technology marketing, videogame advertising and mobile coupons, as well as influencer marketing, content marketing and product placement, according to PQ Media's new Global Advertising & Marketing Revenue Forecast 2017-21.

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Smart technology marketing is anticipated to grow by more than 700% in 2017 as more brands employ artificial intelligence, augmented reality, internet of things and virtual reality in marketing campaigns.

Global advertising & marketing revenues are expected to increase 3.9% to $1.225 trillion in 2017, as growth decelerated this year due to the absence of major political and sporting events, offset by strong growth in various digital & alternative media channels, according to a new PQ Media report. Worldwide advertising & marketing revenues rose at a faster 4.9% in 2016, benefiting from the biennial influx of media spending related to the Summer Olympics and political campaigns.

Based on data through the third quarter, growth in 2017 has been fueled mainly by mobile media channels, including smart technology marketing, videogame advertising, mobile coupons and social media, as well as other non-traditional media, such as influencer marketing, content marketing, product placement and digital out-of-home advertising, according to the just-released Global Advertising & Marketing Revenue Forecast 2017-21

While the lack of even-year international sporting events and hotly-contested political campaigns slowed growth this year, the healthy slate of events scheduled for 2018 is expected to lead to accelerated growth next year as global marketers scramble to capitalize on the FIFA World Cup in Russia, the Winter Olympics in South Korea, and a series of hotly-contested political races in the US.

Global digital & alternative media revenues are pacing for 11.2% growth in 2017 to $442.92 billion, accounting for over 36% of total revenues, while traditional advertising & marketing is projected to inch up 0.2% to $781.61 billion. According to PQ Media, 28 of the 41 digital & alternative media channels it tracks will post double-digit growth rates this year, including mobile location marketing, digital billboards, online videogame advertising, word-of-mouth marketing content & services, and product placement in television.

In particular, smart technology marketing is anticipated to grow by more than 700% in 2017 as more brands employ artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR), internet of things (IoT), virtual reality (VR) and voice-activated computer robots in marketing campaigns. PQ Media projects smart tech marketing will generate over $110 million this year, based on the first-ever complete advertising & marketing dataset created for this emerging mobile media channel.

“While the introduction of new advertising & marketing channels has accelerated tremendously over the past decade, such as in-store mobile beacons, proximity services and digital place-based ad networks, smart tech marketing is expanding at the fastest rate we’ve observed since that of online search marketing in the early 2000’s, said PQ Media CEO Patrick Quinn. “It seems that not a day goes by without the announcement of a new media campaign that employs the technology of AI, AR, BOTs, IoT or VR, including those related to IBM’s Watson and Pokemon Go.”

While most mobile media channels are among the fastest-growing categories, brands are beginning to reevaluate digital media buying due to numerous controversies that arose in 2017. Foremost, was programmatic media buying that placed ads near questionable content, which led a host of brands to discontinue advertising on social media. Meanwhile, ad fraud, the use of computer BOTs that respond to online and mobile display ads to artificially drive up CPMs, continues to haunt leading digital media sites. Rising use of ad blockers have led brands to question audience metrics.

As a result, brands are turning to other advertising and marketing media that offer higher consumer engagement, such as word-of-mouth marketing to control the conversation; sponsored live video content marketing feeds to increase buzz; digital place-based ad nets to target messages by neighborhood demographics; and OTT video advertising on scripted programs being produced by streaming video services.

Other highlights from the Global Advertising & Marketing Forecast 2017 include:

  • Total global advertising rose 4.5% in 2016 to $551.4 billion, while global marketing increased 5.2% to $627.5 billion;
  • Internet advertising was the largest digital & alternative media platform in 2016 at $94.03 billion, while mobile advertising was the fastest growing, up 36.8%;
  • Online search was the largest digital & alternative media channel at $53.62 billion in 2016, and smart tech marketing grew the fastest, up 1,795.5%;
  • Traditional direct marketing was the largest traditional media platform at $214.67 billion, while traditional public relations was the fastest growing, up 8.4% last year.
  • The US will remain the largest overall media market in 2017, generating $470.5 billion, as no other market will exceed $80 billion;

Among other key trends PQ Media noted, there’s growing concern about the changing in-store landscape, in which e-commerce has led to lower foot traffic at bricks-and-mortar outlets, fewer stores being visited in malls, and the highest closure rate of retail stores since the Great Recession, particularly the US. These developments have led to declines in many traditional promotional marketing channels that PQ Media tracks, such as point-of-purchase displays, while other channels are shifting to digital distribution, such as mobile loyalty program apps.

Based on the weight key global trends, PQ Media estimates worldwide advertising & marketing revenues will grow at a compound annual rate of 4.5% in the 2017-21 period to $1.47 trillion.

About the Report:

PQ Media’s Global Advertising & Marketing Revenue Forecast 2017-21 delivers exclusive data and analytics covering more than 100 consumer-facing media sectors, silos, platforms and channels, including advertising, marketing and consumer-driven digital, alternative and traditional media; 15 hybrid (digital & traditional) media silos; 21 digital and traditional platforms; and over 40 digital and traditional channels. The new Forecast is the first of three reports to be released in PQ Media’s new Global Media & Technology Forecast Series 2017, a yearly performance benchmark series designed so each report works both individually and collectively as part of the bundle.

About PQ Media:

PQ Media is a leading provider of actionable market intelligence and strategic guidance to the world's top media, entertainment and technology organizations. PQ Media's proprietary methodology, databases and opinion leader panels prepare management teams with intelligent data and analytics they need to make smarter business decisions.

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