WARC forecast that global advertising spend is set to rise by 7.1% to $660bn this year, mainly boosted by a 13.2% growth in Internet investment, to a total of $335.4bn – over half (50.9%) of the global total for the first time.

Advertising revenue for the the Alphabet and Facebook ‘duopoly’ is forecast to reach $231.9bn this year, bagging 35 cents in every ad dollar. The ‘duopoly’ topped the TV total for the first time in 2019.

If digital adspend is set to experience a boom traditional media, combined, are also expected to record growth for the first time since 2011 reaching a 1.5% rise to $324.2bn, pushed by a return to growth for TV.

These are data from the latest WARC Global Advertising Trends report – The Adspend Outlook.

“Internet ad growth has been far stronger than the state of the global economy would suggest, rising seven times faster on average since 2015. But, regulation aside, online platforms are bound by the law of large numbers, and revenue growth is easing for key players like Alphabet and Facebook,” James McDonald, Managing Editor, WARC Data, and author of the research explained.

The ‘digital duopoly’: Facebook grows more than Alphabet, but Alphabet almost doubles Facebook’s total received ad spend

Alphabet’s ad income is forecast to rise 10.5% to $149.0Bn worldwide, equivalent to 23 cents in every ad dollar. A full 72.4% – $107.8Bn – will come from Alphabet’s core Google search platform. This gives Google a 77.0% share of the global search market.

YouTube is expected to earn a further $18.5bn for Alphabet in 2020, a 22.1% rise from 2019 and equivalent to 29.0% of all online video adspend worldwide.

Facebook’s ad revenue is projected to rise 19.0% to $82.9bn; much of this growth is organic though the social network will benefit from the US presidential campaigns this year. Amazon’s ad income is set to rise 21.4% to $17.1bn, Twitter’s 9.2% to $3.3bn and Snap’s 34.1% to $2.3bn. All will contribute to an overall rise of 13.2% in internet ad investment this year, to a total of $335.4bn – over half (50.9%) of the global total for the first time.

Split of ad spend by digital platform: Alphabet takes the Lion’s share, Snapchat top grower and Twitter down to single digit rise

Here below the adspend split and growth rates by platform:

1.- Alphabet:

Alphabet’s advertising revenue across Google Search, YouTube, and Google Network Members (third parties that host Google ads) is forecast to rise 10.5% to $149.0Bn this year. The figure means a 22.6% share on global advertising spend (up from 21.9% in 2019). This is before the deduction of traffic acquisition costs (TAC), which amounted to $30.1Bn in 2019.

1.a) YouTube: Advertisers are forecast to spend $18.5Bn on YouTube this year, a rise of 22.1% from $15.2Bn in 2019. This gives YouTube a 29.0% share of all online video advertising spend, and a 2.8% share of total adspend.

1.b) Google: By far the largest service in Alphabet’s portfolio, Google’s ad income is expected to rise 9.9% to $107.8Bn this year, a 77.0% of global search spend and 16.3% of all adspend.

2.- Facebook:

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Advertisers are expected to spend $82.9bn across Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram this year, a rise of 19.0% from 2019. This gives Facebook a 12.6% share of global advertising investment.

3.- Amazon: Amazon is forecast to record double-digit ad revenue growth again this year, with income amounting to $17.1bn, a 21.4% rise from 2019. This gives Amazon a 2.6% share of global advertising spend.

4.- Snapchat: Ad investment in Snapchat is forecast to rise 34.1% to $2.3bn in 2020, 2.2% of all social and messaging spend and just 0.3% of total adspend.

5.- Twitter: Twitter’s ad income is expected to ease into single digits, with a total of $3.3bn representative of a 9.2% rise in 2020.

Split by media and format: TV still on top, closely followed by Search and Social Media

1.- TV: Spend is forecast to rise 2.5% to $192.6Bn, 29.2% of all global spend this year. This only partially reverses a 4.4% dip in 2019. A third of the global TV total is transacted in the US – where, TV spend is set to rise 4.0% to $62.9Bn. Just over $4Bn will come from presidential campaigns.

2.- Search: Spend is forecast to rise 12.7% to $140.1Bn in 2020, 21.2% of global adspend. Google is set to draw 77.0% of the market, down from 79.0% in 2019.

3.- Social media: Spend is forecast rise 19.5% to $102.4Bn this year, 15.5% of global advertising spend. Facebook (including Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp) is expected to draw 80.9% of this investment, or $82.9Bn, though this share is down from 81.2% in 2019. Just over 42% ($35Bn) of Facebook’s ad revenue will come from the US this year.

4.- Online video: Spend is forecast to rise 21.4% to $63.7Bn this year, equivalent to 9.7% of global advertising spend. YouTube is expected to account for three in ten cents of the total investment in online video.

5.- Out of home: Spend across billboards, transport and retail/point of sale (PoS) locations is forecast to rise 5.9% to $43.5Bn in 2020, the sixth consecutive year of growth. The sector is benefitting from the increasing penetration of digital sites in advanced markets.
6.- Radio: Advertiser investment in radio is forecast to rise 1.8% to $32.8Bn, recouping losses from a 1.3% dip in 2019.

7.- Print: Spend is set to fall by $3.2bn, or 5.8% in 2020, but this is half the rate of decline recorded in 2019. Digital revenue now accounts for over a third of total ad income for publishers worldwide, though this share is closer to a half at the New York Times.

Split by region: North America, Asia Pacific and Europe heading the ranking by market share, with Africa showing the highest growth rate while Latin America and Middle East fallling again

Nominal ad investment is forecast to rise 6.0% to $656Bn worldwide in 2020, buoyed by a bullish US market in which over a third of all spend is transacted. While growth in the US will experience a mild decline, all market in the Asia-Pacific region are expected to enjoy record growth rates.

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James McDonald, Managing Editor, WARC Data, and author of the research warns:” “We are yet to amend our forecasts in light of the COVID-19 situation, as we would expect – if the crisis is contained – displaced spend to be reallocated later in the year.

Advertising’s relationship with GDP is strong, but a slowdown in economic output as a result of the virus will not necessarily translate into reduced advertising investment.

If events such as the Tokyo Olympics and UEFA Euro 2020 tournament are postponed or cancelled, however, we would expect a notable impact.”

Find below the market share and growth rates by region.

1.- North America: Total market growth forecast at 8.4% this year to $250.3Bn following a 4.5% rise in 2019. The US ad market is expected to grow 8.8% to $238.2Bn, while Canada is projected to experience a rise at 1.9% to the $12.2Bn.

2.- Asia-Pacific: Advertising spend is expected to rise 7.5% to $205.0Bn in 2020, with China (+9.7% to $98.5Bn), Japan (+3.2% to $40.2Bn), Australia (+2.4% to $13.3Bn) and India (+15.6% to $11.2Bn) all set to record annual growth.

3.- Europe: European adspend is forecast to rise 6.9% to $158.7bn this year, with France leading key market growth at +10.0% (to $18.2Bn). The UK (+3.2% to $31.3Bn), Germany (+1.3% to $24.9Bn), Italy (+2.7% to $10.5Bn) and Russia (7.6% to $10.5Bn) will continue to see rising investment.

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4.- Latin America: The region is heavily susceptible to the strength of the US dollar, which resulted in an 1.1% decline in adspend last year. A further fall, of 2.5%, is forecast this year, with Brazil recording a 4.3% dip to $14.3Bn.

5.- Middle East: Spend is expected to fall 1.7% to $12.0Bn in 2020, following on from a 3.7% fall in 2019.

6.- Africa: Spend is expected to rise 5.6% to $6.9bn this year, reversing a 1.5% dip in 2019.
All product categories are expected to see growth in 2020 with financial services topping the adspend ranking

Adspend is set to rise across all of the 19 product categories monitored by WARC

The financial services sector is expected to lead growth, with a forecast rise 11.8% to $53.4Bn in 2020. A full 53.9% of spend is directed towards online formats; banks in particular are looking to build brand resonance with youth demographics (increasingly via social media).

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At the other end of the scale, a rise of 2.6% in the retail sector is soft compared to the global rate of 7.1% but would still represent the strongest growth since 2013, lifting market value to $65Bn.

Consumer packaged goods (CPG) sectors such as soft drinks (+6.5% to $17.3Bn) and food (+4.9% to $28.1bn) are expected to grow just behind the global rate this year, alcoholic drinks (+6.9% to $9.7bn) and automotive (6.8% to $57.2bn) are roughly par.

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