Europe holds back global TV ad recovery

Analysis of advertising expenditure in 55 countries by Digital TV Research suggests the global total will reach $219 billion in 2018, up by 32 per cent – or $53 billion – from 2012.

The research firm’s TV Advertising Forecasts report suggests that TV advertising spend grew by 4.4 per cent in 2012 to $167 billion, but only 2.8 per cent growth is forecast for 2013 as the recession bites again in several European territories. The much-touted quadrennial effect took place in 2012 (and will also occur in 2016) whereby the advertising industry was boosted by the US Presidential elections, the summer Olympics in London and the Euro football championships in Poland and the Ukraine.

According to Digital TV Research, 2009 was a terrible year for the advertising industry. Although a rebound was recorded in 2010, many countries dipped again in 2011, improved in 2012 and several are likely to decline again in 2013.

TV advertising expenditure will more than double in Latin America between 2008 and 2018, thanks to the buoyant economies, Brazil hosting both the Olympics and the football World Cup, but also because of high inflation in some countries, such as Argentina.

However, TV advertising spend in Western Europe will only be 11 per cent higher in 2018 than in the pre-recession year of 2008. Excluding the booming Russian market, TV advertising in Eastern Europe will still be lower in 2018 than the 2008 total.

Although there will be some improvement in most countries in 2013, TV advertising expenditure is forecast to fall for 19 (mostly European) of the 55 countries covered in the report in 2013. However, 2014 (and onwards) will be better, with only Croatia and the Czech Republic declining in 2014.

From the $52.6 billion TV ad spend to be added between 2012 and 2018, $18.2 billion will come from the US, followed by an extra $5.6 billion from China, $4.6 billion from Brazil and $3.7 billion from Japan. However, Argentina, Brazil and Indonesia will record the fastest growth over the same period.

 

 

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