Online ad spend close to $7b

Online ad spend reaches record $6.8 billion in 2016 financial year: Mobile 30%

• Online advertising spend reaches record $6.8 billion in 2016 financial year
• Fastest year-on-year growth in online advertising in five years
• Mobile advertising driving growth; accounts for $1.96 billion of total market
• Real estate fastest-growing industry category

The Australian online advertising market has again delivered double-digit growth increasing $1.6b to reach $6.8b for the full financial year ending June 30th 2016, a 29.7% increase over the prior financial year. This represents the fastest year-on-year growth in online advertising over the last five years.

The data from the latest IAB/PWC Online Advertising Expenditure Report reveals that double digit growth was achieved by all online advertising segments during the financial year. General Display posted the largest increase at 43.3% – the highest year-on-year growth since the inception of the report – comprising $2.5b of the $6.8b market. Classifieds experienced a 21% year-on-year growth to reach $1.2b, and Search and Directories grew 24% to make up $3.1b of the market.

“Another year of double-digit growth, driven by the continued rise of the mobile and video category, means that online advertising heads closer to half of all advertising spend,” said Vijay Solanki, CEO of IAB Australia. “It’s brilliant to see Real Estate along with the Automotive, Retail and FMCG categories lead the way. They have built capability across all digital platforms especially in mobile and video. They know how to use content, technology and data to help achieve their marketing goals efficiently.”

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Mobile grew to $1.96b of the total market, continuing an impressive upward trajectory to grow 72% on the previous year. Mobile expenditure was split between Search and Display at 43% and 57% respectively, with 67% of the spend going to smartphones and 33% to tablets.

Video advertising (mobile video advertising is included in the mobile display category) grew 55% from the prior year’s $388m to reach $600m for financial year 2016. It now makes up 24.3% of all General Display advertising expenditure, up from 22.5% in financial year 2015.

Vijay Solanki

Vijay Solanki

Real Estate advertising saw the largest share in growth year on year, increasing its category share to 13.2%, compared to 10.8% in the previous year. Motor Vehicles remained relatively stable and account for the largest category share at 17% for the year, with Retail the third largest category at 10.4%, up from a 9.2% in the previous year.

“The uptick in the Real Estate category is illustrative of an industry that is leading the way in its use of targeted content, personalisation, optimisation in order to lead digital engagement in today’s disruptive environment,” noted Solanki.

Quarterly Highlights

In the three months ended 30 June 2016, total online advertising was $1.8b representing a year-on-year growth of 25.6% and a 4.9% increase from the prior quarter. General Display increased at the fastest pace growing 8.9% in the June quarter 2016 compared to the March quarter largely due to the continued strength of mobile and video. Compared to the same quarter in 2015, General Display online advertising expenditure this quarter grew 30.3%. Mobile display advertising contributed 47.7% of General Display (steady from previous quarter) with Video display contributing 26.8% (up 1.5% from prior quarter).

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